September 25, 2017

🌹Monday's Quote! 🌹

Hello everyone,
I don't know how many times I have said to students, "It's supposed to be hard!"

I think I will make a classroom poster of this great quote!

Happy Teaching!                         

September 19, 2017

A bit closer!

Happy Thursday!
Here is a fun song to practice early advanced prepositions!  Sing it to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star or as a call back.

Have fun with it!

A bit closer
A bit farther
A bit higher
A bit lower
A little to the left
A little to the right
Not quite in the middle
Within an inch…or a ????

 Happy teaching!

ESL & ELD Songs and Chants Volume I SING IT LOUD! SING IT CLEAR!  This 51-page collection of ELD and ESL songs and black lines are perfect for every classroom with second language learners. Open every lesson with a song or chant from this rich collection of ELD based lyrics and watch your students' fluency grow. Volume I includes 22 songs/ chants, lesson ideas and activities that will raise the oral academic language of your students to new heights. The songs and chants are sung to familiar popular songs or the lyrics are used in call backs or chant style tunes. These lyrics provide a compelling way to begin your ELD lesson while targeting complex English Structures. You and your students will enjoy these engaging and memorable lyrics.  Songs and Chants for: Possessive Pronouns Reflexive Pronouns Present Tense Questions Regular Past Tense Verbs Past Tense Questions Present Perfect Prepositions  Language levels included: Beginning Intermediate Advanced


This 51-page collection of ELD and ESL songs and black lines are perfect for every classroom with second language learners. Open every lesson with a song or chant from this rich collection of ELD based lyrics and watch your students' fluency grow. Volume I includes 22 songs/ chants, lesson ideas and activities that will raise the oral academic language of your students to new heights. The songs and chants are sung to familiar popular songs or the lyrics are used in call backs or chant style tunes. These lyrics provide a compelling way to begin your ELD lesson while targeting complex English Structures. You and your students will enjoy these engaging and memorable lyrics.

Songs and Chants for:
Possessive Pronouns
Reflexive Pronouns
Present Tense Questions
Regular Past Tense Verbs
Past Tense Questions
Present Perfect
Prepositions

Language levels included:
Beginning
Intermediate
Advanced





September 15, 2017

💕Friday Freebie💕

Hello everyone!💕
It is Friday and we have a great freebie for you today!
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 Tongue Twisters Sample Freebie
Tongue Twisters Pronunciation Made Fun!

This sample freebie from our full Tongue Twister pack 48-page pronunciation unit has everything you need to sample what our full pack offers to teach students the correct pronunciation necessary to be academically successful in English.
The full pack of 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.


Click here for this  great freebie!

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.

If you would like more great Tongue Twisters, download our complete pack!


 Click here for this great freebie!

Happy Teaching! 

September 14, 2017

🔨Toolbox Booster🔨ELD Make and Take Workshops


ELD Make and Take Workshops
By Fun To Teach 

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Fun effective strategies and activities to fill your ELD toolbox!
Save your seat now! Fax in the registration today 

2017 - Our New Workshop!
September 29, 2017
Portland, OR 


Are you interested in adding another layer of practical knowledge to your ELD instruction? Then this workshop is for you. Join us for the ELD Toolbox Booster workshop and enhance English Language instruction with procedures, routines, strategies and activities that will develop oral language, vocabulary and fluency in English learners. Come fill your ELD toolbox with language games, activities, strategies picture cards, songs, chants, sentence frames, and “make & take” activities that you can use in your classroom the next day! 


Who should attend?
ELD and ESL teachers, K-5 classroom teachers, specialist teachers and everyone who wants to fill their ELD toolkit!


🔨ELD Toolbox Booster 🔨
Portland, Oregon
Fun effective strategies and activities to fill your ELD toolbox!


$200.00PER WORKSHOP

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Happy Teaching!

Lori

September 12, 2017

To Lie - Just for fun!

Hi everyone,
We all goof this one up!
Just to remind us when we are getting ready to lie down or if we are lying down.

present tense of verb 'to lie'
I lie, or I am lying
you lie, or you are lying
he/she lies, or he/she is lying
we lie, or we are lying
they lie, or they are lying

past tense:
I lay, or I was lying, or I have lain
you lay, or you were lying, or you have lain
he/she lay, or he/she was lying, or he/she has lain
we lay, or we were lying, or we have lain
they lay, or they were lying, or they have lain

Whew!


