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Here are some Worksheet ideas to be used before beginning a lesson


Language Arts, Social Studies  


3, 4, 5, 6  

Title – Pick of the Day
By – Joan M. Diez
Subject – Social Studies, Language Arts
Grade Level – Grades 3 – 6 

To give students a number of different tasks to do, individually or in pairs/small groups. Most of the tasks involve vocabulary acquisition and/or revision. The worksheets work well as icebreakers (for the first few minutes before the actual lesson starts, to introduce the day’s topic) or as set homework. You may choose to leave the worksheets in a corner of the classroom for the kids to pick an do when they have some spare time. You can also use them to give the kids extra credits.


– Accompanying set of 20 worksheets

Introductory questions to stimulate discussion:

1. Choose them ad lib when appropriate, or suggest your own.

Introduction Activity:

According to class level and needs, it would be a good idea to revise the following:

Using the dictionary.

Writing language maps (semantic fields, related words)

Sentence writing (word order)

Composition writing (brainstorming for ideas, logical paragraph writing…)

A NOTE ON THE WORKSHEETS The activities may not be tremendously original, but they are useful for the teacher in a hurry. Just pick one and give the students something to do. (Tasks revolve around a topic a time, however broadly.) The worksheets work well in mixed-ability classes, as tasks vary in difficulty. There is something for everyone…! Also, the students could do the different tasks on their own or as a piece of homework. And last, but not least, the imaginative teacher can easily add his/her own tasks according to the group’s level and interests.

WORKSHEET No 1 – Going places

– How many means of transport can you name? Write the list.
– What are the different parts of a car called in English?
– Write about the advantages and disadvantages of public transport.
– Plan a three-day trip by car to some places you like. Show your
itinerary on a map. Indicate the distances in kilometres.
– Refer to the different sights you will see and the activities you will do.

WORKSHEET No 2 – Outdoors and the Environment

– Let’s see how many trees you can name!
– Draw 3 trees you like and write about them.
– Tell me about an excursion you have gone on.
– How can we look after the environment? Make a few suggestions.

WORKSHEET No 3 – School and Teachers

– Would you like to be a teacher? Why? Why not?
– Mention the qualities of the perfect teacher.
– Suggest a few ways to improve our English lessons.
– You are the English teacher today! Devise an exam for your classmates. Include the main points studied in class, do not make it too easy or to difficult and make sure you know the answers to your questions.

WORKSHEET No 4 – At the stationer’s

– How many items of stationery can you remember?
– Think of 6 items you use often and explain what they are for.
– Describe the following in detail: a pen, a ruler, a brush.
– Using whatever stationery you need, draw a map of your classroom, indicate where you and 3 of your friends sit. Then write a few sentences describing each of you.

WORKSHEET No 5 – Home, Sweet Home

– Make a list of 8 different places where people can live.
– Name the different rooms in your house/flat.
– Describe your bedroom, your living room and your kitchen.
– Draw the house of your dreams and write a paragraph about it.


– Draw a map of the UK / the USA and find 10 important cities.
– What are the advantages and disadvantages of living in a big city?
– Write about a city you know well.
– Do some research on one of the following cities: Hong Kong, New Delhi, San Francisco or Sidney. Summarize your

WORKSHEET No 7 – Shopping Time!

– Make a list of the different kinds of shops you can remember.
– Explain what a Department Store is, name 6 different departments and explain what they sell at each of them.
– Think of 5 things you have bought lately and tell me how much they cost (in pounds sterling.)
– Why do you think so many people enjoy looking at shopwindows?


– How many different jobs can you remember in 1 minute?
Write them down!
– What job would you like to do in the future? Why?
– Which is the best job in the world, according to you?
– Tell me about a business you would like to own. What would it be like? Refer to the premises, the staff, the furniture and/or the machinery you would need etc.

WORKSHEET No 9 – Reading is Good for You!

