June 29, 2012

Fun To Teach Blog Award From Really Good Stuff

Hi everyone,
I am so excited to announce that Fun to Teach ESL Blog won the 2012 Really Good Education Blog Award for the ESL/ELL category!
As the winner in this category, I will be posting a  monthly column on The Teachers' Lounge.

I would love to hear any ideas you have for topics!

Yahoo and thanks to all of you for voting!

Happy Teaching!

Great poem for back to school

School Supplies
A Funny School Poem for Kids
by Kenn Nesbitt

Fruit snack.
This poem appears in the book

Waterbottle too.
French Translator.
Pink eraser.

Poster paper.
Presents for my friends.

Tube socks.
Yellow pencils.
Plastic stencils.
One for every shape.

Cell phone.
New computer.
Giant screen T.V.

That's my
list of
all I need to buy.
I never knew
a shopping list
could make my mother cry.

Copyright © 2007 Kenn Nesbitt
All Rights Reserved
From www.poetry4kids.com

June 27, 2012

More fun poems by Ken Nesbitt

This is a great poem for reviewing vocabulary!

That Explains It!
by Kenn Nesbitt

Kenn Nesbitt's Poetry for Kids - That Explains It!

I went to the doctor. He x-rayed my head.
He stared for a moment and here's what he said.
"It looks like you've got a banana in there,
an apple, an orange, a peach, and a pear.
I also see something that looks like a shoe,
a plate of spaghetti, some fake doggy doo,
an airplane, an arrow, a barrel, a chair,
a salmon, a camera, some old underwear,
a penny, a pickle, a pencil, a pen,
a hairy canary, a hammer, a hen,
a whistle, a thistle, a missile, a duck,
an icicle, bicycle, tricycle, truck.
With all of the junk that you have in your head
it's kind of amazing you got out of bed.
The good news, at least, is you shouldn't feel pain.
From what I can see here you don't have a brain."

Copyright © 2009 Kenn Nesbitt
All Rights Reserved
From www.poetry4kids.com
Happy Teaching!


June 25, 2012

Have you seen this?

Hi everyone,
Happy Summer!  Ken Nesbitt is one of my favorite writers.  He is a gifted writer that adds a lot of fun to all of his poetry.  I use many of his poems as lesson starters.  The vocabulary is rich and the subject is always fun, fun, fun.  Many of his poems are easy to link to your ELD lesson.

One of my favorites is:

Today I Had a Rotten Day

Today I had a rotten day.
As I was coming in from play
I accidentally stubbed my toes
and tripped and fell and whacked my nose.
I chipped a tooth. I cut my lip.
I scraped my knee. I hurt my hip.
I pulled my shoulder, tweaked my ear,
and got a bruise upon my rear.
I banged my elbow, barked my shin.
A welt is forming on my chin.
My pencil poked me in the thigh.
I got an eyelash in my eye.
I sprained my back. I wrenched my neck.
I'm feeling like a total wreck.
So that's the last time I refuse
when teacher says to tie my shoes.
--Kenn Nesbitt
Copyright © 2007 Kenn Nesbitt
All Rights Reserved

 This poem appears in the bookRevenge of the Lunch Ladies
Click her to check out his web page, I think you'll like it!

Kenn Nesbitt's  poems have also appeared in magazines, school textbooks, and numerous anthologies of funny poetry, as well as on television, audio CDs and even restaurant placemats.

June 17, 2012

OABE Summer Conference

The OABE Summer Conference will provide educators and community members with knowledge, skills, techniques and networking opportunities to support the academic success of English Language Learners.
Who is this conference for?  Teachers, Parents, Administrators, Anyone who works with ELL students or has an interest in supporting their academic success.  Whether you work in a bilingual program, have ELL students in your classroom, or are a parent of an ELL student, this conference is for you!
Keynote Speakers:
  • Jill Kerper Mora
  • Stephen Krashen
  • Virginia Collier
  • Wayne Thomas
Session Topics Include:
  • Sheltering Academic Content
  • Biliteracy & Equity
  • Parent Involvement
  • Bilingual Program Development
  • Culturally & Linguistically Responsive Practices
  • And much, much more!
Cost:  $150 for non-members, $130 for members, $50 for parents
Register online:
Location: Valor Middle School, 450 Parr Rd, Woodburn, OR 97071
More information: www.oabe.org

Happy Teaching!


June 15, 2012

Freebie Alert!

Hi everyone,

Get your students fluent with number counting and identifying numerals and written words with this fun freebie.  Click here to download.

Here are 3 pages of numeral and word number cards zero to eleven. There are black and colored pages for your games or word wall and an outline coloring page for your center activities or to send home. You can use these cards as a word wall, memory or concentration game, game cards, review or as a center activity.

I just posted it as a freebie on my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

Please rate this product after you download it!  thanks,

Happy Teaching!

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June 13, 2012

Listening Comprehension Lesson Plan

Hoops and Yoyo

I love using Hoops and Yoyo manners videos for listening comprehension lessons.

Here is a basic lesson plan for

Listen to the video 2 times.
Ask the students the following questions.
Name one of the 6 tips for brushing your teeth.
How often should you visit a dentist.
What does he have to learn how to do? 
Make sure students answer with complete sentences.
Happy Teaching!


June 10, 2012

Pesky, pesky prepositions:

anything you can complete this phrase with:
            ____ the tree

Pesky, pesky prepositions:

     Why are we in the front seat 
, on the bus, in traffic, on the
 street, in a city, on a continent?

at sea????

Happy Teaching!

June 8, 2012

Weekend Freebie!

Hi Teachers!
Check out this free math geometry vocabulary resource. It is free for this weekend only!
Please don't forget to rate it!

Click here to download

Geometry Vocabulary Trading Cards

Math Activities And Lesson Plans

This 26-page unit has essential math words to build a foundation of math understanding. Use whole class, with second language learners or struggling math students.

The 15 carefully selected words integrates kid friendly definitions with rich information about the concept. Words included are: polygon, congruent figures, symmetry, array, diameter, parallel lines, perpendicular lines, area, angles, cylinder, perimeter, rhombus, cube, sphere, and cone.

This Math Game packet includes black line masters to reproduce and use as games and activities.

This package includes: 7 Math Games

Match It Up!
I Know the Word
Tic Tac Go!
And the Answer Is…
Word Association
A Game of 20 Questions

Also included:

Flashcard Mania
Math Games as Homework

Reproducible black lines included in this package:
-activities to send home
-easy to use teacher
-teacher’s guides
-easy game assembly
-variety of games
-complete game boards and game cards
-activity black line masters

Thank you,

Click here to download:
Happy Teaching! Lori

June 7, 2012

Ohh, those 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?

Happy Teaching!


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