jueves, 21 de mayo de 2015

Toys Thematic Unit for Elementary ELL

Children learn by doing fun activities in significant situations. Children learn by playing and interacting.
Link to the file: (103 pages)

Place the two parts of the house on a file folder so each group can have their own house at their table. Review all the house parts name and the toys cutouts. Give instructions where to place the toys.
Teacher: The teddy bear is in the kitchen.

Have the children place the toy in the house and repeat the sentence.
After each group has placed all the toys in the house, have them write a paragraph.
The robot is in the kitchen. The doll is in the bathroom.

Have and Has.
Give 4 students a real toy or a flashcard.
Teacher: Paul has a robot. (touch Paul´s head and the robot )
Have students repeat. Make more sentences.
Show a real toy or a flashcard in your hand. Touch yourself and  then the flashcard and say: I have a doll.

Has sentence association game. This was a favorite when  I was teaching elementary students.

Students can write a paragraph about all the toys they have.

Then, they can read aloud to the class.

1.        Zap it game:  saw this easy game on Pinterest and made a version to review the vocabulary words. I wrote the words on masking tape and placed them onto thick craft sticks. Write the words Zap it on some of them. I decorated a can with duct tape. The game consists on students pulling craft sticks from the can  and reading the words. If a student get the ZAP IT craft stick, all his/her sticks have to go back to the can and start again. Read more about the game here.
Also use the craft sticks to place them in alphabetical order.

Contraction kites: make these kites to keep them visible to students to understand the proper building of contractions.
Write It is a kite. Draw a kite.
Erase the i in the word is and write the apostrophe in a colored marker or chalk.
Read: It´s a kite.
Write more examples and have students do the same with other sentences.
Write It is not a ball.
Erase the o in not and write the apostrophe in a colored marker or chalk.
Read: It isn´t a ball.
 I left some blank kites to fill in with more contractions.
Pocket chart: if you don´t own one, you can still use the activity by displaying the sentences on the board or a table. The pocket chart is a good aid in to reading or writing as children can read the sentences and write them in their notebooks
Labeling makes children focus on a particular word and how it is formed. You can use the labels in the file for demonstration on the board or have the children make their own labels to practice writing. I included word card labels in different size to suit your needs.
Number  Cards:use them to develop mathematical communicative competence from an early age.
Teacher: Number 3.
Students: Purple
Book: readers need pictures to relate to words .I wrote a predictable, repetitive language one line of print with a big illustration of the toys. I used the sentence that students are familiar with simple sight words. 
Trace Cards: I suggest that you cover the cards with contact paper or plastic sheets. Have students trace over the cards using a white board marker, then copy the words and draw a picture on a notebook and finally ,read the words to a partner,
 Worksheets can be inviting for children to reinforce and review grammar structures. It can be included in your lesson planning ahead of time. Use imaginatively the ones that are appropriate for your class.

Toy words

This is an activity for spelling  from www.acupcakeforateacher.com

jueves, 7 de mayo de 2015

Mother´s Day Activities for Elementary ELL

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It is difficult to find easy activities for the Holiday.
 I designed a complete the book for Mom.

The pages are  for the children to complete following their mother´s characteristics.
 The numbers for the age. The children can cut images from magazines, bring pictures from home or draw their own pictures.

Photo booths and Props are popping everywhere, I made mine for Mother´s Day.
 Use them for greeting cards, fun classroom pictures for the year book or the celebration if you have one.

viernes, 1 de mayo de 2015

Body Theme for Elementary Language Learners

Emotion, play and surprising activities are the secret ingredients to learning.

Body flip book: go to one of my favorite web pages and get the flip book.

Body draw book: Let them recognize that everybody in class is different.
Have the students draw  their bodies.

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Board Activity 1: Draw several shapes as torsos on the board . Have children come up to the complete the body.

Teacher: karla and Paul, draw the heads.

Continue with more body parts until the drawing is complete. Go over all the body parts and label them.   Then, have children draw themselves with their complete bodies and label all their body parts.

Board Activity 2 Divide the class in several teams. Have a student from each team go to the board. Say a body vocabulary word and have the students write it on the board as fast as they can.  Give a point to each team that does it correctly. Continue with more words.

Draw a body torso on the board .Place all the body cutouts in a bag. Have a student take a cut out from the bag and name it. Then go to the board and place it where it belongs.

Children can count with their fingers. I printed onto cardboard  a right and left hand. Then I glued all the numbers onto clothespin. Students have to number all the fingers in the hand.

Left and right: teach directionality during this unit. Have students hold both hands in front of themselves. Use the hands and arrows available for this purpose. You can make them smaller and paste the hands on their tables to remind them of left and right. Have students say right hand and show it to you. Do the same with left hand.

Pocket charts help children manipulate language in a special way. This time I included Big and small as a sorting body part activity. There´s a sentence version and a word cut out to make sentences.

Make words: print letters onto different colored paper or construction paper. Give students the letters to make body parts words as in a crossword.

Spelling: approach spelling as problem solving instead of a memorization activity. Teach spelling strategies and skills. Here are some ideas.

Task cards: motivate students with these cards instead of a regular worksheet. Students will have to deal with one question at a time instead of a whole page in front of him/her. I create the task cards with all the grammar points in mind and you can use the ones that suit your class. Use them to review before tests. Students can work individually or in pairs. Save paper by printing  and laminating the set. Students write on their notebooks.

Worksheet: there is no perfect worksheet, but make changes to make it work. After I did the worksheet as the instructions I cut everything out and created a label all activity by labelling the body parts and then the colors.

Domino game benefits group learning experiences.

Body half game: print as many as you need. Give one half card to each child and have them walk around finding their other match and stand together. They can ask questions: Do you have the arm ? Make it a speaking activity.

Tracing helps with :
-       Eye-hand development and use of the writing tools: pencils, crayons, markers,etc.
-     help with fine motor skills.   Develops the awareness of key concepts of print  in  the new language, even more when the language alphabet is completely different
-       teaches directionality about the ley movements for letter and word formation
-       the result is a neat worksheet or card that makes the child like handwriting that has been lost for the excessive use of technology.

-       Create independent handwriting.

Picture and word matching: this kind of activity help develop the word recognition skill necessary to reading. Students can see very letter in each word in his own work area instead of looking at it on the board that several meters away from him/her. Children need to focus on recognizing words readily  to move on to meaning.