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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 


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.

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.


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!  ????

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
Basic vocabulary
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!

Have fun??????

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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. ??????
Happy Teaching!

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.


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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 I am so excited about my line for ESL newcomers.  

Here is the first resource to help get your newcomers writing!
I am so excited about the ESL Newcomers packet Series.  If you are looking for a  systematic instructional curriculum resource to offer your ESL Newcomers, this is it.  
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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. 


 ? ? Click over to the Fun To Teach store and grab your download of this great product!

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

Happy Teaching! 

Lori ?

Check out our newest ELD Thematic Unit Bundle!

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

?Using Thematic Units for English Language Development

Hi everyone I am glad you are here??

As classroom teachers we know the value of thematic units when teaching young learners.  These units motivate children and engage students in learning.  But did you know that English Language Development (ELD) instruction is best delivered using this same tried and true teaching technique?

What is Thematic Instruction?

Thematic units lessons differ by the manner in which instruction is presented.  Instead of teaching in subject areas, the curriculum is organized around themes or topics. Reading, math, writing and science is integrated into an exploration of a broad subject area.  Children learn in a way that is natural to them.
In ELD instruction Thematic units are used to integrate the language skills of oral language and reading, writing, speaking, listening.

Benefits of Thematic units:

Teaching thematically offers the teacher a natural way to offer ELD instruction while building on students? prior knowledge, incorporating oral and written language, building a natural scaffold for student learning, engaging students in the learning, using cooperative learning situations.  Thematic teaching allows the ESL teacher to focus on individual needs within the classroom while offering an in-depth study of one concept area and the language and vocabulary that surrounds it.
Let?s take a look at what you can integrate by teaching thematically.

How to use a theme to teach your ELD Lesson:

1. Choose the language function(s) you need to teach at each language level.
2. Brainstorm the language forms that fit that function(s) at each level.
3. Choose a topic or theme that supports the language being taught.
4. Select a song, video, book or poem that supports your topic or theme.
5. Create a list of verbs, nouns adjectives and/or adverbs that support the theme,         function and form.
6. Gather pictures to support your lesson.
7. Create a simple pre and post assessment geared toward the language you will         be teaching in the unit.
8. Choose several activities that will promote oral language practice throughout             your theme.
9. Gather a writing project that will support your function, form and theme.
10. Find a project that fits your topic and language objectives to make in class and         send home for practice.

Integrating a theme into teaching English Language Development is a perfect fit.  If you have second language learners in your classroom, thematic units easily present curriculum regardless of language level.  

Click here for a free unit on vehicles ?Things that Go?

Click here for a free unit on vehicles ?Things that Go?.  

This is a perfect unit for your advanced level language speakers!

Follow these simple steps and get going on some great ELD instruction that will engage your students and provide them with some rigorous language development

Do you use thematic units in your ELD lessons?  Share with us your best units!

Happy Teaching,

Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Tue, 17 Nov 2020 11:00:00 +0000

ACADEMIC LANGUAGE versus Academic Vocabulary

Happy November everyone,

I am so glad you are here!  Ready for a little ELD conversation?  
Let?s get started.

Here is the question:
ACADEMIC LANGUAGE versus  Academic Vocabulary are these 2 terms the same or different?

Have you noticed that these terms are often used interchangeably?  To understand the differences between these two words let?s take an in-depth look at the precise meaning of each word. 

Delving into these 2 terms it becomes apparent that the overarching concept is ACADEMIC LANGUAGE.

the specialized language of academic discourse and textbooks.

Many researches insist that proficiency in ACADEMIC LANGUAGE is the most important predictor of academic success for individual students. Students must learn the many skills that are interwoven into the notion of ACADEMIC LANGUAGE

Academic Vocabulary is an important component, it is only one cog on the wheel we call ACADEMIC LANGUAGE.  

ACADEMIC LANGUAGE is a complex concept and requires teaching students: 
    ? the phonological features of English
    ? academic vocabulary and word formation rules (Lexical knowledge)
    ? grammar
    ? discourse
    ? cognition

Here is a little more detail on each of these important areas:

    ? Phonological Features include the sound patterns and intonation of English.

    ? Vocabulary and Word Formation includes teaching: 
            o prefixes, suffixes and roots
            o tier 1, 2, and 3 words (here is where academic vocabulary comes in)
            o parts of speech
            o multiple meanings of words 
            o the grammar rules that apply to word formation and usage.

