jueves, 12 de abril de 2018

Circus Unit for the Elementary ELL


This is the next level to my last post at my other blog, more for the stuents in the Elementary grades.


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 Let´s start with the flashcards. Distribute a Circus flashcard to each student. Have the students name each Circus animal ,Circus character or food. Say the category.

Student:  It´s the acrobat.  Person.


Student:  It´s the elephant.  Animal
Have the students  sort the Circus Flashcards as in Person, place or things and introduce the concept of noun in English.

Students can do their own sorting using the printables. Print as many as you need for Person, place or thing. The templates can be used as cards. Have the students sort them into person, place or thing.


Circus Verbs Flashcards. I had these lovely clown clip art and thought of Flashcards to play some games.



Circus verbs Book. To review what the students learned with the flashcards. There are 28 pictures of the clown and the sentence, it can be used as a game, but the students can have fun matching and pasting the sentences to the pictures. Put them together and make a class book to take home by turns and read to the parents.


Worksheet . I did this one for preschoolers but I like to do labeling with the worksheets, it is a way to extend the activity a little bit more.

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viernes, 30 de marzo de 2018

Town and Community Helpers, plus transportation themes for the ESL learner.


In this blog post we will relate the community helpers to where they work and add their transportation.
Introduce the buildings using the flashcards. Ask the students who works in each building.



Match the building flashcard (school) to the community helpers (teachers) and people (students) flashcards. In this example more than person goes to the same building.



Now, make sentences.
Teacher: What is this?
Students: It´s the Hospital.
Teacher: Who works in a hospital?

Students: The nurse and the doctor.



More questions.
Teacher: Who is he ?
Students: He is the pilot.
Teacher: Where is the pilot?
Students: He is at the airport.
Place all the people flashcards on one side and the buildings on the other.
Say the name of a community member and the students have to answer with the work place and then the opposite.
Teacher: farmer!
Students: Farm!
Teacher: theater!
Students: ballerina!


Let´s pretend. Have the students pick a community helper and the corresponding work place and stand in front of the class holding a flashcard in each hand.
Teacher: Who are you ?
Student: I am a firefighter.
Teacher: Where are you ?
Student: I am at the fire station.

Where are you going to? Give several students a community member necklace and give the building flashcards to the other group. They stand in front of each other in random order.
Teacher: Who are you ?
Student: I am a clown.
Teacher: Where are you going to?
Student: I am going to the circus. (and walks to the corresponding flashcard)

I made small cards for the same matching exercise. Give  several groups the same set of cards and ask the children to match the cards in the shortest period of time. The first group to finish is the winner.



Place the building flashcards and the transportation cutouts for each one on a desk. Give instructions.


Teacher: There is an ambulance in front of the hospital. There are two fire trucks, one is next to the fire station and the other is in front of the fire station.

And I made people and transportation cutouts. I glued them onto toilet paper rolls and I used longer rolls for the flashcards.

Teacher: There is an ambulance in front of the Hospital.
Teacher: There are two ambulances in front of the Hospital.


More examples to say to the students and have them locate the ambulances.
Teacher: There is an ambulance in front of the Hospital. There is an ambulance next to the Hospital. There is ambulance behind the Hospital.


Teacher: The doctor and the nurse are in front of the Hospital.



And here is the whole scene for the Hospital.


You can do more locations using the cutouts set.

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sábado, 24 de marzo de 2018

Where do you buy things in town?


In my last post there were many activities on how to use the Town Theme flashcards, in this one is where to shop or buy things.
Flashcards 1. Place several items flashcards and ask questions.
Teacher: Where do you buy a hamster ?
Student: At the pet shop.



Place several flashcards on the board and write a number on each. Ask the questions.
Teacher: What number is the pet shop ?
Student: 93
Teacher: What can you buy at the pet shop?
Students: hamster, dog, fish.
Writing sentences with flashcards. Place a person, a store and an item flashcard on the board. Have the students make the sentence using the flashcards. They can make more sentences using these flashcards or magazine cutouts.
Give the students the small set of cards and have them match the item to the shop.
Put all the shops in ABC order.
Or glue the stores on several toilet paper rolls. Glue items cards on craft sticks. Have the students sort where to buy things. I particularly like the mall one because there are many things to buy there and they can discuss between partners that there several places to buy the same things.
Here´s a printable writing book. Students complete what they can buy in each store.


When the book is read at home with the parents, have them bring it back along with some magazines. First have them cut the book in two parts and make another matching game. Second, cut the store and it on paper and have the students find pictures of things that can be bought at the stores and then glue where they belong so they can be shared with the class.
There will be another part for the town theme.

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domingo, 18 de marzo de 2018

Town Flashcards for ELL


Town Flashcards
I made 190 flashcards for the Town theme and included places, community, stores, land features, neighborhood, places for leisure activities. And here are several ideas to promote speaking using flashcards.



