March 31, 2012

Phrasal Verbs

Hi everyone!
I recently started to look into phrasal verbs.  This is such a tricky area of English for my intermediate and early advanced language learners that I wanted to learn more about them.  I found out that there are 3 types of multi-word verbs:  phrasal verbs, prepositional verbs and phrasal-prepositional verbs.


What are Phrasal Verbs?   In a nut shell, phrasal verb proper is made from a verb and an adverb. Phrasal Verbs can or cannot have direct objects. This appears to be where the 3 types of multi-word verbs differ.



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When a phrasal verb has a direct object we can usually separate the parts.  For example we say,
  • "Take off your coat." 
  • "Take your coat off."
  • "Take it off."
But we don't say
  • "Take off it."
  • "It take off."

Here are some common Phrasal Verbs with Take:
Get up
Switch on
Turn down
Brake down
Put off
Take out


Happy Teaching!

March 30, 2012

Prepositional Verbs with Break

Hi everyone!
I recently started to look into phrasal verbs.  This is such a tricky area of English for my intermediate and early advanced language learners that I wanted to learn more about them.  I found out that there are 3 types of multi-word verbs:  phrasal verbs, prepositional verbs and phrasal-prepositional verbs.

Today I will share what I learned about prepositional verbs.  In a nut shell, prepositional verbs are made from a verb and a preposition and must have a direct object.  Prepositional verbs can not be separated.  You cannot break up the prepositional phrase...who is breaking into the house...NOT...who is breaking the house into.

Here are some common Prepositional Verbs with Break:

Break Away
Break Up
Break Down                                             
Break Into
Break In
Break In On 
Break Off
Break Through
Break Out
Break Out Of



Happy Teaching!

March 27, 2012

Sight Word Spelling Freebie!

Freebie for you ~ If you want to increase spelling accuracy for sight words check out this great freebie ~HighFrequency Sight Word Game Boards Level 1 List 1-Spelling&Reading

This 10 page packet includes sight word spelling and reading games for the first 11 carefully selected high frequency words every ESL and native English speaker needs.
It includes black lines, games and activities.
Check out this great freebie!

Happy Teaching! Lori

March 26, 2012

20% off sale on my TPT store!

Happy Tuesday!
Click on over to my TPT store today and receive 20% off all my products.
Hop on over and take a look! http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Fun-To-Teach
Happy Teaching! Lori

Great Site for ELD Teachers

Good Monday Morning,
This weekend I was wandering the web and found an extensive site for Systematic English Language Development (SELD) teachers.  Whittier City School District has a website dedicated to SELD.  They have 15 weeks of lessons with pictures, thinking maps, and songs.  Their lesson plans are extensive and follow the SELD lesson plan format.  It appears that they have lessons for only Intermediate language level, but they cover 3 grade levels at that language level, K-2, 3-5, 6-8.


They say that their lessons are   coordinated to Avenues, but because they are SELD based, they would be usable even if your curriculum is not  Avenues. 

If you are looking for SELD lesson plans and the resources to go with each lesson, check out this site by clicking here!

Let me know what you think of this resource.


Happy Teaching! Lori

March 19, 2012

Spring Conference Time!

Don't miss this article, it is a great one to read and pass on to staff members and colleagues.  It has relevant information that we should all know and practice!

Here is a link and the very beginning of the article!

Holding Effective Conferences with Parents of ELLs by Judie Haynes


photo by comedynose


Conference time is coming up and that gnawing worry about how you can effectively communicate with parents of your English Language Learner (ELL) students may be taking hold.  Don’t panic.  We’ve asked ELL specialist and author, Judie Haynes, to share with you some easy and effective tips for holding conferences with parents who may or may not speak English.


Thanks Judie ~ great article!



Happy Teaching!
Lori

March 18, 2012

Sunday is Song Day! Compare and Contrast

Hello everyone!
Here is a fun quick song to get your students ready for the language that goes with comparing and contrasting!































Happy Teaching!

March 17, 2012

Spanish Preterite Past Tense Verb Game

Hi everybody!
It's Lori from Fun To Teach wishing you a happy weekend!

I created this great resource to teach Spanish Past Tense in my classroom and my kids have a blast and learn a lot!

It is a simple game board and cards, but has 6 great games and activities.
Tons of fun!
Click on the image below to see more!






Click on the image to learn more about this fun product!


Happy Teaching!
Lori Wolfe

http://esleld.blogspot.com/
Happy Teaching! Lori

Collocations - Verbs and Nouns

Hi everyone,
Are your ready for more collocations?


According to wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collocation), There are about six main types of collocations-adjectives and nouns,nouns and nouns(a....of....),verbs and nouns,adverbs and adjectives,verbs and expressions with preposition, verbs and adverbs.

Although grammar is important when teaching English, it is also important to teach ELLs which words go with which other words.  

Remember a COLLOCATION is an expression of two or more words that go together.  Collocations "sound right" to native speakers, but are difficult for English Language Learners who lack the native speakers intuition.