    ? Grammar comprises: 
            o the correct use, rules, and understanding of the parts of speech
            o word classes
            o inflections
            o increasing word complexity
            o understanding complex sentence structures
            o syntax

    ? Discourse entails: 
            o the ability to use words 
            o to organize knowledge 
            o to exchange ideas

    ? Cognition encompasses: 
            o the mental action of:
                     ? thinking
                     ? understanding
                     ? learning
                     ? remembering. 

As you can see Academic Vocabulary is just a small part of the intricate concept of ACADEMIC LANGUAGE.

These two words should NOT be used interchangeably. 

 Click here for a graphic that helps organize the components of ACADEMIC LANGUAGE.

Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Fri, 06 Nov 2020 19:23:00 +0000

Reyes Family Fire Relief Fund

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Here it is again.

Click her to donate to Reyes Family Fire Relief Fund 

 Our community working together!

https://gf.me/u/yyc38gHappy Teaching!

Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Mon, 14 Sep 2020 15:31:00 +0000

?Reyes Family Fire Relief Fund

Hello to everyone?????

I just wanted to thank everyone who has been reaching out to us since last Tuesday.  Yes, my family and I are safe and we still have a house!  The fires in Southern Oregon have decimated our community. 

So much loss, trauma, and tragedy.

I am reaching out and sharing a Go Fund Me page for 3 families I have the honor of knowing.  I have taught their children over the years and watched their successes and accomplishments.  In the blink of an eye all was lost as their trailers and belongs burnt to the ground.


Click Below if you would like to donate now:



If you can, please share this 'Go Fund Me page' on your social media, email or blogs.

The smallest donations are appreciated.

I would love to offer some hope to these 3 families as they struggle through the unthinkable.

 Click Below if you would like to donate now:


With much love  ? and appreciation,

Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Sun, 13 Sep 2020 17:31:00 +0000

Distance Learning: What Parents Need to Know!

Back to School!         

click here for your free copy 


Tuesday my district goes live on line with students! We are all so excited, but nervous, too.

I wanted to start my school year out helping parents organize and prepare for the first days of school, at home!  Here are some tips, tricks and ideas I shared with my student's parents.  

What Parents Need to Know About Distance Learning 
Build a strong relationship with your child?s teacher.  Call, email or text your child?s teacher and introduce yourself.  Tell the teacher about your child, and your family.  Ask what you can do to help her/him and ask what you should do when you need help. 
Set and keep a daily school schedule and routine at home.    Students thrive when routines and schedules are followed strictly.  Consistent routines create an atmosphere that allows children to feel secure and know what to expect.  Remember to include in your daily schedule breaks at regular times for stretching, snacks, lunch and physical movement outside when possible.  Create a plan and
stick to it!
Locate or create a space in your home for each individual child.  This is where they will do their distant learning and school work. Organize the the space by making sure the materials your child needs are easily accessible and within reach.  Limit distractions between children in the same room by using headphones, computer privacy screens or poster boards.  Desks, tables or other working spaces, which are in the same room, need to be positioned back to back to minimize distractions and horseplay! J
Many parents feel like they need to teach or reteach distant learning lessons.  Let the teacher do the teaching and help your children if they struggle by having a conversation about what your child understands and does not understand about the lesson.  Help your child explain their thinking about the lesson and see if they can sort out their thinking on their own.  Sometimes kids just need a sounding board.  If your child is still stuck, contact the teacher.

click here for your free copy   

Ask for help. Don?t be reluctant to contact teachers, reach out to other parents, or family and friends.  We are all coping right now with similar worries, frustrations and problems. By reaching out to each other we build a strong foundation for our own family and the families in our community. 
Encourage reading. Read with your children.  You can read books, recipes, newspapers or magazines.  The point is just to read everyday with your children.
Set clear expectations with your family.  Have a family meeting and come prepared to share your expectations for school with your children.  Explain that school is still school even when distant learning and that you expect the best effort from your children.   Establish realistic consequences for your children if their schoolwork has not been completed in a timely manner.  Hold weekly family meetings to talk about your families agreed upon expectations.  Consider how those expectations were met. If the expectation has not been met, calmly give the consequence that you established if schoolwork was not done.   Be consistent.  Keep everyone in the family connect with student education and achievement with these important family interactions.

