March 26, 2020

๐Ÿ’• Check out this learning app!

Hello everyone ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•
I hope you and your families are healthy and happy.   There seems to be more time right now to check out the learning apps that are available.  Here is one I found.

Khan Academy Kids has apps by grade level that look very interesting.  Check out the apps and let me know what you think!  Here is what their website says:
Children can learn reading, language, writing, math, social-emotional development, problem-solving skills, and motor development. Open-ended activities and games like drawing, storytelling, and coloring encourage creativity and self-expression. A cast of adorable animal characters will guide children through lessons, and our adaptive learning path will customize their experience to help them master different skills.
Khan Academy Kids is completely free, forever
no ads and no subscriptions necessary. And we’re always adding new content to keep kids engaged, including books and songs from Super Simple Songs®, Bellwether Media, and National Geographic Young Explorer Magazine.

Let me know what apps you are finding!  I would love to hear from you!


My best,


March 16, 2020

Great Learning Websites for Elementary Kids

Hello everyone,
Wherever you are, my wish is that you and your family will remain safe from the COVID-19 virus.

As we teachers scramble to create remote and distant learning opportunities for our students I thought I would compile a list of great remote learning websites for elementary kids.  

Please feel free to download it and send this list home to families.  Click here to download.  

I also put together a Kindergarten remote learning package.
Check it out here!

Warm regards,

March 10, 2020

๐ŸŒป ELL Masking techniques!

Recently a classroom teacher asked me about tips or suggestions I had for English Language Learners that have developed masking techniques to cover their lack of oral language understanding during lessons.
Do you have students that use masking techniques when they  do not understand something.  Students often  use words like 'got it,  ‘right’, or 'okay' to exemplify their quick attempt to show they understand (whether or not they truly do).  The avoidance of class work typically goes hand in hand with not understanding exactly what they are to do.
 Here are my suggestions:
  • ๐ŸŒป     Keep instructions to one or two step directions
  • ๐ŸŒป     Have students repeat to you what they are supposed to do
  •  ๐ŸŒป  Pre-teach when possible 
  •  ๐ŸŒป  Make assignments and instructions as visual as possible
  •  ๐ŸŒป    Build in group work when possible
  •  ๐ŸŒป   Scaffold
  •   ๐ŸŒป  Use sentence frames
  •   ๐ŸŒป  Look at the language in the assignments and check for the language that confuses second language learners:
                   ๐Ÿ’ฅ  Idioms – a frog in my throat
                 ๐Ÿ’ฅ  Prepositional phrases - Common prepositional phrase            examples include about, after, at, before, behind, by, during, for, from, in, of, over, past, to, under, up, and with... examples:    Check in, check out, check over, check out, etc.

Happy Teaching,

March 7, 2020

๐Ÿ’• Phrasal Verbs & Academic Equivalents

Hello everyone ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•Let's talk about Phrasal Verbs!  

Phrasal Verbs are very common in oral English, their understanding is essential for communication and reading comprehension. Furthermore, when writing formally there are two reasons we strive to use the academic or formal equivalents of Phrasal Verbs.
  • First, Phrasal Verbs are highly idiomatic. Formal writing uses Standard English and avoids figurative language and slang.
  • Secondly, when writing formally in English precise vocabulary is expected.
Since Phrasal Verbs often have multiple meanings they can be difficult to understand and impede the meaning. Teaching your students the Academic vocabulary for Phrasal Verbs will enlarge their vocabulary and improve their formal English writing! Academic Vocabulary - Informal - Formal Vocabulary - Phrasal Verbs Click here to view this product!

You say put off,
We say postpone,
You say call up,
We say phone.

If you are thinking about teaching academic vocabulary to your students check out my Fun To Teach resource that will save you time and ensure you are easily reaching and teaching your students about phrasal verbs and academic vocabulary!

Meet Common Core standards and raise the academic vocabulary level of your students with this 102-page unit on Informal and Formal Academic Vocabulary - Phrasal Verbs and the corresponding Academic Vocabulary.

This academic Vocabulary grammar unit covers 32 different Phrasal Verbs and the Academic vocabulary that corresponds with each one. Phrasal verbs are verbs that contain more than one word and there are hundreds of English Phrasal Verbs such as: think over (consider), set up (establish), and put up with (tolerate).

This comprehensive academic vocabulary unit contains color and black & white academic vocabulary word wall cards, game cards, activities, a song and games based on phrasal verbs and their academic language equivalents.

Click here to view this product!

Reproducible academic language black lines included in this package:

♥32 Phrasal Verb word wall cards
♥32 Academic Vocabulary word wall cards
♥Game cards and board
♥Song lyrics
♥Lesson plans and activities

Academic vocabulary word cards are reproducible in color or print in black and white.

Happy Teaching!


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