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?Learning and Literacy Centers?

Hello everyone! 

Welcome to a center-based classroom!

Imagine walking into your classroom and seeing students in small groups working cooperatively. One group sits at a center with the teacher for guided reading instruction. Another group of children works at a thematic center sequencing the life cycle of an insect. At the next center, students work together restructuring a story with sentence strips. The teacher signals for attention; the students are quiet for directions. Students clean up their centers and rotate to the next center, going right to work.  Centers can be done simply with the helpful hints we give you here. Read on and
make centers a reality in your classroom!

How is your school year starting off?  Are things running smoothly?  How are your literacy or math centers and stations working out?  Let's talk about centers!
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Let's start with the basics! ?

What does a center-based classroom look like?

A well-run center-based classroom will have small groups of children working independently at all of the centers, the teacher leading a small group at the guided reading center, and perhaps a parent facilitating another center.  The children will be engaged in the activities, well trained about the procedures, and involved in their own learning.

What's the rationale?

Learning centers facilitate growth and learning!
? Learning centers provide an opportunity for small-group
reading instruction.
?  Learning centers enhance student learning.
?  Learning centers teach students responsibility.
?  Learning centers allow you to teach to a variety of
learning styles.
?  Learning centers offer a wider variety of activities for
students to learn from.
?  Learning centers allow students to work at their own level
while reviewing and practicing skills.
?  Learning centers promote cooperative learning

What is a center?

A center is a physical area in a classroom set aside for a specific
learning purpose. The center has appropriate materials and supplies so students can work individually or in cooperative groups.

How many students should I put in each group?

We recommend three to four students in each group at each center.

How long do students spend at each center?

Twenty to thirty minutes at each center is an adequate amount of time for students to complete most center activities.

How do students know where to go when it is time to rotate centers?

By teaching and practicing the routines and procedures you want to be followed at center time, your students will know what you want them to do. We suggest you follow a clockwise rotation pattern to rotate students through centers.

How do I group my students for centers?

To teach to the varied levels in all classrooms, we suggest you group your students by reading abilities. By grouping students this way, you can meet the instructional needs of all your students in language arts. Learning centers will allow you to teach to your low, medium, and high ability groups and move everyone forward.

How does a center-based classroom look?

Many teachers use tables and desks against the walls in
their classrooms. You can use student desks as a center, too.
During center time, the desks will be empty and small groups of children will be sitting at centers throughout the room. The teacher at guided reading will have her/his back to the wall in order to see all centers at a glance from where she/he sits.

How many adults do I need to run centers in my classroom?

 Just you! When you teach the routines and procedures of
your centers well, your students will learn how to work without supervision during center time.

How long is center time?

That depends on you and on how many centers you have
each day. If you have five groups of students rotating through five centers and spending 15 minutes at each center, then you will need 1 hour and 15 minutes for center time. Six groups of children rotating through six centers will need an hour and a half. Remember to add a little extra time for the rotation of
groups when determining the time you will allot for centers.

When it is time to change centers, how do I get my students? attention?

Ringing a bell or calling out ?freeze? or ?give me five? are great ways to call your students to attention. Teach your students to ?freeze? when the signal is given and to listen for instructions.

By providing a center-based environment in your classroom, you will be able to give your attention to small groups of children during ?guided reading.? Research shows that this small-group instruction is one of the primary components that leads to strong readers.  Centers are perfect for differentiation and making sure you are reaching and teaching your
English learners
. Centers also allow you to teach to all the student levels that are in your classroom. Your choice to run centers in your classroom will also teach your students how to work cooperatively in small groups. Learning centers allow you to teach ?responsibility? as students work independently, practicing and
reviewing skills and concepts at each center. 
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Happy Teaching,
Lori

For more in-depth information on running centers in an elementary classroom Click Here! 






Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Tue, 14 Sep 2021 10:30:00 +0000

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Publ.Date : Sat, 01 May 2021 14:40:00 +0000

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Author : noreply@blogger.com (Lori)
Publ.Date : Wed, 07 Apr 2021 09:30:00 +0000

Regular or Irregular ? Past Tense Verbs Take a lot of practice!

Regular or Irregular ? Past Tense Verbs Take a lot of practice!



Hello Teachers!
Today we are talking about verbs, past tense verbs in English!


English regular past tense verbs are straightforward, right?  

You simply add an ?-ed? at the end and you?re done. For example: ?The girl played ball.?   

Sounds simple, but it can be sticky!

