martes, 15 de mayo de 2018

Shapes Unit for Elementary ELA

Here´s the link to the resources:

Use the flashcards for chorus work. Have the students say the shape word in a different voice.
Teacher: Circle! Say Circle in an angry voice.
Students: CIRCLE!!!

Flashcards 1. Cards on the desk. Give a group of students a set of shapes flashcards to spread on a desk. The student on the turn pick a flashcard to name it. If the group says it is correct, that student can take the card, if not, the student has to return it.

 Flashcards 2. Sort the cards by color.

Flashcards 3. Sort the shapes by number of sides.

Flashcards 4. Name a beginning letter and the students have to say the shape.
Teacher: S!
Students: star and shape.

Flashcards 5. Play Bingo. Have the students draw 10 shapes and color each shape in the 11 playing colors. Start calling the shapes using the flashcards.
Teacher: gray triangle.

Flashcards 6. Charades. Have a student come to the front and pick a card and draw it in the air and have the class guess the shape. The one the guesses comes to the front to continue.

I made the set of shape hats. One set is with the shape included and another set is with the space for the shape that the students cut and paste on each hat.

Play games with the hats.
Option 1. Have the students stand up when you call a shape, the rest of the class sits.
Option 2. At your signal students stand up and run to find a matching partner and stand together. It can be the exact same shape in color or just the shape.
Option 3. Collect all the hats and without the students seeing put a hat on each one. At your signal have them walk around finding a partner by asking questions.
Students: Am I a square ?

Shape book. An easy traceable book to review colors, numbers and shapes and to learn sight words such as I , see. I made a puppet and placed a paper clip on the back so it can stand and be a reading companion.

Shape pockets. I found a similar idea on Pinterest. I made pockets out of each shape by printing them double and gluing the shapes leaving a space to insert the craft sticks. Give the students the crafts sticks and the shapes separately and have them insert the craft stick into the corresponding shape by reading each one.
Or, hand in the craft sticks to one group of the students and the shapes to another, have them ask people in the other group if they have the match to their piece. 

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domingo, 6 de mayo de 2018

More farm unit activities for Elementary ELL

And here is the second part of the farm theme. It will be all in a single product.Link: 

Contrast the pet and farm animals. Display the barn cutouts and the house cutouts on the board.
Teacher: What is this ?
Students: It is the barn.
Teacher: What is this ?
Students: It is the house.
Tell them to come to the front and place the animals where they belong.
Teacher: This is the cow. It lives in the farm.
Students: This is a dog. It lives in a house.

Say an animal and students say pet or farm:

Teacher: Hen!

Students: farm!
Give the students the animals to sort out on their desks into farm animals and pets.

Then, name four animals and have the students put them in the same order on their desks.
Teacher: rooster, goat, turtle, cow.
Have the students sort the pets and the farm animals on the worksheets. Glue them in place and then trace all the vocabulary words.

Teacher: What color is the goat?
Students: It´s gray.
Teacher: orange!
Students: the cat and the fish.
And with worksheets, there is always something else that we do with them, what about a board game. I grabbed a file folder. Cut all the animals into squares, glued them into a path. And that´s a worksheet that has another use after it is doneI included the farmers and the all the game board pieces.

Baby animals. Display the adult animals flashcards on one side of the board and the baby animals on the other side.

Hand in all the animals in random order. At your signal have them run and find their match as mother and baby.

Teacher: mother! And the students who have the Mother farm animals show their animal. Do the same with baby.
I created snapshots! Students color all the animals and trace the words. Then, cut and paste the animals where they belong. Cut all the snapshots into pictures and have them match each mother with it´s baby. They can also join two snapshots(mother and baby) using chenille. I placed my matches in a pocket chart.
Or make a long chain of mother and baby using chenille. Or make a snapshot book ring.

Farm animals body. Place the hen flashcard on the board.
Teacher: What animal is this?
Students: It´s a hen.

Point to the mouth.
Teacher: What is this ?
Students: It´s the mouth.
Continue with all the known body parts and write them as the students say the word. Then go with the unknown words.
Teacher: Look, this is the wing. How many wings does a hen have?
Students: two wings.
Students can sort with you the legs of all the animals. Write two legs and four legs on the board. Place the animals where they belong.
Teacher: cow!
Students: four legs!

Give each group a poster board and an animal cutout. Have them label the body parts. Place them on a designated wall in the classroom or make a book.
Give a cutout to each student. Name a body part. The student with the animal that has the body part mentioned has to stand up and show his/her animal.
Teacher: beak! (students stand up with their cutout)
Place the missing body animals cutouts on the board. Ask the students.
Teacher: This is the horse. What´s missing?

