TPT Sitewide Sale

TPT Sitewide Sale

Teachers Pay Teachers is having a sitewide sale through August 2nd. I have my store set at 20% off. TPT is offering a 5% bonus with the code BTS2017, so that makes everything 25% off. I just created a bundle set of my task cards. Some other items that are great for the beginning of the school year are:

5 Ways to Get Free Books for a Classroom Library

5 Ways to Get Free Books for a Classroom Library

Having a Well Stocked Classroom Library New books are expensive. Students benefit from a wide range of reading material to choose from. What should a teacher do? Find free books! In my ESOL room I had a fairly large classroom library. It didn’t always fit into the daily lessons, since I would typically only see students for 30 minutes and they have independent reading time in their classroom. It was great for students that finished an activity early and I…

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ESOL Praxis Test Review

ESOL Praxis Test Review

If you are interested in becoming an ESOL teacher, many states allow you to take the praxis exam and then use that to add on to your teaching licence. This weekend my husband went to a workshop and was very impressed with the information he learned from the review session. He had been searching for review materials and not finding anything so just wanted to put the word out that this training was helpful. Probably the biggest piece of information…

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Alphabet Card Flash Cards

Alphabet Card Flash Cards

Learning the alphabetic code is an important part of early literacy.  This is also true for ESOL students.  My daughter is 2 1/2 years old. She is learning English as her first language. I came up with these alphabet cards as a way for her to learn new vocabulary, name familiar people, and the letters and sounds of the alphabet. For ESOL students they could take part in a similar activity by going on a scavenger hunt for people and…

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Assessing ESOL Students & Changes to WIDA Scoring

Assessing ESOL Students & Changes to WIDA Scoring

Assessing ESOL students & Changes to WIDA scoring Throughout the school year I constantly assess my ESOL students. I use short formative assessments that I integrated into activities we were already doing. Using Rubrics for quick assessments To get a sense of their speaking level I will sometimes take out the WIDA speaking rubric and simply listen to students conversations and write down where they fall on the rubric. Writing is also easy to organically assess. I look at writing…

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Teachers Appreciation Sale on TPT

Teachers Appreciation Sale on TPT

Teachers Pay Teachers is having a sitewide sale to celebrate Teachers Appreciation Week.  On May 9th and 10th use the code THANKYOU17 to get 10% off of your purchase.  In addition many sellers have sales of 20% off including mine. I am giving away a $10 gift card as a part of Teachers Appreciation week.  Enter through the link below. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Vocabulary Building File Folder Games

Vocabulary Building File Folder Games

I have some newcomers that I just started working with.  They love games so I came up with some file folder games to help them practice basic vocabulary.  The students are at two different levels: some are able to read the others has some basic letter sound knowledge.  All have low expressive vocabulary. We are practicing nouns and where to find them.  The game board are different rooms either in a house or school.  The cards are nouns or verbs.  There are…

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TPT Sitewide Sale

TPT Sitewide Sale

Teachers Pay Teachers is having a sitewide sale on February 7th and 8th. I am taking part to everything in my store will be 20% off.  Use the code LOVETPT and get a total of 28% off.  This is  a great chance to stock up.  I have recently added a few new items:

Describing Characters & a Freebie

Describing Characters & a Freebie

I’ve been working with my first grades on using adjectives to describe characters.  They did a great job of using evidence from the books to describe their answers.  Even my lower language students were able to participate. We read two books: Llama Lama mad at mama & Yoko.           First I showed students pictures of character emotions.  They shared examples of when they felt various emotions.  Then as I read the books they would identify how the…

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Dialogue Journal Writing Prompts

Dialogue Journal Writing Prompts

There never seems to be enough time to fit everything in.  One way I am attempting to fit in writing and grammar instruction into my ESOL groups is through using a dialogue journal.  Students have a writing prompt that they respond to.  I then will write back with a question or comment.  Students have the options of continuing to write back a response. I am also integrating short grammar reviews into the writing prompts. This allows student to focus on…

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