The Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie Memory Game and Crossword

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The IKAOLWSAP is a favorite story of ours – it’s fun, it’s silly and it’s a great way to learn about traditional foods for this holiday.  We’ve got two ways to learn to read and spell the words.  The first one is Memory, just print and cut out the cards. You can play just like regular memory, but matching pictures and words together (instead of two alike pictures).

And there is an IKAOLWSAP crossword puzzle:

Have fun.  Happy reading and spelling and most of all Happy Thanksgiving!  Gobble gobble!

Brown Bear Word Match

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It’s been a while since we’ve done something on Brown Bear.  This is pretty simple, just match the words to the correct pictures.  A fun way to use this in a classroom is to divide the kids up into teams.  Give each team 1 worksheet and 1 pencil.  Each person on the team may connect only 1 word to an animal and then must pass the pencil onto someone else.  The first team to finish the worksheet correctly gets 4 points, the next gets 3, then 2, then 1.  Since this game takes very little time to play, we laminated the sheets so we can use them more than once.

Brown Bear is a great book to get ESL kids reading and writing.  Usually we read together so that they know the rhythm and the chant of the book first.  When we read the words, it is easier because they know what the word means.

What Could It Be…Halloween

This time you know what it could be…pumpkins and ghosts. Can you draw in some scary faces? You can either print this out and draw in the faces with a pen or you could save the image to your computer and then open it up in some sort of drawing program (like Paint- which we bet you either didn’t know you had it (ours is under accessories) or didn’t know what to use it for.  If you draw on the computer, you can our illustration again and again and draw different faces every time.

You probably recognized the background from the 5 Little Pumpkins Video we did or from the Halloween flier.  You can see we like to recycle.  Do you know how we made the ghosts and pumpkins?  If you guessed gauze bandages and old bottle caps, you are correct! Good Job!

Happy Drawing!

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Finger Food

This is an easy and fun one for kids of all ages.  Prepare an instant  polenta according to package instructions and let cool.

Take a fistful of polenta and roll between your hands to shape it like a large finger. Use a toothpick to make the lines of the knuckles and fingernails .

Put the fingers into the fridge to cool.  Slide skewers into fingers and brown in frying pan.  Serve in Blood Bath Gravy, er we mean tomato sauce (like a marinara).

You can also make toes instead of fingers! In which case we would say Buon ApeFEETo!

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Brrrrrrrrr! It’s too cold!


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Okay – it’s not really cold where we are, it’s really too hot! But, to keep ourselves cooled off, we are thinking about cold things! Now you can, too!

The last Three Bears worksheet was for hot, now we’ve got one for you that is cold! Good luck and keep up the good work! Remember, not only can you draw what’s in Goldie’s bowl, but you can also cut out pictures from magazines too!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Crossword

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a great first language book, even for older kids who are ESL. We’ve created something a puzzle them in mind:

*There was a mistake in the word bank, but it has now been fixed. Sorry about that!

Want to create a crossword puzzle of your own? There are many sites to create games and other activities all you have to do is search the web. is a great site that lets you create your own crossword puzzles. All you have to do is enter the words and the hints and it puts the puzzle together for you.

Make sure you check out our other activities for The Very Hungry Caterpillar!



The Goldilocks and the Three Bears

We love the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. There are many versions of the story, but we like James Marshall’s the best. It’s the classic story, but a little sill too.

You can find the video on youtube as well:

Now it’s time for you to use your imagination:

You can try cutting things out of magazines and glue them on!