Monday, August 11, 2014

Check out our Pinterest Boards!

Hello everyone!

Wow the school year is coming up fast!
I was working on my Pinterest boards today and wanted to tell you all about the 81 boards I have made to share.  I couldn't believe I had so many!  

If you have a moment, click on over to Pinterest and check out the Fun To Teach boards.  



There is something for almost every teacher!

Some board names are:
Math and ESL ELD
Prepositions
Academic Language
Math Vocabulary Games
Verbs
Pronouns for ELD ESL
Figurative Language 



I am also part of some group boards including:
Spanish Learning
Anchor Charts and Foldables
Math for Second Grade 
Fabulous and Free


Click here to go to the Pinterest boards by Fun To Teach!


Happy Teaching! 

Lori

Friday, August 8, 2014

Summertime! 9 Week Planner

Hello everyone!
Summertime is blissful.  A time we can rest and recharge our teaching batteries!

That being said, August is here and I am finding my thoughts drifting back to school.

I made this 9 week planner to help organize my plans for the upcoming year.  I put it together by titling each area I would be teaching.  

Click here to download and see what sections you can use for your year long planning!


Happy Teaching!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Get Ready, Get Set, Go!! Back to School Sale!


Hello everyone!
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It is school time again!  If you are like me, your brain is thinking about the coming school year!  
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Fun-To-TeachTeachers Pay Teachers is helping us out with a super Back to School Sale!  Save up to 28% off Fun To Teach resources sitewide.  Don't miss it!



 Thrilling! That's how we feel about the Back-to-School Sale happening on August 4th and 5th. 

It's going to be a GREAT one. Click here to start shopping! 

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Tuesday Tongue Twisters!

Hello everyone,

It is time again for Tuesday's Tongue Twisters!  Pronunciation can be a
challenge for second language learners.  A fun lesson to increase accuracy is to practice an assortment of tongue twisters.  Tongue Twisters lower the affective filter of English language learners and kids of all ages love to practice the sing-songy fun of a great tongue twisters.

Easy:
  • We surely shall see the sunshine soon.
Medium:
    • A big black bug bit the big black bear, but the big black bear bit the big black bug back!
    Hard:
    • Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. How many pickled peppers did Peter Piper pick?

    Tongue twisters are fun and engaging for young English learners.  They are also culturally significant and native speakers of English are always willing to join in the fun of this challenging practice.


    Click here to download our freebie sample of Tongue Twisters!

    If you want the full version of our Tongue Twisters product, Click Here!

    Tongue Twisters Pronunciation Made Fun!  This 48-page pronunciation unit has everything you need to teach students the correct pronunciation necessary to be academically successful in English. Tongue Twisters – Pronunciation Made Fun contains 30 traditional tongue twisters to help elementary students master English pronunciation!  Wall posters and game cards are provided for your students to practice the sounds of English with these engaging tongue twisters.   In addition, our activities and ideas provide fun and interest so your students learn through hands-on experiences. This unit is ready to go to work for you! Tongue Twisters – Pronunciation Made Fun has everything you need to teach students the correct pronunciation including black lines for the 30 traditional tongue twisters as wall posters, game/mobile cards and game boards Each of the 30 tongue twisters has its own wall poster and game card.  Practice English pronunciation with fun activities and game boards.  •WORD WALL CARDS •GAME BOARDS •GAME CARDS  Each tongue twister is printed on an individual wall poster (8 x 11 ½) and game/flash card. Simply copy, cut, and use.  Use this great English pronunciation package for kindergarten through 6th graders.  Perfect for second language learners and speech students!  See all our great math and grammar games at www.funtoteach.com.


    What are some of your hardest tongue twisters?
     

    Happy Teaching!

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

    Super Sale at Teacher's Notebook!

    Hello everyone!
    If you are like me your brain is starting to plan for school!

    Luckily, Teacher's Notebook is having a super sale - Christmas in July - to help us all save some money while we plan for the upcoming year! 

    We marked down all of our Fun To Teach products and they will be 50% off!  

    Come join the fun and shop and save!


    Happy Teaching,

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

    Time for Tuesday's Tongue Twisters!

    Hello everyone,

    Tongue Twisters Pronunciation Made Fun!  This 48-page pronunciation unit has everything you need to teach students the correct pronunciation necessary to be academically successful in English. Tongue Twisters – Pronunciation Made Fun contains 30 traditional tongue twisters to help elementary students master English pronunciation!  Wall posters and game cards are provided for your students to practice the sounds of English with these engaging tongue twisters.   In addition, our activities and ideas provide fun and interest so your students learn through hands-on experiences. This unit is ready to go to work for you! Tongue Twisters – Pronunciation Made Fun has everything you need to teach students the correct pronunciation including black lines for the 30 traditional tongue twisters as wall posters, game/mobile cards and game boards Each of the 30 tongue twisters has its own wall poster and game card.  Practice English pronunciation with fun activities and game boards.  •WORD WALL CARDS •GAME BOARDS •GAME CARDS  Each tongue twister is printed on an individual wall poster (8 x 11 ½) and game/flash card. Simply copy, cut, and use.  Use this great English pronunciation package for kindergarten through 6th graders.  Perfect for second language learners and speech students!  See all our great math and grammar games at www.funtoteach.com.It is time again for Tuesday's Tongue Twisters!  Pronunciation can be a challenge for second language learners.  A fun lesson to increase accuracy is to practice an assortment of tongue twisters.  Tongue Twisters lower the affective filter of English languagelearners and kids of all ages love to practice the sing-songy fun of a great tongue twisters.

