Monday, January 12, 2015

Language Objectives for MLK Day!

Here is an email I send out before MLK Day to our classroom teachers.  
Many of them used it!  
Always trying to get those language objectives included in every classroom lesson!  

Here it is:

Hi everyone,
If you are looking for a language objective for MLK day, this might work for
you.

Beginners and Early Intermediate Speakers:
TSWBAT orally explain what MLK means to them using correct pronouns.

Intermediate and Early Advanced Speakers:
TSWBAT orally or in writing explain what MLK means to them using past tense
verbs.

Prompts:
What does MLK mean to you?
Why is MLK important to you?
____means _______ to me.
___ is important to me because____.


MLK is important to me because _____________.
MLK is an important figure in U.S. history because________.


Happy Teaching! 

Saturday, January 10, 2015

A mother's love...

Hello everyone and Happy Mother's Day!

I watched this video last January and still think of it.  I thought this is a great day to rewatch it and send out a hope that everyone tells their mom "I love you" today!






Happy Teaching!

Lori

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Words we use in ELD!


Hi everyone,
Happy Thursday!  Many teachers ask what the definition is of many of the words we use in English Language Development (ELD).  Here are the definitions of a few I would like to share with you today.  What are some of the words you get asked about or words you want defined?
Happy Teaching,




Academic Language:  Formal language that is usually found in assessments and text books.  It is the part of language associated with literacy and uses precise and specific vocabulary and technical terms.

Academic Words:  Words specific to a particular content or concept.They are the words a student must understand in order to access the curriculum of a certain academic content area.

BICS:  Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills

CALP: Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency

Cognates: Words in different languages related to each other by the same root.

Descriptors:  Broad categories of behaviors that students can demonstrate when they have met a standard.

False Cognates:  Words from different languages that sound alike and are similar in form but are unrelated in meaning.

Fluency:  The ease of comprehension in listening and reading and production speaking and writing.

Forms: Building blocks of language

Functions:  the reason to communicate


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

A mother's love...

Happy New Year everyone,
I recently viewed this video on a friends facebook page and wanted to share it with you all.  It brought me to tears.  Although it is directed at middle school kids, I thought it was poigent reminder of the passage of time.

 



Happy New Year and
Happy Teaching!
Lori

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!


Happy New Years to all of you from all of us at Fun To Teach!
Happy Teaching!
Lori

Friday, December 26, 2014

Friday Freebie

Hi Everyone,

This Friday we have a great freebie for you!

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Semantic-Gradient-752079


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!

Happy Teaching!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Friday Freebie!

Hello everyone!
It is Friday and we have a great freebie for you today!
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Tongue-Twisters-Sample-Freebie-1327867
 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!