martes, 20 de febrero de 2018

Weather Flashcards Activities for ESL EFL Learners

Flashcards 1. Display all the weather flashcards on the board. Point and ask questions.
Teacher: What´s the weather like  today?
Students: It´s rainy.
Teacher: Is it snowy?
Students: yes, it is.
Teacher: Is it sunny?

Students: No, it isn´t.

Flashcards 2. Make a weekday chart on the board using your flashcards.

Ask Questions.
Teacher: Today is Tuesday. What´s the weather like ?
Students: It´s windy.
Have the students ask and answer more questions.

Flashcards 3. Order the flashcards by size. Have the students tell you how to order them on the board. Then ask questions.
Teacher: Which is the biggest?
Students: The sun!
Teacher: Which is the smallest?
Students: The snowflake!

And ask questions about color.
Teacher: What color is the sun?
Students: yellow!

Flashcards 4. Make patterns. Hand in the student´s flashcards.

Say a pattern order and have the students create them on their desks using the smaller version. Place the flashcards on the board for student´s correction. This makes for a good listening exercise.
Teacher: windy, cloud, lightning, sunny!

Flashcards 4. Express  weather likes. Place the weather flashcards on the board. Review all the weather flashcards that you have selected.

Hand in the small weather cards for the students to color and write their name on their favorite.
When they come to the board to place their card they have to express their opinion. 
Student: My favorite weather is sunny. 

Ask questions: Which weather has the most votes? ,Which weather has the least votes?, How many votes are there for sunny?

Flashcards 5. Games !
Game1. Spinners.
Give each student a spinner and a set of flashcards and questions to the group.

One student will be the reader and the rest will judge if the answer is correct. When a student answers a question correctly he or she colors a fraction of the spinner. If the answer is incorrect, he or he can´t color the spinner.  The first student to complete coloring the spinner is the winner. I made a colored version that you can add plastic contact paper or laminate, students can use board markers to color and the spinner can be erased and reused. If not, use the paper version. The spinner has 8 fractions.

Game 2. Cards around the room. Place the flashcards on the floor around the room following a path. Play some music or some weather sounds and have the children walk around the path of path. When the sounds stops they have to grab the card close to them and at your signal  show the flashcard and say the word.

Game 3. Have the children order the flashcards alphabetically. Give each group a set of flashcards and at your signal have them order the flashcards. The first group to finish calls STOP!

Game 4. Draw it. Divide the class into groups. Have them assign one student from each group to come to the front and draw the flashcards that you will show them. The first group to shout out the word wins a point.

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viernes, 9 de febrero de 2018

Teaching Numbers 1 to 20 to ESL/ ELLs/EFL- part 2

A mini set of number flashcards to match with the word can´t be missed. It´s fun to have several sets to give around to those students who are the first to finish classwork. They can also play memory.

Link To the resources of this post and the last one (part 1): 

Mini set game 1.  Have the students sit in groups of 2 or 4.  Tell them to separate the written form from the numeral cards and randomly distribute face up all the numeral cards. The written form of the cards have to be stacked in a deck face down. In turns ,a player draws a word card and finds the matching numeral card. If he/she is able to find it, keeps the pair. If not, it is the next player  turn. The player that has the most pairs wins.

Mini set game 2. Since these cards are small, distribute 4 cards to each student. Have them displayed face up on their desks.  Start calling numbers as you place your big flashcards on the board. The students shout: I got it ! as they have the card with the number said and turn it face down. The first student to turn them all down is the winner.

A board game ! easy to carry along in class, it gives fun extra practice.

You can print the color version or use the black and white, which I prefer. 
Dictate the color every two numbers.
Teacher:: Color Number 8 and 18 yellow.

I added these cute Math crocodiles as game pieces. I taped a clip on the back..

Color words. I did this for my last blog post about color and it turned out nice. I think it´s spelling practice without the heavy “ write it 3 times” kind of activity that bores everyone.

When they have the words are sort out, ask questions:

Teacher: What color is number 10 ?
Students:  It´s gray?
Teacher: What color is red?
Students: Three!

I made two different size of the color words, one to be done as a big poster and another one for small poster or a homework activity.

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jueves, 8 de febrero de 2018

Teaching Numbers 1 to 20 to ESL/ ELLs/EFL-part 1

 As the students come to our class they have quite mastered Number Sense of 1 to 20.
 I created these flashcards to do mainly listening and speaking. There will be more for the other skills.

Flashcards 1. Hand in the flashcards and have the students order them from 1 to 20 on the board. Or hand them in randomly one to each student and at your signal have them stand up and order themselves.

Flashcards 2. Have the students help sort the flashcards into odd and even.
Teacher: Number 14 !
Student: Even!
Teacher: Say the odd numbers!
Students: one, three, five, seven, nine, eleven, thirteen, fifteen, seventeen,nineteen.
Teacher: What is the even number before 10?
Students: eight!
Teacher: What is the odd number after 17?
Students: eighteen!

Mix up all the cards, hand one to each student. Designate a place for the odd numbers and another for the even numbers. At your signal, the students stand and go to the designated area and stand in order. The first to it correctly wins!

Flashcards 3. What´s the number between? Place a set of two flashcards and leave the between card in your hand.
Teacher: What is the number between 3 and 5 ?
Students: 4! ( Place the card in the middle of 3 and 5 to emphasize between) Repeat with more flashcards..

Do the number before and after.

Flashcards 4. Play Bingo. Have the students write 6 numbers from 1 to 20 on their notebooks. Start calling the numbers, as you call them place the corresponding flashcard on the board. The winner is the first to shout BINGO !!

