Lesson Plan: Animals

If you’re in need of a simple lesson plans for young learners, this lesson plan focuses on Animals. I have used it for grade 2 elementary students but could be suitable for grade 1-4 depending on their level of English.

Click here for the Grade 2 Animals – What’s This and What’s That powerpoint.

Click here for the PDF Animal Cards.

Click here for the DOC file for the Animal Cards.

Vocabulary/Key Language:

 What’s this? What’s that?

  • Giraffe
  • Dog
  • Bird
  • Pig
  • Mouse
  • Cat
  • Spider
  • Chameleon
  • Lion
  • Elephant
  • Chicken

Powerpoint Sections: 

  1. Animals with Pictures
  2. What’s this? What’s That? Review of Animals through hidden animal pictures.
  3. Telephone Game – You can use the included picture cards, or simply write the words on a classroom board and whisper the animal in the student’s ear. I play this game by having the students act out the animal through movement and no talking.
  4. Secret Picture Game – Click to reveal the hidden animal picture.

Discovering Korea: Busan in Winter

While most of Korea is shrouded in winter snow, Busan is chilly, yet more comfortably warm. Here are some of the beautiful sites in Busan that can, and should, be viewed all year round!


^ Gamcheon Village ^




^ Dong Hyun Motel on Gwanganli Beach ^

Only 50,000 won a night for an ocean view room.



^ Yonggungsa Temple ^







Know your beef cut!

Rhea Smith:

This is a WONDERFUL blog post about the differences between Korean and US meat cuts. It has the Korean names for beef and pork cuts, and does a great job explaining how these cuts match similar US cuts. Check it out!

Originally posted on KIMCHIMARI:

I recently bought some brisket from an American grocery store. But when I brought it home and cooked it, it looked and tasted different from the Yangjimeori (양지머리 – also labeled “brisket”) that I usually buy from the Korean supermarket. And this is not the first time– it has happened to me many times before and always wondered why. I had a feeling that maybe the two cuts were not from the same part of the brisket. And so I started my quest for the truth..

I have researched for hours on end trying to figure out how Korean beef cuts and US beef cuts correspond to each other. OK, yes, they use quite different primal cuts (primal cuts are largest units of cuts that is further divided into individual retail cuts that are sold at stores) – and that’s fine. But what confused me terribly were the English cut…

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Where to Shop Online in Korea

If you’re planning to move to Korea, i’m sure you’re struggling with what you want to bring, and what you think you can get when you move here. I went through that struggle, and didn’t find a lot of information regarding what is available here and if it would be affordable. Of course, I way over-packed and brought things I didn’t need, but I also missed a few essentials that I didn’t think to buy. Rather than list what you should bring, I’ll give you a comprehensive list of what is actually available for purchase, and if it’s in the price range or availability that you might hope for when moving to a new country.

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iPhone Repair in Jeonju

If you find yourself in need of iPhone repair in Jeonju, this repair shop has be tried and tested. It is affordable, fast and the owner can speak a bit of English if you need it. I had my broken screen repaired for 80,000won in about 10 minutes. You can check out their website here. I’ve also provided pictures of their business card below and a map location of where you can find them in Jeonju. They generally stay open until 7 or 8pm, but you can give them a call to see if they have special hours for the day you need. You can take multiple buses to the 전북선거관리위원회 32001(전주) bus stop directly across the street from the shop. 



Map to the iPhone Repair Shop in Jeonju

Winter Wellness – Getting Sick in Korea

As the cold season approached, there was almost no doubt that I would be catching a cold, the flu, or some other mild sickness. Nearly everyone in Korea gets sick around this time of year. Its inevitable, and almost impossible to avoid. On the buses and trains, at school, in the supermarket, and everywhere in-between, people are coughing, sneezing, and sniffling. This isn’t something uncommon during cold and flu season in the states, but it manifests in a much more germ-spreading frenzy in Korea. Since the population seems to be much more condensed into cities here, and the use of public transit is much more prevalent, it is so much easier to get sick here. I can see some really interesting differences between American culture and Korean culture when it comes to sickness.

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