Flashcards 1. This and That. Use the point finger to introduce this and that.
Teacher: This is a bank. That is the cinema.
Hand in the point finger and using more flashcards, have the students say the sentences.


Flashcards 2. Drill. Nominate an individual student to be the driller. The class or the group members have to read each flashcard.
Give the flashcards at individual students.
Teacher: Where are you ?
Student: I am at the police station. ( shows the card)This is the police station.
Flashcards 3. Go to. Place a flashcard on each seat or desk.

Teacher: Kim, Go to the hospital.
Teacher: Pam, run to the police station.

Flashcards 4. Name more. Place several flashcards and have students name a place in your town or city. Write the place under each flashcard. Have the students make another list with more flashcards. Here I wrote examples of my hometown.



Flashcards 5. Sort the flashcards by buildings, stores, work places,nature.


Flashcards 6. Let´s go ! Have the students make sentences using Let´s go to.
Teacher: Let´s go to the museum!
Students: Let´s go to the park !




Flashcards 7. There is ,  Guess game . Have 5 students come to the front and give a flashcard to each one and don´t let them show the flashcards to the class, but they do have to know what flashcards are playing. The class has to guess the buildings in town.
Students: Is there a library?
Student in the front: Yes, there is. (shows the card)
Students: Is there a museum?
Student in the front: No, there isn´t.
Flashcards. There are. Place several town flashcards on the board. Have a student come up one at a time and draw as you say. The students will draw the scene on their notebooks and write the sentences.

Teacher: There are two cars at the post office. There are four flowers at the restaurant. There are three giraffes at the zoo.



Flashcards 8.  Where is the family? I added a set of family flashcards to make sentences with the town flashcards.
Teacher: Where is Mother ?
Students: Mother is in the shoe store.


Or, you place more place flashcards and tell students where the family members are and have them attach the corresponding flashcard.
Teacher: Father is in the restaurant.

Flashcards 9. Where?. Place several flashcards on the board.  Draw Main Street and start asking questions.
Teacher: Excuse me, ts: It is on Main Street, between the fire station and the library.
Teacher: Where is the library ?
Students: It is on Main Street, next to the hospital.


Flashcards 10. On the left, on the right. Draw the street and arrows, place a flashcard on the right and another on the left.

Teacher: The bus station is on the right. The beauty salon is on the left.
Have students write questions to ask you about your street.
Student: Is there a bus stop ?
Teacher: No, there isn´t.



Flashcards 11. Where and what number? Place several flashcards on both sides of the road and add a write on each one.
Teacher: Where is the apartment building ?
Students: It´s on the right.
Teacher: What number is it ?
Students: It´s number 14.



Flashcards 12. At the corner of. Draw a street intersection, if it is a known one of your town the better. Add the flashcards.
Teacher: The school is at the corner of First Avenue and Main Street.

Have the students draw more examples and write the sentences. Then dictate to a student that will go to the board and place the flashcards.

Flashcards 13. Draw a street on the board. Give a set of flashcards to several students. Have them place the cards in the correct position on the street. Give them a written text where the cards should go. The students have to discuss how to place them.



The shoe store is on Main Street. The clothing store is next to the shoe store.The Hotel is next to the shoe store. The shoe store is between the clothing store and the Hotel. The bowling alley is across the street. The planetarium is next to the bowling alley.

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miércoles, 28 de febrero de 2018

ESL Weather and Action Verbs


Tell students that depending on the weather there are things that they can do or not.

Teacher: What is he doing ?

Students: He is playing golf.
Teacher: Is it sunny or windy ?
Students: It´s sunny.






Flashcards 1. The students can sort the flashcards for the activities that can be done in each Season or Weather.

Teacher: Can you drive in the Winter ?
Students: Yes, you can.
Teacher: Can you drive in the Summer?
Students: Yes, you can.

Flashcards 2. Let´s! Place the flashcards on the board and introduce sentences with Let´s.
Teacher: Let´s ski in the snow.

Students: Let´s walk in the snow.

Game board.  Place a flashcard and the game board model on the board to make examples for playing.


Teacher: He is playing baseball. It is rainy. (because I landed on the rainy spot) Can He play baseball ?
Students: No, he can´t.
Then, the student can´t move for next turn.
Another example. Teacher: He is playing baseball. It is partly cloudy.  Can he play baseball?
Students: Yes, he can. (The player can move for next turn)

Think of verbs. Give the students the template for each weather and have them think of verbs related to each weather and write them. Hang the weather verbs! Or students can paste them on their notebooks and write sentences with the verbs.
Another writing activity. Hand in  the templates to the students. They glue it on their notebooks or posters, but glue only the top border, so they can complete the sentences with the verb.

A Verb Pictionary.  I have these cute frog clipart. The students cut the frog pictures and glue when they belong. The students color the letters of each word. Bind it all and make an actual Pictionary.

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