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?Friday Freebie

?Hello Teachers,

In celebration of my ??33rd wedding anniversary ??here is a Friday freebie for all of you teaching math in Spanish or wanting to send home Spanish homework!

This is a 26-page unit that has essential math vocabulary to build a foundation of math understanding. You can use it whole class, with second language learners or struggling math students. 
 
The 15 carefully selected math vocabulary words integrate kid-friendly definitions with rich information about the concept. 


Words included are: poligono, figuras congruentes, simetria, ordenacion, diametro, lineas paralelas, lineas perpendiculares, area, angulos, cilindros, perimetro, rombo, cubo, esfera y cono. 
  
This Math Game packet includes black line masters to reproduce and use as games and activities.

 
This package includes: 7 Math Games:
?Match It Up!
?I Know the Word
?Tic Tac Go!
?And the Answer Is!
?Word Association
?A Game of 20 Questions
?Concentration

 

Also included:
? Flashcard Mania
? Math Games as Homework

 

Reproducible black lines included in this package:
-assessment
-activities to send home
-easy to use teacher
-teacher's guides
-easy game assembly
-variety of games
-complete game boards and game cards
-activity black line masters



Click here to download!


Happy teaching?!

Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Fri, 26 Apr 2019 10:00:00 +0000

Monday\'s Quote
Happy Teaching!

 Lori
Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Mon, 22 Apr 2019 10:30:00 +0000

?Place Value - necessary skills checklist ?

?Hi everyone!

I recently watched a group of students playing a computer game that featured place value.  Watching them play the game, I observed who easily played through the levels and who had trouble advancing.  

As a teacher my mind went to task analyzing what was needed as a foundation in order to understand place value.  


With that in mind here is a checklist to determine if students have the necessary skills to understand place value.  



Click here to download this poster!


If students don?t have these skills, STOP and teach these essential building blocks to understanding place value or your students will struggle with this cornerstone of mathematics throughout the year.

Young students can develop a strong understanding of place value when teachers assess their knowledge base before diving into place value.  Make sure your students have the foundation they need to create a strong knowledge of place value.

When you are sure your students have mastery of the above elements, move on to place value and watch them zoom!

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Happy Teaching!




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Click here to see the Fun to Teach products.We have a variety of games and activities to help build these essential math skills in young mathematicians.
                                                    Place value with3 digit numbers










Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Wed, 17 Apr 2019 10:30:00 +0000

Monday\'s Quote
Happy Teaching!

 Lori
Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Mon, 15 Apr 2019 11:30:00 +0000

?Friday Freebie?
?? Hello Teachers!
Here is a great math freebie just for you!

Multiplying by 8 - Multiplication Math Games and Lesson Plans


Check out this 26-page package freebie that focuses on multiplying by 8. Teaching elementary students to multiply is quick and effective when students practice their multiplication facts with these fun and engaging reproducible multiplication games, lesson plans and activities.

 

This package includes 5 Math Games:
*Multiplying by 8
*Match It Up!
*Concentration
*Multiplication Bingo
*Flash Card Bingo

ALSO INCLUDED:
*Homework Black lines
*Timed Tests
*Score Graphs


Each multiplication game includes game boards, cards, practice sheets, a 5 minute-timed test and graph for efficient assessment.

Also included are 5 black lines, which can be used to differentiate your instruction, as seat work or sent home as homework. Flash cards also come in this packet.


These games are effective ways to reach and teach your English language learners and at risk students. Differentiate your elementary instruction with this great 26-page multiplication game and activities.

Please follow me and don't forget to rate this product!

Click here to download this freebie!

Happy teaching!? 


Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Apr 2019 10:00:00 +0000

??Subject and Predicate...Mr. Morton!
??Hello everyone,
Subject and Predicate...who can explain it better than Schoolhouse Rocks?

Mr Morton is who, he is the subject of our tale and the predicate tells what Mr Morton must do!
Share this with your students and enjoy!



Happy Teaching!

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Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Wed, 10 Apr 2019 10:00:00 +0000

Monday\'s Quote
Happy Teaching! Lori
Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Mon, 08 Apr 2019 10:30:00 +0000

?Friday Freebie?
 ?Hello everyone,

Here is this weeks freebie!


