December 11, 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,

December 8, 2017

💕Friday freebie!💕

Hello Teachers,

Here is another Friday freebie for all of you teaching math in Spanish or wanting to send home Spanish homework!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Geometria-Trajetas-De-Intercambio-Math-Games-and-Lesson-Plan-28309
This is a 26-page unit that has essential math vocabulary to build a foundation of math understanding. You can use it whole class, with second language learners or struggling math students. 
 
The 15 carefully selected math vocabulary words integrate kid-friendly definitions with rich information about the concept. 


Words included are: poligono, figuras congruentes, simetria, ordenacion, diametro, lineas paralelas, lineas perpendiculares, area, angulos, cilindros, perimetro, rombo, cubo, esfera y cono. 
  
This Math Game packet includes black line masters to reproduce and use as games and activities.

 
This package includes: 7 Math Games:
•Match It Up!
•I Know the Word
•Tic Tac Go!
•And the Answer Is!
•Word Association
•A Game of 20 Questions
•Concentration

 

Also included:
• Flashcard Mania
• Math Games as Homework

 

Reproducible black lines included in this package:
-assessment
-activities to send home
-easy to use teacher
-teacher's guides
-easy game assembly
-variety of games
-complete game boards and game cards
-activity black line masters



Click here to download!


Happy teaching💕!
Lori Wolfe

December 5, 2017

Qualifiers!

Hi everyone!  Brr it is cold outside!
One of my ELD groups have been working on biographies in their regular classroom and I started to notice the awkwardness in their writing and speaking as they prepared their book reports and oral presentations. 
Time for a couple of lessons on Qualifiers! 

WHAT IS A QUALIFIER?
A word or phrase that precedes an adjective or adverb and increases or decreases the quality or meaning of the word.

WHICH WORDS ARE QUALIFIERS?
Here are some of the most common qualifiers in English (though some of these words have other functions as well): very, quite, rather, somewhat, more, most, less, least, too, so, just, enough, indeed, still, almost, fairly, really, pretty, even, a bit, a little, a (whole) lot, a good deal, a great deal, kind of, sort of.

REMEMBER…
·      qualifiers do not modify verbs
·      qualifiers do not have adverb derivational suffixes, with one or two exceptions, like really and fairly
·      qualifiers cannot be made comparative or superlative
·      qualifiers do not intensify


Happy Teaching!

December 4, 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,

November 26, 2017

TPT Cyber Monday Sale!


TPT Super Sale 

starts Monday November 27th!

Are you ready to shop?  This super sale will get you in the mood as everything in the Fun To Teach store is on sale!

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It is that time again~ Teachers Pay Teachers is having their annual Cyper sale.

Use Promo code tptcyber to save on fun to teach products!


As busy teachers we have hectic schedules.  Check out some of these resources that will cover you for upcoming school holidays, events, etc.  Happy Shopping!
 
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End of the Year and Summer Vocabulary Word Wall

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fathers day word wall 

Father’s Day Word Wall


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Are you looking for Kindergarten activities?  Check out this bundle with a little of everything to make your winter lessons fun and engaging! 

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Happy Teaching! 




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November 17, 2017

💕Friday freebie!💕

Hello everyone!
It is Friday and time for a fun freebie!

Get ready to have fun practicing colors with this great colorful game board and color cards. This 2 page kindergarten packet includes a gameboard and color cards for endless fun and color name practice. 


Click here to download this freebie!

This kinder unit will definitely get your students motivated to learn through hands on activities that are so much FUN! 


Click here to download this freebie!

Happy teaching💕!




November 13, 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,

November 12, 2017

If only I had more time in a school day!

Hello folks,
This is an article I wrote for Really Good Stuff Blog a few years ago.  Still holds true so I am re-posting it here!
Happy Teaching!
 Lori


 “If only I had more time in a school day...” 

Have you ever caught yourself uttering this phrase?  You can easily add those instructional minutes to your day by explicitly planning for your transition times.  Carefully considered transition times offer the key to maintaining an optimal learning environment, minimizes disruptions and behavior problems while maximizing instructional time.  By providing the structure of predictable routines, procedures and behavioral expectations, teachers offer their students, including second language learners and those who struggle with poor attention and impulsivity, an avenue to success during transition times.

Plan for the transition periods in advance.  Take a few minutes and think about the transition times that occur in your classroom. 

Common transition times include:
·      entering the classroom first thing in the morning
·      changing from one subject to another
·      leaving or coming into the room after assemblies
·      recesses or lunch, clean up time at the end of the day

The first step in planning for transition times is selecting a signal that you will use for each transition time.  Be consistent and use the same signal for all transitions.  Make sure it is a visual and auditory signal.  Provide enough “wait time” for students to respond.

Choose a method to instill a “sense of urgency” to the transition.  Students respond well to the feeling that their work and time is important.  By giving the situation “a sense of urgency” students respond quickly.  Set a timer, count, or sing a song to give students that “sense of urgency.  Often simply saying, “Class we have 40 seconds to enter the room quietly and slowly, return to our desks/tables safely and begin reading.  Ready go.” is sufficient to instill that sense of urgency.

Always follow the same procedure.  During transition times where students leave the room, teach them to put their materials away, stand up, push in their chairs, move slowly and safely to the door.  During transition times to the next activity include an activity that will help children adjust to the change.  Consider adding a quick opportunity to stretch, a song that focuses on the new activity or subject, skip counting or reciting a poem.  This gives students a break to readjust and provides slower students a bit more time to complete the transition.  Be deliberate in ending this very short brain break. Go right to work, don’t waste time here.  This creates a “sense of urgency” and shows your students that you value their time and work.

Be consistent.  Smooth transitions occur when students know what to do and how to do it.  Adhere to your schedule.  Have work ready for students.  As students enter each morning have a plan for exactly what they will do as they enter.  Look at your morning and plan for success.  Teach students to enter the room and
·      Hang up backpacks, jackets and coats
·      Turn in homework
·      Sign up for hot or cold lunch
·      Find their seats
·      Begin reading, handwriting or whichever morning activity you choose

Consider playing music or setting a timer the students can hear for the first minute students are entering the room.  Be very consistent and choose the same amount of time the music ends or the timer goes off in order to create that “sense of urgency”.  Transition times will be efficient and productive parts or your educational day when you value your students’ time and work.


Finally, good teaching of any routine and procedure is the key to success.  Remember to explain the expected behavior, explicitly model the routine and procedure, practice, practice, practice and finally provide feedback.  Congratulations, you are on your way to smooth, efficient, and safe transition times.

We created a helpful worksheet you can download for free.  Click here to download,  My Plan for Smooth & Efficient Transitions!

What strategies and activities do you use during transition times?  Please share your ideas with us!

Happy Teaching!
Lori Wolfe
Fun To Teach








November 9, 2017

☝Call Backs - Not a song-Not a chant☝

☝CALL BACK☝

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Not a song. Not a chant. This is the perfect option for those of us who can’t carry a tune!

GROUPING: Whole class

OBJECTIVE: To practice a song/chant

 

WHAT YOU NEED:

• Copy the song onto chart paper using black marker

HOW TO:

• Teacher says lyrics from a phrase of line of the song.
•Students repeat with the same intonation.

Dynamic teacher presentation of the lines engage and motivate students.

Happy Teaching!
 Lori

ESL & ELD Songs and Chants Volume I SING IT LOUD! SING IT CLEAR!  This 51-page collection of ELD and ESL songs and black lines are perfect for every classroom with second language learners. Open every lesson with a song or chant from this rich collection of ELD based lyrics and watch your students' fluency grow. Volume I includes 22 songs/ chants, lesson ideas and activities that will raise the oral academic language of your students to new heights. The songs and chants are sung to familiar popular songs or the lyrics are used in call backs or chant style tunes. These lyrics provide a compelling way to begin your ELD lesson while targeting complex English Structures. You and your students will enjoy these engaging and memorable lyrics.  Songs and Chants for: Possessive Pronouns Reflexive Pronouns Present Tense Questions Regular Past Tense Verbs Past Tense Questions Present Perfect Prepositions  Language levels included: Beginning Intermediate Advanced


This 51-page collection of ELD and ESL songs and black lines are perfect for every classroom with second language learners. Open every lesson with a song or chant from this rich collection of ELD based lyrics and watch your students' fluency grow. Volume I includes 22 songs/ chants, lesson ideas and activities that will raise the oral academic language of your students to new heights. The songs and chants are sung to familiar popular songs or the lyrics are used in call backs or chant style tunes. These lyrics provide a compelling way to begin your ELD lesson while targeting complex English Structures. You and your students will enjoy these engaging and memorable lyrics.

Songs and Chants for:
Possessive Pronouns
Reflexive Pronouns
Present Tense Questions
Regular Past Tense Verbs
Past Tense Questions
Present Perfect
Prepositions

Language levels included:
Beginning
Intermediate
Advanced





ESL ELD Tidbit Time!

Hi everyone,
Here is the first ESL ELD Tidbit Time.  Sit back and enjoy a very quick little morsel of delicious infomation about second language learning and learners!
Bon Appetit!

Happy Teaching!

Lori

November 7, 2017

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!
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Story-Organizer-Beginning-Middle-and-End-Draw-and-Write-Story-Organizer-579768Let 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!