Ms. Spratt

Elementary English Language Learners Teacher

Nouns and Proper Nouns


Do you know what a noun is? How about a proper noun? Here is a language lesson for all learners. Watch the video and look below for activities for all grade levels. Don’t forget to take a picture of your finished work and send it to your classroom teacher and to  Ms. Spratt!

Kindergarten Activity:

Draw a picture with 3 or more nouns in it. Label the nouns. Try to write the words by saying and writing the sounds you know. If you are not ready to write the words, try to write the first letter sound in the word.

Grade 1-3 Activity:

Make a list of 10 or more nouns. Try to include animal, person, place and thing nouns. Now choose 5 nouns and write a sentence for each noun. Finally, underline the noun in each sentence.

Grade 4-7 Activity:

Proper nouns are the specific names of things. Proper nouns must begin with a capital. Hunt around your home for proper nouns. Look on packages, mail, and in books. Make a list of 10 proper nouns. Be sure to use a capital for every word (example: Mr. Bob Builder). Finally, write a sentence using each proper noun. Underline the proper noun.

Happy English learning!

Tools for Translation

Hi Parents,

If you are having difficulty reading your child’s weekly assignments, and you have access to a cellphone, tablet, or computer, here are some ways to translate.

  1. If your classroom teacher uses a blog, use the orange TRANSLATE box at the bottom of the page. Try it now!
  2. Go to and select English and your first language. Copy / paste the text into the English box.
  3. Download the free Google Translate app. onto your cellphone or tablet. This app allows you to look directly through your device’s camera to see the translated text!

If you still need help understanding your child’s assignments, contact your classroom teacher or Ms. Spratt. We are here to help!

Ms. Spratt




Tongue Twisters for Pronunciation

Here’s a fun way to practice your English speaking skills and improve pronunciation! Practice one tongue twister a day. Can you remember it without looking at the video? How many times can you say it without making a mistake? How fast can you say it? Challenge a family member to try it too! Be brave and share at your next class meeting!

Do you have tongue twisters in your first language? Post a comment to answer.


English Speaking Games – No Materials Needed!

We’re all at home for a while. There are so many things to keep us busy on the computer and in the toy box. But don’t forget that if English is not your first language, it’s important to practice speaking and listening! Here are some games you can play at home with family or in calls or chats with classmates or friends.



Number of Players: 2 or more

Materials: none

How To Play: Player 1 thinks of a person, place or thing. Other players take turns asking yes or no questions. That means the answer can only be “yes” or “no”. After each question, the asker can make one guess about what the word is. If they don’t guess it after 20 questions, they lose.

2. ALPHABET CATEGORIES – My family played this game on long car trips, but you can play it anywhere! Try playing on the phone or on a video call with friends.

Materials: none

Number of Players: 2 or more

How to Play: Choose a category such as foods, animals, or ocean things. The first player says a word in the category beginning with the letter A. The next player says a word in the category beginning with B. When a player cannot think of a word, he or she has lost the game. Stop the game and try another category. If you lose, you get to go first next time!

Another Way to Play: To make it easier for young children, play CATEGORIES without the alphabet. Just pick a category and take turns naming things in the category!

3. I SPY

Materials: none

Number of Players: 2 or more

How to Play:

Player 1 looks around the room and spots something that is one colour.

Player 1  says “I spy with my little eye, something that is _____________.”

Player 2 tries to guess the item. Player 2 says “Is it the _______________?”

If Player 2 is correct, he or she takes a turn.

If Player 2 cannot think of any more things, he or she says “I give up!” and Player 1 takes another turn.

Hint: Be fair. Don’t choose something impossible to guess.


Materials: none

Number of Players: 3 or more

How to Play: Player 1 thinks of a category (a category is a group with something in common). There are some examples below. Other players take turns saying “I’m bringing __________.”  If the item fits the category, Player 1 says “You can come”. If it doesn’t fit the category, Player 1 says “You can’t come”. Players continue until a player is able to guess the category.

Some categories for younger players: Halloween things, things that start with ‘b’, things at the playground, clothing, fruits…

Some categories for older players: things that are always cold, things you can build with, things you take on a trip…


Materials: none

Number of Players: 2 or more

How to Play: Player 1 says any word. Player 2 says a word that begins with the last letter of the word. The game continues with each player saying a word that begins with the last letter of the last word.

Another Way to Play: You can play this game in writing. Use a pencil to write a word. The next player writes a word below it that begins with the last letter.

