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Parts of Speech Coloring Freebie

Parts of Speech Coloring Freebie

Using Coloring with Students Coloring can be a relaxing activity for students. Even older students enjoy a periodic coloring break. What better way to help students practice the grammar concept of parts of speech than through coloring? Color by Code Worksheets I have a FREE set of Color by Code Worksheets. On the coloring sheets students color each part of speech a different color. The pages cover nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, and conjunctions. Illustrated Vocabulary Sheets I designed these…

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Supporting Elementary Newcomers

Supporting Elementary Newcomers

Newcomer students receive some support from an ESOL teacher in most elementary schools. The majority of their time is spent in their grade level classroom. Here are some strategies for supporting a newcomer student in their grade level classroom. Differentiate Assignments In the beginning, you will likely do more modifying of the assignment. The learning goal might be different for your newcomer student. You might instruct them to listen to a read aloud and try to remember five new words…

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How to Keep ELLs Engaged in Reading

How to Keep ELLs Engaged in Reading

Reading engagement is an important part of a student’s motivation to read. When you are motivated to read, you are more likely to increase the amount of time that you spend reading. This is important for English Language Learners, as they need many exposures to text. When a student is motivated, he or she is better able to learn new material. Feeling frustrated can lower one’s motivation to practice reading. This also impacts how engaged they are with the text…

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5 Ways to Use Task Cards that will Keep Your ELLs Engaged

5 Ways to Use Task Cards that will Keep Your ELLs Engaged

Task cards are a great tool to support English Language Learners. There are many leveled sets available, making it easy to differentiate. There are cards with short reading passages, grammar practice, writing prompts, speaking questions, and more. Take a look at these five ideas for using task cards with your ELLs that will keep them engaged throughout the lesson. 1. Play a Game Kids love playing games. You can keep the game simple and print out a basic game board….

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Figurative Language with ELLs

Figurative Language with ELLs

Figurative language uses figures of speech including metaphors, similes, idioms, and personification. It typically describes something by comparing it with something different. Figurative language can be challenging for an English Language Learner to understand, as they are still learning literal language. Here are some strategies and ideas for teaching figurative language to ELLs. Culture plays a role in figurative language. Metacognition helps students to understand when they encounter figurative phrases. (Palmer, Bilgili, Gungor, & Taylor 2008) Have Students Illustrate Examples…

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Prefixes and Suffixes with ELLs

Prefixes and Suffixes with ELLs

Teaching students the meaning of prefixes and suffixes is a great way to increase their vocabulary. When they know basic prefixes and suffixes they are better able to use context clues to determine the meaning of unknown words. This is true for all students, but it is particularly helpful for English Language Learners, as they may not be familiar with some of the words that have affixes from past exposure. Some suffixes can make changes to words such as┬átense, number,…

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Teaching About Folktales to ELLs

Teaching About Folktales to ELLs

Teaching About Folktales to ELLs Folktales included fairy tales, fables, and legends. They were traditionally passed down by word of mouth. Folktales are great windows into the culture and values of the the group of people telling them. Fables have a lesson the the reader is meant to learn. Fairy tales and legends have more subtle lessons about good and evil. Cultures around the world often have their own version of a common folk tale. Here are some ideas for…

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How to Prepare ELLs for Language Testing

How to Prepare ELLs for Language Testing

How to Prepare ELLs for Language Testing Each year ELLs take an annual language assessment. In many states this is WIDA ACCESS. I am not an advocate of extensive test preparation, but I do think that students should be exposed to the language of a test beforehand so that they are better prepared. WIDA has some tips on how to prepare for the ACCESS assessment. Here are some additional ways to help student become familiar with the language and formatting…

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Diverse Leveled Readers

Diverse Leveled Readers

Diverse Leveled Readers for ELLs Guided reading is an important component of a balanced literacy program. Some teachers are lucky to teach in a school with a well stocked book room. In other cases many of the books at the lower levels are not age appropriate for older ESOL students, and do not reflect the diversity of younger ELLs. Here are some suggestions of diverse leveled readers for ELLs and other students. Disclosure: This section contains Amazon affiliate links, which…

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Prefix and Suffix Task Cards for ELLs

Prefix and Suffix Task Cards for ELLs

Learning about prefix and suffixes can help increase a students vocabulary. When they learn about the meaning of common affixes the are able to greatly increase the number of words that they understand and can use. Reading vocabulary words in context helps to give them greater meaning than when they are in isolation. I created a set of prefix and suffix task cards to help my ELLs read affixes in the context of a short paragraph. This set of task…

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