sábado, 21 de febrero de 2015

Calendar: Days and Months

Collect all kinds of calendar even if they are old to help out during the lesson. Use a real calendar to show the day and months of the year. The calendar helps understand numbers up to 31. Have them say their birthday and look up the date in the calendar and say what day it is on the present year. Have the students  identify the days of the week in the calendar and how many days . 

I made cards to help ordering the months of the year and the days of the week.  There are also abbreviation cards .  The cards help teach or review calendar vocabulary.

 Link :https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Calendar-resources-for-Elementary-English-Learners-1722495

Game: Go to Month.  Stick the cards on the wall in a random order. Bring a group of students to the middle of the room.

Teacher: January!  The students go  to the  January card and touch it and says the word. Continue with all the other months of the year, or days of the week.

Question and answer cards. Prepare the question cards in one colored paper and the answer cards which are the days and months in other colored paper.

Activity 1-You can place the question cards in a bag or facedown in a pile on your desk. Draw a question card and read it to the class. Have the children answer orally or write the answer on their notebooks.

Activity 2- Divide the class into groups . Tell the class that you are thinking of a word , day or month. Star giving some clues.
Teacher: the first letter is J and the last letter is Y.
The students look through the cards and guess the word. The first team to say : JULY, is the winner of a point. Continue with more words.

Students should learn the ordinal numbers for telling dates. Explain that the ordinal numbers are used to express order. Here is this game for connecting the ordinal number writing up to 31st.

Also use the ordinal numbers cards  to order the days and the month such as, 1st day of school is Monday, the first month is January.

Ask questions about dates, such as birthdays and have students  answer using ordinal numbers, but  stress the /th/ sounds in each number. Ask several learners their birthdays. A class helper can listen carefully and write the birthday of the student on the calendar using a colored marker. Do the same with the Holidays, the American or the local ones.

Explain how to write the date by writing the number of the month  (8), followed by a slash and the number of the day 8/25. Write the date on the board every class.

I made days of the week for Preschool students, but I guess they might work well for older students. You an use them to help them line up in order as a warm up game.

Pocket charts: I find them useful to review the calendar the whole school year.

 Got this worksheet at this site, www.worksheetfun.com
 Say a color for each day of the week.
Teacher: Monday is orange. Repeat with all days.  When all the students are done.
Say a day and the students say the color. Teacher: Wednesday. Students: red
Then say the color and the students say the day. Teacher: blue. Students: Friday.

I made some days of the week clips and used them on the worksheet.

 I found another worksheet at the Teachers Pay Teachers store. Her store  is Lita Lita, she´s a teacher from Spain.  I used it in a similar way as above.

Here are some great videos to include in your lesson planning: 


sábado, 14 de febrero de 2015

School Theme for EFL Elementary Learners

 If flashcards are used effectively , they reinforce new language. 

Here are some Flashcards Ideas.

Who has it ?  Game : pass out all the school flashcards to some students in the class. Call out a word that is on a card. The student with that card has to stand up, show the card and say the word. Continue with all the playing cards.

 YES or NO puppets:
Hold up a school flashcard and ask: Is it a (table) ?
Prompt the students to nod(YES) or shake(NO) their heads and answer YES or NO. 

You can also use the YES and NO puppet.
If the answer is YES, have them repeat: Yes, It´s a table.
If the answer is NO, have them repeat NO, it isn´t a table.

Review or Evaluation:
Place on the board  or table two flashcards. Say a word or sentence. Have the child point to the matching flashcard. Put a different pair of flashcards and repeat.
Teacher: crayon. It´s a crayon.
Student:( Points) Crayon.
Teacher: Very Good. Hand in prize.
Another Game: Display all the flashcards with a number under each one. The teacher or the student names a flashcard in a random order and the class says the number . Then say a number  and the class says the flashcard word.

Bingo Game: 
Distribute the blank bingo grid to each student. Have the students fill in 7 school words. Draw a random card and call it out so that the student can look for the word in their bingo grid and cross it off. When a student  has  crossed out all the words , he or she call out  BINGO !  Also make your call out Bingo folder. Print the small onto one color paper and another set onto another color paper. As you call out the words just place them on the folder where they belong. Using this system children can play  in small groups.

School theme book:
Give students the chance to read. Read to them or have them read after they know the vocabulary words. This is a decodable book that builds on previously taught words, helping students gain confidence and fluency. You can conduct guided reading so students can follow along, make as many copies as needed, maybe one for 2 students. Have students reread with their partner.  

Start teaching children how to use numbers in English, providing students time to use  language of  math. Use the cards provided or any other manipulatives. Here´s a matching game, it can be used as a memory game or as flashcards.

Task cards: make the  copies need. Laminate for further use. Display a set of cards to each group of 4 or 6 students. 

Students select their task card and write the answer in their notebook in the order of their preference.

This is a memory matching game. It can be used to assess the students by connecting the cards. Print the sets of cards, one with pictures and another with the names of the school objects. Divide the class into groups of no more than 4. Hand each group a set of cards. Have the students spread the cards facing up on the table and take turns connecting the corresponding names and pictures. The student who correctly connects the most pairs of cards wins. 

Blog Idea: I found this blog www.kinderdi.blogspot.com She made these sight word pointers for finding sight words in books. I thought that most text books are used for so little in class. I used the star template that she includes in the blog post for free. The children can choose a star word pointer and look for that word in the book and circle it in the same color as the star. I the stars on colored cardstock and wrote the sight words and the vocabulary words.

Pocket charts: so many uses in the classroom, get one because I´ll be posting many ideas. This is a simple matching the phrase to the picture. After they finish students can write all phrases in their notebooks.

The  activites for younger learners are at my other blog:

sábado, 7 de febrero de 2015

Valentine´s Day Ideas for Elementary ELL

I created this game for my girls so they could match contractions. Get them for free, for a short period of time, there are more Valentine´s printables, including cards. Link:  

I have had this roll the dice game for years, I don´t know the author. Write me an email(ei98srl@gmail.com) and I can send the file. The file comes with the heart template that the students have to trace. Then, they play alone and start drawing as the dice directs  or play in pairs and see who is the first one to complete the Heart Person. 

 A nice book to make to review the structure  I love…..   www.graphicsfromthepond.com.au

And for Valentine´s Day vocabulary words, a trace activity:

The Teachers Pay Teachers Store has some great resources for free. Here are some of them. 

 Sight words are almost never included in any textbook.   These commonly used words should be  encouraged to memorize and automatically recognized. 
A fun crown for the structure I love….
A worksheet for teaching colors:

A cut and paste activity for verbs:

Never miss a Word Search.

Get more ideas  and free files for younger learners at my other blog: