domingo, 29 de noviembre de 2015

Christmas Activities for Elementary ELL

Krasner (1999) recognized the necessity for language learners to develop not only linguistic competence but also an awareness of the culturally-appropriate features of the language.

Links to the files at my Teachers Pay Teachers Store.

I made a coloring and writing book for Christmas.
Engage your students into tracing these words with this foldable book. It is fun to make involving cutting and pasting.

Give students practice in their reading and writing process. Being able to read vocabulary words are the foundation into being to read later on. I included clothes and body vocabulary.

Card game: Hand in all the cards cut in half. Have the students order all the cards.
And more cards. I made a color word match with lights, bows, bells and stockings.

Print the set of cards that you want to play with.  Cut the cards and place them on a pile in front of the players. Students will take turns drawing a card and reading the color word or saying the name of the picture including the color. If they read it right or say the word correctly, the player can keep it.  If not, the player will put in a can designated for the non - read or named cards. Play moves on to the next player on the right. Students will try to make a match with the word and picture. The students with the most matches will win.

 You can also make a file folder game like mine.

For this other set of cards create a  ribbon decoration. Hand in a ribbon to each student and have them  make a match of a word and a picture card to glue on the ribbon.  Decorate the bulletin board or a window. You can even use the cards for a pocket chart activity matching the cards.

Share this Christmas Preposition Book with the class as a read aloud. All the preposition are underlined: in, on, under, next to, in front of, behind, between. Discuss in class what a preposition meansAnd positional cards to use as flashcards to review prepositions
You can make the toilet paper tube puppets to show all the prepositions.  
And there are to games to wrap it up. A sentence association game and with the same cards a file folder game to sort out all the positions.

And positional cards to use as flashcards to review prepositions

lunes, 26 de octubre de 2015

Halloween 2015

I looked up at old files and found some pictures to share.
Bat Necklace. I found the file at

I traced the pattern onto black construction paper with a white crayon. Then, punched a hole and added a yarn.
I used to subscribe to They have many printables. These bats  are so nice for hanging as a number sequence line using clothespins.

Bat word family. Got it at
 From the same website. I made the legs out of fun foam and used a plastic black plate instead of a paper plate.
And this alphabet web is from the same site, as well. I used a shoe lace for the weaving.
Do some fun math. Pumpkin addition. Another wonderful page. I made the numbers using bottle caps.

If you want any of the files, please write: I am preparing more Halloween resources.
Check my other blog post and find more resources:

miércoles, 14 de octubre de 2015

Adjectives for Elementary ELL

Link to the files.

Flashcards: I made a big collection of adjective flashcards. It wasn´t easy to classify them. I made 101 flashcards.  There are adjectives for people, things, feelings, size, time, weather, origin, quantity, taste, appearance, condition and more.  You might be using them according to your scope and sequence of your book series or for writing lessons.

There´s another set of 43 free adjectives flashcards.

Show students the flashcards.
Teacher: Look at the girl. She is wearing a dress. It is big. Continue with shoes and suit.
Then compare the flashcards related to the tie, dress and skirt.

Activity 1 :  describe a flashcard only using an adjective. The children point to it and guess which one is it.
Teacher: long and big.
Students: purple dress.

Activity 2: Classify with the students clothes from magazines. Students can make new adjectives + clothes words combinations.

Write several adjectives on the board. Have the students place the flashcards under each adjective. Graph the results. You can do this by using pictures from magazines.

Up and down:
Have your students stand up and sit down as you show the flashcards or arrow cutouts. 
 You can also give instructions using their hands.
Teacher: Hands up !
Teacher: Hands down !
Teacher: Boys, Hands up. Girls, Hands down.
Then introduce left and right.
Teacher: Hands to the right!
Teacher: Hands to the left!

Activity 3: Bring 4 students to the front and give each one an instruction.
Teacher: Student 1, hand to the left. Student 2, hand to the right. Student 3, hands up. Student 4, hand down.

Activity 4: Place all the arrows in a row on the board and have the students stand under the arrow that has the instruction given by you.

Activity 5: Make a pattern. Ask 4 students to come to the front.  Give each one a command.
Point to student 1: hands up. Point to student 2: hands down. Point to student 3: hands up. Point to student 4: hands down.
Touch each students head and have the class say the command.
Create more patterns with hands to the left and hands to the right.

Play beanbag game. Make 2 beanbags. Place all the flashcards on the floor in random order and have students take turns throwing the 2 beanbags to the opposite adjectives

Open and close: use the children´s book. Have them open and close the book as you say it. Go to the door and/or window of the classroom. Open and close them.
Dirty and clean:  Show the flashcard.

Teacher: Who´s he ?
Students: a boy.
Teacher: Is he clean ?  
Students: No. He is dirty.

