January 16, 2017

🌹Monday's Quote! 🌹

 Hello everyone!
The definition of quote is to repeat someone else's statement, phrases or thoughts.

Here is today's!

Happy Teaching!

January 10, 2017

Connections Between Common Core Language Standards & ELD

Hi everyone, 

I will be presenting a workshop on February 3rd in Portland - Connections Between Common Core Language Standards & ELD.  This engaging workshop explores the Language standards in the CCSS and what we teach in ELD!  Come join us for this informative workshop!
Register on line for Workshop #3 by clicking here.

Have you checked out the Language Domain of the Common Core English Language Arts (ELA) standards? 

This great domain elevates the importance of English grammar, conventions, vocabulary in the classroom. It is essential for classroom and ESL teachers to understand this important strand. 

As you know, the strands or domains of the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts include:
Reading Foundational Skills 
Informational Text 
Speaking and Listening 

Let’s take a closer look at this important language domain. The broad Language standards for K-5 are comprised of 3 subcategories:
1. Conventions of Standard English 
2. Knowledge of Language
3. Vocabulary Acquisition and Use

Furthermore, each grade level has specific standards under these three categories, which are hierarchical in nature. These standards define what a student should know or be able to do at the end of each grade level.

Here is a glimpse of the Language skills that I found of particular interest in each sub category. Many of these require continued attention over grade levels. 

Conventions of Standard English
Plurals: Regular and Irregular
Nouns: Possessive Nouns, Collective Nouns, Abstract Nouns Pronouns: Possessive, Indefinite, Reflexive Pronouns

  • Verbs; Past, Present, Future Verbs. Irregular past tense verbs. Perfect tense verbs
  • Complete Sentences  

    Knowledge of Language
  • Formal and informal uses of English
  • Choosing words and phrases for effect and to convey

    Vocabulary Acquisition and Use
    Root words, prefixes and suffixes
    Connect words to categories
    Antonyms, synonyms and homographs
    Shades of meanings of related words
    Figurative Language: similes, metaphors, idioms 

    It is great to see language as one of the domains of the ELA Common Core Standards. We all know that language is interwoven with speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Language now has an elevated importance in the classroom with this Standard of the ELA Common Core. 

    Come join us for this engaging and informative workshop!

    Download our registration form for Workshop #3 here.

    You can register on line for this great workshop by clicking here!

    Happy Teaching! 

January 9, 2017

🌹Monday's Quote! 🌹

Hello everyone!
The definition of quote is to repeat someone else's statement, phrases or thoughts.

Here is today's!

Happy Teaching!

January 6, 2017

🔜 Martin Luther King Word Wall👀

💜Hello everyone. 
Get your students ready to celebrate Martin Luther King with this engaging MLK Martin Luther King word wall from Fun To Teach.  This Packet includes 50 word wall cards, 3 alphabet headers, and an assortment of activities you can use with your students. 

As teachers we know that word walls provide a systematic visual organizer that aides children in seeing and remembering connections between words and the characteristics that help them form categories and schemas to remember how to use them.
🚀Support student writing by using this MLK word wall as an organized group of large print words posted on your bulletin board or wall in your classroom. Word walls draw attention to the words you are teaching and are used in whole class or small group activities.  So easy, just copy, cut and post.

The phrases and words that I included in this packet are:
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/MLK-Martin-Luther-King-Word-Wall-Cards-2281286African-American, America, assassinated, black, bigotry, boycott, change, civil rights, courage, demonstration, dream, Dr. King, equality, fairness, free, freedom, great, hatred, history, holiday, honor, human rights, I have a dream, inequity, intolerance, jail, January 15, justice, King, leader, march, memorial, minister, murdered, Nobel peace prize, nonviolent, organize, peace, peaceful, prejudice, race, racism, rights, Rosa Parks, segregation, slavery, speech, struggle, tolerance, unfairness, and vote.

🎆A word wall is most effective when it becomes an interactive part of the classroom.  With that in mind I added some fun and engaging games and activities to this packet.  One of my favorites is called - Slap It!  Here are the guidelines for this game…you can play it with any vocabulary theme!  Simple, fun and effective!
Slap It! .............
🙏🏿Slap It! is a fun game you can play with children that will help them associate and reinforce MLK Word Wall
Play in groups of 2 or 3.
Have word wall cards for each group.
Lay the cards face up on the table so that each player can reach them. Players sit with their hands on their head. Call out the word. The first to slap the vocabulary word gets to keep it.
If a player slaps the wrong card, they must sit out the next round.
The winner😜 is the person to collect the most cards.

