December 24, 2011

Liebster Award for Fun To Teach

A very warm thank you to Carolyn over at Connect a Blog for being awarded the Liebster Blog.  Being part of the blogging world has been fun and educational and getting awards for doing something I love is icing on the cake!  Thank you Carolyn.  Connect-a-Blog is a collaborative blog that shares both free and priced lessons to help teachers and parents.  Check out her blog by clicking here
So here is where I get to name 5 other New blogs!  

Here are the rules for this blog award:
1. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
2. Thank the giver and link back to them.
3. Reveal your top 5 picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.

Kinder Latino
Pre-K Paradise 

Teaching First 

4. Hope that your followers will spread the love to other bloggers!!
All of the above blogs have some amazing information and I hope you will check out each one.  Thanks so much, 

December 15, 2011

Teaching "ing"

Happy Thursday!  We started this poster around Thanksgiving and I was ready to put it away yesterday, but thought I would post it here first.  It  is our "ing" poster.  The beginning level speakers and I are "ing"ing our way to fluency!

December 9, 2011

Speculation and Inferring

The last 2 weeks we have been working on the functions of Speculating and Inferring with the Early Advanced groups.  We explored forms that included

I wonder what he/she was doing?
____might have been_____

and vocabulary which included:

November 17, 2011

What is a modal?

Modals: Extra verbs attached to the root verb that add nuances of meaning

Examples: could, would, should, can, will, shall, may, might, 
must, ought to, etc.

What should (would, could) he have done?

November 14, 2011

Idioms freebie for you!

This is cool!
I just found a great idiom printout at Busy Teacher and it is a  free download!  Go to  Busy Teacher
to see

Everyday Idioms: 18 great idioms with images and concept questions. Answer key included.


November 11, 2011

Happy Wedding Day Marcia Benbough!

Thanksgiving Activities For You!

Here is a great link for Thanksgiving activities to use in your classroom! Happy Teaching. 
The ESOL Odyssey

Math Games

Math games are great ways to differentiate instruction in Second Language Learners and native speakers.

What is your favorite Math Game?

November 9, 2011

Very Varied Voices

Happy Wednesday everyone!  Using songs to open a lesson is a great strategy to get students to practice the language you are teaching.  Don't let your songs get boring.  Change the way you sing your songs using a variety of "voices".  Here are a few of my favorites.  What are some of yours?
 Mouse squeak
Opera singing
Hold your nose
Growling voice
Happy Teaching!

November 6, 2011

Using Songs and Chants in the ELD Classroom


Songs and Chants are a dynamic part of an ELD lesson. Songs/ Chants set the stage for the lesson and help focus the learner on the vocabulary and grammatical structure you are teaching.

GROUPING: Whole class
OBJECTIVE: To introduce a song/chant
• Student copies of the song/chant
• The song/chant written on chart paper

• Sing or chant the song the first time to your students
• Focus in on pronunciation
• Anchor your student’s attention by teaching your students to “look at my mouth.” Help them make the correct mouth and facial movements as you help them pronounce words correctly
• Hand out mirrors and see if your students can make their mouth “look like yours” when pronouncing new words or difficult sounds

VARIATION: Gesture as you sing Sing one part more than once

October 22, 2011

Great website for ELD ESL Teachers

Hello everyone:
Have you heard of Lanternfish?  This is a great site for ELD teachers:  It has Worksheets, lesson plans, games and more.  This site has printable resources for free!  Check it out and let us know what you found on this site that is helpful!
Happy Teaching,

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