This fun and effective freebie grammar game, The 3 sounds of "ed" Past Tense Verbs games and grammar activities are engaging and enjoyable ways for children to practice using The 3 Sounds of "ed" Past Tense Verbs.

This free game packet contains some of the great games/activities found in our original game packet.

This package consists of :
?GAME BOARD

?GAME CARDS
?WORD CARDS
?NUMBER CARDS

These grammar based games with lesson plans and activities give students the opportunity to practice English vocabulary and language skills in a fun and relaxing setting. As students play these engaging games they naturally transfer skills they learn in class!

Click here to get your freebie!  Please follow us and rate this product!

Happy Teaching!


Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Fri, 05 Apr 2019 10:00:00 +0000

?FREEBIE Formative Assessment Graphic Organizer for Reading?

Formative Assessment Graphic Organizer for Reading

 

Hello everyone!  Here is a great freebie to add precision to your instruction!  Enjoy!

 

FORMATIVE ASSESSMENTS
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Formative assessments are used during instruction to support the learning process. This student feedback helps us adjust and differentiate ongoing instruction to improve student achievement. 

Most formative assessments are quick and easy and do not take an excessive amount of time. They are easy to use on a daily basis. 
   

Formative assessments include:
? exit tickets
? lists
? bell ringers
? summaries
? quick write
? check lists: interview and observation
? journal your learning reflections
? graphic organizers 

? lists on sticky notes 
? anecdotal notes 

Click here for this great freebie!
 
Questions to ask:
?What did we do in class? 

?Why did we do it? 
?What did I learn today?
?How can I apply it?
?What questions do I have about it? 


Adjust and differentiate ongoing instruction and improve student achievement with this easy to use graphic organizer.

 

Click here for this great freebie!

 

Happy Teaching! 

 

 


Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Thu, 04 Apr 2019 10:00:00 +0000

? Passive Voice versus Active Voice ?
Hello everyone,
I was doing a bit of investigating the other day into the differences between the active  and passive voice.  In a nutshell this is what I found!
I would love to know some of your favorite ways to teach active and passive voice!

Happy Teaching!
Lori 


Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Tue, 02 Apr 2019 11:00:00 +0000

Monday\'s Quote
Happy Teaching!


Lori
Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Mon, 01 Apr 2019 10:00:00 +0000

? ? ESL/ELD K-5 Curriculum Map a year long pacing guide!


ESL/ELD K-5 Curriculum Map

a year long pacing guide!

Planning for the year can be overwhelming. Many of you have been asking me for my ESL/ELD curriculum map so here it is!

This year-long ESL/ELD curriculum map, broken down by week, will help you plan your year for all 3 language levels.

? Beginner/early intermediate
? Intermediate
? Early Advanced/Advanced

Each month, under each language level there are language components that I teach during that month. You more than likely have your own resources, activities and curriculum to teach these components. ?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.?

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!

Click Here to download from TPT!

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 administration. That?s OK! 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.

There is even a column for holidays, which you can use or not use, your choice. How awesome is that people? I mean the whole year is planned out for you.

Click here to download!

Happy Teaching!


Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Wed, 27 Mar 2019 10:00:00 +0000

Monday\'s Quote

Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Mon, 25 Mar 2019 10:30:00 +0000

Colorful Poetry!
Hello everyone, My darling niece Alex wrote some amazing poetry all around color. Super cool... Pink Pink is the princess in every girl Pink is the shine of a beautiful pearl Pink is a lollipop, nice and sweet Pink tastes like cotton candy , a special treat Pink smells like lovely, light perfume Pink sounds like music that fills all the room Pink feels like a friend when you are love sick Pink looks like a pot of cute lipstick Pink makes me happy and light on my feet Pink is what makes the color wheel complete Blue Blue is sadness, depression, despair Blue is crying everywhere Blue is never having hope Blue tastes like ice cream when you're trying to cope Blue smells like your friends' clothes when you're sobbing on their shoulder Blue sounds like sobbing louder when it gets colder Blue feels like the tears streaming down your face Blue looks like a frown hidden behind a smiling case Blue makes me watch movies that are depressing and sappy Blue is a color that is never happy Green Green is life sprouting out of moist soil Green is a magnificent garden belonging to the royal Green is a tree swaying gracefully in the soft breeze Green tastes like a fresh salad eaten with ease Green smells like a handful of mint, picked fresh and new Green sounds like rustling bushes with critters passing through Green feels like sharp branches poking through your clothes Green looks like a long, thick stem of a deep, red rose Green makes the world full of life and joy Green is the leaves of flowers given to a girl by a boy I hope you all liked them! Thanks for reading! XOXO, Alex Happy Teaching! Lori
Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Mon, 18 Mar 2019 11:30:00 +0000