 This is a great Martin Luther King packet to use as a vocabulary graphic organizer with your students. Just copy onto colored paper and cut and you have your word wall ready to go!

‼️Remember that graphic organizers help students develop higher level thinking skills and promote creativity. They are handy tools for classroom use that guide students through the process of organizing information. Graphic organizers make logic out of language and help students summarize and interpret text. Graphic Organizers are excellent tools that promote high-level active thinking in the classroom.
•Reading Comprehension •Math
•Social Studies •Science
•Conflict Resolution


Graphic organizers make content area information more accessible to second language learners. Graphic/visual organizers can change complex language into language that is comprehensible. These are perfect visual tools that help ELs and all students understand and organize information.

So what are you waiting for⁉️⁉️  Jump on over to Teachers Pay Teachers (click here) and check out this super MLK package…it needs to be in your toolbox today!

Happy Teaching!
Lori Wolfe

January 5, 2017

The Sentence

The Sentence
A group of words that contain a subject and a predicate and makes complete sense.   The words communicate an understandable message and  reveals a complete thought.

A group of words which begins with 
  • a capital letter 
  • ends with a full-stop (.)exclamation (!) or question mark (?) 

Happy Teaching!

January 3, 2017

Fun To Teach Upcoming Workshops

Fun To Teach Workshops


FUN TO TEACH is excited to announce our 2017 ELD workshops.

These all day ELD workshops are perfect for your  "ELD professional development!"

This is your opportunity to:

•Energize instruction & learn more about ELP standards & strategies

•Enhance your students' language growth

•Free up time with lesson ideas for all parts of an ESL/ELD

 Check out our great workshops by clicking here now!

Download our workshop flyer and fillable registration form!  Fill in and email your registration today!


Workshop #3:  

Connections between Common Core Language Standards and ELD

Whether you are in a push-in or pull-out program this Make and Take workshop is for K-5 ELD and/or classroom teachers working separately or as a collaborative team.

Get an in-depth understanding of the Common Core Language Standards and how they correspond with Second language acquisition with this Make and Take workshop.

This presentation concentrates on strategies and make and take activities, which compare the connections between second language learning and the CCSS language standards.

Friday – Feb 3, 2017 – Portland, Oregon

Workshop #4
Academic Language – The Bridge across the Common Core! What is it?  How to teach it!

ELD and classroom teachers love this workshop as they learn strategies to co-teach academic language and grammar across the curriculum.  This workshop is of particular value to those participating as a cohort or a grade level team.  We explore strategies and activities to build academic language in Intermediate and Early Advanced English language learners, as well as native English speakers.  These strategies are ideal for both push in or pull out programs.

The following areas will be presented and explored:

Phonological Features

Vocabulary and Word Formation




There is time allotted to create multiple Make and Take projects relating to each category.

Friday – February 24, 2017 – Portland, Oregon

Download our workshop flyer and fillable registration form!  Fill in and email your registration today!


Workshop #1

                Oral Fluency and Vocabulary Development

Workshop #1 is for teachers interested in adding another layer of practical knowledge to their ELD instruction.  Enhance your instruction of oral language and vocabulary development with language games, picture cards, songs, chants, sentence frames, and “make & take” lesson plans.

Friday -  March 10, 2017 – Portland, OR

 Check out all of our great workshops by clicking here now!

 Workshop #2:

Strategies for Teaching Intermediate and Early Advanced Language Learners
Assessment, Persistent Errors and ELD Literacy

  If you are ready to tackle the complex issues around teaching intermediate and early advanced students, workshop #2 is for you! This workshop addresses challenges common to more advanced ELLs.

•Assessment – how to use it to guide instruction

•Persistent errors made by more advanced ELLs

•Literacy in ELD – what it is and how do we teach it

Friday - April 7, 2017 – Portland, OR

Workshop #5

Getting To Know The Key Strategies for Teaching English Language Proficiency

Are you ready to get to know the new key strategies that support teaching English Language Proficiency in Oregon? This workshop explores and clarifies the strategies that support academic language and will bring your understanding and classroom instruction up to speed. This workshop will enhance your knowledge of key strategies whether you are brand new to them or already starting to incorporate them into your instruction.

Friday May 5, 2017  – Portland

Download our workshop flyer and fillable registration form!  Fill in and email your registration today!


Innovative professional development for raising student achievement.

Hope to see you there! 


January 2, 2017

🌹Monday's Quote! 🌹

 Hello everyone!
The definition of quote is to repeat someone else's statement, phrases or thoughts.

Here is today's!

Happy Teaching!