BuildYourWild Self is a cool tool to create avatars using different animal parts and attaching them in a human body. Children can easily create a wild creature following simple steps.
The best part about this tool is that you don’t need to sign up. Start with choosing the human body and browse through the different parts that you can add such as nose, hair, legs, arms etc.Then add some animals ears, bottoms, tails, backsides, arms , face and headgear. As you choose the body parts, you can also hear the sounds of the animals. When it is over, choose a background and click I’m done. Congrats! You have created your first wild self.
It gives you all the information about your new wild self. Print it out or mail it to others.
and, here are some ideas for you how to use this tool with your students:
Ask children to create their wild selves and write about what they can and what they can’t do.
Children can create a story about their new wild selves.
Show different wild selves and children can try to guess which animal parts you have used.
Print out some wild selves, as children describe their animals, the rest of the class try to create the same one as it is in the picture.
Children can describe their animals.
Children create a zoo photo album with their wild selves and their descriptions. They can even create their own “wild self zoo” on the bulletin board.
Children can write more about the animals that they have used on their wild selves.
Each child shows their wild selves, imitate their animals and rest of the class asks some questions about them.
Show them a wild self picture, give them the beginning of the story and ask them to write or tell the rest of it.
This tool will be great fun for primary as it colorful, fun to play with and engaging.
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British Council Turkey and well-known children’s storybook writers from Turkey and the UK have come together to produce free stories and resources for students and teachers of English. Well-known writers; Sevim Ak from Turkey and Sophie Smiley and Guy Bass from the UK have produced a series of 12 stories on themes of interest to Turkish young learners which have been kept short enough to serve as ideal classroom or homework material.
The resource kits have been designed me, Merve Oflaz and Aylin Köyalan. Each story forms part of a ‘kit’ which also includes downloadable activities based on the story for students to complete either in class or at home. The kits also include detailed notes for the teachers to support them in exploiting the materials.
You can download the kits here. We will have more downloadable kits in very near future.
It’s been so great to be involved in that project with other good names in ELT. The materials that we have created are unique, fun and creative. I hope you will enjoy reading the stories and exploring the kits. I am looking forward to your feedback!!
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There are many online dictionaries that read the words but my favorite tool is and will always be the “HowJsay“. This is an online speaking dictionary of English word. The words are pre-recorded individually and this is not in a form of synthetic speech. Yay! You can hear the American and the British accent of the words with a clear voice.
It is a very easy to use this tool. Write the word that you would like to hear the pronunciation. When you see the word in pink, move your mouse over the word and listen. You can create lists of up to 15 words. Write the words with a semi colon and click submit and practice your pronunciation.
How can we use this tool in education:
We should certainly make children learn about this tool, so while they are reading a story or working on vocabulary, they can use it.
It would be good to introduce this tool to parents as well so that they can work with their children at home to practice newly learnt vocabulary even they have very limited English.
This tool is sure to be one of your favourites!!