Happy Teaching!

Lori

September 11, 2017

🌹Monday's Quote! 🌹


Hello everyone!
The definition of quote is to repeat someone else's statement, phrases or thoughts.
Here is today's!








Happy Teaching,

September 9, 2017

Gameboards! Fun in the Classroom!


Gameboards
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Easy!  Fun!  Flexible!

Don’t forget to teach the basics!

Many students come to school without knowing how to play boardgames.  Students are enamored with the many game pieces, bright colors, special spaces, and fun of boardgames!  To Guarantee a learning environment in your classroom and to get the most out of game playing teach the behavior and expectations you require.  Before you offer the exciting practice of boardgames to your students remember to teach routines and procedures for the basics.  Here are some suggestions:


Introduce the game board. Explain what students see on the board. This includes any graphics or writing on the board. Identify the start and end spaces on the game board. Show where the gamepeices line up and where to put the gamepiece on each space.

Introduce the game pieces. These include items such as a spinner, a die (or dice), and game pieces. You may have to explain the function of what each game piece is by describing its function. A fun classroom rule when passing out game pieces is to chant, “You get what you get and you don’t throw a fit!” J

Practice moving the game pieces around the game board in the correct direction.  Practice rolling the dice.  In my class we have a rule that if the dice goes off the table, the player loses his/her turn.   Explain to students that game play goes in a clockwise direction. 

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/No-Prep-Gameboard-Pack-3314095Encourage students to talk about what it means to play fair.   By sharing specific examples such as taking turns and waiting patiently while another player makes his or her move will set the tone in your classroom.  Use students’ responses to form the basic ground rules around playing gameboards.  Talk to your students about winning and losing.  Give them the phrases to use at the end of the game”congratulations on your win, but watch out next time, I am on your heels” or “It doesn’t matter if you win or lose as long as you have fun!”


Present the vocabulary of gameboards.  Make a word wall and include words like die, dice, spaces, spinners, board, clockwise, etc.


Read the game directions. Have the child repeat the directions back to you to make sure he/she understands how to play. Remind students that game play is a privilege. 

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/No-Prep-Gameboard-Pack-3314095 Happy Teaching!

Lori




September 6, 2017

🙌💬Components of ELD🙌💬

 Hello teachers!

Part of our jobs is to clarify and at times educate our colleagues on the vocabulary of ELD!  No time like the present to refresh ourselves on the meanings of words related to ELD!  Take a peek👀:





 

🙌💬💭Happy Teaching!

September 4, 2017

🌹Monday's Quote! 🌹

Hello everyone!
The definition of quote is to repeat someone else's statement, phrases or thoughts.


Here is today's!






Happy Teaching,

September 1, 2017

💕 50 Back to School Sentence Starters💕

Hello Teachers!


Are you thinking about school yet?  I am!

This is a great product to get you started!


Sentence starters provide a low-stress way for young writers to practice writing complete sentences. Our sentence starters are open-ended requiring your students to use higher order thinking skills while practicing their writing.  Provide your students the opportunities to write creatively with 50 Back to School Sentence Starters.

This great ELA unit has 50 great back to school sentence starters to get your students writing. You can learn about your students as they complete these open ended writing pieces. Let your students pick the sentence starter that will get them engaged in writing or choose one for the whole class.

Each sentence starter is printed on an individual card and on lined paper.

Simply copy, cut, and write!

We have included black lines for the following:
sentence starter word wall cards
individual lined papers for each sentence starter.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/50-Back-to-School-Sentence-Starters-575716In addition, our activities and ideas provide fun and interest so your students learn through hands-on experiences. No more searching for writing prompts or sentence starters. This unit is ready to go to work for you!
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Have fun and Happy Teaching!
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August 28, 2017

🌹Monday's Quote! 🌹

Hello everyone!
The definition of quote is to repeat someone else's statement, phrases or thoughts.


Here is today's!



Happy Teaching!