Regular Past Tense Verbs!

Hi everyone,?

A few years ago I was teaching past tense verbs to a group of my students.  I started to roll out the songs and old charts and realized I needed to make some new ones.   I like beginning my past tense unit with "The House That Jack Built".  I thought I would post a variety of charts from the past.  They aren't the prettiest charts in the world, but they are effective.

I love this song I wrote!

 

The brown paper showed the marker well.

 

The orange paper reflected light.


The white made the marker show easily.


There they are....now I am off to make some new ones!



Happy Teaching!


Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Fri, 15 Mar 2019 10:30:00 +0000

Idioms for St Patrick\'s Day


??St Patrick?s Day is right around the corner!  

  I love using this holiday to teach about idioms!

?St Patrick?s Day Idioms?
What is an idiom?
Idioms are words that don?t mean what they say!  They are usually a group of words, well known and used by native speakers of a language, that can?t be understood by the individual meaning of the words.







Why teach idioms?
Students develop a clear understanding of idioms with direct instruction, read-alouds, teacher modeling and student-centered activities.  According to readwritethinkteaching idioms offers students the ability to further comprehend texts that contain metaphorical and lexical meanings beyond the basic word level.



Here is one way to teach idioms:
 
      When presenting idioms to students, introduce a group of 4 to 5 idioms together.   It is best to group the idioms into a category, for  example; before St. Patrick?s Day teach idioms that use green in them!
      Always use stories or relate personal conversations to introduce each idiom in context.
      Use an Idiom Journal to record the idiom and it?s meanings.  Don?t forget a picture.
      Practice by offering students a student centered activity.

Now you are on your way to teaching idioms!


I like these idioms for green!
      Get or give someone the green light
      Green with envy
      Grass is always greener on the other side
      To be green
      Green thumb
      Green around the gills


Here are some fun sites for idioms!
      Learn English


What are some of your favorite idiom activities!  I would love to hear about them.


Happy Teaching,
Happy Teaching!









Lori
Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Tue, 12 Mar 2019 10:30:00 +0000

Happy Monday!


















Happy Teaching!



Lori
Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Mon, 11 Mar 2019 22:26:00 +0000

Love the lessons you teach!



Happy Teaching! 
Lori
Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Mon, 11 Mar 2019 10:00:00 +0000

13 ESSENTIAL TIPS FOR CLASSROOM TEACHERS WITH ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS

13 ESSENTIAL TIPS FOR CLASSROOM TEACHERS WITH ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS

Buddy up! 

From the very first day find a buddy or buddies for your ELL student.  Buddies can orient the student to the school, play at recess, or work together with the ELL on class assignments and projects.  Student to student interaction builds a sense of belonging and community.

Use technology!
Google translate, books on tape, and the wide variety of free phonics programs make learning fun!

Bring out your best charade moves! 
Model and demonstrate what you want the student to do.  Repeat the directions slowly or have a buddy repeat classroom directions.  Be redundant in the way you present information.  Gestures, actions, pictures, objects and writing are all great communication tools to use.  Choose and few and use them regularly.  Check for understanding frequently.

By Consistent! 
Create a variety of simple clear instructions, routines, procedures and expectations.  Using these consistent cues will offer predictably and comprehension for students learning English.

