domingo, 22 de marzo de 2015

Easter for Elementary ELL

Easter small cards: play match the pairs of cards. Students will have to observe the cards  and concentrate.

Easter read and color book: have students construct meaning from the text and pictures. Then have them color only what indicates a color. The rest has to be blank.

Easter Pocket Chart: a wonderful resource to have in the class for those children who are kinesthetic learners. Children can work alone using the pocket chart. Explain to the children how the pocket chart works.

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Easter Egg book: This book can be easily made just by coloring the picture and tracing the phrases. It can also be made by coloring, cutting out and gluing the pictures onto each egg. The phrases are very easy to read. I punched a hole and placed a butterfly clip.

Easter Letter Tiles: have the students make the Easter words by using the letter tiles. Then, invite them to make new words by using each letter of the word.

Easter worksheets. Use them in a dynamic way having the students interact with each other as they complete them.

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sábado, 14 de marzo de 2015

St. Patrick´s Day

Teaching the language will eventually come with teaching the culture. Provide a variety of activities, because the information for St. Patrick´s might be new for most kids. It is important that you understand the context of this Holiday and what you want them to learn.

I made 2 books, one is for reading. Listening to stories read by you, the teacher, will help the students to read, write and talk better in the future.

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The other book  is for coloring. I made a bigger version for the teacher and a smaller for the students. Have them read each sentence and color only what it says. Children will learn to focus on details when coloring. It will help recognize colors.

Here´s a set of matching number/picture card and words. Games usually capture the student´s attention and encourage speaking .

- Memory
-Match the word and picture
- Play Who has it? Hand in a card to each player in the group. Name a word and the student who has it, stands up and says the word.
- Play Find and say. Place all the cards face up on the group´s table. Name a word or number. The first student to find it and say the word wins the card. The winner is the one with the most cards.

This craft can be great for classroom decoration. It also reviews the parts of the body and clothes. Go to I made mine out of craft foam, but you can use construction paper.

Worksheets: they will work as a supplement to the activities, helping keep track of learning and understanding of the Holiday. Put students together in groups to finish the task.

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miércoles, 4 de marzo de 2015

Seasons Unit for Elementary ELL

Flashcards: Don´t just go for rote memorization of the flashcards.Try interactive flashcards games.

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Tracer Books: help extend the vocabulary. The children can have the b/w version that they can color and have it as their own book to take home or keep in their book box. 

A set of matching words and pictures.

and more sorting  the words by seasons and the pictures as well.

and a game for the cards.

Assemble the book, punch a hole in the side and connect all with a metal ring.  Have the children use a straw as a word pointer when they read in small groups. Have them look for a specific word.
Teacher: look for the word: Spring. Use your pointer.

Have students use a colored crayon to trace the words. Instruct them to color the scene in each picture. Or have a color for each word.
Teacher: It (red), is (blue), a (yellow)

I created a book that relates the seasons to specific clothes. Actively read aloud to the class. Introduce the book by telling the children that for each season, there are different clothes to wear, ask questions about the clothes and the seasons settings.
A big colored version can be printed and kept in class. It would be nice to have a class library using plastic containers to keep books organized, and displayed with their covers facing  out to encourage students to read.  

Another book:

There´s a sunscreen lotion in the file to make a card holder.You can also use it to play a guessing game by slowly taking a card out and having the children guess what it is.
Have the children place the cards face up on their table. Ask them to find a word.

Teacher: Find sun.
Students: sun. Showing the word and picture card.

Connecting cards  variations: have the students match two identical picture cards, two identical word cards, or picture to a word card.Continue with all the words.
Spelling Bingo: Spelling is related to the students’ reading and writing abilities .Students should practice spellings of the words. Try giving in spelling time and space in your lesson planning.  
Give students the template and ask them to write 6 spelling words that he/she wants. You may want to write all the playing words on the board. Have a set for you to call out the words as in the Bingo Game. Students cross out the words called out. The winner is the first one to cross them all out.

 And some groups do need extra practice. Use the worksheets.