viernes, 18 de septiembre de 2015

Birthday, Numbers and Plurals

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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.



viernes, 4 de septiembre de 2015

Playground, Recess, Park Verbs


Books: give children access to lots of books. I always include a book in each blog post because I know how hard it is to find the adequate  reader and how expensive they are abroad.
 Read the story aloud to the class. Point to the pictures, words, letters, sentences and periods in each page. Have the book easily accessible so the children can grab it to read at any time. Parents can help at home, give them access to the stories you use if they are online or have them borrow from you.



At my other store it is available as well.Link:


I have this funny character clip art, I have made more books using this guy. I have called him Mr. Big Nose.

Park Board Game:  you can create your own board game using the pieces provided and a colored file folder.  The players will move game pieces in the spaces naming the verbs. Give them simple rules to follow. Students can play in small groups or with the teacher.


Command chain.
Teacher: run. Jump.
Students: run. Jump ( perform the actions)
Teacher: run. Jump. Walk.
Students: run. Jump. Walk.  ( perform the actions)

Playground Verb Bingo Game: Print 2 copies of the verb cards .Glue one set of the cards onto a colored file folder. Make copies of either the blank format where the children will draw 4 of their favorite actions in the playground or the spelling Bingo where children will write 6 verbs. Call out Bingo with the other set of cards.


On the board: have  a student come to the front. Have him/her walk.
Teacher: He is walking.
Write walk + ing on the board. Explain that the ING is for actions that are occurring as the same time as we speak. Practice with more verbs

 Actions and numbers:


Teacher: Hop three times.
               Run until five. One, two, three, four, five.
                  Walk steps. One, two.

Playground Verb number cards: All the cards have a number and and an action verb.


Teacher: Number 1.
Students: Jumping/jump.
Teacher: run
Students: Number 4.

Match Cards: use them as memory cards or as matching picture card to a word card activity.


Have students mime all the actions.


Teacher: jump!
Students: (Mime ) Jump ! Jump !
Have a student come to the front.
Teacher: Can you hop? Show me, please.
Student: (hops) I can hop. Point to himself.
Class: He can hop. (Points to the boy.)
Use the HE /SHE pointer.



Flash cards help children learn key vocabulary. Pronounce each word as you demonstrate and interact with the flashcard. The flashcards can be used as word wall, hang them using a clothespin.



Have children find the words in the flashcard as they read the story book.
Flashcards Activities


Activity 1: Teacher: What is he doing ?
                 Students: He is running.
Repeat with all the other flashcards.
Also, have students find a similar action in their student book and point to it.

Activity 2: Place all the flashcards on the floor .Have students throw the bean bag to the verb and mime the action.
Teacher: The girl is walking.

Activity 3:
Teacher: What can she do ?
Students: She can walk.

Activity 4: place the actions flashcards on the board ledge. Point to each one and ask the class if they can do it and have them perform the action.
Teacher: Can you run ?
Student: Yes, I can. (Students run.)

Activity 5: place all the flashcards on the board. Name an action and have a student come to the front, point to it and name the action.

Activity 6: place the flashcards on the floor.  Have enough bottle caps in a box.
Teacher: He is riding a bike. Put one bottle cap on the flashcard.
                She is walking. Put two bottle caps.

Graphing and pocket charts: use the printables for both.  The children can use a card with their name to place below their favorite playground object.  


Sentence Association game: This game is always a favorite even with adults. It as simple as matching a sentence with a picture.



Anchor charts: use them for children to refer to. An anchor chart too far away from their sight is not useful. Children can create an anchor chart small enough to keep near at their group table and check it when needed. I did this one with a file folder.It is a resource for children to remember new vocabulary words. Place a border around the anchor chart if displaying in class to give focus to the chart.

Write on cards: place clear contact paper or  place the sheet into transparent paper sheets protector. Students can write with white board markers and then erase it.




Create your park scene .
Teacher: This is a park. Look !
Point to all the park items.  Students read the colors assigned to each park item.