Students: The tail!

Draw the tail. Continue with the rest of the animals.
Play the game Guess who ? with the flashcards.

Teacher: It´s pink. It´s small.oink!
Students: the pig !
Teacher: NO!
Students: The piglet!
Teacher: YES!
Label the parts of the body. I used letters from old magazines.

What do farm animals give. Here´s my list:
I made this printable accordion book. It can be done an animal per book or join all the animals.

Farm animals eat!

I added matching cards for the farm animal and the food that animal eats.

Animal positions. Use the cutouts. Place your cutouts around the barn and start asking questions.
Teacher: What´s is this?
Students: the horse!
Teacher: Where is the horse?
Students: It´s in the barn.
I added trees, fence, silo to complete the farm scene.
Students will color the worksheets and make a 3D farm scene.

Teacher: The pig is pink. (Continue with more animals)
Have the students make the scene using toilet paper rolls and clips or play dough.
Give directions for placing the animals or farm parts.

Teacher: The tractor is in front of the barn.
 Or have the students give directions.
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lunes, 30 de abril de 2018

Farm Unit activities for Elementary ESL

Farm Scene. Display the barn and the silo cutout on the board. Ask the children if they can identify the scene.

Teacher: Look at the pictures. What can this be?
Students: a farm.

Link to the resources: 

Then start placing the animals on the farm and say the name.
Teacher: This is the cow. What color is the cow?
Students: black and white.
Write the word next to each animal.

Teacher: Is this a hen ?
Students: yes, it is/ No, it isn´t.

As a review, say the name of an animal and have a student go to the board and remove it.
Teacher: Martha, Bring me the rooster.

Have the students write the farm animals words using the printable green letters and the cutouts, or dictate words and the first student or group to finish wins.

Sort the animals that live in the barn and the ones that live out of the barn.

Favorite  farm animal graph. Place the flashcards on the board.

By using the flashcards students get more speaking practice ,you get them talking as they describe, compare or answer questions.

Separate each animal with a line and start writing the student´s name after asking each student which is their favorite farm animal. Then have the students talk about the results.
Teacher: Which is Emily´s favorite animal?
Students: rooster!
Teacher: Who likes the cow?
Students: Will and David!

Possessive nouns. Place the farmer flashcard on the board and model a sentence.

Teacher: Who is she?
Students: the farmer.
Teacher: This is the farmer´s tractor.
I made this interactive book to review the possessive nouns.

I wanted the book to be interactive. I saw this idea on Pinterest and gave it a try. It is not hard to do, I would suggest that you use a lightweight yarn instead of twine like I did. Place a tape to each cutout behind the book.
First the students have to trace all the sentences and color the scene. Then as they read, they pull a string to the picture that the sentence is talking about.

Student: This is the Farmer´s tractor. (pulls the string that has the tractor).

Or simply, the students paste each picture where it corresponds.

Count the farm animals. Place several fences on the board.

Make several copies of each farm animal. Place them in each fence.
Teacher: How many horses are there?
Students: one, two, three. Three horses.
Teacher: What color are the horses?
Students: They are brown. 
Continue with the rest of the animals.
Have the students say which letter make the plurals for the farm animals.
Teacher: One cow. Two cows.
Students: letter S!
Point to each animal and have them say the plural. When you get to goose, tell them about the difference which is geese.
Students make craft stick corrals. Have them put their animals into each corral using the dice.  Go by each group and ask questions.
Teacher: How many hens are there?
Students: one, two, three. Three hens.

Then individually have the students place only four animals in their corrals. Play Bingo! If the student has the animal named then that animal has to be taken out of the corral.

The winner is the student that has their corral empty first.

Make the crown headband and use them for a simple game.

Make different amount of farm animals crowns to wear.
Place the barn, fence, trees or any other cutout around the room. Students listen to your instruction.
Teacher: Hens, walk to the barn! Horses ,gallop to the fence! Cows, stomp to the trees !
When the students are in groups at their destination. Count the number of animals.
Teacher: How many hens are at the barn ?
Students: one, two, three, four, five, six. Six hens.

Make a grid with the flashcards.
Teacher: B2 ! What are they?
Students: They are roosters!
Teacher: How many roosters are there?
Students: There are  two roosters!

There is/There are. Make a farm scene on the board using the cutouts or flashcards.
Point to each animal. Teacher: There is a cow.
Teacher: There´s a hen and a horse.
Teacher: Some animals are not here. There isn´t a pig.
Have the students give more examples of the animals that are missing.
Teacher: Is there a duck on the farm ?
Students: No, there isn´t.

 Do the same with there are/ there aren´t.
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