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! 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Portland Workshop

Hello everyone,
We are off to Portland for our Strategies for Teaching Intermediate and Early Advanced Language Learners workshop.  We are looking forward to working with all the Portland area teachers!

Happy Teaching!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Art of Teaching Second Language Learners


Hello everyone!

I can't believe it is December already!  2015 is just a round the corner and a great time to reflect on the craft we preform as ELD teachers!  Read on...




The 4 D's: Demographics/Definitions/Decrees/Development

Demographics: Did you know that English language learners (ELLs) comprise approximately 21% of the students in the United States? That's over 11.2 million students! (IES National Center for education Statistics).  According to NEA, More than 60 percent of English language learners are in six states: Arizona, California, Texas, New York, Florida, and Illinois.
Definitions: Although each state creates its own exact definition, the federal government gives us this general definition: An ELL is a student who comes from a language background other than English and whose limited comprehension of English is sufficient to create academic difficulties.  The Office of Civil Rights says:  ELL: English language learner. A national-origin-minority student who is limited-English-proficient. This term is often preferred over limited-English-proficient (LEP) as it highlights accomplishments rather than deficits.



Decrees:  According to NCLB ELLs must meet two criteria: 1) learn English and 2) meet grade level content requirements.



Development: It takes two to tango! Classroom teachers are responsible for the content learning of their ELLs. English Language Development teachers are responsible for English proficiency. More specifically, ELD teaches the English that students need to be successful in schools but will not learn during the rest of their school day.



Here are some tried and true strategies from both the content teacher's and the ELD teacher's point of view:





Student Interaction: Kids need to talk!



Content teacher: Provide authentic opportunities for your student to express their learning.



ELD teacher: Provide structured language practice that practices specific structures in English.





The 4 Modalities: reading, writing, listening and speaking.



Content teacher: Reading and writing provide the bulk of instruction with speaking is the culminating event: a speech or presentation



ELD teacher: Speaking provides the bulk of instruction with writing is usually the culminating event.







Classification: Our brains are pattern seekers.



Content teacher: Graphic organizers are the best of the best practices. Use them as often as you can!





ELD teacher:  Organize your instruction by function, form, and classes (vehicles, bathroom vocabulary, prepositions).  When the classification is built in students have a framework for the new vocabulary and grammar structures.







Routine:   Create a learning environment.  Students are ready to learn when they know the schedule.



Content teacher: Be predictable!  Set a schedule and stick to it.  Teach routines and procedures.





ELD teacher:  With routines and procedures well rehearsed your students will be ready to learn and you will make the most from your precious ELD time.







Visuals and Manipulatives:  Concrete and image based teaching makes the content accessible to ELLs.



Content teacher: Use math manipulative materials, word walls with pictures, real objects (realia), provide pictorial cues along with word cues, graphics, maps, photos, word banks,



ELD teacher: Make it visual.  Oral language development and visuals go hand and hand.







Native Language:  Use native language when possible.



Content teacher: Partner same language students to help with translation, send homework in the native language when possible to connect school and home.



ELD teacher: Cognates, cognates, cognates.  Also see which idioms occur in both English and the students’ native language.







Educating English Language Learners is a team effort.  When the classroom teacher and the ELD teacher collaborate great things happen.



Happy Teaching!


Friday, December 5, 2014

Friday Freebie!

Hello everyone,

Today click here and get this great freebie that students love!


http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Skip-Count-By-2-Flipbook-1361620This 18-page Skip Count By 2 Flipbook has interactive flipbooks for students to create and practice counting by 2s. These are engaging books to make as a center activity, or as an extension to your math lesson.

Get your students counting by 2s with this great Skip Count By 2 Flipbook. Students simply color, cut and assemble. Watch your young learners take off counting.

Skip Count By 2 Flipbook can be used during guided math as openers, small group time and math work stations

How to use this book:
Assembly:
• Print on cardstock.
• Cut at the dotted line to separate the base of the flipbook from the picture pages.
• Cut around each rectangle picture box.
• Arrange the number cards one on top of the other and staple or bind the top of all pages to the flipbook base.

This is an engaging way for students to practice their numbers and share their knowledge with family and friends.






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