Flashcard Game: hand in a flashcard to each student. Have them stand in a circle  or two lines facing each other. When you give them a signal, they walk around looking for their opposite and stand together. When you signal to stop, the winners are the students that have stood together correctly.  Mix the flashcards again and play one more time.

Picture dictation:  Children listen and draw what you say.   This is John. He is tall. He is fat. He is young . He is strong. He has brown hair.

Happy and sad: place the family cutouts on the board.

Before the class, laminate them so you can draw a happy, sad or angry mouth expression on each one.

Teacher: Who´s this ?

Students: Mommy.
Teacher: Is she happy or sad ?
Students: She is happy.

Have the children draw the expression on the face and ask the class.
I have the family faces available on the teachers pay teachers store, if you want the worksheets.

I made a set of 26 face cards. I included all the combination of hair and eye color, curly and straight, long and short hair, young and old. Have students describe each one using the physical appearance adjectives. There´s a number and a name on each one for identifying games purpose.

Another set of 48 cards displaying people.

Activity 6:  write all the hair color on the board and have students classify the cards.

 You can also classify the cards by tall, short, fat, thin.

I included some adjective label words. Place a people flashcard on the board and have the students find the correct labels. They can work with this on their tables.

 Finally, place all 48 cards on the board and describe a person. This is a good listening and speaking activity.
Teacher: She is tall and thin. She has short blond hair.

                            Students: Number 28. She is Pam.
                         Teacher: Number 10. He is Oz.
                         Students: He is tall and thin. He has long black hair.


                                      I made a Mr. Big Nose book for the playground theme using verbs.

Now , Using the same character I created another book using adjectives.

I love craft sticks puppets even for the older kids. This is a classification game.

I cut the toilet paper tubes in half and tapes a classification word.  I cut all the pictures and glued each one on a craft stick and also glued the word. But, you can glue only the picture and have the students find the word.

Use the puppets in games such as finding the opposite.

viernes, 18 de septiembre de 2015

Birthday, Numbers and Plurals

Get the files here.

Flashcard activity 1:  Stand 10 students in front of the class. Hand in the number flashcards in order. Stand behind a student.
Teacher: What number is this ?
Students: three.
Teacher: What number is before 3 ? ( stand behind flashcard number 2)
Students: two.
Teacher: What number is after 3 ? ( stand behind flashcard number 4)

Students: four.

Flashcard activity 2:  Stand 10 students in front of the class. Hand in the number flashcards in random order.
Write the colors on the board in columns: red, blue, yellow, green, orange, purple, pink,  brown, black and white.
Say a number and the student stand under the color word.
Teacher: five.
Students: purple. (student stands under his/her color)

Number trace cards: build math ideas and make connections  in English and integrate it to your lesson plan.

Pocket Charts: place the new vocabulary words in the pocket chart and have students make a sentence with each one.
Choose a color word, a number and a birthday item for a row in the pocket. 
Have students say a sentence, write it and draw it.
Use the pocket as a whole class instruction or small groups.

Cutouts are versatile for language practice. Here are some ideas.

Place the birthday cutouts on the board.
Teacher: They are gifts.
Students: They are gifts. (Point to the gifts) Use the plural S wand.

Repeat naming other objects at random.
Write the sentence on the board. 
They are gifts. Erase the letter a and write an apostrophe in a colored chalk or marker. They´re gifts.

Teacher: They are not cakes.(pointing to the gifts)
Erase the letter o and write an apostrophe with a colored chalk or maker.
Teacher: They aren´t cakes.

If you have bought my toys theme there are the kites with the contractions.

Ask questions:
Teacher: Are they balloons?
Students: Yes, they are.
Teacher: Are they candies?
Students: No, they aren´t.

I created a set of plural wands to teach the plural rules.
Use the plural wands to explain the plural of the nouns rules.
You can either print them out in color, or black and white and then color them.
 I made mine out of fun foam and attached a barbecue stick to the back.

When students go to their text books, have them circle each plural word in a color and them color every s, es, ves, ies in them.

I made plural pockets as some ideas I saw on Pinterest.

I used the most common words found on the books that we work with.

I taped straw to the back of each word. You can use craft sticks as well. 

Children place the words in each pocket.  

Match cards are proven success as a supplementary activity, vary the games as much as you need to suit your class. Use it to review all the plural rules in a fun way

Here´s a Birthday book with many pages so you can build up your own for your specific class. Use the book for read aloud in class. Introduce the book to the class, show the cover and examine the illustrations as a picture walk through. Students should tell you that the book is about a party. They should be able to recognize the pictures. As they are related to the vocabulary it will be easier for them to do listening and then reading comprehension

Birthday worksheets are for practicing.  I made a set with a worksheet on one page and made another set with 2 and 4 in one page. 
You can use them for homework or for assessment.
There are 3 blog posts related to Birthday Theme on my other blog.