June 28, 2022

Informal and Formal English and a freebie! 🀸🏿‍♂️

Informal and Formal English

Summer is here, which means the school year is behind us, and rejuvenation time is happening! I know the feeling of finishing
up your end-of-year checklist and breathing a sigh of relief that you made it oh so well.

What does summer have in store for you? Are you taking a rest or are you teaching summer school? 

There are always students who need to learn and those of us who teach summer school rise to the occasion! If that’s you, you may be channeling your energy into your next project: making summer school fun but worthwhile! 

Read on to take a look at a freebie that you NEED for summer school (or the beginning of next year), a fun word to define, and an engaging
resource to help your students practice understanding where and how to speak different types of English.

Word of the Week:

Galumph🐴🐴

To move with a clumsy tread
AKA how you’re probably moving to your couch to kick your feet up after a long school year of teaching!

Do you have newcomers in your summer school class this year? 

I’ll bet you do! Or are you expecting newcomers this fall?
This freebie is just what you need to get started on the right foot. Unit 1 of my ESL Newcomer Units is free. Download the first unit for free to see what an impact this resource will make this summer! 
Featuring flipbooks, survival vocabulary task cards, and an alphabet review, this resource covers several basic English skills exposing your students to novice-level English tasks.




Looking for other resources for your newcomers? Because ELL students learn BICS (basic interpersonal communication skills) first, they may be communicating in unpolished English featuring a lot of slang. There’s nothing wrong with that, but we want to teach our ELLs to use
the correct register when they’re in the classroom. My Formal & Informal Language resource is great for all levels of language learners. Watch as your students become engaged by discussing
the complexities of the English language by sorting, matching, and playing games with the content. Take a look at my Formal & Informal Language resource below:



No matter where you’re spending your time this summer, in or out of the classroom, I hope this summer is full of sunshine and smiles as you reflect on this past school year and prepare for the one to come, some sooner than later!
🀸🀸🀸
My very best,
Lori

June 23, 2022

Sale Time At Fun To Teach...Time is Ticking...Hurry!

All Your Favorite Teaching Resources now...on Sale!

June 21st - 24th, 2022

Don't wait...time is ticking~



Are you looking for something new to jazz up your teaching toolbox?

Check out all our elementary resources. If you are looking for Verb GamesEnglish Newcomer resourcesSentence StartersMathWord WallsSpanish Math & Spanish Verb Games, or a year-long ESL curriculum you are at the right place. Let me help you engage your students and make your prep easy.

If you teach English learners, I have a great bundle for you!

Intermediate English Language Learner Bundle!

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This engaging intermediate K-5 English language level bundle is packed with essential EFL, ESL, and ELD activities for your English Language Learners (ELLs).

The 26 resources in this K-5 bundle will take you through the school year assured that you are teaching the essential foundation of English grammar and vocabulary to your intermediate second language learners.

✅ To make things even better it will be on sale from June 21 st through the 24th along with all the resources in my TPT store. You can save another 20% during this sale! ✅

Not receiving the Fun to Teach NEWSLETTER?

You can sign up here!


Spanish Verb Games






Looking for ESL Curriculum that will take you through the year with engaging, effective, and time-saving ELA units, games, and activities? Here it is!

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This ELL resource is your solution and provides fluency, parts of speech, vocabulary, and grammar for all English language levels. The best part is that we have done the heavy lifting for you! This ESL ELL EFL ELD ELA bundle requires minimal PREP on your end!

✅ To make things even better it will be on sale from June 21 st through the 24th along with all the resources in my TPT store. You can save another 20% during this sale! ✅

Mark your calendar and get ready to save! Happy shopping!

Warm regards,

Lori


Happy Teaching!Happy Teaching!

June 20, 2022

Summer Sale at Fun To Teach!

All Your Favorite Teaching Resources now...on Sale!

June 21st - 24th, 2022





Spanish Verb Games





Looking for ESL Curriculum that will take you through the year with engaging, effective, and time-saving ELA units, games, and activities? Here it is!

