December 31, 2016

Community People Word Wall Freebie!

Community People Word Wall Freebie!

Happy New Year from Fun To Teach!

Kinder to 2nd grade

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:·      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:
Bus driver
Flight attendant
Garbage collector
Police officer
Taxi driver
Train engineer

Happy Teaching! Lori

December 26, 2016

🌹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!

December 19, 2016

🌹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!

December 11, 2016

The Language Strand of the Common Core Standards and English Language Learners

Hi everyone, 

I will be presenting a workshop on February 3rd in Portland - Connections Between Common Core Language Standards & ELD.  This engaging workshop explores the Language standards in the CCSS and what we teach in ELD!  Come join us for this informative workshop!
Register on line for Workshop #3 by clicking here.

Have you checked out the Language Domain of the Common Core English Language Arts (ELA) standards? 

This great domain elevates the importance of English grammar, conventions, vocabulary in the classroom. It is essential for classroom and ESL teachers to understand this important strand. 

As you know, the strands or domains of the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts include:
Reading Foundational Skills 
Informational Text 
Speaking and Listening 

Let’s take a closer look at this important language domain. The broad Language standards for K-5 are comprised of 3 subcategories:
1. Conventions of Standard English 
2. Knowledge of Language
3. Vocabulary Acquisition and Use

Furthermore, each grade level has specific standards under these three categories, which are hierarchical in nature. These standards define what a student should know or be able to do at the end of each grade level.

Here is a glimpse of the Language skills that I found of particular interest in each sub category. Many of these require continued attention over grade levels. 

Conventions of Standard English
Plurals: Regular and Irregular
Nouns: Possessive Nouns, Collective Nouns, Abstract Nouns Pronouns: Possessive, Indefinite, Reflexive Pronouns

  • Verbs; Past, Present, Future Verbs. Irregular past tense verbs. Perfect tense verbs
  • Complete Sentences  

    Knowledge of Language
  • Formal and informal uses of English
  • Choosing words and phrases for effect and to convey

    Vocabulary Acquisition and Use
    Root words, prefixes and suffixes
    Connect words to categories
    Antonyms, synonyms and homographs
    Shades of meanings of related words
    Figurative Language: similes, metaphors, idioms 

    It is great to see language as one of the domains of the ELA Common Core Standards. We all know that language is interwoven with speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Language now has an elevated importance in the classroom with this Standard of the ELA Common Core. 

    Come join us for this engaging and informative workshop!

    Download our registration form for Workshop #3 here.

    You can register on line for this great workshop by clicking here!

    Happy Teaching! 

December 7, 2016

🔵🔵Video Time! Idioms

Hello everyone,
 Vimeo has some fun videos 👀 and I found some great idiom videos to show my high school kids.  I wanted to share this one...I think they did a great job.

💭A great lesson would include the students having to write down the idioms as they appear in the video and then having them do a survey throughout the school to try and find out their meanings.

I would love to hear your ideas of lessons you would use with this video! 

Idioms from Oh My! on Vimeo.

Happy Teaching♥️!

Idioms from Oh My! on Vimeo.

December 4, 2016

ESL/ ELD Tidbit Time

Hi everyone,
Here is the first ESL ELD Tidbit Time.  Sit back and enjoy a very quick little morsel of delicious infomation about second language learning and learners!
Bon Appetit!

Happy Teaching!


November 30, 2016

Fun To Teach Upcoming Workshops

Fun To Teach Workshops

FUN TO TEACH is excited to announce our 2017 ELD workshops.

These all day ELD workshops are perfect for your  "ELD professional development!"

This is your opportunity to:

•Energize instruction & learn more about ELP standards & strategies

•Enhance your students' language growth

•Free up time with lesson ideas for all parts of an ESL/ELD

 Check out our great workshops by clicking here now!

Download our workshop flyer and fillable registration form!  Fill in and email your registration today!


Workshop #3:  

Connections between Common Core Language Standards and ELD

Whether you are in a push-in or pull-out program this Make and Take workshop is for K-5 ELD and/or classroom teachers working separately or as a collaborative team.

Get an in-depth understanding of the Common Core Language Standards and how they correspond with Second language acquisition with this Make and Take workshop.

This presentation concentrates on strategies and make and take activities, which compare the connections between second language learning and the CCSS language standards.

Friday – Feb 3, 2017 – Portland, Oregon

Workshop #4
Academic Language – The Bridge across the Common Core! What is it?  How to teach it!

ELD and classroom teachers love this workshop as they learn strategies to co-teach academic language and grammar across the curriculum.  This workshop is of particular value to those participating as a cohort or a grade level team.  We explore strategies and activities to build academic language in Intermediate and Early Advanced English language learners, as well as native English speakers.  These strategies are ideal for both push in or pull out programs.

The following areas will be presented and explored:

Phonological Features

Vocabulary and Word Formation




There is time allotted to create multiple Make and Take projects relating to each category.

Friday – February 24, 2017 – Portland, Oregon

Download our workshop flyer and fillable registration form!  Fill in and email your registration today!


Workshop #1

                Oral Fluency and Vocabulary Development

Workshop #1 is for teachers interested in adding another layer of practical knowledge to their ELD instruction.  Enhance your instruction of oral language and vocabulary development with language games, picture cards, songs, chants, sentence frames, and “make & take” lesson plans.

Friday -  March 10, 2017 – Portland, OR

 Check out all of our great workshops by clicking here now!

 Workshop #2:

Strategies for Teaching Intermediate and Early Advanced Language Learners
Assessment, Persistent Errors and ELD Literacy

  If you are ready to tackle the complex issues around teaching intermediate and early advanced students, workshop #2 is for you! This workshop addresses challenges common to more advanced ELLs.