Flashcards 5. Commands. Place the commands flashcards if you have them, I will include some in the product so you can do the activity. Attach the numbers 1 to 20 around the classroom. Give instructions on how to get to the numbers.
Teacher:  Nancy, Go to number 11! ( show the flashcard)
Teacher: Luis and Pablo, Make a line at number 20.
Teacher: Karen, look at number 15.
Teacher: Ignacio, point to number 8.

Flashcards 6. Listen and write. Dictate several numbers, one at a time. Use your flashcards to keep the order of the numbers. When you have finished, put them on the board in the order that you dictated them and read them again. Students have to correct their listening.

Flashcards 7. I am/You are. Hand in the flashcards to all the students.
Teacher: I am Number 9. (Hold your flashcard and point to yourself)
Student: I am number 19.
Continue until everyone has introduced their number.
Teacher: You are Number 15.( Pointing to the student with the flashcard number 15)
Student: You are number 7.( Pointing to the student with the flashcard number 7, next to him/her.)
Teacher: Who is Number 12 ?
Students: Jorge !

Flashcards 8. Rote counting. Place all the flashcadrs on the board to help guide the students. Use the point finger to indicate where to start the rote counting.
Teacher: Let´s count  back by 1´s starting at number 20.
Students: 20,19,18,17,16,15,14,13,12,11,10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1.
Teacher: Let´s count  to 20 starting at number 7.
Students: 7,8,9,10,11,12,1,3,14,15,1,6,17,1,8,1,9,20.
Teacher: Let´s count  back to number 6starting at number 19.

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domingo, 4 de febrero de 2018

Color Theme for Elementary ESL/EFL/ELL-part 2

Color Words. Students can practice writing the color words using this activity. I made a colored version and a black and white one.

The link is the same as in the last blog post:
Or they can create a puzzle.

Making colors worksheets. I made some worksheets that after they are colored you can cut them and play some games.

Teacher: What colors make pink ?
Students: Red and white make pink.

Monster color book. I read a book days ago that I posted a link on my Social media.(Link:

 It was quite interesting. It was about reading aloud to students. I had to include a book. There aren´t many book about colors for ELL´s. I created this one. They can color it and assemble in order to take it home to read to their parents or for their parents to read to them. It is good to have repetitions, just a few sentences to begin with.

 Here´s the  same link to the resources but at another store:

Color Monster Cutouts. 

Color Monster Necklaces. Use them to teach introductions with colors. Start by wearing one and give one to each student to wear.  Stand in a circle. Start the introductions, remember to point to yourself and then point to the person next to you. Have the students point as well.

Teacher: I am Purple Monster. Who are you?
Student: I am Orange Monster. Who are you?

Color Monster Crowns. Make crowns out of fun foam. Leave a little pocket to place the cutout, so it can be used for other themes. Place a card in the crown´s pocket so the student can´t see it. There are 11 cards, so choose 11 students to come to the front.
Student 1: Am I Blue Monster ?
Class: No, you aren´t.
Student 2: Am I Red Monster ?
Class: Yes, you are. ( This student is one of the winners because he guessed)
The rest of the students stay at the front trying to guess as they hear the answers from the class.

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viernes, 2 de febrero de 2018

Color Theme for Elementary ESL/EFL/ELL

Color Monster Flashcards.  Instead of the color splotches, I found these Monsters. They worked quite well. I also made the flashcards 2 in 1 page to make them easier to handle.

Idea 1: Make double or triple copies of these flashcards to make patterns. Hand in 6 flashcards to 6 six students.
Teacher: Red Monster, please come here. Green Monster, please come here. Red Monster, please come here. Green Monster, please come here. ( have them stand one next to the other)  Now, who´s next?
Class: Red Monster !
Teacher: and who´s next?
Class: Green Monster !
Teacher: Please say the sequence! ( Touch their heads as the class says the sequence)
Class:  Red Monster, Green Monster, Red Monster, Green Monster, Red Monster, Green Monster!
This is a classic AB pattern. Have students invent their own pattern on their notebooks and then show it to the class using the flashcards.

Or make them stand in random order as you call them.
Teacher: Yellow monster, green monster, gray monster, blue monster, black monster, red monster.

Idea 2: Have the students take out their colors and place them on their desks.
Say a color and have them show the crayon. Hide your flashcard and when they have shown the crayon you show the flashcard.

Idea 3: Place all the Monsters Flashcards around the classroom. Call on a student.

Idea 4: The favorite color graph.
 Place all the color Monster Flashcards around the classroom. Have the students color a splotch on a piece of paper. At your signal have them stand where their favorite color monster is. Count with them how many students are under each color.

Idea 5:  Show the students a splotch at a time. Ask questions:
Place all the splotches in a box or a small bag. Have students come the front and ask for a splotch in their favorite color.

Student: Pink, please.
Teacher: Here you are.

Idea 6: Have the students choose a crayon from their pencil case and hold it in their hands. They all have to stand up. Start showing a flashcard one at a time. As you show a flashcard the students who have the crayon in that color have to sit. The last students standing are the winners.

Idea 7: Sort the color flashcards. We always hear about Primary and Secondary Colors, I am sure most students know about this. I found about this category named: Neutral and tertiary. Tertiary is an intermediate color that can be made with a primary and secondary color, mostly brown and gray fall into this category.  Pink or Magenta is considered tertiary because it is red combined with purple. Neutral colors are usually black and white and some include gray. I suggest you read a little more before sorting the colors.

Idea 8: Make a grid for the 11 flashcards. Ask questions.
Teacher: What color is B3?
Students: It´s blue.
Teacher: Is C3 blue or pink?
Students: it´s pink.

Idea 9: Commands! Print a flashcard for each student. Hand them in randomly.

If you have my Commands Flashcards use them. It is a good way to review previous lessons.

Teacher: White Monsters, stand up! (show the Command flashcard)

Teacher: Black  Monsters, raise your hand!

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