Don?t hesitate to talk! 
Speak to the student directly throughout the day.  Don?t worry if the student does not respond verbally, listening is learning for the ELL student.  Remember that learning is taking place even if the ELL does not speak for the first weeks or months.  Provide opportunities throughout the day for teacher to student interaction.  Don?t let your English learner be a wallflower!  Bring ELLs into your classroom community with lots of direct teacher talk and eye contact!

Be patient! 
When the student does not understand, say less and simplify your speech.


Write it up! 
Post written objectives, vocabulary, and assignments.  Preview and review and allow plenty of time to practice new vocabulary in authentic classroom situations
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Hang it up!
Create and use visual demonstrations during your lessons.  Drawings, charts, maps, graphic organizers and pictures.  Hang them up to increase comprehension of the lessons you teach.

Get hands-on!
Use manipulatives.  Students learn without language when teachers offer learning through hands-on activities. 

Highlight it!
Highlighting vocabulary, important words or summarizing sentences are great ways of modifying assignments for ELLs.   English learners can understand difficult passages by identifying simpler language within the text that clarifies the meaning.

Show what you know! 
ELLs can communicate by labeling, drawing, copying, and underlining.  English learners can create outlines, make charts, diagrams and pictures to demonstrate their understanding and knowledge.  

Speak up when you don?t know!
Teach your ELLs what to do when they don?t know.  Instruct ELLs how to ask a buddy, raise a hand or call the teacher when they don?t understand what to do.   Modeling works great to make sure ELLs know how to ask for clarification.


Collaborate!
Communicate with ELD teachers for advice and assistance in creating a learning environment for your ELLs.  Classroom teachers with experience teaching English learners can be a wealth of knowledge.  Tap into their counsel.

Happy Teaching!
 Lori

Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Wed, 06 Mar 2019 11:30:00 +0000

Reflexive Pronouns lesson!

Hello everyone and Happy New Year!

I just put this lesson plan together for a fellowship I am applying for and thought I would share it with you!  It follows my Reflexive Pronoun Unit that I give as a sub plan for all of you who have taken one of the Fun To Teach workshops.  This alternate form can be used by anyone using their own picture cards.                             
       
Hope it is something you can use in the new year!



Happy Teaching!












Audience
This lesson is intended for teachers of English learners in elementary grades 1st- 3rd who are at an Early Intermediate to Early Advanced English proficiency level.  This lesson can be used for small groups or in whole class settings and is appropriate for all genders and nationalities.  A simple change of picture cards may be need to meet cultural standards

Purpose/goals
At the conclusion of this lesson, students will be able to differentiate between the reflexive pronouns.
Listing of student outcomes
Students will communicate effectively 80% of the time when using reflexive pronouns to describe what people are doing in pictures.

Teacher and student roles and activities
Introduction:  Teacher:  Briefly introduce reflexive pronouns and describe their meaning.
The lesson:  Teacher presents the pronoun chart in detail.  Explicitly teaching when to use ?it? (I can do it myself.) and when not to (He can shave himself.)
Teacher writes the subject pronoun and the corresponding reflexive pronoun on the board.
Students discuss the meaning of the reflexive pronoun.  Teacher checks for student understanding.
Chant:
? Teacher introduces the chant while the students listen for the reflexive pronouns.
? Call Back: Students repeat lines after teacher.
?Students raise their hand every time they hear a reflexive pronoun.?
? Teacher passes out the reflexive pronoun word cards one per student. Teacher recites the chant. Students hold up their reflexive pronoun card when they hear their word.
The Activity:  Teacher introduces the following prompt and reply.
Prompt: Who do/does _____ see in the mirror?               Reply: _____ see/sees _____in the mirror.
Teacher holds up one reflexive pronoun card at a time.  Students practice by looking at the card and speaking the prompt and reply. Students ?Call Back? repeating after teacher until they successfully repeat the structure. Students continue the practice by having a girl pretend to look in the mirror, a boy look in the mirror, and two students look in the mirror, etc.
The Game:  Teacher divides class into 2 lines and names the first person of each line as the team leader.
? Beginning with the team leader the teacher reads and shows one of the picture cards. The first student to give the corresponding reflexive pronoun wins and goes to the end of their line
? The next student in line plays against the remaining student?
? The team that has the leader back to the front of the line wins!
Wrap up:  Refer to the objective.   Parting Passport: ?Teacher asks the students to say their favorite line of the day using a reflexive pronoun.
Theme
The overarching theme of the lesson is the introduction and practice of reflexive pronouns in oral conversation for English language learners at the intermediate/early advanced level of English.
Timing
35 minute lesson
      Introduction: 3-5 minutes
      The lesson:  5-10 minutes
      The Chant:  5 minutes
      The Activity:  5 minutes
      The Game:  10 ? 12 minutes
      Wrap up: 3-5 minutes
Materials/Technology
Picture cards, reflexive pronoun cards, and chant for reflexive pronouns.  Optional: mirrors
Preparation:?
Write the reflexive pronoun chart on board or display with overhead or document camera (see chart below).  Copy and cut the cards.   Print copies of the chant.
      


