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Back to School with English Language Learners!

Will you have English learners in your classroom this year?

It can be a bit unnerving for teachers when they first have English learners (ELs) in your classroom.

The following simple ideas will help pave the way to a fun year of learning with your English learners.

The number one thing to know is: 

do what you already do? establish a warm, and supportive learning environment for all students including second language learners.    

As teachers, we know that creating a safe and secure classroom environment includes such things as:
    ?Arrange the classroom in a way to maximize interaction with clear     walkways and designated work areas
    ?Post student work   
    ?Display classroom rules and procedures
    ?Model kindness, patience, and respect
    ?Smile often, laughing with our students and giving explicit positive     reinforcement

Establish a sense of belonging: 

by seating ELs in the middle of the room toward the front-facing the teacher to create a sense of belonging in your English learners.  Make regular eye contact.  Some teachers think they should not put second language students on the spot and don?t interact with them.  I feel this allows an ELL to slip to the edges of a classroom, never participating, speaking, or learning. Offer support by asking ELLs to repeat a simple statement from another student.  That keeps the student engaged while lowering the affective filter!
  

Integrate Ells? first language and culture: 

incorporate all students into the classroom by putting up posters, books, songs, and pictures of different cultures.

Use Word Walls:

ensure a sheltered and supportive classroom for your English language learners by including labels for your room and classroom objects that include words clearly printed.  This builds vocabulary.  Help limited or non-speakers comprehend by having them draw pictures on the word wall cards so they know where things go and what they are called.
 
Don't forget to put up your word walls!

Word walls draw attention to the words you are teaching and are used in whole class or small group activities.  Word walls provide a systematic visual vocabulary organizer that aids children in seeing and remembering connections between words and the characteristics that help them form categories and schemas to remember how to use them.

Predictable procedures, schedules and routines

Remember to develop and maintain predictable procedures, schedules and routines.  I model and practice these often during the first weeks of school and adhere to them throughout the year.  Posting a schedule, content and language objectives, rules, lunch menus, and bus schedules gives a sense of security to students.  Try to always include pictures and simple wording.

Further that sense of belonging by designing classroom jobs appropriate for ELL students.  There are many classroom jobs that a limited speaker can do such as:  Handing out papers, posting lunch numbers, etc.

Have fun this year! 
   
Happy Teaching!

Here is another great product to start out your year! 
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Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Tue, 27 Jul 2021 10:30:00 +0000

Freebie Time for Back To School
Hello everyone!
I hope you are enjoying the summer!
I have been working in the garden~ ha-ha, that is not new!
I am teaching summer school this year and am really excited.  We are learning English through a variety of science experiments.  My students are loving it and so am I!

Freebie Time!

The Free Back to School Lessons By The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs MC ? 2021 is available as a TpT free download.  This great resource is packed with a variety of freebies that will get your new year off on the right foot!  Click here to get yours now!

Look at all the free resources that are included in this one download:
  • Apple Number Puzzles FREEBIE
  • School Graphing for Young Learners
  • FREEBIE!!! First Day of School Crowns Customizable TK-5th
  • Compound Word Activities and Compound Word Puzzles FREE
  • Back to School Night Forms and Checklists Freebie in English and Spanish
  • Back to School Activity First Grade (100 Chart Mystery Picture Puzzle)
  • ESL & ELD K-5 Curriculum Map - a FREE year-long pacing guide!  (That?s me)
  • Back to School About Me Craft Activity
  • Writing Process Posters Engineering Themed
  • Multiplication Matching Game
  • 3rd Grade Math Spiral Review Worksheets Free Sample | Digital and Printable
  • My College Application
  • Back-to-School Guided Limerick Writing About Self Activity - Print or Digital
  • Back to School Activities FREEBIE
  • Free Coupon-based Classroom Management System
  • Using Mental Math to Make Numbers Using Number Tiles FREE
  • STEM Daily Discussion Starters, Journal Prompts, and Fillers - Sept.
  • Icebreakers Task Cards Getting to Know You Questions for Back-to-School SAMPLER
  • PREGO Capitolo 11 Spesa e Spese TOMBOLA
  • Choosing a Career for 9-12th Grades and Homeschool **Free Guide**
  • A Sampling of Sentence Patterns Grammar Worksheets
  • Free Back to School Lessons
  • Free Winter Holiday Lessons
  • Free Valentine?s Day Lessons
  • Free End of the Year Lessons
  • 100+ Free Lessons & Teaching Ideas
  • TBOTE and TBOTEMC Blogs
  • TBOTE Facebook page
  • The Best of TpT Pinterest Boards

Speaking of freebies!

