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It's all a matter of perspective 馃槈 The tale of this/that/these/those

Updated: Apr 8, 2021

Yesterday evening an amazing thing happened. After years (yes, years!!) of trying to come up with a material that would help my students practise demonstrative pronouns聽(this/that/these/those = t/t/t/t), I finally got it!聽聽馃帀聽馃帀聽馃帀聽馃帀

As you know my Montessori inspired classroom has聽shelves filled with various self-study聽materials but there was nothing for t/t/t/t. Yesterday, out of the blue:聽EUREKA!!

Perspective! The kids were learning about it in their art class recently. I can use it to show whether something's near or far!

And so the creating聽had聽begun 馃槃

First up,聽my favourite: picture cards. All the pictures come from google images search, I've had them on my computer for ages聽(sadly I can't remember where I got them from exactly). This is what I made:

Creating the perspective was a fun challenge 馃槄 I think it turned out quite good. So at this point I was sitting and staring at this tiger thinking "what next, what next ...." and so the tiger moved ... and then it multiplied ... and then changed into other animals聽馃榿

I kid you not, I was ecstatic聽聽馃槄 I聽dug up a material I聽made some time ago to practise t/t/t/t but never got round to actually using it with students. Only now I felt it was complete! I made the animal cards to match the list on the聽material below. To聽use the board you need two dice: 4 sided one and 12 sided one.聽Click on the board to download it.

Student rolls the dice, decides whether to use 'is' or 'are' and then looks for the matching picture card. It can be done as a speaking activity or you can ask your students to write down the sentences. I'm going to let my students photocopy the pictures to paste them in their notebooks next to their sentences.聽

For each picture card I also made a matching sentence card. The sentence card is at the back of the picture card. This way聽my students can work in pairs and quiz each other (one S can see the picture, the other S can see the sentence)聽or work individually and check their own answers.聽

There's more! I made a Keynote presentation with all the pictures to practi