I just visited ESL Kids Stuff and thought I would give them a shout out!
They have a wide variety of lesson plans, worksheets, flashcards, songs and classroom readers. The lesson plans I have looked at were good. Although, you have to buy a membership ($29.00 per year) to access the products they offer, I did find this product for free
Here is what ESL Kids Stuff says about themselves:
We are 13 years old! ESL KidStuff 2002 - 2015
We are a group of English teachers who, like you, teach kids.
We know teaching little ones up to teens is not an easy task, and just
as difficult is getting good, quality materials to use in your lessons
... and finding them quickly! Our aim, therefore, is to provide great ESL materials,
specially made for teaching English to kids, which are quick and easy to
find and print.
ESL KidStuff has a huge library of lesson plans, flashcards,
worksheets, craft sheets, songs, and classroom readers. We will keep
adding to this range as well as offering different materials.
We’d also like to help out in other areas, too - sharing
teaching tips, hints and advice and making this site a useful place for
you to visit time and time again. We already have quite a lot of these
sections at ESL KidStuff - games, holidays activities, teaching tips,
etc., and we are working on adding more!
Grab a cup of tea and take a look at ESL Kids Stuff. I would love to here what you think!
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! Let 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!
Hello everyone, Semantic gradients are super cool and if you haven't tried them yet read on...the following is an article I wrote for REALLY GOOD STUFF BLOG!
Happy Teaching! Lori
As elementary teachers we are always looking for and finding
strategies to use with our students that broaden and deepen their understanding
when reading.We know that when students,
especially second language learners, can distinguish between the shades of
meanings of related words, then they can be more precise and imaginative in
their writing. Shades of meaning are the small differences among words that are
related to a specific topic or idea.The
Common Core Language Standard L.5 requires students to distinguish shades of
meaning among words beginning in Kindergarten and continuing through elementary
If you don’t know about semantic gradients, let me introduce
you!Semantic gradients are powerful
tools to teach elementary students the differences between related words and
increase their vocabulary.This method of improving
reading comprehension works with both English Language Learners and native English speakers
and offers classroom teachers a vehicle to reach the needs of all of students. This
type of gradient helps students distinguish between the subtle nuances of meaning
of related words and broadens their understanding of connected words. Furthermore, gradients show all students how
to use vocabulary precisely when expressing themselves in speaking and writing.
What is a Semantic Gradient?
you would like a free copy of the black line of the gradient I use in my
classroom, click here!
Semantic gradients are lists of related words that have
similar meanings placed on a continuum moving from one word to its
opposite.It is a continuum that order related
words by degree.
These gradients use anchor words (words and their opposites)
at each end of the gradient.The words
used in between gradually shift in meaning.
example, freezing and sweltering would be the anchor words for a semantic
gradient of temperature words that included the following:freezing, cold, cool, warm, hot, roasting, and
How do you use a Semantic Gradient?
·Identify your 2 anchor words by choosing a word
and finding its opposite.
·Find synonyms for each of those words and order
them to create your word list.
·Students then order the words to create a
gradient or continuum.
Hello folks, This is an article I wrote for Really Good Stuff Blog a few years ago. Still holds true so I am reposting it here! Happy Teaching! Lori
“If only I had more time in a school
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
for the transition periods in advance.Take a few minutes and think about the transition times that occur in
transition times include:
·entering the classroom first
thing in the morning
·changing from one subject to
·leaving or coming into the
room after assemblies
·recesses or lunch, clean up
time at the end of the day
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
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.
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.
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
·Hang up backpacks, jackets
·Turn in homework
·Sign up for hot or cold lunch
·Find their seats
·Begin reading, handwriting or
whichever morning activity you choose
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.
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