Provide feedback.  Kids love stickers, stars, praise and positive reinforcement.  Remember to always praise the behavior you are looking for (?Wow! I am impressed with how you made sure to use your best handwriting when writing your story!? versus ?good job on that story.?)
Model patience, perseverance, understanding and compassion.  Covid-19 has created unprecedented stress in many if not most families.  Now is the time to teach your child patience, understanding and compassion.  Talk about perseverance and different strategies to create it when doing schoolwork.  Let your children know that taking a break when frustration comes in is a great skill to learn, but the real life skill is going back to a job and getting it finished!
Don?t forget to have fun.  Kids are kids and love to learn through play.  Make games and fun activities out of school work.  Ask your children how they could make up a game to help them with some of their assignments.  Make if fun to learn.
Keep track of assignments.  Make a schedule and post it on the refrigerator.  Review it together with your children each morning and set goals.
Encourage writing by asking your children to keep a diary or journal.  Make a homemade journal and teach your kiddos how to keep a diary.  Integrate writing into real life home activities.  These writing activities are great in English or your native language.
Promote conversation in any language.  Ask your child what they did today at school what was the most interesting, difficult, important things you learned today.

I am also sharing it with you, too! (click here for your free copy).  

Send this list home to take the first steps in assisting parents in making a successful transition to distance learning!

click here for your free copy 

All my best,

Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Fri, 04 Sep 2020 09:40:00 +0000

?? ZOOM and Online Distance Learning Classroom Rules and Etiquette ??

Hello everyone!

Many of us are getting ready for Distance Learning.  We know that both students and teachers reap the rewards when best practices are used.  Therefore, I decided to write down some Best Practices for Distance Learning that I wanted to remember and engage in.  I thought I would share my list with you!

My Best Practices in Distance Learning


·     Explicitly teach expectations and engagement

·     Describe expectations for online participation, communication, and etiquette

·     Get students into the habit of participating

·     Make online learning as interactive as possible

·     Balance synchronous and asynchronous learning

·     Give students choices

·     Engage students with a variety of ways to learn

·     Change your background each week

·     Only use 4 or 5 activities so kids know what to do

These are some of mine (so far).  I would love to hear some of yours!

ZOOM and Online Distant Learning Classroom Rules and Etiquette
Are you ready to start up your Distance Learning Classroom this fall?

We are here to help!  This colorful poster is engaging to use with your students to teach and review proper Zoom etiquette during the first weeks of school and beyond!
Maintain your classroom expectations using this engaging online poster. 

This set includes 5 posters each with a different center picture that will help you consistently monitor and practice the online etiquette of your students. You can either send this out to your students before you start your lessons as a reminder or display it as you start your daily Zoom lessons as a review.

Perfect for all distance learning platforms!


Need an ELD pacing guide?

This one is free!

As many of you know, I am a K-5 ELD teacher in Ashland, Oregon.  For many years I did workshops throughout my state for ELD teachers.  Many ELD teachers asked me for a pacing guide so I made this. 


Each month has a combination of ELD units and/or grammar components essential for English learners. Again choose some or all of what I have here. Feel free to mix it up to suit you!


?If I have a product that contains all or parts of the language I teach during that month I have listed it. All resource images are click-able links for your convenience. Just click on the image you want to see and it will take you to my TPT store.?  I use these products according to language level more than grade level.  Each column represents a language level.  The column has language grammar, forms and functions I teach for that level.  Under the column heading I list products I use to teach those language components.  Some of the products may have a grade level on it, but I have used it at that language level based on the language I am teaching students at that level.


Happy Teaching!

Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Thu, 27 Aug 2020 21:29:00 +0000

?Time for TPT\'s Back to School BONUS ? Sale!?

? Ready, Set, Go ?

Time for TPT's Back to School BONUS ? Sale!

Hello Teachers!
Happy August! 

 Are you ready to head back to school?? I am! 




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?Intermediate English Language Learner Bundle!?

This engaging intermediate K-5 English language level bundle is packed with essential EFL, ESL and ELD activities for your English Language Learners (ELLs). 

The 26 resources in this K-5 bundle will take you through the school year assured that you are teaching the essential foundation of English grammar and vocabulary to your intermediate second language learners. 


Here is another great product (AND it is digital) to start out your year! 
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Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Tue, 18 Aug 2020 10:30:00 +0000

5 Things You\'ve Gotta Do Before School Starts!
Hello everyone,
August has arrived and one way or another we will be in school!  Here are 5 things you gotta do before school starts!

