Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Monday, 1 August 2016


Some cute monsters to teach colours! (Or 'colors!)

These are fun and quirky, to engage students. They also have a lot of detail, so you can expand on them (such as stripes and spots, sad, crazy and happy monsters etc). Ask questions about them or play a game of 'Guess who?'

I have made a set of posters and matching flashcards, all available at tpt in both British/ Australian/ New Zealand and North American English (to account for small spelling differences):





Hope you enjoy them!

Spanish (Español) Room and House Vocabulary Cards and Posters

So, with the able skills of a native speaker friend, I have made the house/ room vocabulary cards in Spanish!  So now handy for tourists and people studying the language (great for visual learners!):

This will add to the clothes and preposition of place I already have in Spanish. More soon!

You can find them at:

Monday, 18 July 2016

More Clothes Resources!

Well, you can't complain when your job means you spend a few days cutting out paper! I had SOOO much fun making these little paper clothes! They remind me of the paper dolls you dress with paper, which you don't see so often now. I used to love playing with them (although I worried about their backs being cold...)

Anyhoo, I have extended the original clothes flashcard/ picture sets and now have clothes vocab sets in:

INDONESIAN! (To make my Indonesian teacher proud!)

BRITISH ENGLISH! (because you guys call them flip flops...)

AMERICAN ENGLISH! (because jumpers are a different thing to you guys...)

SPANISH! (Just because they have awesome words for clothes!)

I've run them past native speakers, so it's been a busy few weeks...Anyway, check them out at TPT (free to join, get awesome stuff....)

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Clothes Vocabulary Cards

When I was overseas teaching English, one of the resources that I needed most often but was hard to find, was flashcards for clothes. Students not only needed to learn the vocabulary, but the adjectives to describe them (stripey, spotty or polka-dotted, floral, plain etc) and the order to use those adjectives (e.g. 'She was wearing a blue, floral dress.')

I never did find a good set, so I have made my own. This one is in Australian English, (as the possibility of finding one of those was even rarer!), though I will soon add a British English and American English version to localise the language (so we don't argue what a thong is (; )

There are some pictures available online as posters, but they always seem to be made out of 1980's (non-matching) clipart or hand drawn black and white drawings from when men wore their pants around their bustline. So I cut mine out of cute paper to give them a fun, bright, quirky look and feel, and so they'd have a bit more heart.

They are available at:

I'm also translating these into world languages - so far I have French:

Prepositions of Place (Where is...?) In Indonesian and Italian!

For those teaching world languages and finding it hard to get good quality resources, I'd like to announce new Preposition of Place flashcards in Italian

and in Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia)

A fun way to engage students to teach them where things are. Each card has the word, the word in a sentence and a cute cartoon explaining the word.

These are in addition to my versions in English, Spanish and French which have been really popular. I am excited to get more languages out there at last. It takes a while as I usually get a native speaker to check them for me (:

Persuasive Text Scaffolds

As I sat scratching my head as to how to teach my daughter the structure she needed for persuasive writing, I realised that what she was missing was a scaffold - a structure that she could learn and attach her ideas to so that her arguments were easier to understand. That way, she could easily check that she had all the elements she needed and she could separate and expand on her ideas. So, this was born:

This breaks down the structure of a persuasive text and explains the function of it part. It gives examples and leads the student through the writing process. It then gives them the opportunity to rewrite the text without assistance, to see how it comes together.

Scaffolding is often recommended by teachers and those assessing tests such as NAPLAN. It is a great way to guide students through and even to slow down those students, like my daughter, who have a great rush of ideas but down slow down enough to expand on them.

It is for sale on my TPT store for $3.00 and is great for all sort of exam and writing preparation.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Workplace Bullying and Harassment Poster - Assess and Express

Ok, so this is a much more serious issue but I am going to write about it here because I hope that this can be of some help to people.

A snippet...
I have had a lot of casual positions, which works in well with other aspects of my life. In a few of these I have come across bullying and harassment, particularly in more stressful workplaces or those that have an obvious hierarchy.

My last position became so stressful that I didn't want to go to work. I couldn't sleep, I got stressed and anxious. My supervisor worked away and seemed unaware of what was going on and it was difficult to articulate the incidents without sounding petty. I had run into some of the same behaviours or culture before and could see patterns, so I started to try and group the behaviours. This is where a degree in Psychology came to the fore.

The result has been this poster which I hope will be helpful to others to recognise and articulate what they are experiencing or witnessing (assess and express). In this way, I hope to give people a tool to assess and express the behaviors that may be leading to workplace stress, unease, inequality or dissatisfaction. 

