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.







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    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.


    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

    Tuesday's 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: 
    • Rubber baby buggy bumpers
      Medium:
      • Toyboat, toyboat, toyboat, toyboat

      Hard:
      • How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
        A woodchuck would chuck  as much wood as a woodchuck could chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood!

      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.

      What are some of your hardest tongue twisters?

      Happy Teaching!

      Tuesday, July 8, 2014

      Tuesday's Tongue Twisters

      Hello everyone,

      It is Tuesday and time for some 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:
      • I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!
      Medium:
      • I thought, I thought of thinking of thanking you.

      Hard:
      •  I wish to wish the wish you wish to wish, but if you wish the wish the witch wishes, I won't wish the wish you wish to wish

      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.

      What are some of your hardest tongue twisters?

      Happy Teaching!

      Tuesday, July 1, 2014

      Tuesday's Tongue Twisters!

      Hello everyone,

      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.


      • Four furious friends fought for the phone.
      • Green glass globes glow greenly.
      • The sixth sick Sheik's sixth sheep is sick.

      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.

      What are some of your hardest tongue twisters?

      Happy Teaching!

      Wednesday, June 25, 2014

      Drawing Conclusions and Making Inferences

      Hello everyone,
      I wanted to share this great poster with you all.  Drawing conclusions and making inferences are essential skills for  students to develop.  Each of these skills require students to fill in the blanks left by an author. 
      Students must learn to put the pieces together to understand the whole message or story the author is trying to convey.
      Essential pieces to putting the puzzle together include:
      • Thinking about personal experiences
      • Using clues from the text
      • Thinking about what is known about the character
      • using clues from illustrations.
       This chart helps students visually with each piece of the puzzle!
      Let us know what your favorite ways of teaching students how to draw conclusions and make inferences.






       Click here if you would like to check out this graphic organizer.  It is a great help to students when they need to extra support in writing!
      http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Story-Organizer-Beginning-Middle-and-End-Draw-and-Write-Story-Organizer-579768


      Happy Teaching!
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