November 22, 2012

Cyber Monday Sale at Teachers Pay Teachers!


 




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Happy Teaching!


November 19, 2012

Teaching Idioms

Hello everyone!

This is a picture of an interactive idiom board  for the whole school to participate in.




Idiom Bulletin Board - Step by Step Instructions
By [http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Lori_Wolfe]Lori Wolfe

This easy, fun and creative bulletin board makes you look like a pro as you develop student vocabulary and language skills. This bulletin board works great in a classroom or hallway for the whole school to be involved with. I wanted a way to involve my school in language development and used this idea. Follow these quick steps and you will be on your way!

Materials:

4-5 idioms and simple definitions
Computer/word processor
Images to represent the idioms and the definitions
Construction paper
Glue
Scissors/paper cutter
String
Tacks

Step 1:

Decorate the Bulletin Board with colored Butcher paper of your choice as a background. Use a contrasting borders that complements the color you chose.

Step 2:

Choose a theme for the idioms you will use. Some popular themes include:
Bees, horses, weather, dogs, tired.

Step 3:

Choose 4 idioms. Take care in choosing the idioms. Idioms for intermediate language level students should be idioms that give a hint to the meaning. An example of this is "it's raining cats and dogs". The word "raining" is a clue to the meaning. Early advanced language learners can work with idioms such as, "you're pulling my leg" which doesn't give the learner any clues to the meaning. Choose which language level you want the students to work with.

Step 4:

Collect 1 picture per idiom that displays what the words say and another picture that shows what the idiom means. Use your own classroom images for this or do a quick Google search for "idiom images".

Step 5:

Type up and print the idioms. Glue the typed idioms and the images onto colored construction paper. Cut to size.

Step 6:

Place the 4 idiom images that display what the words "say" at regular intervals across the top of the bulletin board.

Place the text under each picture.

At the bottom of the bulletin board place the image of what the idioms "mean" in random order.

Step 7:

Staple a piece of yarn under the text of each idiom long enough to reach to the image that shows the true meaning of the idiom. Tie a loop in the end of the piece of yarn so children can attach the yarn to the correct meaning.

Step 8:

Stick a pushpin into the bulletin board above the random images that shows the true meaning.

You now have an interactive bulletin board where students can match up the idiom to the image of its meaning by attaching the looped yarn to the push pin above the image of the true idiom meaning! Watch your students have fun and learn about idioms!

Lori Wolfe is an ESL - ELD teacher in Ashland, Oregon. Lori is also an author, ESL workshop presenter, and blogger. Her company, Fun To Teach produces innovative curriculum for ELD, ESL, grammar, Math, Reading, and more. Go to http://goo.gl/OXVOG or stop by the Fun To Teach Blog for ESL ELD teachers: [http://esleld.blogspot.com]http://esleld.blogspot.com.

Article Source: [http://EzineArticles.com/?Idiom-Bulletin-Board---Step-by-Step-Instructions&id=6816061] Idiom Bulletin Board - Step by Step Instructions


Happy Teaching! Lori

November 16, 2012

25 ELL TIPS

Hi everyone,
Here is a link to a great list of ideas to use with second language learners. 

Twenty-Five Quick Tips for Classroom TeachersTwenty-Five Quick Tips for Classroom Teachers

by Judie Haynes
Put any five of the following tips into practice and your English language learners will benefit from the improved instruction.

Thank you to:

Laurie Howard
ELL Specialist
Brookwood Elementary

for sending this list my way.  She also shared a great email signature which I added to the list of email signature tips on the side bar.


ELL Tip: ELs who have IEPs need MORE scaffolding, modeling, guided instruction, direct instruction, language structures, questioning (checking for understanding), prompts/clues/signals, frontloading,  and building of background knowledge.



She pulled this from an ELL/SpEd/RTI course given by Dr. Julie Esparza Brown @ PSU this summer.

Happy Teaching!

Lori

November 12, 2012

Listening Comprehension Lesson

Hoops and Yoyo

I love using Hoops and Yoyo manners videos for listening comprehension lessons.

Here is a basic lesson plan for



Listen to the video 2 times.
Ask the students the following questions.
Name one of the 6 tips for brushing your teeth.
How often should you visit a dentist.
What does he have to learn how to do? 
Make sure students answer with complete sentences.
Happy Teaching!

Lori

November 7, 2012

Graphic Organizers!

 Hello everyone,

I was looking for a variety of graphic organizers and stumbled upon Thinkport.
Thinkport. Think education. Think Maryland.
They offer a collection of graphic organizers that you can integrate into activities and lesson plans or use by themselves. 


They offer three different formats:
  • HTML, which is viewable with any browser
  • PDF which is viewable with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Word, which is viewable using Microsoft Word®


Check them out!


Happy Teaching!

November 4, 2012

Math Vocabulary

Hello everyone,
I was searching the web recently and found an awesome site for Common Core Math Vocabulary.  

Granite School District in Utah has some of the best resources for Common Core Math Vocabulary and they are ready for you to download and print for FREE!




They have a great website that includes vocabulary cards that are kid friendly.  Each word has 3 cards. The first is the word only, the second includes a graphic representation, and the third also includes a definition.

This site is packed with resources for building math vocabulary including
 games such as this one:

Talk a Mile a Minute

Materials: Word lists, timer Instructions:

1. In this game, students are given a list of 6 words that have been organized into categories. One player will give the clue words while the other player tries to guess the word on the screen within a 60 second time limit.


2. Divide the class into pairs. Player 1 and 2 sit together facing each other. One player faces the screen and the other player has their back to the screen.


3. The player facing the screen will be the “talker” and is provided with a list of words on the screen. The talker tries to get their partner to say each of the words by quickly describing them. The talker may not use gestures, rhyming words, or any variation of the word on the list.


For example, in the first list below, the talker must not say the word shape when giving the clues. For the word square, the talker might say something like, “It has 4 equal sides, AND 4 equal angles.”


Shapes
Rectangle Square Circle Triangle
Right Triangle Trapezoid
Units of Measure
Inches Meters
Gallons
Hours Square Yards
Liters


4. The talker keeps giving clues until their partner identifies the first word in the category. The talker then moves to the next word in the category until all words have been guessed the set time ends.


5. Players change places and a new round begins with the other player now designated as the talker. 


If you are looking to add to your instruction of Math Vocabulary...this great site has it all.