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!
Read reviews, get customer ratings, see screenshots, and learn more about Virtual Manipulatives! on the App Store. Download Virtual Manipulatives! and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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

Hi everyone 
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!