When it comes to English past tense verbs it isn?t so easy.  First, the tricky parts of regular past tense verbs are the 3 different sounds that ?ed?  makes at the end of a word. The 3 sounds of -ed are /t/, /id/, and /d/.  Native speakers figure out these different ending sounds naturally, but with English language learners, these sounds need to be taught and practiced.






Irregular past tense verbs are not as straightforward.  


Irregular past tense verbs follow different rules.  Irregular verbs do not add ?-ed? at the end. They get modified completely. The present tense sentence of ?I tell you a story.? becomes in the past tense, ?I told you a story.?

But hold onto your past tense verbs!

The only method for learning irregular past tense verbs is to hear them, say them, write them, and read them so many times that it becomes natural to one as a speaker.  There are no specific rules regarding conjugating the tenses of irregular verbs.

Wait!  

That is not all, there are other words that do not change at all in the present and past like ?cut? and ?put?.  Furthermore, other words may not change at all in writing but are pronounced differently depending on the tense.  An example of this is, ?I read a book? in the present tense and ?I read a book? in the past tense.  When writing nothing changes, but when pronouncing it IS different.

Games are engaging and effective strategies for elementary teachers with English language learners.  


Games allow students to practice the past tense in a fun and lively way. Past tense verb games are great methods towards mastery for young students to become fluent with regular and irregular past tense verbs.


Happy Teaching!





Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Sun, 04 Apr 2021 17:01:00 +0000

ESL Year-Long Lesson plans| ELD Teacher Resource Bundle is for all Language Levels!

Attention ESL Teachers...

Here it is!
ESL Year-Long Lesson plans| ELD Teacher Resource Bundle is for all Language Levels!


All in one bundle of year-long ESL Curriculum that provides ELD resources for all English Language Learner (ELL) levels. The activities in this month-by-month ELD bundle provide your English Language Learners the opportunity to acquire and practice English to improve fluency, parts of speech, vocabulary, and grammar.
 

The best part is that we have done the heavy lifting for you! This bundle requires minimal PREP on your end!


Each week gives your ELL students the opportunity to learn and practice targeted parts of speech and vocabulary. It's the bundle every teacher of ELLs needs.

 

ESL Year-Long Lesson plans| ELD Teacher Resource Bundle is for all Language Levels!

  • ELL Newcomers
  • Beginners/Early intermediate English Learners
  • Intermediate ELLs
  • Early Advanced and Advanced English Language Learners

 

The games and activities in this bundle are great practice for all your English language learners. Use these engaging resources in centers, independent work time, whole class, or small groups.

 

LEARN MORE BY READING THROUGH OUR FREE CURRICULUM GUIDE:

ESL & ELD K-5 Curriculum Map - a FREE year-long pacing guide!



ESL Year-Long Lesson plans| ELD Teacher Resource Bundle is for all Language Levels!

 

Each month features:

All the ESL resources that are suggested in the curriculum guide for that month for each language level

Lesson Plans for each resource

Monthly Word Walls

Writing Activities

Parts of Speech focus resources

Games and Activities

And much more

 

Grammar:

Nouns & Articles

Pronouns

?Possessive

?Reflexive

?Indefinite

?Demonstrative

Verbs

?Regular Past Tense - 3 sounds of ed

?Irregular Past Tense

?Past Participle

?Phrasal Verbs - informal and formal Vocabulary

Prepositions

Adjectives

Adverbs

Conjunctions

 

Thematic Units feature:

ESL Lesson Plans

Games

ELD Songs and Chants

Activities

Units for each ELL language level

Language Functions

Language Forms ( grammatical forms, sentence patterns, sentence starters)

Pictures

Thematic Vocabulary

Idioms

 

Vocabulary Development Lessons:

Cognate Word Wall and Journal

Academic Vocabulary Expansion

Math Vocabulary units:

?Number Sense Vocabulary

?Addition

?Multiplication

?Measurement

?Fractions

?Number Sense

Formal and Informal Language

Semantic Gradients

Number Prefixes

 

Word Walls:

Back To School

Community People

MLK

President's Day

Valentine's Day

Dolch Words Pre K - 3rd Grade

End of the Year

Father's Day

 

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Graphic Organizers

Tongue Twisters

Reading Strategy Songs

Learning Centers Made Simple

Songs and Chants for ESL

Punctuation

Flip Books for numbers 0-19 and skip counting

St Patrick's Day Idioms

Sentence Starters

ESL Year-Long Lesson plans| ELD Teacher Resource Bundle is for all Language Levels!