1. )  Take a look
at your pacing guide for the year and gather the supplies, resources and materials you will be needing for at least the 
first month.  Organize your files and your grade book so you have a clear path forward.
Whether in the classroom or distance learning it is time to think about classroom rules and consequences.  

2.)  Make and share the rules you come up with and post them for all to see.  Once you have created your classroom rules and consequences make sure you are consistent with them.  Think about the consequences and make sure they are something you can live with!

3.)  Assemble your substitute plans.  It is not too early.  Once you have your sub plans created you won't have to think twice about them until an unless you need them.

4.)  Get your grade book ready.  Don't wait, this is one of those overlooked things.  Then when you are ready to record your  first assignments it becomes a big chore.  Do it now and you will be grateful later.

5.) Get a letter ready for parents and students.  Make sure that your families know what to expect.  Welcome them to school and talk about your routines and procedures.  Ask for their volunteer help and create a 'team' attitude right from the start of the year.

These 5 things will give you a head start to the school year!

Happy Teaching,

Need an ELD pacing guide?

This one is free!

As many of you know, I am a k-5 ELD teacher in Ashland, Oregon.  For many years I did workshops throughout my state for ELD teachers.  Many ELD teachers asked me for a pacing guide so I made this. 


Each month has a combination of ELD units and/or grammar components essential for English learners. Again choose some or all of what I have here. Feel free to mix it up to suit you!


?If I have a product that contains all or parts of the language I teach during that month I have listed it. All resource images are click-able links for your convenience. Just click on the image you want to see and it will take you to my TPT store.?  I use these products according to language level more than grade level.  Each column represents a language level.  The column has language grammar, forms and functions I teach for that level.  Under the column heading I list products I use to teach those language components.  Some of the products may have a grade level on it, but I have used it at that language level based on the language I am teaching students at that level.


Every classroom is different!? Every teacher teaches differently, and I tried to create this year curriculum map with many different types of classrooms and teachers in mind. I know you may need to tweak this to the needs of your students, classroom, and district . DO IT! Make it work for you. For example, March is testing month for me. If you need to switch months around to meet your testing time, that is just fine. Do what is best for your students in your classroom.

The whole year is planned out for you!


Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Fri, 14 Aug 2020 20:34:00 +0000

? Math Vocabulary Cards ? Spanish Freebie

Hello Teachers,

Let's ? celebrate ?  August with  a Spanish Math Vocabulary freebie. 

These Spanish Geometría vocabulary cards are great hands-on Math games and activities for second, third and fourth grades.

They are easy to use in every situation including  math stations, centers, rotations, review, test prep, early or fast finisher activities and more. 

Use these fun and engaging activities with 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade elementary students. 

With easy differentiated options, they fit a variety of learners. 

The critical thinking work for enrichment, GATE, or worksheet alternatives for individual kids, small groups or partners. 

Great for ELD and ESL

Grab yours today! 

Happy Teaching!

(Year 2, 3, 4). #EarlyElementary#MathGames#Geometry #Geometría#Spanish

Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Fri, 07 Aug 2020 12:13:00 +0000


Hello everyone!

I hope you are all happy and healthy as we start off August.  I have been enjoying summer outside and right now my garden is showing it!

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Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Tue, 04 Aug 2020 14:58:00 +0000

?Distant Learning Tip
?Distant Learning Tip ?

Provide each family with a list of basic virtual classroom etiquette for your online classes.  Include in your lists things such as, muting microphones, using sidebar chats (if you provide them), adding classes to a google calendar or family calendars.  Don't forget to teach students how to create or use non-distracting backgrounds. Remind them this is both visual and audio distractions.  Non-distracting backgrounds can be as simple as a blank wall. Ask students to leave their device on a table and not to hold or move it around.  Mention to students that the TV and music should be turned off,  pets are out of the room, and there are no distractions in the background (clothes and brothers and sisters). 

Happy Teaching!

Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Jul 2020 10:30:00 +0000

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I hope you and your families are doing great and staying safe!  Summer for me and my family includes a lot of hanging at home and in the garden.  The heat of summer just started for us this week...which is very late for us.  The heat has kept us indoors during the afternoons so I decided to throw a sale!  Here you go and happy shopping!

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Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Thu, 23 Jul 2020 10:00:00 +0000

? English Learners and Specific Learning Disability

English Learners and Specific Learning Disability

As ESL ELD teachers we are always worried about misidentification of English learners.  Specific Learning Disability (SLD) is a language and literacy-related disability referring to a psychological processing disorder.  If focuses on understanding or using spoken or written language.   Determining whether an ELL?s learning difficulties are from language or something else is a tangled web. 