Check out this great back-to-school Word Wall from Fun To Teach!

If you know of any great freebies, let me know!
Happy Teaching,
Lori 


Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Thu, 22 Jul 2021 14:11:00 +0000

Win $100. Amazon Gift Card! It is easy to win!

Win $100. Amazon Gift Card!
It is easy to win!

Hello everyone and happy summer!


Out of school and so very happy about that!  
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Oh by the way did I mention I am having a sale? :)
Happy Teaching!
Lori 
xoxo





Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Wed, 23 Jun 2021 16:53:00 +0000

?Learning or Acquiring a Language...what\'s the difference?




???Acquisition is 


subconscious, 


informal and implicit,
 and

tends to

 be unstructured. 






???Learning is conscious, formal, explicit,

 often grammar

based, and tends to move from

simple to complex language.



Second Language Learners need both! 
 



Happy Teaching!

 


Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Sun, 02 May 2021 14:41:00 +0000

? Grammar Goofs ?
???Hello teachers,
I love this quick cheat sheet from the University of Phoenix.  Great for teachers ??and students.

Happy May Day everyone??????



Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Sat, 01 May 2021 14:40:00 +0000

TPT Sale April 6 and 7

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Hello Teachers!

Spring IS HERE AND Fun To Teach is having a SALE! YOU CAN SAVE UP TO 25% FOR ALL THOSE RESOURCES YOU NEED, BUT ONLY FROM

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April 7th

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Here are just some of our great products on sale now!

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






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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. 

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

 

You will also love:

Gameboards

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!

Excellent curriculum for classroom teachers, ELD teachers, speech therapy, and intervention. Buy it here:

 

Why Choose Fun To Teach?


Fun To Teach is a small family business.  We offer bilingual elementary math games for kids in English and Spanish. We offer an assortment of fun and educational math, grammar, reading, Spanish, ESL, and ELD games, activities, products, and materials.

These simple games and activities include lesson plans, activities and games, worksheets, and more.  Best of all they are easy to assemble and easy to play.

All Fun To Teach math games are bilingual elementary math games and are available in English and Spanish.

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Happy Teaching,



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

?Time for a SALE at Fun To Teach ? Sale!?

January 21, 2021

?Time for a SALE at Fun To Teach ? Sale!?

? Ready, Set, Go ?

Hello Teachers!
Happy 2021! 


January 2021 IS HERE AND Fun To Teach is having a SALE! YOU CAN SAVE UP TO 20% FOR ALL THOSE RESOURCES YOU NEED, BUT ONLY FROM

January 22nd 

thru 

January 25th

Click here to shop now!

Here are just some of our great products on sale now!

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






Pop over to the Fun To Teach Store and stock up on products that will inspire you and ignite your teaching!




Check out some of our best selling products! ??

 

 








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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! 
 Check it out today!




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

?Time for a SALE at Fun To Teach ? Sale!?

? Ready, Set, Go ?

Hello Teachers!
Happy 2021! 


January 2021 IS HERE AND Fun To Teach is having a SALE! YOU CAN SAVE UP TO 20% FOR ALL THOSE RESOURCES YOU NEED, BUT ONLY FROM

January 22nd 

thru 

January 25th

Click here to shop now!

Here are just some of our great products on sale now!

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






Pop over to the Fun To Teach Store and stock up on products that will inspire you and ignite your teaching!




Check out some of our best selling products! ??

 

 








??????? 


?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! 
 Check it out today!




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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!
Click Here for your freebie!

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

Click Here for your freebie!


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??????

!Click Here for your freebie!



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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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

?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.

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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 Our community working together!




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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:

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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.


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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!         

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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.

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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!


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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!
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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!


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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

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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. 

 
 
 


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Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Tue, 18 Aug 2020 10:30:00 +0000