Places Flashcards: Set 1

vocabulary: at the playground, at the library, at the supermarket, at the police station, at the bus stop, at the fire station, at the park, at the amusement park, at the museum, at school, at the restaurant, at the train station, at the airport, at the zoo, at the hospital

For ready-to-print worksheets and a printable game to match these cards, see the places worksheet in the flashcard worsheets section of the site

Mark's Note: I use these to introduce 'they' and 'at' "Where are they?" "They're at the airport." But it can be used as is, "What's this? It's a supermarket."


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Print old MES files: here are the old (2006~2014) places 1~2 files

Places Handout

Places PowerPoint flashcards

multilingual handouts:

Places Around Town Handout

Places Around Town PowerPoint flashcards

multilingual handouts:

Places Around Town Flashcards: Set 2

vocabulary: the city/downtown, the suburbs, the countryside, the post office, a movie theater, a coffee shop, the bank, a garage, the aquarium, jail, the arcade, the hair salon/beauty salon, a clothing store, a farm, a travel agency, a fast-food restaurant, the pharmacy/drug store, the dump

For more places around town take a look at the part-time job set 1. It has different stores and places in the city as well.

Mark's note: After students have finished nature sets 1 and 2 plus places set 1, I introduce 'There is/are ~ .'

There is/are:

These are four large pictures I use to introduce the grammar. Introduction Set  I let the students look at the pictures for 30 seconds, memorize the picture and then I take it away. The students then tell me everything they can remember, the There is/There are game. I give one point for each correct answer and for older children I take away one point for repeating something that was already said.

I have 52 pictures spread over 2 documents. Practice Set 1 Practice Set2 Students can use the cards and try to name 4 things they see. 'There is a cat (under the tree.)' This can be done as a relay race or timed activity (see how many cards you or your group can complete in 1 minute. Keep a record of times/# of cards and award improvement. This will increase fluency and also keeps children from getting bored with the same cards. Both sets are quite large 2mb.

Here are 2 sets of find the differences pictures. These are great for practicing 'There is no ~ .' and 'but.'

There is a bus stop here, but there is no bus stop here.

I have 4 pages of There is and There are worksheets for introduction with the grammar introduction worksheets.

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