Like many ELD teachers, I am often asked questions from teams of teachers and specialists that seek clarification and guidance on deciding how to untangle this web.  This is a recent question/inquiry I received:
?For this little person, since you see other students with ELD needs, would you say her challenges are based on ELD needs or that it?s likely she has a learning disability? Any guidance or advice you could offer in this case would be greatly appreciated.?

As teams of educators ponder how to work best with English Learners they can reflect on a many different approaches.  Here is a preliminary list of considerations I offer our staff:

·      What different types of interventions has she had and what were the outcomes?
·      What kind of differentiation has been used in the classroom?
·      Has she been in classrooms with a teacher who has been trained in SIOP?
·   Consider whether the learning environment appropriately supports or has supported the student and her/his language needs.
·      Use the data supplied here to examine student language development and performance.
·      Conference with parents to see what THEY are noticing about their child.  Ask questions about the child?s language abilities in both English and and the native language.  This is important because students who do not have a solid foundation in their first language struggle much more when learning English.  Does the student have a strong native language?
·      Analyze student data to compare student progress in relation to peers who are making typical progress over time.
·      Where are the gaps?  If a phonics assessment has been made look for sounds/letter combinations that were incorrect.  Are those errors that are sounds or combinations that are different or nonexistent in the native language?

I would love to hear what considerations you offer your school teams when working with ELLs.

Happy Teaching!



Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Thu, 16 Jul 2020 18:11:00 +0000

? Masking Techniques ?


? Masking Techniques ?

Hello Teacher World,

Recently a classroom teacher asked me about tips or suggestions I had for English Language Learners that have developed masking techniques to cover their lack of oral language understanding during lessons.  Do you have students that use masking techniques when they do not understanding something?  Students often use words like 'got it', 'right', or 'okay' to exemplify their quick attempt to show they understand )whether or not they truly do.)


The avoidance of class work typically goes hand in hand with not understanding exactly what they are to do.
 Here are my suggestions:
  • ?     Keep instructions to one or two step directions
  • ?     Have students repeat to you what they are supposed to do
  •  ?  Pre-teach when possible 
  •  ?  Make assignments and instructions as visual as possible
  •  ?    Build in group work when possible
  •  ?   Scaffold
  •   ?  Use sentence frames
  •   ?  Look at the language in the assignments and check for the language that confuses second language learners:
                   ?  Idioms ? a frog in my throat
                 ?  Prepositional phrases - Common prepositional phrase            examples include about, after, at, before, behind, by, during, for, from, in, of, over, past, to, under, up, and with... examples:    Check in, check out, check over, check out, etc.

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Happy Teaching,

Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Mon, 13 Jul 2020 11:00:00 +0000

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Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Mon, 06 Jul 2020 20:29:00 +0000

? Sending out some love ? TPT Appreciation Sale!
?Hello everyone, 
I hope you and your families are well and happy.  Teachers pay Teachers has sent out some great news.  They are having an appreciation sale!  

It is time to get inspired and Teachers Pay Teachers is the place to find your inspiration!

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Happy Spring!

Happy Teaching! 


Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Mon, 04 May 2020 11:00:00 +0000

?Monday\'s Quote! ?

?Monday's Quote just for you! 


Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Mon, 30 Mar 2020 11:00:00 +0000

? Check out this learning app!
Hello everyone ?????
I hope you and your families are healthy and happy.   There seems to be more time right now to check out the learning apps that are available.  Here is one I found.

Khan Academy Kids has apps by grade level that look very interesting.  Check out the apps and let me know what you think!  Here is what their website says:
Children can learn reading, language, writing, math, social-emotional development, problem-solving skills, and motor development. Open-ended activities and games like drawing, storytelling, and coloring encourage creativity and self-expression. A cast of adorable animal characters will guide children through lessons, and our adaptive learning path will customize their experience to help them master different skills.
Khan Academy Kids is completely free, forever
? no ads and no subscriptions necessary. And we?re always adding new content to keep kids engaged, including books and songs from Super Simple Songs®, Bellwether Media, and National Geographic Young Explorer Magazine.

Let me know what apps you are finding!  I would love to hear from you!


My best,


Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Thu, 26 Mar 2020 11:00:00 +0000

?Monday\'s Quote! ?

?Happy Monday to you!
Make it the best of days!?


Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Mon, 23 Mar 2020 11:00:00 +0000