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Sight Word Puzzles

Sight Word Puzzles

Sight Word Puzzles Sight words are incredibly important for students to learn how to read, yet can be challenging to learn. Many of them do not follow phonics patterns and do not have a picture associated with them. One of the best ways for students to learn them is in context. My sight word puzzles do just that. Learn additional Strategies for Teaching Sight Words to ELLs. I am introducing a new set of Sight Word Puzzles to help students…

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Comparing Adjectives File Folder Games

Comparing Adjectives File Folder Games

COMPARING ADJECTIVES FILE FOLDER GAMES File folder games are a fun way for students to practice vocabulary concepts. They are a simple way to store game pieces and allow students to independently practice skills. Once students learn how to play a file folder game they can become part of a center. My Comparing Adjectives File Folder Games offer two levels of puzzles for students to practice with. They are a fun way for students to practice vocabulary and learn about…

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Academic Language Teaching Ideas for ELLs

Academic Language Teaching Ideas for ELLs

Academic Language Teaching Ideas for English Language Learners Academic language is the language of school. Tier 2 vocabulary words that are found across different subject areas are components of academic language. For English language Learners it is particularly important to develop their academic language. For English Language Learners that are new to the country, it can take from seven to ten years for them to learn academic language. Johnson (2012) stats that “for ELL’s Academic language is a third language…

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Comparing and Contrasting with ELLs

Comparing and Contrasting with ELLs

Comparing and Contrasting with ELLs Comparing and contrasting is a higher order thinking skill and an important component of reading comprehension. It is also a great way for students to practice language skills and build academic language. When students compare they look for things that are the same. When they contrast they looks for items that are different. Doing these activities helps to expand their vocabulary and gives them practice using academic vocabulary. Comparing and Contrasting with Pictures Show students…

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Language Learning Strategies for Teaching ELLs

Language Learning Strategies for Teaching ELLs

Language Learning Strategies for English Language Learners English is a difficult language for native speakers to learn. I am amazed watching my toddler learn English as her first language. She picks up new vocabulary rapidity and experiments with language. She makes grammatical mistakes when she overgeneralizes grammar “ruler” that she has naturally picked up through listening to others speak and read English. For English Language Learners they go through a similar¬† process but have to navigate through additional challenges. As…

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Using Games to Build ELL Vocabulary

Using Games to Build ELL Vocabulary

Using Games to Build ELLs Vocabulary Games are a great way to help students practice vocabulary. For newcomers that are just learning English they are a fun way to practice basic Tier 1 terms. For students at higher language levels and native speakers they are great ways to practice content specific vocabulary. It is important to review vocabulary words with ELLs before they begin playing.¬† This is particularly important for students with lower language levels and those that are not…

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Teaching ELLs Context Clues + FREE Context Clue Task Cards

Teaching ELLs Context Clues + FREE Context Clue Task Cards

English Language Learners often read text without fully comprehending all of the words that they are reading. Using context clues are one way to help ELLs increase their overall comprehension of the text that they are reading. Many of the strategies of teaching context clues to ELLs is similar as when a native English speaker learns this strategy. There are some differences though. Think about what would make sense This is one of the first context clue strategies I would…

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Strategies for Helping English Language Learners that were Born in the United States

Strategies for Helping English Language Learners that were Born in the United States

English Language Learners come from a diverse set of backgrounds. There is a large segment of ELLs that were born in the United States. Some of them are the children of recent immigrants, some grow up in poverty, some quickly acquire bilingual literacy skills. The linguistic, cultural, and economic background of an ELL impacts how quickly they acquire English. One misconception is that those that are bilingual have equal proficiency in both languages. In fact in the majority of cases…

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Teaching about Holidays in the Winter to English Language Learners

Teaching about Holidays in the Winter to English Language Learners

Holidays are a great opportunity to teach students about different traditions and infuse fun into learning. For some English Language Learners they might now be familiar with holidays that their classmates have celebrated for years. It can be helpful to go over basic holiday traditions and facts before the holiday begins. For American holidays such as Martin Luther King Day, Groundhog Day, or Veterans day most students will celebrate them (though it is important to be aware if this is…

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