August 25, 2017

Community People Word Wall Freebie!

Community People Word Wall Freebie!

Happy New Year from Fun To Teach!

Kinder to 2nd grade



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This word wall contains words and pictures related to Community People.
This freebie is the word wall portion from our
Community People Kindergarten Kit complete packet.  I am offering this for free so you can sample some of my work! 

This word wall contains 12 words and pictures related to Community People. The pictures are perfect for both the basic education classroom, ESL, speech and autism/ESE classroom.

Community People Word Wall pages includes:
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Community-People-Word-Wall-Freebie-2937703·      Community People Word Wall cards,
·      alphabet headers
·      activities

Use these to teach
CommunityPeople vocabulary, during reading centers, use in wall charts or posted on the wall. You can even cut off the word and have the student match the word to the picture.

You will find many uses for these versatile words and pictures.  These word cards are great for a theme wall, flashcards to send home or use as a matching game.  Spice-up your
Community People with this great word wall packet.

Words included in this packet are:
Astronaut
Bus driver
Captain
Cyclist
Fireman
Flight attendant
Garbage collector
Pilot
Police officer
Taxi driver
Train engineer
Trucker

Happy Teaching! Lori

August 23, 2017

🔨ELD Toolbox Booster🔨 ELD Workshop


ELD Make and Take Workshops
By Fun To Teach 

🔨ELD Toolbox Booster🔨 
Fun effective strategies and activities to fill your ELD toolbox!
Save your seat now! Fax in the registration today 

2017 - Our New Workshop!
September 29, 2017
Portland, OR 


Are you interested in adding another layer of practical knowledge to your ELD instruction? Then this workshop is for you. Join us for the ELD Toolbox Booster workshop and enhance English Language instruction with procedures, routines, strategies and activities that will develop oral language, vocabulary and fluency in English learners. Come fill your ELD toolbox with language games, activities, strategies picture cards, songs, chants, sentence frames, and “make & take” activities that you can use in your classroom the next day! 


Who should attend?
ELD and ESL teachers, K-5 classroom teachers, specialist teachers and everyone who wants to fill their ELD toolkit!


🔨ELD Toolbox Booster 🔨
Portland, Oregon
Fun effective strategies and activities to fill your ELD toolbox!


$200.00PER WORKSHOP

 Call for more info or visit our website!
Click here!
• •
fax or mail a Purchase Order or check

Happy Teaching!

Lori

August 22, 2017

Back to School Bonus Sale at Teachers Pay Teachers




https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Fun-To-Teach

Hello Teachers,

Here is your chance to purchase all of the products on your Teachers Pay Teachers wish list!

 

Teachers Pay Teachers is having a one day Back to School Bonus Sale on August 22nd.  Most TPT sellers have the items in their stores discounted anywhere from 5% to 20%.  Fun to Teach is offering all products at a 20% discount!  In addition, a TPT discount of 5% will be applied at checkout if you enter the special code of BTSBonus.

 

To get started, click on over to my store and pick up this fun freebie 

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Happy Shopping!

Happy Teaching! 

 

Lori

August 21, 2017

🌹Monday's Quote! 🌹

Hello everyone! The definition of quote is to repeat someone else's statement, phrases or thoughts. Here is today's! Happy Teaching

Hello everyone!
The definition of quote is to repeat someone else's statement, phrases or thoughts.


Here is today's!


Happy Teaching!

August 18, 2017

💕Friday Freebies💕

Hi teachers,

This Friday we have a great freebie for you!💕

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Benefits of Semantic Gradients:

 •easy to use

•reproducible, make what you need

•use with small groups or whole class

Semantic gradients are powerful tools to teach elementary students the differences between related words and increase their vocabulary.

This method of improving reading comprehension works with both English Language Learners and native English speakers and offers classroom teachers a vehicle to reach the needs of all of students. This type of gradient helps students distinguish between the subtle nuances of meaning of related words and broadens their understanding of connected words. Furthermore, gradients show all students how to use vocabulary precisely when expressing themselves in speaking and writing.

Semantic gradients are lists of related words that have similar meanings placed on a continuum moving from one word to its opposite. It is a continuum that order related words by degree.