Collocations - Verbs and Nouns 


Many folks feel that they are easier to learn when taught as a topic:
Here are some that go with daily routine:


have a shower
clean your room
begin work
have lunch
leave work
go home
meet friends
watch television
go to bed




Or to teach using just one verb
Here are some examples using make:

make noise
make a mistake
make plans
make the bed
make a telephone call
make dinner
make friends
make an effort





If you want to learn more click on over to the online article:
The Internet TESL Journal

Teaching Noun Plus Verb Collocation in the ESL/EFL Classroom

Joseph G. Stockdale III
Click here!

Happy Teaching!

Lori
 

March 13, 2012

What is your favorite website, blog or app for teaching English Language Learners?

Hello everyone!
Happy Tuesday!

Let's share out our favorite 

Websites
Blogs
iPad and iPod apps 

for teaching English Language learners.

What's yours?

Click on comment and let us know!
Happy Teaching! Lori

March 11, 2012

Fun To teach was mentioned in the TPT Newsletter today!

Hi everyone Lori from Fun To Teach here.

Fun To teach was mentioned in the TPT Newsletter today! Hurrah!
We really appreciate teacher-authors who create their own style rather than copying other successful sellers. Lori Wolfe, whose store is called Fun To Teach of Ashland, OR is an example of someone whose products have always had their own recognizable look and feel.

Read about it here: http://goo.gl/Qf76x
Check out our Teachers Pay Teachers Store, click here.
 
Happy Teaching,
Lori 
 

And the Lovely Blog Award Goes To

I received the Lovely Blog Award!! How wonderful is that? A BIG "Thank You" to Anne Marie at Innovative Connections for passing this award along to me! Please visit her great teaching blog!


Here are the rules for the Lovely Blog Award:
1. Link back to the blogger who gave it to you.
2. Pass the award onto 15 followers.
3. Follow the person who sent it to you.

Here are a few blogs that inspire me!
  1.   Sunny Days in Second Grade 
  2.   SOS on TPT
  3.   TBTS
  4.   Just For Teachers
  5.    Raki's Rad Resources
  6.    The Diary of a Not So Wimpy Teacher
  7.    The Lesson Cloud
  8.    Bilingual Teacher Clubhouse
  9.    Classroom Magic
  10.     We Teach
  11.    The Wise Owl Factory
  12.    Globicate
  13.    Masketeers
  14.    Teaching with Style

  15.    Connect a Blog

March 10, 2012

Hello everyone,
Lori here from Fun To Teach!

Here is a great freebie to practice multiplying with your Spanish speaking students.

Stop over at our TPT store for this free individual Spanish package which focuses on Multiplicando Por 0 y 1. Teaching elementary students to multiply is quick and effective when students practice their multiplication facts with these fun and engaging reproducible multiplication games, lesson plans and activities.

These games are effective ways to reach and teach your Spanish learners and at risk students. Differentiate your elementary instruction with this great 26-page multiplication game and activities.



Each multiplication game includes 
  • game boards, 
  • cards
  • practice sheets
  • a 5 minute-timed test and graph in Spanish for efficient assessment
Each game package has 5 different activities that students can play to practice and reinforce multiplication. Also included are 5 black lines, which can be used to differentiate your instruction, as seat work or sent home as homework. Flash cards also come in this packet. Reproducible black lines included in this package:
-A variety of games
-Complete game boards and game cards
-Activity black line masters
-Assessment
-Activities to send home
-Easy to use teacher's guides
-Easy game assembly

Happy Teaching!
Lori 
http://esleld.blogspot.com/
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March 6, 2012

Writing and ELD

Hi everyone,
I received an email today from an ELD teacher asking the following:

When I'm going to teach forms to 4th and 5th graders who are EA, what can I do with them that is more advanced? If I give them worksheets, they can get it, but they don't always carry it forward in their writing. Even if I have them write sentences, they don't carry it forward into paragraphs. How can I have them practice the forms and produce longer writing?

What advice can you offer?  Please post your comments!

Happy Teaching! Lori

March 4, 2012

Add an ELL Tip to your Email Signature!

Hello everyone this is Lori from Fun To Teach!
We had a terrific workshop in Portland last Friday, so I thought I would post these great tips to use under your email signatures.  It is such an easy way to educate your staff on successful strategies to use with ELLs! 

Please use the comment and tell us some of your favorites.


Educate your colleagues with every email by using these ELL tips under your name and title signature!

  • ELL Tip: Draw pictures to increase ELLs comprehension during your lesson.
  • ELL Tip: Wait time for ELLs gives them language processing time.
  • ELL Tip: Make lessons comprehensible to your English Language Learners by using Graphic Organizers within your lesson.
  • ELL Tip: Provide opportunities for your ELLs to practice language during each of your content lessons.
  • ELL Tip: Did you offer your ELL a supported opportunity to speak in class today?
  • ELL Tip:  Key vocabulary for each lesson should be emphasized:  Introduced, written, repeated, and highlighted for students to see.
  • ELL Tip: Provide opportunities for your ELLs to practice language during each of your content lessons.
  • ELL Tip: Key vocabulary for each lesson should be emphasized: Introduced, written, repeated and highlighted for students to see.
  • ELL Tip: Make lessons comprehensible to your ELLs by using graphic organizers within your lessons.
  • ELL Tip: Draw pictures to increase ELLs comprehension during your lessons
  • ELL Tip: Your partner doesn’t like repetition but your ELL students do.
Happy Teaching! Lori