It can be hard to articulate or report subtle behaviours or incidents that seem like a 'one off'. This poster is set out to explain that each incident is not alone, but part of a bigger pattern. The effect on the victim is not any one incident but the pervasive pattern overall.

This poster is intended for use by employees, colleagues and supervisors, to complement workplace training programs, assist HR or wellness and support staff and/or provide useful information around the workplace. For more information, please see:
for a poster with American spelling, and:
for a poster with British/ Australian spelling.

These people can print and send you as many as you need (:

Please feel free to contact me with any inquiries or requests at or leave me a comment (:

Copyright 2016, Meg. English. All rights reserved. may not be distributed in whole or part without permission from the author/ artist.

Fun Ways to Teach Vocabulary - Rooms and Furniture

One thing I found learning other languages was just how many words you need just to function - just to live with people, navigate around a room, do the shopping. And just how hard it is to learn a long, disjointed list of words, especially for kids.

As a teacher of English, I know just how necessary and yet potentially boring vocabulary lessons can be, so I have made a set of room cards in a cartoon style to make learning this sort of vocabulary fun, relevant and engaging.

I have one set of all rooms and common furniture with labels, and one without to test them.

I made the set resizable so they can be made into posters, worksheets or flashcards. Cool, huh? Great for ESL or early literacy/ reading recovery. More information and to buy them can be found here:

Pretty darn good for $5 I think! (:

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Fun Ways to Teach Everyday Vocabulary

One thing I found teaching English overseas was that it can be hard to find interesting ways to teach vocabulary, especially for kids. When included in textbooks, pictures were usually black and white and quite dark. Sometimes students would just sit and try and learn vocabulary from dictionaries, which obviously doesn't have a lot of relevance as well as being super boring!

So, I have made two resources that are intended to go hand-in-hand. The first is a set of flashcards which shows everyday objects, which has been featured in this blog before.

 Each target word is drawn as a bright cartoon, shown on one card with the word and another by itself.

To go alongside this, I have also made resizeable images of cartoon-style rooms. Each room, (and the outside of a house), comes in a pair - one image by itself and one labelled with the words for that piece of furniture, furnishing or object in English. more languages will follow and I'll certainly take requests on that!

They also make awesome posters to decorate the classroom with or in your kit as an English language tutor (always looks impressive!). They are also a great stimulus for assessing students. They are bright and have a professional finish, as well as being bright and engaging (who doesn't love cartoons! (; )

These rooms can be found at

As these two resources complement each other so well, I'm going to bundle them as well, so check out my store for this and future ESL/ English/ reading recovery resources (:

Cartoon Figures - Kid Clipart!

A lot of people have asked me about buying cartoon figures, especially after I released Smart Girls. They find it hard to buy anything appropriate, fun-looking, child-friendly or bright at a reasonable price. So I made this:

These are designed to be added to teaching resources, flyers, newsletters and so on to catch people's attention and add some interest. there are also alternate clothing colours to match different colour schemes (:

These can be bought from TPT at:

There are also free cartoon images to be found at  These were designed to give people more positive rolemodel images for women in science and in academic fields.

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Recount Writing Posters

These are two cute, fun posters designed to expand the writing of younger students - one including questions to expand their recount writing and the second to help them build rich, interesting sentences.

Posters have been uploaded in pdf and png formats so can be printed directly or resized.

These come in British English/ Australian and American English versions.

and are only $2.00.

Copyright 2015 Meg. English

Butterfly Lifecycle - Growth, Changes and Metamorphosis

This is a black and white diagram of the butterfly lifecycle, featuring the Wanderer or Monarch butterfly, a butterfly which is probably identifiable no matter where you're based.

This will work with units on lifecycles, insects or animal studies, changes, seasons or nature observation.

The sheet is quick to colour in. Students will be able to research the markings of the adult butterfly and caterpillar stages and fill them in.

It is provided in png format so it can be easily resized and used as a poster or kept in worksheet size.

This is for sale for $2.00, downloadable from

Parts of a Butterfly - Insects

This is a fun and hands on learning activity that doesn't require real butterflies (; It's bright and interesting and the tactile element keeps it relevant to the natural world.

 This package contains:
* a labelled diagram, showing the main parts of the butterfly and the functions of those parts;
* a fun tactile activity where students can label cut-out butterflies; and
* a page where students can label the parts, to check that they have understood the activity.

This would suit units in biology, particularly anatomy or topics on insects.

The activity can be laminated to re-use. Students may also like to colour the diagrams to assist learning.
Copyright 2015 Meg English

This can be downloaded at for only $2.50!