These gradients use anchor words (words and their opposites) at each end of the gradient. The words used in between gradually shift in meaning.


For example, freezing and sweltering would be the anchor words for a semantic gradient of temperature words that included the following: freezing, cold, cool, warm, hot, roasting, and sweltering.

How do you use a Semantic Gradient?

Identify your 2 anchor words by choosing a word and finding its opposite.

Find synonyms for each of those words and order them to create your word list.

Students then order the words to create a gradient or continuum.


Click Here for your Semantic Gradient Black Line!


Have fun and happy teaching!

August 17, 2017

☀️Learning Centers Made Simple! Part 3☀️


Hello everyone!


This is part 3 of using centers in your classroom…

Have you wanted to try centers in your classroom, but weren’t sure where to start?  Have you tried centers and not been successful?  If you answered yes to either of these questions, read on and I will try and answer some basic questions teachers often have about  centers.
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Welcome to a center-based classroom!
Imagine walking into your classroom and seeing students in small groups working cooperatively. One group sits at a center with the teacher for guided reading instruction. Another group of children work at a theme center sequencing the life cycle of an insect. At the next center, students work together restructuring a story with sentence strips. The teacher signals for attention; the students quiet for directions. Students clean up their centers and rotate to the next center, going right to work.  Centers can be done simply with the helpful hints we give you here. Read on and
make centers a reality in your classroom!
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By providing a center-based environment in your classroom, you will be able to give your attention to small groups of children during “guided reading.” Research shows that this small-group instruction is one of the primary components that leads to strong readers. Centers also allow you to teach to all the student levels that are in your classroom. Your choice to run centers in your classroom will also teach your students how to work cooperatively in small groups. Learning centers allow you to teach “responsibility” as students work independently, practicing and
reviewing skills and concepts at each center. 
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Q: How does a center-based classroom look?
A: Many teachers use tables and desks against the walls in
their classroom. You can use student desks as a center, too.
During center time, the desks will be empty and small groups of children will be sitting at centers throughout the room. The teacher at guided reading will have her/his back to the wall in order to see all centers at a glance from where she/he sits.

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Q: How many adults do I need to run centers in my classroom?


A: Just you! When you teach the routines and procedures of

your centers well, your students will learn how to work without supervision during center time.



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Q: How long is center time?

A: That depends on you and on how many centers you have
each day. If you have five groups of students rotating through five centers and spending 15 minutes at each center, then you will need 1 hour and 15 minutes for center time. Six groups of children rotating through six centers will need an hour and a half. Remember to add a little extra time for the rotation of
groups when determining the time you will allot for centers.
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Q: When it is time to change centers, how do I get my studentsattention?
A: Ringing a bell or calling out “freeze” or “give me five” are great ways to call your students to attention. Teach your students to “freeze” when the signal is given and to listen for instructions.

Happy Teaching,
Lori

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August 16, 2017

☀️Learning Centers Made Simple! Part 2☀️

Hi everyone,

Let's continue on our discussion on running a center based classroom.  Let's take a look at the answers to some common questions teachers have as they get started!
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 Questions and Answers!
Q: What is a center?
A: A center is a physical area in a classroom set aside for a specific
learning purpose. The center has appropriate materials and supplies
so students can work individually or in cooperative groups.
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Q: How many students should I put in each group?
A: We recommend three to four students in each group at each center.
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Q: How long do students spend at each center?
A: Twenty to thirty minutes at each center is an adequate amount of time for students to complete most center activities.
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Q: How do students know where to go when it is time to rotate centers?
A: By teaching and practicing the routines and procedures you want followed at center time, your students will know what you want them to do. We suggest you follow a clockwise rotation pattern to rotate students through centers.
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Q: How do I group my students for centers?
A: To teach to the varied levels in all classrooms, we suggest you group your students by reading abilities. By grouping students this way, you can meet the instructional needs of all your students in language arts. Learning centers will allow you to teach to your low, medium, and high ability groups and move everyone forward.

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For more in depth information on running centers in an elementary classroom Click Here!


Check out our next post for more insights to running centers in your classroom!

Happy Teaching,



For more in depth information on running centers in an elementary classroom Click Here!

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