    Easy:
    • Friendly Frank flips fine flapjacks.
      Medium:
      • Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear. Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair. Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn’t very fuzzy, was he?
      Tongue Twisters Pronunciation Made Fun!  This 48-page pronunciation unit has everything you need to teach students the correct pronunciation necessary to be academically successful in English. Tongue Twisters – Pronunciation Made Fun contains 30 traditional tongue twisters to help elementary students master English pronunciation!  Wall posters and game cards are provided for your students to practice the sounds of English with these engaging tongue twisters.   In addition, our activities and ideas provide fun and interest so your students learn through hands-on experiences. This unit is ready to go to work for you! Tongue Twisters – Pronunciation Made Fun has everything you need to teach students the correct pronunciation including black lines for the 30 traditional tongue twisters as wall posters, game/mobile cards and game boards Each of the 30 tongue twisters has its own wall poster and game card.  Practice English pronunciation with fun activities and game boards.  •WORD WALL CARDS •GAME BOARDS •GAME CARDS  Each tongue twister is printed on an individual wall poster (8 x 11 ½) and game/flash card. Simply copy, cut, and use.  Use this great English pronunciation package for kindergarten through 6th graders.  Perfect for second language learners and speech students!  See all our great math and grammar games at www.funtoteach.com.Hard:
      • One-one was a race horse.   Two-two was one too.  One-one won one race.  Two-two won one too.

      Tongue twisters are fun and engaging for young English learners.  They are also culturally significant and native speakers of English are always willing to join in the fun of this challenging practice.







      Click here to download our freebie sample of Tongue Twisters!

      If you want the full version of our Tongue Twisters product, Click Here!

      Tongue Twisters Pronunciation Made Fun!  This 48-page pronunciation unit has everything you need to teach students the correct pronunciation necessary to be academically successful in English. Tongue Twisters – Pronunciation Made Fun contains 30 traditional tongue twisters to help elementary students master English pronunciation!  Wall posters and game cards are provided for your students to practice the sounds of English with these engaging tongue twisters.   In addition, our activities and ideas provide fun and interest so your students learn through hands-on experiences. This unit is ready to go to work for you! Tongue Twisters – Pronunciation Made Fun has everything you need to teach students the correct pronunciation including black lines for the 30 traditional tongue twisters as wall posters, game/mobile cards and game boards Each of the 30 tongue twisters has its own wall poster and game card.  Practice English pronunciation with fun activities and game boards.  •WORD WALL CARDS •GAME BOARDS •GAME CARDS  Each tongue twister is printed on an individual wall poster (8 x 11 ½) and game/flash card. Simply copy, cut, and use.  Use this great English pronunciation package for kindergarten through 6th graders.  Perfect for second language learners and speech students!  See all our great math and grammar games at www.funtoteach.com.


      What are some of your hardest tongue twisters?
       

      Happy Teaching!

      Thursday, July 17, 2014

      Strategies for Teaching Math to ELLs

      Hi everyone,

      As we all look forward to heading back to the classroom many of us will be preparing to teach second language learners.

      Teachers want to include the instructional strategies that will increase comprehension in second language learners. Here is a list compiled by Virginia Department of Education Division of Instruction back in 2004.  These are tried and true methods that still hold true today.

      •  Integrate the four language modes (listening, speaking, reading, writing) into mathematics class.

      • Model the process. Talk aloud while solving problems on the overhead or chalkboard to show the thinking process and common errors.

      • Have students explain their thinking process aloud to a classmate while solving a problem.

      • Integrate reading and writing through the use of journals, learning logs, poems, literature, etc.

      • Give explicit instruction and practice in reading and writing word problems. Teach students to identify key words in word problems that indicate a certain mathematical operation.

      • Begin class with warm-up activities using mathematical language to give students practice in sentence construction.

      • Write a cloze exercise (a short paragraph with key words missing) or sentence starters (i.e., Perimeter is the…) on the board for students to copy and complete when they enter class.

      • Give students a computation problem to solve, and then have them write the steps they used to solve it in complete sentences.

      • Post labels and vocabulary cards around the classroom on completed word problems, number lines, rulers, fraction diagrams, and/or objects in the class.

      •  Have students paraphrase and write complex concepts in their own words (individually, pairs, or whole class).

      • Review mathematical vocabulary and concepts using games such as TIC TAC TOE, BINGO, Concentration, Charades, etc.

      Use a variety of modes of instruction

      • Design multi-sensory lessons (visual, auditory, tactile, kinesthetic).

      • Use visuals whenever possible to reinforce auditory instruction (i.e., charts, graphs, manipulatives, diagrams, models, real objects).

      • Use graphic organizers to visually represent mathematical concepts.

      • Design hands-on activities.

      • Vary groupings throughout the lesson (i.e., independent work, pair work, small groups, whole class).

      • Use real-life problem-solving situations to teach new concepts.


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