July 22, 2021

Freebie Time for Back To School

Hello everyone!
I hope you are enjoying the summer!
I have been working in the garden~ ha-ha, that is not new!
I am teaching summer school this year and am really excited.  We are learning English through a variety of science experiments.  My students are loving it and so am I!

Freebie Time!

The Free Back to School Lessons By The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs MC – 2021 is available as a TpT free download.  This great resource is packed with a variety of freebies that will get your new year off on the right foot!  Click here to get yours now!

Look at all the free resources that are included in this one download:
  • Apple Number Puzzles FREEBIE
  • School Graphing for Young Learners
  • FREEBIE!!! First Day of School Crowns Customizable TK-5th
  • Compound Word Activities and Compound Word Puzzles FREE
  • Back to School Night Forms and Checklists Freebie in English and Spanish
  • Back to School Activity First Grade (100 Chart Mystery Picture Puzzle)
  • ESL & ELD K-5 Curriculum Map - a FREE year-long pacing guide!  (That’s me)
  • Back to School About Me Craft Activity
  • Writing Process Posters Engineering Themed
  • Multiplication Matching Game
  • 3rd Grade Math Spiral Review Worksheets Free Sample | Digital and Printable
  • My College Application
  • Back-to-School Guided Limerick Writing About Self Activity - Print or Digital
  • Back to School Activities FREEBIE
  • Free Coupon-based Classroom Management System
  • Using Mental Math to Make Numbers Using Number Tiles FREE
  • STEM Daily Discussion Starters, Journal Prompts, and Fillers - Sept.
  • Icebreakers Task Cards Getting to Know You Questions for Back-to-School SAMPLER
  • PREGO Capitolo 11 Spesa e Spese TOMBOLA
  • Choosing a Career for 9-12th Grades and Homeschool **Free Guide**
  • A Sampling of Sentence Patterns Grammar Worksheets
  • Free Back to School Lessons
  • Free Winter Holiday Lessons
  • Free Valentine’s Day Lessons
  • Free End of the Year Lessons
  • 100+ Free Lessons & Teaching Ideas
  • TBOTE and TBOTEMC Blogs
  • TBOTE Facebook page
  • The Best of TpT Pinterest Boards

Speaking of freebies!

Check out this great back-to-school Word Wall from Fun To Teach!

If you know of any great freebies, let me know!
Happy Teaching,

June 23, 2021

Win $100. Amazon Gift Card! It is easy to win!

Win $100. Amazon Gift Card!
It is easy to win!

Hello everyone and happy summer!

Out of school and so very happy about that!  
To celebrate summer here is a chance to win an Amazon Gift Card! Yahoo!

Okay ready to win?  Here is what you do:

Click here to go to Fun To Teach's Teachers pay Teachers store by clicking here.
Once you are at the store:

  1. Follow Fun To Teach TpT Store
  1. To earn one entry, click the FOLLOW ME button.  If you are already following this TpT Store, write the number of followers this TpT Store has in the box. 
  1. Complete the Rafflecopter Contest Application at the bottom of this post to enter to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card! 

Click on the link, a Rafflecopter giveaway
 to earn the raffle ticket entries.  (You may have to wait a minute for it to appear on your computer.)  The $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway will end at 12:00 A.M. on July 23, 2021 Pacific Time.

The winner will be announced at our blog, The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs - http://www.thebestofteacherentrepreneurs.net.
Oh by the way did I mention I am having a sale? :)
Happy Teaching!

May 2, 2021

πŸ’ƒLearning or Acquiring a Language...what's the difference?

πŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒAcquisition is 


informal and implicit,

tends to

 be unstructured. 

πŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒLearning is conscious, formal, explicit,

 often grammar

based, and tends to move from

simple to complex language.

Second Language Learners need both! 

Happy Teaching!


May 1, 2021

πŸ‘€ Grammar Goofs πŸ‘€

πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•Hello teachers,
I love this quick cheat sheet from the University of Phoenix.  Great for teachers πŸ“šπŸ“šand students.

Happy May Day everyone⚘⚘⚘🌹🌹🌹

Getting a grip on good grammar

April 7, 2021

TPT Sale April 6 and 7

πŸ’•Time for a SALE at Fun To Teach 🚌 Sale!πŸ’•

🏎 Ready, Set, Go 🏎

Hello Teachers!


April 6th


April 7th

Click here to shop now!

Here are just some of our great products on sale now!

It is time to get inspired and Teachers Pay Teachers is the place to find your inspiration!



Pop over to the Fun To Teach Store and stock up on products that will inspire you and ignite your teaching!