6. PIE PLATE (this is a more friendly way to play Hangman)

Materials: paper and something to write with

Number of Players: 2 or more

How to Play: Player 1 draws a pie, or circle, with 8 slices. Player 1 thinks of a secret word. Below the pie, he or she writes a short line for each letter in the word. (ask an adult to help you check your spelling) Other players take turns guessing letters in the word. If a letter is correct, Player 1 writes it in the correct space. If the letter is not correct, Player 1 “eats” or erases a slice of pie. Player 1 also writes the letter down so the other players know it has been guessed. If the pie is gone before the word is guessed, Player 1 wins!


Materials: none, just a good memory!

Number of Players: 2 or more. More is definitely better!

How to Play:

Player 1 says “I’m going to Grandma’s house and I’m bringing an apple” (something that starts with ‘a’)

Player 2 says “I’m go going to Grandma’s house and I’m bringing an apple and a ball.

Player 3 says “I’m go going to Grandma’s house and I’m bringing an apple and a ball and a clock.

The game continues from A to Z or until you get interrupted by life!

8. KNOW-IT-ALL: This is a silly game with lots of giggles for intermediate students (in grades 4 and up).  It’s most fun if the rules aren’t too strict, so go ahead and change them to suit your family and friends. Just make sure everyone agrees to the changes.

Number of Players: 3 or more. For this game, a parent or older player should act as the referee and timekeeper.

Materials: a cellphone timer or clock

How to Play:

·      Create a list of topics that players will talk about. You can start with the list below. Write each topic on a small piece of paper and put them in a hat, bowl or something you can draw from. Topics should be very general and well known.

·      Choose someone to be “it”. Use the stopwatch on the cellphone timer. When the referee presses “go” on the stopwatch, the “it” player talks quickly about the topic, saying everything he or she can think of. It doesn’t have to make sense, but it has to be about the topic. The referee stops the timer if:

-the speaker begins to repeat information

-the speaker talks about a different topic

-the speaker begins to stammer or say “um”, “uh” for about 5 seconds or more

-the speaker is quiet for about 5 seconds or more.

·     The referee writes down the number of seconds or minutes the speaker was able to talk for. Other players try to beat the record.

Possible Know-It-All Topics:

Birds                    Ocean                            Holidays            Toys

Space                   Grocery Store          Math                    School

Plants                   Sweets                         Art                         Picnics

Families               Sports                         Weather             Transportation

Create a Covid19 Time Capsule


A time capsule is a collection of items that helps you remember a certain time. Traditionally, a time capsule is buried underground to be dug up later, but you can save one however you like. Here’s an activity you can do together that will help you remember the remarkable events of 2020 and how your family experienced them. If you have a printer, download and complete the activities. If you have no printer, use your own paper to copy your favourite worksheets. You can keep your work and look back on it in the future. Don’t forget to email a photo of your favourite page to Ms. Spratt or to your classroom teacher.  Have fun!

Canadian Kids’ Version:

Canadian Adults’ Version

Special Birthday Version:


English At a Distance

stay home


Dear students and parents,

Click on the yellow Translate tab at the bottom of the page to find your language.

A little over a month ago, we had our last day in the school building. Since then we have been mostly in our own homes. Our lives have changed so much in so little time! We are far apart in our own homes, but we are making new connections in new ways.

Teachers are working together more than ever now. As your ELL teacher, I have been meeting with each of your classroom teachers. We have talked about your program and some ways I can help support your learning. My role in distance learning is to help you with the work your teacher assigns. Look for messages from me in your learning websites and on your class Team. I may even see you in a Teams class meeting!

As English Language Learners, it is important to interact with English speakers often. You probably miss talking with friends at school. Fortunately, learning from home has some advantages. For example, if speaking to a teacher or a classmate is usually difficult for you, maybe an online chat will be easier. Here are some ways you can keep practicing your English speaking and listening:

  • Listen to read-alouds on your computer, then read them out loud yourself. Find out if your classroom teacher has set up an account on or You don’t need an account to visit or
  • Set a goal to speak in your online class meetings. Try writing a sentence about where you are on the mood meter and practice saying it before the meeting.    “I’m in the ____________ zone, because ____________________.”
  • Call a classmate and talk about your schoolwork, or anything at all! Remember, if you are feeling lonely or shy, others may be feeling that way too.
  • Listen to stories on in your language, and then in English.
  • With your parents’ permission, watch short English TV programs and educational videos.
  • Keep checking my blog for new activities you can do to practice your English.

Be healthy, be active, be patient and don’t be too hard on yourself! We are all in this together.

I look forward to seeing you again,

Ms. Spratt













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