Giraffe: Drawing Activity

Drawing is a great creative outlet. Kids love our drawing activities, and you will too—they combine drawing and coloring with speaking, listening, vocabulary, reading, or writing skills. (more…)


Where does honey come from? How many eggs does a queen bee lay in one day? Why do bees dance? Your young learners will find out all this and more in our featured lesson on Honeybees! (more…)

African Animals

Go wild with our new lesson on African Animals!

In this eight-page Word Bank lesson, students will learn the spelling and pronunciation of their favorite African animals. They will practice this vocabulary through several fun, colorful activities, including a picture dictionary, matchup, word choice, word search, word scramble, and spelling bee. This lesson finishes up with discussion questions so that your students can practice using the vocab in context. These activities are suitable for individual, pair, group, or class work—the choice is yours! (more…)

Practicing Superlatives: Make Your Own Animal Records Book

For a bedtime story last night, my son chose a book that he had picked out at the library: The Natural History Museum Book of Animal Records by Mark Carwardine. We were proud to find out that we knew quite a few animal records already, such as the longest migration for a mammal (gray whale), or the most dangerous shark to humans (bull shark). We laughed ourselves silly in the Birds section, where we found records for the worst walker (hummingbird), the most bossy (kea), and even the strangest nesting material (mockingbirds in Ecuador snatch hair from passing tourists).

If your students are practicing superlatives with this week’s lesson plan, why not create your own Animal Records book? Include the most amazing facts you can find in the library or on the Internet. (more…)

Hippo Eats a Watermelon

Have you tried our Spotlight lesson with your young learners this week? We featured Maze Craze: five simple, fun mazes for very young learners. The object of those mazes is to get the food item to the animal. When I came up with the idea for these mazes, I automatically thought of a hippo eating a watermelon. The explosion of pink goo is something to see! I wanted to include a video of a hippo eating a watermelon for your students, so I asked my sister, who works at a zoo, to film the video. It’s a little blurry and shaky because it was filmed with her iPhone, but I hope your students enjoy it!


Maze Craze

When we were at the TESOL 2014 convention in Portland this year, we got a lot of requests for materials for pre-K, K, and the lower grade levels. Among the materials we’ll be developing is this series of low-level mazes. Introducing Maze Craze: simple, fun mazes that young learners will love!

Our designer Robyn created five lovable characters that your students will want to help feed. The object is to get the food to the animal, which they can then color. If they can’t do the mazes, they will still enjoy the coloring!

These mazes will tie in nicely to a theme on animals or food. Or just do them anytime for fun! (more…)