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Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Tue, 16 Mar 2021 19:15:00 +0000

ESL Program Vocabulary and English Language Learner Terminology

Must know ESL terms and terminology when working with English Language Learners ELLs


Hello everyone,

Have you ever been confused after having a conversation with a colleague or administrator about one of your English Language Learners (ELLs)?  Did some of the English as a Second Language (ESL) acronyms or phrases confuse you when teaching, discussing, and/or sharing information about English Learners?  

You are not alone.  

There are so many terms in education and they are constantly shifting. 
I have compiled a list of terms to help wade through the confusion.  This is just a beginning ELL glossary, so to start with, here is some must-know ESL terminology.

Terminology when referring to students:

English Language Learner (ELL) ~

refers to students who are learning English as a second language.  It includes anyone who doesn?t speak English fluently or who is still acquiring English.

Limited English Proficient (LEP) ~

refers to a student?s language level.  LEP was employed for years to label children as English Learners. Now replaced by terms like ELL.

Early Childhood English Language Learner (ECELL) ~

refers to a student below age 5 who is acquiring English as a second language.

Language minority (LM) ~

refers to a student from a family where a language other than English is spoken. It does not signify how well the student speaks or understands English.


Terminology when referring to programs:

Content-based E.S.L. ~

refers to a model of language education using content curriculum, activities, study skills, and strategies of second language learning to teach English. 

English as a Second Language (ESL) ~

refers to English language programs (push in and pull out) that focus on instruction in English to English Learners. 

English to Speakers of Other Languages(ESOL) ~ 

refers to language courses at the elementary and secondary levels.  It can be also used with Adult ESL classes. 

English for Specific Purposes (ESP) ~

refers to instruction in or the learning of English for a certain segment of business or a particular career.  

Immersion Method ~ 

refers to a  program model where children are submerged in English.  The English learner is put in English classes without a model, program, or any structure in place to learn English.  The English learner is to learn English by being surrounded by or immersed in the language.

Technology Enhanced Language Learning (TELL) ~ 

refers to a method of teaching and learning English using a variety of technology and electronic media.

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) ~ 

refers to a teacher training program for teachers of English as a Foreign Language.

Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)  ~ 

refers to teacher education programs to teach English as a Second Language.

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) ~ 

refers to specific education for teachers who teach English language learners.  This can also refer to the professional tests to certify a teacher in ESL. 

I hope this list will help you out in your next conversation about English Language Learners or ESL programs!

Happy Teaching,


Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Thu, 11 Mar 2021 15:53:00 +0000

If you have ELLs you need Sentence Frames!

Hello everyone!  ???

Sentence Frames &
Sentence Starters
Language frames work!

As culturally responsive teachers 

we want all of our students to be comfortable in our classrooms.  Sentence starters and sentence frames are some of the English as a Second Language (ESL) tools teachers can offer our low language and English learners.  This English Language Development (ELD) technique offers the support these at-risk students need to succeed.  Sentence frames work great for ESL Newcomers, intermediate English speakers, and advanced English Learners.

A sentence frame (also called a language frame) 

is a fantastic teaching tool that offers oral and written language support to English Language Learners (ELLs).  Sentence frames can be used for any subject, ELA, science, history, pullouts (Speech, ELD, and Reading and Math intervention).

Sentence frames or starters should be used as a scaffold

intended to support students in using language that they would not be able to produce on their own.  As the language becomes more familiar these scaffolds are gradually removed or replaced with new language the student does not use.  Sentence frames shift the focus of informal language to higher academic language.

Below is an example of different language frames 

Classroom teachers or ESL teachers can use.  They are listed by language function with examples at 3 different language levels.



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Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Sat, 06 Feb 2021 19:38:00 +0000

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Author : noreply@blogger.com (Lori)
Publ.Date : Fri, 22 Jan 2021 00:40:00 +0000

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Author : noreply@blogger.com (Lori)
Publ.Date : Fri, 22 Jan 2021 00:33:00 +0000

Vocabulary ELLs need to know to understand Math


Vocabulary ELLs need to know to understand Math


Do your English Language Learners (ELLs) struggle with understanding Math?  Many ELLs do.  If you are working with English Language Learners (ELLs) studying Math here are a few things to make sure you cover!

Common English Words in Math

First let's look at the many English words that have totally new meanings when used in Math.  Here are just a few:
  • positive and negative
  • times
  • cone
  • mean
  • net
  • bring down
  • area
  • face
  • plane
  • tree
Before each lesson, take a moment and look for the Math vocabulary you are using in your lesson and identify which words you want to point out and make sure to explain.  For example, students should think 'multiplication' when a word problem uses words like times, every, double, and per.