Check out some of our best selling products! πŸ’•πŸ’•




🌻Intermediate English Language Learner Bundle!🌻

This engaging intermediate K-5 English language level bundle is packed with essential EFL, ESL and ELD activities for your English Language Learners (ELLs). 

The 26 resources in this K-5 bundle will take you through the school year assured that you are teaching the essential foundation of English grammar and vocabulary to your intermediate second language learners. 
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April 4, 2021

Regular or Irregular – Past Tense Verbs Take a lot of practice!

Regular or Irregular – Past Tense Verbs Take a lot of practice!

Hello Teachers!
Today we are talking about verbs, past tense verbs in English!

English regular past tense verbs are straightforward, right?  

You simply add an “-ed” at the end and you’re done. For example: “The girl played ball.”   

Sounds simple, but it can be sticky!

When it comes to English past tense verbs it isn’t so easy.  First, the tricky parts of regular past tense verbs are the 3 different sounds that ‘ed’  makes at the end of a word. The 3 sounds of -ed are /t/, /id/, and /d/.  Native speakers figure out these different ending sounds naturally, but with English language learners, these sounds need to be taught and practiced.

Irregular past tense verbs are not as straightforward.  

Irregular past tense verbs follow different rules.  Irregular verbs do not add “-ed” at the end. They get modified completely. The present tense sentence of “I tell you a story.” becomes in the past tense, “I told you a story.”

But hold onto your past tense verbs!

The only method for learning irregular past tense verbs is to hear them, say them, write them, and read them so many times that it becomes natural to one as a speaker.  There are no specific rules regarding conjugating the tenses of irregular verbs.


That is not all, there are other words that do not change at all in the present and past like ‘cut’ and ‘put’.  Furthermore, other words may not change at all in writing but are pronounced differently depending on the tense.  An example of this is, “I read a book” in the present tense and “I read a book” in the past tense.  When writing nothing changes, but when pronouncing it IS different.

Games are engaging and effective strategies for elementary teachers with English language learners.  

Games allow students to practice the past tense in a fun and lively way. Past tense verb games are great methods towards mastery for young students to become fluent with regular and irregular past tense verbs.

Happy Teaching!

March 16, 2021

ESL Year-Long Lesson plans| ELD Teacher Resource Bundle is for all Language Levels!

Attention ESL Teachers...

Here it is!
ESL Year-Long Lesson plans| ELD Teacher Resource Bundle is for all Language Levels!

All in one bundle of year-long ESL Curriculum that provides ELD resources for all English Language Learner (ELL) levels. The activities in this month-by-month ELD bundle provide your English Language Learners the opportunity to acquire and practice English to improve fluency, parts of speech, vocabulary, and grammar.

The best part is that we have done the heavy lifting for you! This bundle requires minimal PREP on your end!

Each week gives your ELL students the opportunity to learn and practice targeted parts of speech and vocabulary. It's the bundle every teacher of ELLs needs.


ESL Year-Long Lesson plans| ELD Teacher Resource Bundle is for all Language Levels!

  • ELL Newcomers
  • Beginners/Early intermediate English Learners
  • Intermediate ELLs
  • Early Advanced and Advanced English Language Learners


The games and activities in this bundle are great practice for all your English language learners. Use these engaging resources in centers, independent work time, whole class, or small groups.



ESL & ELD K-5 Curriculum Map - a FREE year-long pacing guide!

ESL Year-Long Lesson plans| ELD Teacher Resource Bundle is for all Language Levels!


Each month features:

All the ESL resources that are suggested in the curriculum guide for that month for each language level

Lesson Plans for each resource

Monthly Word Walls

Writing Activities

Parts of Speech focus resources

Games and Activities

And much more



Nouns & Articles







❥Regular Past Tense - 3 sounds of ed

❥Irregular Past Tense

❥Past Participle

❥Phrasal Verbs - informal and formal Vocabulary






Thematic Units feature:

ESL Lesson Plans


ELD Songs and Chants


Units for each ELL language level

Language Functions

Language Forms ( grammatical forms, sentence patterns, sentence starters)


Thematic Vocabulary



Vocabulary Development Lessons:

Cognate Word Wall and Journal

Academic Vocabulary Expansion

Math Vocabulary units:

❥Number Sense Vocabulary





❥Number Sense

Formal and Informal Language

Semantic Gradients

Number Prefixes


Word Walls:

Back To School

Community People


President's Day

Valentine's Day

Dolch Words Pre K - 3rd Grade

End of the Year

Father's Day


You will also love:


Graphic Organizers

Tongue Twisters

Reading Strategy Songs

Learning Centers Made Simple

Songs and Chants for ESL


Flip Books for numbers 0-19 and skip counting

St Patrick's Day Idioms

Sentence Starters

ESL Year-Long Lesson plans| ELD Teacher Resource Bundle is for all Language Levels!