– Which is the best book you have ever read? What was it
– Do some research and tell me the names of 10 British and
American writers.
– Who wrote the following books?
Alice in Wonderland, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Frankenstein, Peter Pan,
– Read the following and continue the story. Use about 80
Li Chuan was an 8-year-old Chinese girl. She lived with her parents and her brother Tse (6). They were very poor. One

WORKSHEET No 10 – Numbers

– Write the following numbers in words:
13, 30, 48, 100, 204, 567, 1.000, 21.234
– Now try these:
300.000, 402.500, 605.123, 765.234, 1.000.000
– And finally…
2.001.345, 66.780.912, 987.654.321
– Can you read the following in English?
2 + 3 = 5 7 – 6 = 1
8 x 9 = 72 40: 4 = 10

WORKSHEET No 11 – Money, Money, Money…

– Make a list of 10 countries and their currencies.
– You are going to a friend’s birthday party. You have got $50 (50 USA dollars, about 20 pounds sterling) to buy a present for him/her. What are the best things
you can find for that amount?
– How would you use a million pounds?
– Think of ways how the rich countries can help the poor ones.

WORKSHEET No 12 – Singers and Songs

– Name 10 famous British and American singers or bands.
– Write a paragraph about your favorite singer/band.
– Find the lyrics of a song in English you like and translate them into your mother tongue.
– Imagine that all your favorite artists are taking part in the same concert. Design a poster to advertise the occasion.

WORKSHEET No 13 – Anatomy and Health

– Write the names of as many parts of the body as you can.
– Refer to the body’s internal organs and their functions.
– Write a list of the most common illnesses.
– After doing some research, write a composition on alternative medicine.

WORKSHEET No 14 – Flowers

– What’s your favorite flower? Draw it and explain why you like it so much.
– Write the names of 6 different flowers.
– Do you prefer natural or artificial flowers? Why?
– Design a small garden. Include flowers, plants and trees. What would you put and where?

WORKSHEET No 15 – Phone Home…

– Can you read the following telephone numbers?
12 03 45, 66 78 90, 33 00 55.
– What steps do you have to follow to direct call the UK? And home from the UK?
– What is a collect call? And a phonecard?
– You are watching a bank robbery happen. Phone the police immediately! Write the dialogue.

WORKSHEET No 17 – Food

– What did you have for dinner yesterday?
– Find out about the traditional English breakfast. Would you enjoy it? Why? Why not?
– Write 3 menus appropriate for young people.
– Think of 8 different countries and their typical dishes. Show them in a wall chart.

WORKSHEET No 18 – Let’s Play!

– Try and remember the names of 6 toys and/or games. Write
them down.
– Explain the rules of a game you like.
– Some people think computer games are bad for you. Do you agree? Why? Why not?
– How many 4-letter words can you make by combining the ones in HANDKERCHIEF’? You may use a maximum of two H’s and two E’s in any one word, but no extra letters.

WORKSHEET No 19 – Telling the Time

– Can you tell the following times?
1.00, 2.05, 3.07, 4.15, 5.30, 6.42, 7.45, 8.50
– What’s the difference between a clock and a watch?
– Read the story of the Big Ben and summarize it.
– Find out about the different time zones in the world. What’s the time now in… Moscow, New York and Tokyo?

WORKSHEET No 20 – World Geography

– Write the names of 10 countries and their capitals.
– Would you like to live in another country? Why? Why not?
If you answered yes…which?
– What do you call the people from… China, Holland, Iran, Mexico and Switzerland?
– Collect information about a country you are interested in and
show it in a poster.
Conclusion Activity:
a) Make a poster or a small picture dictionary showing some of the words you have learned.
b) Put your compositions on the notice board for your classmates to admire.

Vocabulary Terms:

Means of transport; Jobs; The countryside; Stationery;
Parts of a house; Shops; Geography; Music;
Parts of the body; Numbers; Telling the time; Nationalities

Evaluation Activity:

Vote on the most interesting/enjoyable activity.

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