Prepositions in Math

Make a point to teach, explain, review and practice prepositions.  Prepositions can signal the operation in a word problem.  Make sure your ELLs understand these important words in Math:
  • by
  • with 
  • to
  • into
  • from
  • and more!

Teach ELLs Content Words

All students benefit from using a Math Vocabulary Journal, but it is essential for the ELLs in your Math classes.  Before each unit present the Math vocabulary that will be used in that unit.  Pre-teaching Math Content Words and using a Math Journal will set your ELLs up for success.

Math Prefixes and Suffixes

Don't forget word parts that have keys to the meanings of the words you use in your math lessons.   Here are a few to get you started:
  1. bi
  2. tri
  3. poly
  4. oct
  5. gon 

Passive Voice

Many ELLs are unaccustomed to hearing and understanding the Passive Voice, yet many math word problems use it.  The word by gives you a clue to the passive.  In the passive voice, the action is performed on the subject.  ELLs have problems understanding statements such as:  seven multiplied by 6.  Point out and explain the passive voice to your students when it occurs in Math word problems.  

Vocabulary that is associated with mathematical operations

According to 'Limited English Proficient (LEP) Students'  A Supplemental Resource to the K-12 Mathematics Standards of Learning Enhanced Scope and Sequence  Virginia Department of Education Division of Instruction April 2004  in order to understand mathematics, students must:  

Know that mathematical operations are associated with many different words.  EXAMPLES: 

Addition: add, plus, and, combine, sum, total of, more than, increased by, greater than  

Subtraction: subtract, minus, less, less than, fewer than, decreased by, difference, lower, take away, from, shorter  

Multiplication: multiply, times, product, as a factor, twice, double, triple, groups of  

Division: divide, divided by, quotient, separated into equal groups, shared equally, over, into, how many groups  

Equal: is, are, result, make  


Here is a quick list from www.englishstudyhere.com


These are some ways to help your English language learners excel in Math!
Happy Teaching,


Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Fri, 15 Jan 2021 23:20:00 +0000

Terms for ELD, ESL, EFL Teachers


Terms for 

 ELD, ESL, EFL

Updated from a previous post!

Do you ever find yourself confused with the terms for ELD, ESL, EFL that teachers use when speaking of the components of ELD?  Do you sometimes wonder about exactly what we should be teaching in English Language Development (ELD)?

If your answer is 'YES' don't feel alone.  

Many of us need a refresher on these categories.  Here is an easy guide that will clarify the components of great ELD teaching when teaching English Learners.   Share this with your colleagues at your next ELL, ESL, or ELD  meetings so teachers are all using the correct vocabulary as you discuss lesson planning. 

Components of ELD

Phonology terms for ELD, ESL, EFL

The sound system of English.  This basically is the study of speech sounds.



Pragmatics terms for ELD, ESL, EFL

Situational appropriateness of language use.  I think of it as the ability to take turns in a conversation correctly or organizing written text.







Morphology terms for ELD, ESL, EFL

The forms and formation of words, that include prefixes, affixes, suffixes, root words, and inflections.


Syntax terms for ELD, ESL, EFL 

The structure of language, including the rules that govern phrases and sentences.  The ability to arrange words and phrases to make meaningful sentences.



Language Functions 
terms for ELD, ESL, EFL

The purposes of language.  The broad categories we use to express ourselves.

Language Forms and Structures terms for ELD, ESL, EFL

Grammar and language structure.  The grammatical structure we use in sentences to create clear communication.



Semantics 
terms for ELD, ESL, EFL

The meaning of language.  The meaning of words, phrases, and sentences both oral and written.  This includes vocabulary and academic language.


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I hope you find this helpful,
Happy Teaching!

Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Sat, 02 Jan 2021 12:30:00 +0000

?? Happy new year! Welcome 2021??
Happy New year everyone!  ????

 Yahoo!
2021 is finally here~

Are you ready for a freebie for the new year!   


?????Here it is!

the help you need when you have a new ESL student that does not speak English! This free sampler unit will give you examples of the hands on, engaging ESL activities included in our ESL Newcomers Units

This free ESL 34-page English Language Learner pack demonstrates the lessons and activities in our ESL Newcomer Units that cover early English language acquisition and literacy skills in students at the beginning or early intermediate stages of English.