•Assessment – how to use it to guide instruction

•Persistent errors made by more advanced ELLs

•Literacy in ELD – what it is and how do we teach it

Friday - April 7, 2017 – Portland, OR

Workshop #5

Getting To Know The Key Strategies for Teaching English Language Proficiency

Are you ready to get to know the new key strategies that support teaching English Language Proficiency in Oregon? This workshop explores and clarifies the strategies that support academic language and will bring your understanding and classroom instruction up to speed. This workshop will enhance your knowledge of key strategies whether you are brand new to them or already starting to incorporate them into your instruction.

Friday May 5, 2017  – Portland

Download our workshop flyer and fillable registration form!  Fill in and email your registration today!


Innovative professional development for raising student achievement.

Hope to see you there! 


November 27, 2016

Teachers Pay Teacher Super Cyber Sale!

Hello everyone!
I hope you had a super terrific Thanksgiving with your families.

Are you ready for Teachers Pay Teachers super cyber sale? 
Get ready to purchase your favorite Fun To Teach products on November 28th and 29th.  You can save up to 28% and fill your instructional toolbox with new resources to enrich your teaching by clicking here now!

Check out a couple of our favorites!

Kindergarten Bundle includes 8 Kindergarten products for a reduced price.  You get a combination of our best English Language Arts and Math products for kindergartners.

Get ready for fun!  This engaging English Past Tense Verb bundle reinforces the past tense with 3 stimulating grammar games and an upbeat catchy tune.

You get 184 pages of fun that will get students begging to practice English Past Tense verbs.  This educational grammar bundle will entice students of all ages.
This fun and fabulous Past Tense Verb bundle includes:
Irregular Past Tense Verb Game
 • 3 Sounds of “ed” Past Tense Verb Game
•Past Participle Verb Game
•Regular Past Tense Verb Song
Increase academic vocabulary, strengthen grammar and build a strong English foundation with this excellent resource from Fun To Teach. 

Happy Shopping!

November 18, 2016

Gracias The Thanksgiving Turkey

Gracias The Thanksgiving Turkey - Guided Reading/lesson plan/Unit
Hello everyone!

Are you looking for an engaging book study to celebrate this time of year?  Well here it is!

This Thanksgiving literature unit for Gracias The Thanksgiving Turkey by Joy Cowley consists of 10 pages. It can be used during the Thanksgiving holiday season for Guided Reading or a book or unit study. 

The printable black lines in this Thanksgiving book study focus on before, during and after reading activities to engage students and deepen reading comprehension and vocabulary. 

There are printables to guide students through prediction, vocabulary, glossary work, alphabetizing, setting, characters, beginning, middle and end of story, connecting story to personal experiences, graphic organizers for comparing and contrasting, reflection and interpretation. 


 Click over to the Fun To Teach store and grab your download of this great product!

Great printables to excite and interest your students while reading this great Thanksgiving book!


Happy Teaching! 


November 14, 2016

🌹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!

November 7, 2016

🌹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!

November 2, 2016

🔵🔵Video Time! The Third Wheel

Hello everyone,

Aren't idioms fun!Check out this fun video and then read on to make your own interactive idiom bulletin board!

The Third Wheel from Melissa Kumaresan on Vimeo.

This is a picture of an interactive idiom board  for the whole school to participate in.

Idiom Bulletin Board - Step by Step Instructions

This easy, fun and creative bulletin board makes you look like a pro as you develop student vocabulary and language skills. This bulletin board works great in a classroom or hallway for the whole school to be involved with. I wanted a way to involve my school in language development and used this idea. Follow these quick steps and you will be on your way!


4-5 idioms and simple definitions
Computer/word processor
Images to represent the idioms and the definitions
Construction paper
Scissors/paper cutter

Step 1:

Decorate the Bulletin Board with colored Butcher paper of your choice as a background. Use a contrasting borders that complements the color you chose.

Step 2:

Choose a theme for the idioms you will use. Some popular themes include:
Bees, horses, weather, dogs, tired.

Step 3:

Choose 4 idioms. Take care in choosing the idioms. Idioms for intermediate language level students should be idioms that give a hint to the meaning. An example of this is "it's raining cats and dogs". The word "raining" is a clue to the meaning. Early advanced language learners can work with idioms such as, "you're pulling my leg" which doesn't give the learner any clues to the meaning. Choose which language level you want the students to work with.

Step 4:

Collect 1 picture per idiom that displays what the words say and another picture that shows what the idiom means. Use your own classroom images for this or do a quick Google search for "idiom images".

Step 5:

Type up and print the idioms. Glue the typed idioms and the images onto colored construction paper. Cut to size.

Step 6:

Place the 4 idiom images that display what the words "say" at regular intervals across the top of the bulletin board.

Place the text under each picture.

At the bottom of the bulletin board place the image of what the idioms "mean" in random order.

Step 7:

Staple a piece of yarn under the text of each idiom long enough to reach to the image that shows the true meaning of the idiom. Tie a loop in the end of the piece of yarn so children can attach the yarn to the correct meaning.

Step 8:

Stick a pushpin into the bulletin board above the random images that shows the true meaning.

You now have an interactive bulletin board where students can match up the idiom to the image of its meaning by attaching the looped yarn to the push pin above the image of the true idiom meaning! Watch your students have fun and learn about idioms!

Happy Teaching!

Article Source: [] Idiom Bulletin Board - Step by Step Instructions. By []Lori Wolfe

Happy Teaching!

October 31, 2016

🌹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!

October 24, 2016

🌹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!

October 17, 2016

🌹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!