Everyday Object Flashcards for TESOL/ ESL, Early learners and Language Classes

There are really boring ways to learn vocabulary in your own or other languages, but hopefully this isn't one.
These are flashcards showing everyday objects and the word for them, BUT (and this is the cool part), they come in sets of three: one card shows the picture with the object, another shows just the picture and another shows just the word. So, after teaching the vocabulary with the handy picture, you can then test people using either the pictures or words (I recommend a game of pictionary), or let them pair them up in memory, snap or fish ('Have you got something to use in the bathroom?'). If you have to learn a lot of new words, why be boring?

I can't recommend these sorts of flashcards enough for ESL/ TESOL teachers teaching beginner or early intermediate students. They can be used in other ways too, to prompt conversations without  talking too much yourself (Teacher Talking Time), to create scenarios or roleplays such as grocery shopping, homestays or staying at a hotel, (Excuse me please, could I please get a clean towel?'), as a stimulus for describing things or expressing likes and dislikes. They make a bright and interesting addition to lots of lessons.

The set is available online at for only $2.00.

Christmas Fun

It gets so exciting coming up to Christmas. Why not decorate your worksheets, homework sheets, classroom, bulletin board or smartboard which Christmas themed decorations? Christmas border are only $2.00 for digital downloading and are available at:
This is also great for ESL/ TESOL teachers working overseas where there aren't a lot of Christmas decorations available.

I've also created some Christmas gift tags to digitally download. It can get expensive buying gift tags for presents for students, especially if you have a large class or work across many classrooms. So this way, pay once and reprint them as often as you need: for only $1.25.

Lastly, here is a hand drawn Christmas tree, decorations and presents to colour and decorate the tree with: for only $1.25 that should keep everyone happy and quiet (:

Letter Combination (Phonics) Flashcards (ph, sh, th, ch, wh, gh)

Copyright 2015 Meg. English

This is a set of 36 flashcards with bright, fun, hand-drawn images.

They show the consonant combinations that many students have problems with - sh, th, ph, wh, gh and ch (letter combinations using 'h'). This is because adding an 'h' can suddenly change the whole sound, for example from 's' to 'sh'.

Each letter combination has 1 or 2 words. Each word has a card showing just the images, a card with the word for that image and a card showing the target letters.

The cards create a visual aid for the target letter combinations. The word is given to assist with sight learning and the target is drawn out to help students understand which letter combination is associated with that sound.

These can be used as prompts, in memory games, snap or in matching activities, for example:
* letter combination (e.g. 'ch') and image (e.g. 'cheese');
* letter combination (e.g. 'ch') and word (e.g. 'cheese');
* image and word;
* image to prompt word;
* image to prompt letter combination 'ch'.

These will teach the students to scan for these combinations, read the word by sight and associate the image with the sound (phonic association).

These are designed for young learners or ESL learners and can be found at

Copyright 2015 Meg English.

Relexive Pronouns (-self and -selves)

The type of construction 'I saw myself' or 'They washed themselves' is quite a strange one to many speakers of other languages and can even be confusing to young native speaker 'He washed heself'. For teachers it can be a difficult lesson to make interesting to to give examples for.

Copyright 2015 and 2016 Meg. English
This is a set with a complete lesson on reflexive pronouns (myself, yourself, himself, herself etc) including two sets of flashcards - fun cartoon hands to use as prompts as well as paired cards with the reflexive and the corresponding pronoun (e.g he - himself, she - herself). The paired cards can also be used in pairing games (e.g. memory or snap), in pairing exercises or as prompts.
The lesson includes explanations of the grammar, examples, spoken exercise and instructions on how to use the flashcards. It is a very direct, to-the-point lesson which suits shorter lesson times (less than an hour).
The lesson can be found at my tpt store for only $2.00:

This makes a good lesson in itself, but can also be used as a display lesson or to advertise ESL classes. Through the lesson, you will be able to assess the skill level of new students.

This is based on a lesson I taught quite frequently and is a great lesson for building confidence as the target structure can be picked up quite easily for intermediate students. This means that students can focus on extending speaking skills.

Copyright 2015, Meg. English.

Flashcards for Learning Time

These are the flashcards I have spoken about earlier to help kids learn time, particularly to make that crossover from digital to analogue time. The cards are paired with one digital and one analogue time. Each set gets more complex (o'clock, half past, minutes then 24 hour time).

Kids can pair the cards, alone or in groups (lay one type of time out on the table so they can choose a match), play memory, play snap, play bingo or draw/ write the time using the cards as cues.

Each set sells for $2.00.

The cards are bright and can be laminated to reuse again and again.

