Picture Dictionary

Ideally I want my students to learn organically, like they learn their native language.  What do I mean by organically? I mean by exposure to real things and real situations. I don’t want to open a dictionary and tell them apple is яблоко. I want to show them a real, juicy apple and say “apple.” While this isn’t always possible, it is what I strive for.

An invaluable resource is a good picture dictionary. It should simply be a good picture representation and the English word next to it, without any translation. I have used several in the past including huge coffee table sized books, but I’ve yet to find a good one for sale in my local area. In the meantime I have a great website:

English Worksheets – http://www.englishwsheets.com/ I like that the vocabulary is divided by subject and they have many, many subjects.

Example: Daily Routine Pictionary Worksheet.

These sheets are great for creating lesson plans and they are standard sized so they are great for cutting up and turning into cards.

The can be used for games such as Memory, Hangman, Charades, Pictionary, and Concentration.


Muzzy – Part 2

Continuing from Muzzy – Part 1

We watch The Big Muzzy Story and learn about Corvax’s obsession with Sylvia.

Another great worksheet for after viewing:


Muzzy in Gondoland Part 2

20 Questions

A game for more advanced students who can think critically and form basic and different questions.

I have a box of plastic foods such as fruits, meats and a box of plastic animals.

I have the student pick an item (just choose, not take) and then I ask them “yes” or “no” questions.  We both look in the box so the child can see their options (they may not know many English names for the items, but it helps when they can see them.)


Is it big? No

Is it red? Yes

Is it meat? No

Is it sweet? Yes

Is it a fruit? Yes

Is it a cherry? No

Is it an apple?  YES!

And if you really like this game, there’s a great program that claims to be able to guess anything within 20 questions.  I’ve spent a few hours trying to stump the computer http://www.20q.net/

This game goes well with I Spy

Do you like…?

Another great phrase to teach to start up conversations.  Can add other nouns or verbs later as they learn new vocabulary.

Side effect: caused a severe donut craving


The Simpson, found at Donuts and Coffee/

Muzzy – Part 1

Muzzy is a language program developed by BBC for introducing young children to a foreign language.  Through several chapters we are introduced to the royal family of Gondoland and Muzzy the alien who loves to eat clocks.  The story is interesting and captivating for both kids and adults.

Over the course, we slowly watch Muzzy as we are introduced to new vocabulary.

You’ll enjoy watching Muzzy with your children.

A great worksheet from BusyTeacher.org for after watching:

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