Try this sampler packet with your ESL Newcomer. Lesson plans are provided to assure your English language student (ELL) is engaged and learning from the very first day!
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ESL Newcomer Pack Unit 1 includes the following lessons to acquaint you with our ESL Newcomer units. This freebie includes lessons and activities for: Basic phrases
Colors
Basic vocabulary
Vowels
Unit 1 is designed to provide an understanding of basic English phrases and vocabulary and basic foundational skills in vowel sound recognition and writing for students who are unfamiliar with the English alphabet. Students will also learn some everyday vocabulary associated with each letter of the alphabet. Check out all our ESL Newcomer units that build English skills at the beginning or early intermediate level of English

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You get lesson plans, activities and black lines for: 
?sentence Flip Books for the basic phrases -beginning sentence construction/respond to questions
? word wall cards for basic vocabulary 
? sentence starters for basic phrases
? flap fun books for 4 colors and basic vocabulary 
?vowels with pictures (color and B&W)

Please note that some pages are in color only, but print fine as black and white!

Rest assured that your ESL Newcomer is learning English from the very first day, building a strong language base with engaging and explicit language instruction!

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You can find all of my resources for English Language Learners that provide engaging, independent practice for your newcomer or beginner level ESL, older ELLs or adults. 

Combine this with my
ESL Newcomer Pack Unit 2
ESL Newcomer Sentence Starters



 Happy New Year. ??????
and 
Happy Teaching!
Lori

Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Fri, 01 Jan 2021 11:00:00 +0000

Teaching Vocabulary? What you need to know.?

Teaching Vocabulary?  

What you need to know.

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Hello everyone,
I updated this post, which I wrote sometime ago.  I hope you like it!?

As elementary teachers, we are always looking for and finding activities to teach English vocabulary to kids.  We want our students to broaden and deepen their understanding and ability when reading, speaking, listening, and writing.  
We know that when a student, especially an English Language Learner (ELL), can distinguish between the shades of meanings of related words, they are more precise and imaginative in their writing.  This is a strong and proven way to increase vocabulary.

Shades of Meaning~

Shades of meaning are the small differences among words that are related to a specific topic or idea.  The Common Core Language Standard L.5 requires students to distinguish shades of meaning among words beginning in Kindergarten and continuing through elementary grades.

Semantic Gradients~

Semantic gradients are powerful tools 
to teach elementary students the differences between related words and increase their vocabulary.  This graphic organizer improves reading comprehension and works with both English Language Learners (ELL) and native English speakers.  Graphic organizers for shades of meaning offer classroom teachers and ELD teachers a vehicle to reach the needs of all students. This type of gradient helps students distinguish between the subtle nuances of the meaning of related words and broadens their understanding of connected words, polar opposites meanings, and synonyms.  Furthermore, semantic gradients show all students how to use vocabulary precisely when expressing themselves in speaking and writing.  Semantic Gradients are great graphic organizers when you are looking for synonym activities, antonym activities, or teaching English to kids!


What does a Semantic Gradient look like?

I offer a free copy of the black line of the gradient that I use in my classroom!

Semantic gradients are lists of related words that have similar meanings placed on a continuum moving from one word to its polar opposite.  It is a continuum that orders related words by degree. 

These gradients use anchor words (words and their polar opposites) at each end of the gradient.   The vocabulary words used in between gradual shift in meaning.
For example, cool and sweltering would be the anchor words for a semantic gradient of temperature words that included the following:  cool, warm, hot, roasting, and sweltering.

How do you use a Shades of Meaning graphic organizer?

?      Identify your 2 anchor words by choosing a word and finding its opposite. 
?      Find synonyms for each of those words and order them to create your word list. 
?      Students then order the words to create a gradient or continuum.
 




Let me know if you use semantic gradients or other vocabulary activities to teach shades of meanings with your students when you are teaching English to kids!  

Happy Teaching,

Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Thu, 17 Dec 2020 23:29:00 +0000

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Here is the first resource to help get your newcomers writing!
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Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Tue, 01 Dec 2020 16:00:00 +0000

?Gracias The Thanksgiving Turkey - Guided Reading/lesson plan/Unit ?

? ?Hello everyone!

Are you looking for an engaging book study to celebrate this time of year?  Well here it is!

This Thanksgiving literature unit for Gracias The Thanksgiving Turkey by Joy Cowley consists of 10 pages. It can be used during the Thanksgiving holiday season for Guided Reading or a book or unit study. 

The printable black lines in this Thanksgiving book study focus on before, during and after reading activities to engage students and deepen reading comprehension and vocabulary.

 

There are printables to guide students through prediction, vocabulary, glossary work, alphabetizing, setting, characters, beginning, middle and end of story, connecting story to personal experiences, graphic organizers for comparing and contrasting, reflection and interpretation. 

 

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Great printables to excite and interest your students while reading this great Thanksgiving book!

Happy Teaching! 

Lori ?


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Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Mon, 23 Nov 2020 17:26:00 +0000