lunes, 30 de enero de 2017

Clothes Resources for the ELementary ELL

It´s been a while since my last post here. I´ve been busy creating worksheets for my other  blog
( , many of them are still free. And when I started working on this theme it took me a while getting all the clipart to come up with the resources. I´ll be adding more ideas and activities often, so be sure to come back again.

Link to the resources:

How many?  Give each group of student clothes small flashcards in different colors and have them sort all the pieces.
Teacher: How many dresses ?
Students: six. Six dresses.

Then ask them to sort the clothes by color.

Teacher: How many red ?
Students: four.

Teacher: Which color has more clothes ?
Students: green and blue.
Teacher: Which color has less clothes ?
Students: white and black.

Then ask them to make patterns.
Teacher: green shoe, brown shoe, green sock, brown sock.
Teacher: red cap, red dress, pink cap, pink dress.

Alphabet. Review the alphabet by having the students say the starting letter for each clothing item.
Teacher: letter  B!
Students: B is for blouse. B is for boots.
Continue with all the other letters. Students can write all the letters and make a chart as in the example.

Sort by season. Talk to the students that there´s appropriate clothes for each weather.  Have them sort all the cutouts. Then, write each season and all the clothes that are worn on each one.

Sort by family members.  Also have the students tell you the clothes that each family member wears. Also discuss which can be used by the same family members, make a Venn Diagram.
Teacher: Look at the dress.  Whose dress  is it ?
Students: It´s Mommy´s dress.

Sort by gender.

Sort by Singular and Plural. It is and They are.

What is he/she wearing ? I created 640 flashcards to use for this theme.

Show a flashcard and start asking questions:
Teacher: What is this ?
Students: A dress.
Teacher: What color is the dress ?
Students: green.
Teacher: She is wearing a green dress.
Continue with the rest of the clothes.

Ask more questions:
Teacher: Is she wearing pants?
Students: No, she isn´t.
Teacher: Is wearing brown sandals?
Students: Yes, she is.
Hand in flashcards to all the students and have them write a text relate to what the person is wearing.
He is wearing a black jacket, a red and blue t-shirt, blue jeans, brown belt and brown shoes.

Hand in another flashcard and have the students write questions that can be answer in a yes or no form.
Is she wearing a blouse ?
Is she wearing a pink dress ?
Are her shoes purple ?
Is she wearing a hat or a scarf on her head ?

Describing clothes using adjectives. Draw a t-shirt on the board. Draw some stripes with colored chalk or markers. Then write stripped. Continue with dots, floral, zebra, leopard, army, plaid and many more. Use the clothes flashcards to show the printed clothes. Ask questions.

Teacher: What pattern does his pants have ?
Students: His pants are camouflage.
Sort the flashcards using adjectives. Here are some examples.

    Hand in two flashcards to each student. Have them stand up as you ask questions.
Teacher: Who has a dress ?  ( all the students that have a flashcard with a dress will stand up.)
Teacher: Who has a pink dress ?  ( all the students that have a flashcard with a pink dress will continue standing up and the others will sit down.)

Display several flashcards on the board. Give them an allotted time to write sentences related to each one.  Ask a student to read their sentences, all the other students that have the exact same one, should tick the sentence. Ask more students to read their sentences. The student with more sentences ticked is the winner.

Use the flashcards to label the clothes. You can place them in a cover sheet and have the students use white board markers, or place them on the board and have the students label them.

I have a fashion catalog for free at my  store:
But I made a new and better version. It´s just a cut and paste from magazines and students can be able to write a short description for each.

And prepositions are always used related to clothes. I got four furniture clip art and several clothes cutouts.

Teacher: Who´s this ?
Students: It´s Daddy.
Teacher: This is Daddy´s closet. Look what is in Daddy´s closet.
Students: pants, sweater and a belt.
Teacher: There are pants, a sweater and a belt in Daddy´s closet.

viernes, 13 de mayo de 2016

Community Helpers, Jobs and Occupations

I´ve gathered a lot of old clip art to make this big collection. There are 315 flashcards from old jobs and occupations to the present. I searched all the vocabulary from the book series and came up with this list. I guess that you can use them with all the levels even adults.  I will receive requests to change names on any or to include some more. Notice that some jobs have different ways to write it. For example, Steelworker and Steel worker. If you google the word, both versions will show.

Flashcards Games and Activities

Link to the 315 flashcards of jobs from the present and the past.

1.       Ask Questions. Hold up a flashcards and ask a question.
Teacher: What is he ?
Students: He´s a puppeteer.
Teacher: Where does he work ?
Students: He works at a Theater.
Students can also answer the questions on their notebooks.