Excellent curriculum for classroom teachers, ELD teachers, speech therapy, and intervention. Buy it here:
ESL Year-Long Lesson plans| ELD Teacher Resource Bundle is for all Language Levels!


Why Choose Fun To Teach?

Fun To Teach is a small family business.  We offer bilingual elementary math games for kids in English and Spanish. We offer an assortment of fun and educational math, grammar, reading, Spanish, ESL, and ELD games, activities, products, and materials.

These simple games and activities include lesson plans, activities and games, worksheets, and more.  Best of all they are easy to assemble and easy to play.

All Fun To Teach math games are bilingual elementary math games and are available in English and Spanish.

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Happy Teaching,

March 11, 2021

ESL Program Vocabulary and English Language Learner Terminology

Must know ESL terms and terminology when working with English Language Learners ELLs

Hello everyone,

Have you ever been confused after having a conversation with a colleague or administrator about one of your English Language Learners (ELLs)?  Did some of the English as a Second Language (ESL) acronyms or phrases confuse you when teaching, discussing, and/or sharing information about English Learners?  

You are not alone.  

There are so many terms in education and they are constantly shifting. 
I have compiled a list of terms to help wade through the confusion.  This is just a beginning ELL glossary, so to start with, here is some must-know ESL terminology.

Terminology when referring to students:

English Language Learner (ELL) ~

refers to students who are learning English as a second language.  It includes anyone who doesn’t speak English fluently or who is still acquiring English.

Limited English Proficient (LEP) ~

refers to a student’s language level.  LEP was employed for years to label children as English Learners. Now replaced by terms like ELL.

Early Childhood English Language Learner (ECELL) ~

refers to a student below age 5 who is acquiring English as a second language.

Language minority (LM) ~

refers to a student from a family where a language other than English is spoken. It does not signify how well the student speaks or understands English.

Terminology when referring to programs:

Content-based E.S.L. ~

refers to a model of language education using content curriculum, activities, study skills, and strategies of second language learning to teach English. 

English as a Second Language (ESL) ~

refers to English language programs (push in and pull out) that focus on instruction in English to English Learners. 

English to Speakers of Other Languages(ESOL) ~ 

refers to language courses at the elementary and secondary levels.  It can be also used with Adult ESL classes. 

English for Specific Purposes (ESP) ~

refers to instruction in or the learning of English for a certain segment of business or a particular career.  

Immersion Method ~ 

refers to a  program model where children are submerged in English.  The English learner is put in English classes without a model, program, or any structure in place to learn English.  The English learner is to learn English by being surrounded by or immersed in the language.

Technology Enhanced Language Learning (TELL) ~ 

refers to a method of teaching and learning English using a variety of technology and electronic media.

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) ~ 

refers to a teacher training program for teachers of English as a Foreign Language.

Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)  ~ 

refers to teacher education programs to teach English as a Second Language.

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) ~ 

refers to specific education for teachers who teach English language learners.  This can also refer to the professional tests to certify a teacher in ESL. 

I hope this list will help you out in your next conversation about English Language Learners or ESL programs!

Happy Teaching,

February 6, 2021

If you have ELLs you need Sentence Frames!

Hello everyone!  πŸ’œπŸ’›πŸ’š

Sentence Frames &
Sentence Starters
Language frames work!

As culturally responsive teachers 

we want all of our students to be comfortable in our classrooms.  Sentence starters and sentence frames are some of the English as a Second Language (ESL) tools teachers can offer our low language and English learners.  This English Language Development (ELD) technique offers the support these at-risk students need to succeed.  Sentence frames work great for ESL Newcomers, intermediate English speakers, and advanced English Learners.

A sentence frame (also called a language frame) 

is a fantastic teaching tool that offers oral and written language support to English Language Learners (ELLs).  Sentence frames can be used for any subject, ELA, science, history, pullouts (Speech, ELD, and Reading and Math intervention).

Sentence frames or starters should be used as a scaffold

intended to support students in using language that they would not be able to produce on their own.  As the language becomes more familiar these scaffolds are gradually removed or replaced with new language the student does not use.  Sentence frames shift the focus of informal language to higher academic language.

Below is an example of different language frames 

Classroom teachers or ESL teachers can use.  They are listed by language function with examples at 3 different language levels.

πŸ’œπŸ’›πŸ’š Happy Teaching,  πŸ’œπŸ’›πŸ’š