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Three Clocks for Learning Time - for Hours, Minutes and Phrases

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One of my children was still really struggling to tell time long after I thought it would be an issue for her. I figure that much of the difficulty for children is in the different ways we talk about time, from '10 past' to 'o'clock', '8:35' to 'quarter to'.

The idea of these clocks is to separate these different descriptions of time. With the first clock, they can just learn o'clock and half past. Then children can estimate the time only looking at the little hand and seeing whether it is on a number, or closer to one number or the next. the next clock shows the minutes, going up by 5, and the last divides the clock more like a pie, into quarters and halves. This is the more verbal way of relaying time for children who are more exposed to digital time.

These clocks are available here for only $2.00.

You can print one clock per child, laminate them (to reuse), attach the hands with a butterfly pin and then the children can practise actually moving the hands to make each time you say or write.

Please also have a look out for my time Flashcards which pair analogue and digital time flashcards for pairing exercises and games. There are four sets, featuring hours, half past, minutes and 24-hour time, so they can be paced to be progressively more difficult.

Nacho and Bob - Fractions - NO PREP Self-directed Learning with Answers

 This is a complete, 48 page chapter on Fractions, including answers and a chapter review test.

It is designed for self-paced learning, for home schooling, for gifted and talented students needing extension work or for struggling students needing a review that they can work through at their own pace.

It begins with fraction basics, through simplifying fractions, converting mixed fractions and improper fractions, addition and subtraction of fractions as well as multiplication and division of fractions.

The answers are provided - you can either take them out to mark your students' progress or leave it to them to self- assess.

In addition, a number of fraction resources are included - a table of basic fractions, a multiplication grid, a pizza to cut and experiment with as well as chocolate cake graphics showing different fractions. This adds a tactile element to the chapter.

The chapter features two fun characters - Nacho and Bob - who guide the students through the exercises, make suggestions and make jokes. The idea is to make learning fun!

There are practice tables at the end of each section. These guide students through the different processes step by step, with many examples given.

The chapter is provided as a pdf for ease of printing. You may like to laminate the resources for reuse and keep a few copies in plastic sleeves to hand out as needed.

This is available for only $5 for a limited time at

More chapters in this series are on their way. There is also a fractions table available at for $1.00.

Copyright 2015, Meg English

The Hamburger Hut - Tactile Lesson to Target Spoken Skills

The Make-Your-Own Hamburger Hut, gives your students have the opportunity to make their own hamburgers out of the ingredients given. You get all the pieces separately and can put together your own hamburgers, as you like them (or ask someone else to, in order to get confidence in ordering, expressing opinions and asking questions).

It's great for both ESL / TESOL learners and early learners. You can cut out and laminate the pieces so that they can be reused again and again. It really engages students in a physical task. They can also be put onto a smartboard and moved around.

Copyright 2015 Meg. English
This can used to teach all sorts of lessons:

* Expressing likes and dislikes (’I like cheese’, ‘I don’t like beetroot on my hamburger’);
* Expressing opinion  (‘I don’t think it is right to eat meat’ ‘I think egg on hamburgers is weird’);
* Food vocabulary (lettuce, tomatoes, cheese etc);
* Asking questions  (‘Do you like cheese?’ ‘Would you like mustard on your hamburger?’);
* Colours;
* Discussion of cultural differences and food preferences;
* Countable and uncountable nouns (much vs many) (‘I don’t like much mustard’ ‘I only want a few pickles’);
* Prepositions of place (under, over, on top of, on etc) ;
* Superlatives and comparatives (bigger than, the biggest etc); and
* Ordering food target language (‘I would like..’ ‘Can I please have…’ etc).

Students can do the activities all together or can break into groups. Consider having one student taking orders, one making the hamburgers and other people ordering (then swap)! (:

They have been hand-drawn in a fun cartoon style to make them more appealing. And yes, I am Australian, so I have included pineapple and beetroot, but that's something else you can discuss with your students! (;

I had a lot of fun with its prototype with ESL students in Japan. There were lots of giggles and more importantly, something to bring out those confident speaking skills.

The Gingerbread Class

Honestly, how cute are gingerbread people?

I thought this would make a child-friendly getting to know you activity for new classes. Children can colour in, decorate and display their own gingerbread person. Great for the start of term. the gingerbread people are resizable.

You are also welcome to use them as clipart in teaching resources or to decorate the room. If you use it in resources for sale, please credit me and this store (:
Happy teaching!

Copyright 2015 Meg English

Blast Off! Counting Down Practise Sheets

Who doesn't like space themes?? I think it is a really useful motif for early learners as it engages both boys and girls.

These are two bright and fun practise sheets with a rocket motif for counting down either from 20 or 10, depending on your students' level. (Both use the same graphic).

