jueves, 19 de octubre de 2017

Halloween Candy Corn Friends for Elementary ELL

Just reviewing some old Halloween resources, I found this book I created years ago. I added some more things and here is the product.

I have two readers for this resource. 
Present the book to the students, tell them that it is about Candy Corn Friends. Many students have not seen a candy corn. They don´t know what it is. Explain that it is a candy used in Halloween.
Read aloud the book for them.  Read using different voices for each Candy Corn. Such as a stronger voice for Frank and a different one for the witch.  After reading discuss the book. Ask them questions about the characters.
Teacher: What color is Frank ?

Students: He is green.

The other one can be just for reading or use it as a coloring book.

Here is how mine turned out.

For introducing the story use the puppets. Show them the characters of the book before reading.  And you can use them after reading for the students to create their own story to present to the class. I made mine by gluing a craft stick but you can use a glove, felt anything to create wonderful puppets.

And crowns can work for retelling the story or for role play. Recounting the story is a skill to grow. Retelling using props helps the students comprehend the story. You can read and have the students come to the front one by one as you mention them  with their crown.

Here is an interesting part, an interactive book. A little cutting, gluing and putting together their book. I made mine using a book ring.

And then students can play in small groups. The board game has the characters. I made them stand using a clip. This a simple board game that doesn't take a lot of time to play.

And there´s another version where the students have to say a word with each letter of Halloween. Teach the rule that when a player lands on an H, a word starting with letter h must be said in order to stay in that place, if not, the student  has to stay where he/she was before.

Pocket charts are also a good way to play in small groups making the sentences. I only have this little red pocket chart. I thought that didn´t have a place in the English language Teaching, but I started doing things and they are quite useful. Besides making sentences, students can sort the Halloween Characters by color. You can use them to create the sequence of the story book. Place all the characters in alphabetical order.

And finally, make a coloring book to take home. By coloring in class, it helps to prepare students more structured lessons in the years to come. Coloring the Candy Corn characters  will motivate the students to appreciate the difference between the characters. They can come with imaginative ways to color their Candy Corn friends.

There are more resources at my store.

martes, 3 de octubre de 2017

House Theme Resources for Elementary ELL

Finally, This Blog Post with House Theme Rosources is up.
Board games are a fun time in class. The classic board game can be played to activate speaking in a less stressful setting, they can participate without worrying if they said it wrong. Children get to compete to win, but they have to know the vocabulary.

You can have the students play by just counting the spaces that are in the die and read the phrases: Go back, Go ahead, Miss 1 turn and do the actions. But you can place the small cards along and have each player move the spaces in the die if the word in the card is read correctly or if the picture cards are identified .
 I used funny house items as markers, so each player can be a house object, such as a chair or a sofa. I put them in a binder clip so each marker can stand on board game without falling.

Graphing.  I made three different graphs.
 The first one, Who lives in your house ?
Give children a house and have them write the family members who live in their house. Or Have them cut from the templates their family members. They should also write their names. Then they have to make a total count.
Graph the results on the board. Make a chart in advance with the student´s names and the numbers on the other.
The second one is related to: How many pets live in your house?
 And the third one is, How many rooms are in your house?
I like to have some cards for student interaction. Here are the ones that I made for this House Unit. I chose the most frequent words in the Book Series that most of you use. I also included some British words for the same objects, since I noticed that in some countries teachers use the British methods. I can make some more cards if you ask.
Picture and word cards are just matching, well yes, but do more things with them.
The cards give learners more opportunities to hear and speak English.  The games cane be played alone or in small groups. I saw this idea on Pinterest of using plastic plates. You can write on it with dry erase markers and then wipe it off with baby wipes. You can write the word on each plate or have a student write the word and the other has to find the picture.
If it is possible, have your own bulletin board for a word wall. Place the letters from A to Z and have the students put all the pictures under each letter.
Or  place only the words. I made letters in black and white just in case you want to print them onto colored cardboard and save some ink.

It can also be picture and word cards.
 If not, have them make their own Pictionary.

The flashcards! I made more than 270 House Objects Flash Cards.
                                                         Ideas for using the flashcards.

Use 3. Place students in groups of 2. Hand them 4 flashcards. Tell them to write several sentences using all the words in the flashcards. Model your own example.

Use 4. Describe the flashcard. Model  one and hand each student a flashcard. Have them write as many sentences as they can to describe a picture.

Use 5. Play give me by Spelling. Students play in groups of 4. Hand in more than 8 flashcards, try that they start with the same letter. One student is the speller. The others have to find the flashcard. Model on the board.
Teacher: S-H-E-L-F
The students shout SHELF!
Use 6. Cut the word part from several flashcards. Then cut the word in several pieces. Put them in a bag and have students put the word back on each flashcard as in puzzles.

Use 7. Label the flashcards. If you place each flashcard in a plastic sheet they can label with a dry erase marker and then erase it for other students to use.

Use 8. I made additional small word cards. They can be sorted in each room of the house

I also included a worksheet to do the same as with the flashcards.
And a complete house.