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This ELL resource is your solution and provides fluency, parts of speech, vocabulary, and grammar for all English language levels. The best part is that we have done the heavy lifting for you! This ESL ELL EFL ELD ELA bundle requires minimal PREP on your end!

✅ To make things even better it will be on sale from June 21 st through the 24th along with all the resources in my TPT store. You can save another 20% during this sale! ✅

Are you looking for something new to jazz up your teaching toolbox?

Check out all our elementary resources. If you are looking for Verb GamesEnglish Newcomer resourcesSentence StartersMathWord WallsSpanish Math & Spanish Verb Games, or a year-long ESL curriculum you are at the right place. Let me help you engage your students and make your prep easy.

If you teach English learners, I have a great bundle for you!

Intermediate English Language Learner Bundle!

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This engaging intermediate K-5 English language level bundle is packed with essential EFL, ESL, and ELD activities for your English Language Learners (ELLs).

The 26 resources in this K-5 bundle will take you through the school year assured that you are teaching the essential foundation of English grammar and vocabulary to your intermediate second language learners.

✅ To make things even better it will be on sale from June 21 st through the 24th along with all the resources in my TPT store. You can save another 20% during this sale! ✅

Not receiving the Fun to Teach NEWSLETTER?

You can sign up here!

Mark your calendar and get ready to save! Happy shopping!

Warm regards,

Lori


Happy Teaching!

June 14, 2022

Developing Oral Language with Picture Prompts

No Prep Fun Ways to 

Develop Oral Language

Strong oral language skills build the foundation for literacy and academic success.  This is true for native English speakers and English Language learners alike.  As ESL teachers, this crucial skill can be challenging to develop in shy and hesitant ELLs.

Ready for an easy no-prep way to engage your students while building oral language proficiency?


Picture prompts are fun and creative ways to get your students talking or writing!  Pictures can add engagement and fun while practicing sequencing, describing, and more. 

Here are a few of my favorites!
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What are your favorite ways to develop oral language with your students?


Happy Teaching!

Lori

June 9, 2022

Connect with Parents

Summer is here! 

Are you looking for a way to connect with students and their parents during the summer months?  

Mailing off a list of summer activities that promote literacy and math during the vacation months might be what you are looking for. 

Many times parents ask us for ideas of things they can do at home with their children during the summer, but lose the list as summer sets in.  Mailing them a checklist of summer activities connects you with them.   

Here is a list of great weekly activities parents can choose from:

·      Library Time!  Go to the public library once a week

·      Old and Young! Visit a senior center once a week and read someone there a book.

·      Estimate It!  Keep an estimation jar and have your kids guess the amount once a week!  Make sure they count the beans, rocks, etc. to verify their estimation.

·      Clean-Up Day.  Choose a local park to visit weekly.  Pick up any trash you find and then have a picnic!

·      Journal Time.  Once a week have your child write in a summer journal.  Orally review the week together and then give your child time to write about the events of the past week.

·      Wrap It Up! At the beginning of the summer pick out 8 to 10 books that your child wants to read. Wrap them up in gift wrap and once a week let your child choose the book he/she will read for that week.

·      Game Day!  Reserve one day a week for game day.  Gather together several games and let your children choose which game they want to play.  Young children can build math skills by playing go fish or concentration with a simple deck of cards.

·      Research It!  Catch bugs and research them with your kids!  Great fun and builds investigation skills in your children.

·      Put on a Play!  Once a week read a play with your children.  Dress up and act it out.  This is a great way to continue literacy during the summer.

·      Local Museum.  Call your local museum and ask when they offer free hours. In the summer many museums offer free hours and days.

·      Lemonade Stand!  Teach your child about money and responsibility by having a lemonade stand once a week during specific hours.  Shopping, counting change, and determining profit are all great Math skills for your child!

·      Keep in Touch! Let your kid write a family newsletter once a week.  This is a great way to learn about summarizing as they describe the week's activities.  Kids can type up the newsletter, add photos and send them out to all the grandparents.


Click here for a printout of these activities you can send home!

Leave a comment below and tell us how you connect with students during the summer break.

