English Grammar

Subject-Verb Agreement: Best Friends with a Twist- Video

I still remember the day I introduced my grade 4 students to The Grammar Family. I told them about how each member of the family has its own place without which everything would be topsy-turvy in the Grammar family's household. But, there are some words that are naughty and keep breaking the rules. And how… Continue reading Subject-Verb Agreement: Best Friends with a Twist- Video

Mentor Texts

Pinocchio- The Story

Image Source- Pinterest.com We have heard the above statement so many times in our life. Let's find out what happened with a puppet named Pinocchio who would always lie. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aewbOlGXv6s Could you make any connections? Have you experienced the ill-effects of lying in your life? What do you think about the story? Do leave your… Continue reading Pinocchio- The Story

English Grammar

Present, Past and Future Continuous Tenses

The continuous tense shows an action that is, was, or will be in progress at a certain time. The continuous tense is formed with the verb ‘be’ + -ing form of the verb. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYuwpd0YShU Questions to guide your thinking: What are continuous tenses?Give two examples of each of the following by writing complete sentences:Present Continuous… Continue reading Present, Past and Future Continuous Tenses

English Grammar

Direct and Indirect Speech (Declarative Sentences) – Videos

Direct Speech is when the exact words of the speaker are used in a conversation. The exact words of the speaker are enclosed in quotation marks. Indirect Speech is when we convey the words/ message of the speaker in our own words. Therefore, it is also called Reported Speech. Here the quotation marks are not… Continue reading Direct and Indirect Speech (Declarative Sentences) – Videos

Reading Workshop

How to Find the Main Idea of a Text

Finding the "Main Idea"is one the most important skills a reader must have. Without this skill, a reader cannot understand what the text is mainly about. There are various places in the text which tell us about its main idea. Watch these two videos to find out WHAT a main idea is and HOW to… Continue reading How to Find the Main Idea of a Text

English Grammar

Prepositions- Explanation and Examples (FBLD)

Ever wondered what prepositions are? Here's your answer. Prepositions are words that link nouns, pronouns and other words in a sentence. Here are some videos that will help you to understand Prepositions step-by-step. Video on- What are Prepositions? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VK-kXkXTBc Video on- Position of Prepositions in a Sentence https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eF6LE4P_bEU A video song on various examples of… Continue reading Prepositions- Explanation and Examples (FBLD)

English Grammar

Good Signs for Readers- Punctuation Marks

Using punctuation marks is essential while writing, for without them, the reader feels lost while reading. He/she wouldn't know when a thought has ended or what the feeling behind the thought is, like whether it was a strong emotion or a normal one. Like look at this picture.Punctuation marks completely alter the meaning of a… Continue reading Good Signs for Readers- Punctuation Marks

English Grammar

Exercises on Commas

So here a video to help you learn about some of the uses of commas: https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/grammar/punctuation-the-comma-and-the-apostrophe/introduction-to-commas/v/meet-the-comma-the-comma-punctuation-khan-academy Exercise on use of commas to punctuate lists. Exercise on use of commas while directly addressing someone. Here's a quiz on commas. Mixed bag quiz on commas. Another mixed bag exercise. You can check your answers at the end.… Continue reading Exercises on Commas

English Grammar

Direct and Indirect Speech

Direct and Indirect Speech is one of those topics that ESL learners find especially challenging. However, if you only understand the use of both types of speeches, it becomes fairly easy. I always tell my students to just think about reporting everything that is said in the direct speech to a friend of theirs in… Continue reading Direct and Indirect Speech

Reading Workshop

Finding the Main Idea

Finding the main idea of a story can sometimes be challenging for young students and even adults sometimes. But to know how to find it, we must first know what it is. So here's a video explaining this topic in the simplest way. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHEQ04EOykE Another video to help you with this topic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjjYRI3QCTsNow try out… Continue reading Finding the Main Idea

Reading Workshop

How to Arrange Things in a Sequence

We engage in sequencing things everyday. But how is it relevant to learning a language? And how can we sequence things? Let's find out! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTXQMjRx28M Sequencing is generally done to put things in a logical order for them to make more sense. Transitions are great indicators to know the sequence of a story. Here's a… Continue reading How to Arrange Things in a Sequence

Reading Workshop

What are Context Clues?

Don't we sometimes get stuck on words while reading a book? Well, we don't know the meaning of words and wonder how our teachers and other adults know the meaning of so many words. Well, I always tell my students that nobody can memorize the entire dictionary, unless they have an eidetic memory.  Most people… Continue reading What are Context Clues?

English Grammar

Types of Sentences

There are four types of sentences. Knowing the different types of sentences helps to write the correct sentence structure and also in proper punctuation. Here is a video that will help you to identify them: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pf9LWnnADzw Just to add on, Imperative Sentences also express requests, advice or suggestions. Now, let's test how much you have… Continue reading Types of Sentences