Furniture catalog. Introduce the catalog to the students by asking where does their family buy furniture, if there is a furniture store that they have been to. Tell them that they are going to make a group furniture catalog. I added several ways to do it.
 One, is that I provided all the pieces. Tell the students to glue the furniture pieces in the spot of the appropriate heading. The catalog´s cover is in blank for the students to write the name of their store.

Students can cut pictures from old magazines that they bring in to school and create their own version. When the catalogs are done. Have them share their work. They can also role play with other groups that come to buy from their catalogs and take orders.

Scrabble Tiles. I suggest you print a template for each student or several templates for a group. Have them come up with a crossword.  This game is good for Spelling practice.
Spelling Bingo. I usually include this game because I know that students love it and are willing play many times. I made a house template for it. It is harder to teach ELL students to spell than to read. Some teachers think that Spelling is not important while others focus too much on that area.

I have found so many Verb Clipart in old Cds that I included them. Games ? 
1.      Go get it. Stick several verb Flashcards on the board. Make several teams that have to line up in front of the board at a considerable distance. Say a sentence that describes the flashcard. The first student to get the correct flashcard from the board wins it for the team.
Teacher: The girl is eating ice cream.

1.      The flashcards are used to prompt writing. Have students sit in pairs and hand them several flashcards. Have them come up with a story, but first model a story as a  class on the board.
And what if you need more resources. I have more in my other blog.

miércoles, 16 de agosto de 2017

Nature or Garden Theme for Elementary ELL

 Use the Flashcards for Speaking. 

And here is the link to all the resources:

Place several flashcards on the board and write a number above each one and ask questions.
Teacher: What is number 3 ?
Students: It´s a plant.
Teacher: Is number 4 a cactus ?
Students: No, it isn´t. It´s a tree.
Have students make sentences.
Students: Number 1 is an acorn.

Have students draw the nature items and write sentences on their notebooks.
This is an acorn. This isn´t a stick.

Students can talk about numbers. Write the numbers 1 to 6 on the board. Have  2 students come to the front and place the flowers flashcards under the corresponding number.
Teacher :How many flowers are there ? Pointing to number 1

Students: one. One flower.
Have the students continue counting.
Students: Two flowers, three flowers, four flowers, five flowers, six flowers.
Teacher : What color is flower number 1 ?
Students: red.
Teacher: It´s a red flower.
Students: It´s a red flower.
 Continue with all the other flowers.

I found these great clip art for There is and There are sentences.
Place one or more on the board and model the sentences. Place more flashcards on the board for the students to say what they see.
 Then hand out all the other flashcards and have them make sentences on their notebooks and share with the class.

Review prepositions with the flashcards. Write the prepositions on the board and have the students sort the flashcards.

Ask questions:
Point to the first flashcard,
Teacher: Where are the flowers ?
Students: They are on the cactus.
Point to the second flashcard,
 Teacher: Is the butterfly on the flower ?
Students: Yes, it is.
Have students make and write a sentence for each flashcard.

And some Verbs related to the theme. Select the flashcards that you want to students to come up with phrases. Place them on the board and start from the picture.
Teacher: What is he doing ?
Students: He is planting a tree.
Suggest that he can plant any kind of trees. Have them think of other trees and write their answers.
Students: an apple tree, a big tree. They may come up with diverse answers.
 Here are the Verb related flashcards

With the flashcards you can the students classify them into verbs or nouns.

Place a flower flashcard on the board, review the parts of the plant that the students remember, if not, place the flashcards on one side of the board to remind them.
Draw an arrow with the words for each part of the plant. Ask them which parts are missing, they might have to say the roots and the seed. Draw them under the flower. Go to this link and download this easy worksheet made by Wendy Gilstrap.

As dictating all the color for each part of the plant, which is a good listening exercise. I had each word cut out and each part. Then the students had to line the words in alphabetical order and glue the part next to each word.

If you want to go further with the verb planting. I suggest you do, because you can introduce the words, first, then, next and finally that can be used for writing a text in the future.
Teacher: First, get the flower seeds.( emphasize the word first, use your finger as in number 1)
Then, bake the seeds with a little salt .( emphasize the word then, moving your hand or finger forward)
Next, put the seed in the soil.( emphasize the word next) Ask students, what does the flower need to grow. Show them the flashcards of soil, sun and water.
Finally, watch the plant grow.( emphasize the word finally by showing with your hands the end.)

And the trees change within the seasons. Remember that some countries don´t have all the Seasons. It is good to review the Seasons with the trees and see how they change.

Some games to end the theme.

First, a board game. I made one with the most common words and a blank one for your or the students to fill out with the words that will be playing.I added 8 game pieces. The students can select who or what they want to be at the game. I make the pieces stand by placing them in a binder clip.
And the other game is the traditional Bingo. I added the Bingo grid but you can do the Bingo List on their notebooks. I like this kind of game to practice Spelling.But for a twist I got a flower pot which I turned into a pocket. I used the flower template to make the flower words and glued them onto a craft stick for Bingo calling.