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.