 Images are resizeable pngs which can be printed either on small sheets for each student or onto a poster. The space theme makes it fun and engaging and only $1.00!

Copyright 2015, Meg. English

If you like this, also consider the friends of 10 Activity Sheet in the same style:

Let's Grow - Postive Behaviour Reinforcement and Reward

 This is a positive feedback tool for preschoolers and early primary students, which also doubles as a bright and cheerful classroom decoration! It is a reward and acknowledgement concept for when students display behaviours that you would like to encourage or reward, (such as kindness, sharing, consideration, patience, turn-taking or helping etc).

I thought of it because I don't know about you, but I find a lot of kids get a bit bored with charts. Many of them have them at home and they often outgrow them. Also, charts are often designed to reward set behaviours where children can display amazing behaviours through the day that we really should acknowledge and encourage, like helping a friend who was hurt, sharing their pencils, saying something kind or taking care of a new student etc. This is also good for higher order learning, such as understanding that there are many points of view in the world or showing great time management. This is intended to capture those moments so are as individual as each child. At the end, each child has a personal memento and something to take home and put in their room with pride.

It works on the 'catch them being good' idea rather than just giving consequences to inappropriate behaviour. It also openly acknowledges those quiet achievers who may not feel they are getting the same attention as more disruptive students. Moreover, it is a resource that is focused completely on behaviour rather than academic achievement, which means it is inclusive and useful for all students.

Let's Grow starts as a fun and cheerful craft activity. When it is put up in the classroom, students can take pride in their artwork as well as their positive behaviours. They have a sense of ownership over its progress as well as being able to work towards a obtainable, behaviour-based goal.

Depending on how many you make, this activity can last a few days up to a term.

At the end of this activity, you can show your students how everyone looking after each other makes the world a more beautiful place to live in!

Includes templates (fully coloured, blank and semi-coloured, depending on your needs) and instructions. Equipment needed: paper to print out onto, coloured pencils/ markers/ paint, glue, scissors and tape/ adhesive putty. To save time, you could also use patty cases to make the bright flowers, especially with one smaller one inside a bigger one.

Copyright 2015 Meg. English for only $1.50!!

Spring is in the Air! Spring Decoration Set

Celebrate the coming of Spring with a bright and cheerful Spring decoration set for your classroom, bulletin board, door or books.

* a banner,
* 2 signs,
* a bright floral border and
* notepaper,
 all in ready-to-print pdfs. Images are of flowers, bees and ladybirds, as well as the word seen and sells for $1.00.

Copyright 2015 Meg. English

Preposition of Place Flashcards

These are fun cards to teach where things are. The set has 9 flashcards showing prepositions of place (on, under, behind, next to, in front of, in, out and around).

Each card has a cute illustration showing the target preposition, the word by itself and a sentence describing the scene.

These can be used for younger students or as an ESL (TESOL) resource. It is an especially good resource for reading recovery.

Flashcards are a fun and engaging way to teach. The pictures involve the students in looking at and describing the scene and the language targets are broken down into an easy to understand format. They also brighten up your classroom, and are useful in language assessments or display lessons.

I made myself a handrawn version of these when I was teaching TESOL many years ago. I found that they were a good way to really see where a younger student was at, as I could test vocabulary and sentence structure using the images only (written and all verbal), without using a written test (much more fun, age appropriate and far less scary). As few children knew all of the prepositions, you could uncover the writing and go through the sentences with them. This way they picked up something quickly so had a sense of achievement. The students were engaged and the parents felt like it was worthwhile (: In this way, you can engage speaking skills along with written skills, rather than secondary to them.

Copyright 2015, Meg. English

These cards are also available in Spanish and French, and hopefully more languages soon:

Easter Clip Art and Stationery

A bright and cute Easter set to decorate your classroom, use for craft, make into games or give your printouts a cheerful Easter theme! Also great for making cute Easter cards.

*12 cute clip art Easter images,
* 2 Easter backgrounds,
* 1 border,  and
*2 letterheads (banners).

All are background-free, resizeable pngs. This sells for $2.50.

Copyright 2015 Meg. English

Reward Clip Art for Games

These are reward clipart images to use in resources such as:
* games,
* good behaviour charts,
* task charts (for example, an image on every fifth square indicates a small reward), or
* to make into certificates, badges or cards for positive behaviour reinforcement. They work well as small cards when stickers have lost their a-peel (ba boom boom) and they are quick to hand out (no more fiddling to find the sticker edges).

The images are bright and cute and the images are resizeable.

 They sell for just $1.50 and unlike stickers just need to be reprinted rather than re-bought (: