December 16, 2015

ESL Kids Stuff

Hello everyone!
I just visited ESL Kids Stuff and thought I would give them a shout out! 

They have a wide variety of lesson plans, worksheets, flashcards, songs and classroom readers.  The lesson plans I have looked at were good.  Although, you have to buy a membership ($29.00 per year) to access the products they offer, I did find this product for free

ESL Kids Stuff also has a collection of articles devoted to ELD/ESL.    Click here for ESL Kids / Young Learners Research Articles - Online

Here is what ESL Kids Stuff says about themselves:
We are 13 years old! ESL KidStuff 2002 - 2015
We are a group of English teachers who, like you, teach kids. We know teaching little ones up to teens is not an easy task, and just as difficult is getting good, quality materials to use in your lessons ... and finding them quickly!
Our aim, therefore, is to provide great ESL materials, specially made for teaching English to kids, which are quick and easy to find and print.
ESL KidStuff has a huge library of lesson plans, flashcards, worksheets, craft sheets, songs, and classroom readers. We will keep adding to this range as well as offering different materials.
We’d also like to help out in other areas, too - sharing teaching tips, hints and advice and making this site a useful place for you to visit time and time again. We already have quite a lot of these sections at ESL KidStuff - games, holidays activities, teaching tips, etc., and we are working on adding more!

Grab a cup of tea and take a look at ESL Kids Stuff.  I would love to here what you think!

Happy Teaching!

December 15, 2015

Drawing Conclusions and Making Inferences

Hello everyone,
I wanted to share this great poster with you all.  Drawing conclusions and making inferences are essential skills for  students to develop.  Each of these skills require students to fill in the blanks left by an author. 
Students must learn to put the pieces together to understand the whole message or story the author is trying to convey.
Essential pieces to putting the puzzle together include:
  • Thinking about personal experiences
  • Using clues from the text
  • Thinking about what is known about the character
  • using clues from illustrations.
 This chart helps students visually with each piece of the puzzle! us know what your favorite ways of teaching students how to draw conclusions and make inferences.

 Click here if you would like to check out this graphic organizer.  It is a great help to students when they need to extra support in writing!

Happy Teaching!

December 9, 2015

Brain Breaks Video!

Hello everyone,
This short video shows a classroom teacher giving a brain break to her students.  These breaks let kids move as they transition to a new subject or activity!  Great idea!

What type of transition moves to you use with your students?

Happy Teaching!

November 24, 2015

Together We Are Better

Hello everyone!

TESOL has an interesting article on co-teaching that I wanted to share.

The article Together We Are Better 


  • a definition of co-teaching
  • what makes collaboration/co-teaching successful
  • models of co-teaching/collaboration
  • barriers and pitfalls
 Click on over to Together We Are Better  to view the full article.

Happy reading,

Happy Teaching!

November 11, 2015

Get Back to me Video!

This short video is great to share with your classroom teachers on wait time!
So cute!

Get back to me with your thoughts!  :)

Happy Teaching!

October 14, 2015

Circle Maps Video

Hello everyone,

I like this video explaining how one teacher uses Circle Maps in her classroom.  I shared this with classroom teachers as a great strategy to use with second language learners!

Happy Teaching!

September 28, 2015

Idiom Bulletin Board!

Hello everyone!
Elementary teachers, are you looking for an easy way to make and creative an interactive idiom bulletin board that builds vocabulary and appeals to all students?    Here it is!  This is a great activity for your classroom including your ESL, ELD, and at-risk students.
Idiom Bulletin Board-Step by step
This easy, fun and creative bulletin board makes you look like a pro as you develop student vocabulary and language skills.  This bulletin board works great in a classroom or hallway for the whole school to be involved with.  Follow these quick steps and you will be on your way!
4-5 idioms and simple definitions
Computer/word processor
Images to represent the idioms and the definitions
Construction paper
Scissors/paper cutter
Step 1:
Decorate the Bulletin Board with colored Butcher paper of your choice.  Use a contrasting border that complements the color you chose.
Step 2:
Choose a theme for the idioms you will use.   Some popular themes include:
Bees, horses, weather, dogs, tired.

Step 3:
Choose 4 idioms.  Take care in choosing the idioms.  Idioms for intermediate language level students should be idioms that give a hint to the meaning.  An example of this is “it’s raining cats and dogs”.  The word “raining” is a clue to the meaning. 
Early advanced language learners can work with idioms such as, “you’re pulling my leg” which doesn’t give the learner any clues to the meaning.

Step 4:
Collect 1 picture per idiom that displays what the words say and another picture that shows what the idiom means.  Use your own classroom images for this or do a quick Google search for “idiom images”. 

Step 5:
Type up and print the idioms.   Glue the typed idioms and the images onto colored construction paper.  Cut to size.

Step 6:
Place the 4 idiom images that display what the words say at regular intervals across the top of the bulletin board.
Place the text under each picture.
At the bottom of the bulletin board place the image of what the idioms mean in random order.
Step 7:
Staple a piece of yarn under the text of each idiom long enough to reach to the image that shows the true meaning of the idiom.  Tie a loop in the end of the piece of yarn.

Step 8:
Stick a pushpin into the bulletin board above the random images that shows the true meaning.

You now have an interactive bulletin board where students can match up the idiom to the image of its meaning by attaching the looped yarn to the push pin above the image of the true idiom meaning!  Watch your students have fun and learn about idioms!

September 16, 2015

Collaborating to Plan a CCSS Lesson Video

Hello everyone!

Video time.  Check out how 2nd grade teachers collaborate to create lessons focusing on language and classroom academics!

Let me know your thoughts!
Happy Teaching!

September 9, 2015

Talk Moves Video

Hi everyone! This short video on Talk Moves is a great strategy to share with classroom teachers as we collaborate with colleagues on reaching and teaching English Language Learners Let me know what you think!

Happy Teaching!

September 2, 2015

Project Based Learning Video

Hello everyone, This is a great 3 minute video on Project Based Learning. Take a break and take a peek. Let me know what you think!

Happy Teaching!

August 7, 2015

Teacher See Teacher Do!

Hello everyone,
One of my on-line teacher friends is a gal named April Bryant with Teacher See Teacher Do.  She teaches ELD and literacy in Waterloo, Iowa  and was recently featured in the ELPA21 newsletter as this Educator Spotlight!  Congratulations to you April!
Teacher See Teacher DoClick here to see her “Spotlight”.

April has created a great ELPA21 practice test and now has it on her TPT store.  I am impressed with her product and encourage folks to click here to check it out.

Let me know your comments - I would love to hear what you think,
Happy Teaching! 


May 26, 2015

Tuesday Tongue Twisters

Hello everyone,

It is time again for Tuesday's Tongue Twisters!  Pronunciation can be a
challenge for second language learners.  A fun lesson to increase accuracy is to practice an assortment of tongue twisters.  Tongue Twisters lower the affective filter of English language learners and kids of all ages love to practice the sing-songy fun of a great tongue twisters.

  • Inchworms itching
  • Rubber baby buggy bumpers
  • Green glass globes glow greenly
  • Toyboat, toyboat, toyboat, toyboat

  •  Round and round the rugged rock the ragged rascal ran.
  • How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
    A woodchuck would chuck  as much wood as a woodchuck could chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood!

Tongue twisters are fun and engaging for young English learners.  They are also culturally significant and native speakers of English are always willing to join in the fun of this challenging practice.

Click here to download our freebie sample of Tongue Twisters!

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Tongue Twisters Pronunciation Made Fun!  This 48-page pronunciation unit has everything you need to teach students the correct pronunciation necessary to be academically successful in English. Tongue Twisters – Pronunciation Made Fun contains 30 traditional tongue twisters to help elementary students master English pronunciation!  Wall posters and game cards are provided for your students to practice the sounds of English with these engaging tongue twisters.   In addition, our activities and ideas provide fun and interest so your students learn through hands-on experiences. This unit is ready to go to work for you! Tongue Twisters – Pronunciation Made Fun has everything you need to teach students the correct pronunciation including black lines for the 30 traditional tongue twisters as wall posters, game/mobile cards and game boards Each of the 30 tongue twisters has its own wall poster and game card.  Practice English pronunciation with fun activities and game boards.  •WORD WALL CARDS •GAME BOARDS •GAME CARDS  Each tongue twister is printed on an individual wall poster (8 x 11 ½) and game/flash card. Simply copy, cut, and use.  Use this great English pronunciation package for kindergarten through 6th graders.  Perfect for second language learners and speech students!  See all our great math and grammar games at

What are some of your hardest tongue twisters?

Happy Teaching!

May 14, 2015

What do they mean?

Hi everyone,
Happy Thursday!  Many teachers ask what the definition is of many of the words we use in English Language Development (ELD).  Here are the definitions of a few I would like to share with you today.  What are some of the words you get asked about or words you want defined?
Happy Teaching,

Academic Language:  Formal language that is usually found in assessments and text books.  It is the part of language associated with literacy and uses precise and specific vocabulary and technical terms.

Academic Words:  Words specific to a particular content or concept.They are the words a student must understand in order to access the curriculum of a certain academic content area.

BICS:  Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills

CALP: Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency

Cognates: Words in different languages related to each other by the same root.

Descriptors:  Broad categories of behaviors that students can demonstrate when they have met a standard.

False Cognates:  Words from different languages that sound alike and are similar in form but are unrelated in meaning.

Fluency:  The ease of comprehension in listening and reading and production speaking and writing.

Forms: Building blocks of language

Functions:  the reason to communicate

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