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:

Pronouns, Pronouns, Pronouns...Get them here FREE!

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Possessive Pronouns Complete Package- Lesson Plans - ESL ELD

This 15 page ESL ELD unit provides the strong foundation from which to build schema and expand students' knowledge of possessive pronouns. We provide all you need to teach the English your Beginning and Early Intermediate language learners need to practice and perfect Possessive Pronouns.


December 3, 2011

November 26, 2011

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November 21, 2011

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 16, 2011

Welcome to Wednesday! Here is another fun app! check it out

Math app for the iPad recommended by Erin of the Kleinspiration blog...and it's free!
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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.


Oregon is adding "Illocutionary" to the ELPA scoring this year. What is that?

Hi everyone!  According to my understanding this year the Oregon ELPA will include 2 new categories.  One of them is ILLOCUTIONARY Score Reporting Categories 6.

According to ODE's website:
The illocutionary category measures the context of the response. This scale also measures the amount of description, for example if the prompt asks for three activities to be described, does the student provide description for three activities. Other examples would measure the degree to which the student provides a detailed description relevant to the prompt.

Illocutionary responses address what is happening in the prompt. Responses that do not address the prompt or simply describe a picture score a zero on the illocutionary section of the rubric.

Scores for the writing short-answer items, for example, range from zero to four. The rubric scores both the grammatical and illocutionary writing. Scores for the speaking items range from zero to six and the rubric addresses both grammatical and illocutionary speaking.

This information is from:
ELPA Grades 2 – 3
ELPA Test Specifications and Test Blueprints
12 Oregon Department of Education
Office of Assessment and Information Services

What are you doing in your classes to prepare your students for this new scoring component?

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 10, 2011

Here is a fun song to practice those tricky prepositions!

Happy Thursday!
Here is a fun song to practice early advanced prepositions!  Sing it to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star or as a call back.
Have fun with it!

A bit closer
A bit farther
A bit higher
A bit lower
A little to the left
A little to the right
Not quite in the middle
Within an inch…or a ????

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 8, 2011

What are some characteristics of the ELL population in the U.S.?

In 2007-8
  • Approximately 5. 3 million students in U.S. schools were ELLs (10.7%);
  • Most were born in the United States,
  • More than 2/3 were Latino.
Migration Policy Institute 2010

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

November 5, 2011

20 % Off Sale on Everything at my Teachers Pay Teachers Store

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Time to change those clocks and then click on over to my TPT store and check out my 20% off sale.  The sale goes through November 8th!  Don't forget to check on my freebies, too.
Enjoy and happy teaching!

What is the difference between acquiring a language and learning a language?

Acquisition is subconscious, informal and implicit, and

tends to be unstructured. 

Learning is conscious, formal, explicit, often grammar

based, and tends to move from

simple to complex language.

Second Language Learners need both! 

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,

May 15, 2011

The Art of Teaching Second Language Learners

The Art of Teaching Second Language Learners

The 4 D's: Demographics/Definitions/Decrees/Development
Demographics: Did you know that English language learners (ELLs) comprise approximately 10% of the students in the United States? That's over 5.1 million students!

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.

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
Lori Wolfe

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