2. Write a sentence.
Hand in a flashcards to a student. Ask him/her to write as many sentences as possible. Student: He is a Professor. He works in a University. He is a Math Professor. He is funny. He is playing with a yo-yo.

3. Story Group. Set a group of students together and hand each one a flashcard. Have them write a story all together that relates the people in the flashcards.

Story: The Scientist has a wife, she is a Manicurist. They love going to the Theater. The Mail carrier gave them the theater invitation to a play. They saw a Knight there.

4-    Alphabetical order. Challenge the students to write the jobs in alphabetical order on their notebooks. Make it a race. The first to do it correctly wins.

5. Descriptions. Students write only words to describe all the flashcard.

6. Class Bingo. Place all the flashcards that you are working with on the board.  If you are using 24 flashcards, then have the students select 8 or 12  to write on their notebooks. Write your 24 flashcards selection on separate piece of paper and put them in a bag. Call on each word to play BINGO!!

7. Make Venn Diagram.  Instruct how to make a Venn Diagram. Pair the students. Hand in 2 flashcards. Students make sentences with similarities and differences.

8. Word Association. Show a flashcard and have the students write as many words in an allotted time related to the job. Award appoints.

Pirate: boat, sword, mean, parrot, sea, money, treasure, island.

9. What am I ?  Have a volunteer student come to the front and sit. Hand him/her a flashcard without showing it to the class. Students ask Yes/No questions. The first student to find out the job on the flashcard will take the chair.
Questions: Do you work in a school ? NO. 
                    Do you wear a helmet ? No.
Do you wear a uniform ? Yes, a white jacket.
Do you use any materials ? yes, chemical items.

10. Analogy. Display the flashcards and have the students find the analogies in writing.

Most of these jobs end with ER.

11. Show the numbers on the board and elicit the job on each one as you say the number.

Teacher: What´s number 10 ?
Students: He´s an ice cream man.
Teacher: What does he do ?
Students: He sells ice cream

12. Distribute one card to each child in class. Students have to stand up as they hear their card called.

13. Position the cards around the classroom. Name a job and have students point to the flashcard.

14.True or False. Show a card.  Say a sentence related to the card. Students show the Yes Puppet or the No Puppet. I put the file in the store... check it... it might be free.
Teacher: He is a car dealer. He works in a supermarket.

15. Mime. Select a card and show it to a volunteer student. That student mimes the job and the class has to guess what the job is.

 16. Dictionary. Hand in a flashcard to each student. Have them find that word in the dictionary and copy a sentence. Than at your signal, have the students hand in their card to another student and  continue looking up the job on the dictionary.

17.        Listen and do. Call volunteer students to come to the board. Give instructions.

Ann. Touch the Pharmacist.
Samuel. Swap the diver with the tire repairer.
José. Bring me the witch.
Gabriel. Get the Veteran and give it to Mary.
Kay. Point to the table tennis player.
Lily. Circle the shopkeeper.
Peter. Show me the dentist.
Ory. Find the Paleontologist.
Ian. Check the Engineer.

      18. Who ?  Place the flashcards on the board and describe one, only saying a word. The children point to it and guess which one is it.

Teacher: green dress.
Students: The Heroine!

19. Write several jobs  on the board. Have the students place the flashcards under each one.

 20.Cover a flashcard with a handkerchief, if it is white the better and ask Who is this ? Then proceed to remove the handkerchief and see if the class guessed correctly.

21. The Alphabet: Place plastic letters in a bag. Have a student draw a letter from the bag and all the students have to find all the flashcards associated with that letter. In this case , letter M.

22.Hold it up: hand in all the flashcards among all the students. Place the students in a straight line, if possible.  Say the job word in random order and each student must hold up their flashcard

Teacher:  Cleaner. Orchestra conductor, figure skater, mechanic, coast guard, policeman, producer, chemist, pilot, fortune teller, cleaner.

23. Questions. Place the flashcards on the board and ask questions.  The student  that answers correctly wins the card.  Award the students with the most flashcards at the end.
Teacher: Who has an Harp ?
Student: The Harpist.
Teacher: Who sells fish ?
Student: The Fishmonger.

24. A Hint. Have a flashcard in your hand and don´t show it to the class. Give some hints. 
Teacher:  I love colors. I work in houses. I use  big brushes

25. Slap. Place the flashcards on the board. Have two students slap the flashcard with a flyswatter as you name them.

Teacher: Cellist !

Here are all the other flashcards.