Happy Teaching!


   

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May 24, 2022

Make Summer School Fun This Year 🌞

Hello teachers ~

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 Are you ready to make Summer School FUN?

With the end of the school year upon us, it’s time to start talking about summer school! Summer school doesn’t have to be an extension of the school year, instead, I challenge you to find ways to make summer school FUN! This post features fun resources to help you do just that. 


Check them out.πŸ‘‡


One of the great things about summer school is the freedom to have a little more fun than you normally would during the school year. Give yourself the permission to enjoy teaching this summer and to give students hands-on learning opportunities. Allow students to learn through play and interaction with the material. I promise it’ll make this year’s summer school one that will be unforgettable. 

 

We know that summer school still requires math and reading to be taught, so what engaging ways can we expose students to that content? Let’s dive into some activities!

 

 

Summer School Math Activities:

 

πŸ’« Number Sense - Are you looking for fun and engaging Number Sense Vocabulary games and activities for kindergarten and 1st grade? These number sense games and activities will provide preschool, kindergarten, and 1st-grade students with a fun and engaging way to practice building number sense vocabulary.

Great hands-on math games and activities for essential Number Sense math vocabulary words that build a foundation of math understanding. This is great practice for ELL students!




 

 

πŸ’« Reading Two-Digit Numbers - Students love game boards! This resource has students reading and writing two-digit numbers while making their way around a gameboard to be the winner! Let students compete while practicing math and literacy at the same time!

 






πŸ’« Addition Vocabulary Activities - Looking for activities to help students practice addition vocabulary terms? This resource has 7 different games for students to play to practice including:

🌟 Match It Up!
🌟 I Know the Word

🌟 Tic Tac Go!

🌟 And the Answer is...

🌟 Word Association

🌟 A Game of 20 Questions

🌟 Concentration



Students will know these terms front and back by the time they finish playing these games! The picture cards included also give students an accompanying visual for each term!



 


 


πŸ’«Skip Counting by 10s Flipbook - Available by 5s and other numbers here in my flipbook bundle, these skip counting flipbooks give students hands-on practice as they flip through the book and practice counting! Have students do the activity “Inside-Outside Circle” and rotate through reading to different classmates. 

 








Summer School Reading Activities:


πŸ’« June Word Wall & Activities - This 47-page resource features 50 summertime vocabulary terms with corresponding activities to allow students to practice using them! Students will practice learning vocabulary and practicing hands-on by playing these games:
            πŸŒŸBean Bag Toss
            πŸŒŸSlap It
            πŸŒŸChant the Wall




 


πŸ’« Tongue Twisters - What kid doesn’t love a good tongue twister? This resource features 30 tongue twisters to help students practice pronunciation and isolate sounds. Featuring a gameboard, students can move their way around the board as they practice these tongue twisters. This is great for all elementary students, especially ELLs. 


 




Extras! Extras! 


πŸ’« Cross-Content Gameboards - We all know gameboards are a hit, and these are especially versatile for ELL students! This packet contains gameboards for math and literacy, while also containing blank game boards that can be used with any resource! Here are some topics the pre-created boards cover:

🌟 Colors
🌟 Numbers

🌟 Letters

🌟 Fractions

🌟 Counting

🌟 Vehicles

🌟 Animals

 




Your scientists will have so much fun with this jam-packed ‘Growing Kidney Beans’ unit for science.




This resource is perfect for Summer School! ‘Growing kidney beans’ provides a science-based experiment that gets kids excited to learn. This Science unit teaches basic science concepts, vocabulary, and language.  Perfect for ESL students and all K-5 elementary students, even the youngest of learners. 



 

I hope that summer school this year is fun for you and your students. By tossing the routine, boring learning out the window and putting hands-on activities in front of your students, I believe it’ll be a summer filled with learning and laughter.

 




Happy Teaching! πŸ’œ



Informal and Formal English and a freebie! 🀸🏿‍♂️

Informal and Formal English Summer is here, which means the school year is behind us, and rejuvenation time is happening! I know the feeling...