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

ESL Games In The Classroom Make Learning ESL Math Fun!

As we implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in Math, many teachers are wondering where games fit in. We know that children discov...