Pre and Post Assessment measures
Students are given a variety of pictures requiring the use of reflexive pronouns.
Students orally describe what is happening to the people in each picture.
Teacher records the proper and improper oral use of reflexive pronouns.


Click here  if you would like to see the Reflexive Pronoun Unit at my store on Teachers Pay Teachers!

  


Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Thu, 28 Feb 2019 11:00:00 +0000

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Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Mon, 25 Feb 2019 12:00:00 +0000

It\'s Time To Shop!
Hi everyone,
Get ready to save!

Just wanted everyone to know that I am having a sale at my Teachers Pay Teachers store!  

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Here is what you need to know!
Discount Percentage up to:  25%
Start Date: 02/26/2019
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Happy Teaching! 
Lori
Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Mon, 25 Feb 2019 11:00:00 +0000

Friday Freebie
 ? Hello Teachers!
Here is a great math freebie just for you!

Multiplying by 8 - Multiplication Math Games and Lesson Plans


Check out this 26-page package freebie that focuses on multiplying by 8. Teaching elementary students to multiply is quick and effective when students practice their multiplication facts with these fun and engaging reproducible multiplication games, lesson plans and activities.

 

This package includes 5 Math Games:
*Multiplying by 8
*Match It Up!
*Concentration
*Multiplication Bingo
*Flash Card Bingo

ALSO INCLUDED:
*Homework Black lines
*Timed Tests
*Score Graphs


Each multiplication game includes game boards, cards, practice sheets, a 5 minute-timed test and graph for efficient assessment.

Also included are 5 black lines, which can be used to differentiate your instruction, as seat work or sent home as homework. Flash cards also come in this packet.


These games are effective ways to reach and teach your English language learners and at risk students. Differentiate your elementary instruction with this great 26-page multiplication game and activities.

Please follow me and don't forget to rate this product!

Click here to download this freebie!

Happy teaching!? 


Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Fri, 22 Feb 2019 11:00:00 +0000

? ? ESL/ELD K-5 Curriculum Map a year long pacing guide!


ESL/ELD K-5 Curriculum Map

a year long pacing guide!

Planning for the year can be overwhelming. Many of you have been asking me for my ESL/ELD curriculum map so here it is!

This year-long ESL/ELD curriculum map, broken down by week, will help you plan your year for all 3 language levels.

? Beginner/early intermediate
? Intermediate
? Early Advanced/Advanced

Each month, under each language level there are language components that I teach during that month. You more than likely have your own resources, activities and curriculum to teach these components. ?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.?

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!

Click Here to download from TPT!

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 administration. That?s OK! 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.

There is even a column for holidays, which you can use or not use, your choice. How awesome is that people? I mean the whole year is planned out for you.

Click here to download!

Happy Teaching!


Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Wed, 30 Jan 2019 11:00:00 +0000

I am having a SALE on TPT!
Hi everyone,
Get ready to save!

Just wanted everyone to know that I am having a sale at my Teachers Pay Teachers store!  

Click here to go to my store!

Here is what you need to know!
Discount Percentage: 20%
Start Date: 01/24/2019
End Date: 01/27/2019
Products Selected: All

Click here to go to my store!

Happy shopping!



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Happy Teaching! 
Lori
Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Thu, 24 Jan 2019 11:00:00 +0000