December 1, 2019

Reflexive Pronouns and Time for a sale!

Hi to everyone!

I just put this lesson plan together for a fellowship I am applying for and thought I would share it with you!  It follows my Reflexive Pronoun Unit that I give as a sub plan for all of you who have taken one of the Fun To Teach workshops.  This alternate form can be used by anyone using their own picture cards.        

Hope it is something you can use this year!

Happy Teaching!                     

This lesson is intended for teachers of English learners in elementary grades 1st - 3rd who are at an Early Intermediate to Early Advanced English proficiency level.  This lesson can be used for small groups or in whole class settings and is appropriate for all genders and nationalities.  A simple change of picture cards may be need to meet cultural standards

At the conclusion of this lesson, students will be able to differentiate between the reflexive pronouns.
Listing of student outcomes
Students will communicate effectively 80% of the time when using reflexive pronouns to describe what people are doing in pictures.

Teacher and student roles and activities
Introduction:  Teacher:  Briefly introduce reflexive pronouns and describe their meaning.
The lesson:  Teacher presents the pronoun chart in detail.  Explicitly teaching when to use “it” (I can do it myself.) and when not to (He can shave himself.)
Teacher writes the subject pronoun and the corresponding reflexive pronoun on the board.
Students discuss the meaning of the reflexive pronoun.  Teacher checks for student understanding.
Download for your TpT Store Page Column Banner - 160 × 200• Teacher introduces the chant while the students listen for the reflexive pronouns.
• Call Back: Students repeat lines after teacher.
•Students raise their hand every time they hear a reflexive pronoun.

• Teacher passes out the reflexive pronoun word cards one per student. Teacher recites the chant. Students hold up their reflexive pronoun card when they hear their word.
The Activity:  Teacher introduces the following prompt and reply.
Prompt: Who do/does _____ see in the mirror?               Reply: _____ see/sees _____in the mirror.
Teacher holds up one reflexive pronoun card at a time.  Students practice by looking at the card and speaking the prompt and reply. Students ‘Call Back’ repeating after teacher until they successfully repeat the structure. Students continue the practice by having a girl pretend to look in the mirror, a boy look in the mirror, and two students look in the mirror, etc.
The Game:  Teacher divides class into 2 lines and names the first person of each line as the team leader.
• Beginning with the team leader the teacher reads and shows one of the picture cards. The first student to give the corresponding reflexive pronoun wins and goes to the end of their line
• The next student in line plays against the remaining student

• The team that has the leader back to the front of the line wins!
Wrap up:  Refer to the objective.   Parting Passport: 
Teacher asks the students to say their favorite line of the day using a reflexive pronoun.
The overarching theme of the lesson is the introduction and practice of reflexive pronouns in oral conversation for English language learners at the intermediate/early advanced level of English.
35 minute lesson
·      Introduction: 3-5 minutes
·      The lesson:  5-10 minutes
·      The Chant:  5 minutes
·      The Activity:  5 minutes
·      The Game:  10 – 12 minutes
·      Wrap up: 3-5 minutes
Picture cards, reflexive pronoun cards, and chant for reflexive pronouns.  Optional: mirrors

Write the reflexive pronoun chart on board or display with overhead or document camera (see chart below).  Copy and cut the cards.   Print copies of the chant.

Pre and Post Assessment measures
Students are given a variety of pictures requiring the use of reflexive pronouns.
Students orally describe what is happening to the people in each picture.
Teacher records the proper and improper oral use of reflexive pronouns.

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October 23, 2019

🐫🐫It's hump day🐫🐫

Hello everyone,
It's Wednesday and we made it! 
Enjoy the day!

🐫🐫It's hump day🐫🐫

October 10, 2019

📚Something good to read! 📚

Hello everyone!  Are you looking for 📚Something good to read! 📚

I am reading Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students  by Zaretta Hammond. 

I thought I would share my notes after reading the introduction!    If any of you have read this book, please leave your comments below, we would love to hear your thoughts! 

Today I will share my thoughts about the introduction.

This section outlined the book and its purpose.  It starts with a personal story and then goes on to hit the following points:

ü Neuroscience and Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT)

ü Making Culturally Responsive Teaching accessible

ü Zaretta Hammond’s intention when writing this book

ü What the book is and isn’t

ü Naming the students that are targeted in the book

ü Who the book is for

ü The outline of the book

ü Suggestions for getting the most out of the book


The part of this section I enjoyed the most was the very last.  After reading the Introduction and pondering on it I wondered if that last heading was actually an example of CRT and provided explicit instruction for reading this book.  Now that got my interest.  Can’t wait to dive into Chapter One!


Happy Reading!






October 3, 2019

What to teach and when!

Hello everyone,
We are entering October, we are getting to know our students and starting to reevaluate our curriculum guides to match where our students are now.  

As I review my curriculum and make changes I reviewed a poster from a previous workshop and updated a Curriculum Map I offer for free.  Read on and see if any of these ideas will help you pinpoint your teaching to your students.

ESL/ELD K-5 Curriculum Map

a year long pacing guide!

Planning for the year can be overwhelming. Many of you have been asking me for my ESL/ELD curriculum map so here it is!

This year-long ESL/ELD curriculum map, broken down by week, will help you plan your year for all 3 language levels.

✅ Beginner/early intermediate
✅ Intermediate
✅ Early Advanced/Advanced month, under each language level there are language components that I teach during that month. You more than likely have your own resources, activities and curriculum to teach these components.

♥If I have a product that contains all or parts of the language I teach during that month I have listed it. All resource images are click-able links for your convenience. Just click on the image you want to see and it will take you to my TPT store.♥

Each month has a combination of ELD units and/or grammar components essential for English learners. Again choose some or all of what I have here. Feel free to mix it up to suit you!

Click Here to download from TPT!

Every classroom is different! Every teacher teaches differently, and I tried to create this year curriculum map with many different types of classrooms and teachers in mind. I know you may need to tweak this to the needs of your students, classroom, and administration. That’s OK! For example, March is testing month for me. If you need to switch months around to meet your testing time, that is just fine. Do what is best for your students in your classroom.

There is even a column for holidays, which you can use or not u
se, your choice. How awesome is that people? I mean the whole year is planned out for you.

Click here to download!

Happy Teaching!

September 24, 2019

⏰Time for Past Tense Verbs⏰

Hello everyone and thanks for joining me!

Teaching irregular verbs can be a boatload 🛥of fun.  Students quickly understand that irregular past tense verbs don’t end with ed but make the past tense more creatively!

Sometimes past tense verbs are tricky!  Here are some irregular past tense verbs that don’t change between tenses!
bet            bid             broadcast
cut            hit              hurt
let             put            quit
set            shut          spread

Some verbs can be regular or irregular:
Burn                   burned/burnt
Dream                dreamed/dreamt
Hang                   hung/hanged

 Here are even more irregular verbs!