Mentor Sentences in ESOL groups

Mentor Sentences in ESOL groups

This year I have started using mentor sentences.  Overall I am very happy with them.  If you haven’t heard of this strategy it is basically where you take a sentence from a text and have students study the sentence structure and vocabulary of the sentence.  They also write similar sentences. With my ESOL pull out groups I have been doing a modified version of this.  I typically have two or three days a week that I can devote some time…

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$25 TPT Giveaway & First Week of School

$25 TPT Giveaway & First Week of School

I’m joining with some other bloggers to host a $25 Teachers Pay Teachers gift card giveaway.  Details about how to enter are at the bottom of this post. School has officially started.  The kids came back this past week.  I spent most of the time giving a WIDA assessment to kindergarten students. This week is when I will start actually seeing students.  I’ll be working with 1st and 5th grades this year.  This is one of the first times that…

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$10 TPT Gift Card Giveaway & New Products

$10 TPT Gift Card Giveaway & New Products

Back to school is just around the corner.  I go back to work next week and students start the following week.  The summer has been great, I’ve enjoyed spending time with my family.  I’ve also updated/added some products on my TPT page including:                   To start off the year, I am giving away a $10 Teacher Pay Teachers gift card.  You can enter through the rafflecopter link below. The contest ends Sunday at…

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ESOL Assessments

ESOL Assessments

Take a look at my most recent post for tips on how to prepare ELLs for language testing. ————————————————————————————————————- Assessing students language level is an ongoing process.  My county uses WIDA assessments when students enter the county and in the winter for a formal language level.  Throughout the year we use formative assessments to determine students language progression. This past year I developed a number of formative assessments to help me with this. The assessments are linked to science or social…

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$25 TPT Gift Card Giveaway

$25 TPT Gift Card Giveaway

I am partnering with An Apple for the Teacher and other TPT sellers/bloggers to give away a $25 TPT gift card.  You can enter by clicking here and filling out the Rafflecopter. Additional details are below. GIVEAWAY DETAILS:     Prize: $25 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card   Giveaway Organized by: Kelly Malloy (An Apple for the Teacher),     Co-hosts:   An Apple for the Teacher, Ms. K, Lindsay Marcaccio, Top Teaching Tasks, Little Vikings, La-Nette Mark, and A World of Language Learners.     Rules: Use the Rafflecopter to enter. Giveaway ends 8/19/16 and is open worldwide.  …

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Learners Edge Professional Development Review

Learners Edge Professional Development Review

I just finished taking two professional development classes through Learners Edge Inc. I was pleased with the course design.  Many online classes I have taken have a large amount of deadlines and are overly picky with grading.  These classes are open ended, so there is one due date for all of the assignments to be finalized.  The assignments lended themselves more towards self reflection rather than analyzing.

TPT Sale

TPT Sale

Teachers Pay Teachers is having a sale on Monday and Tuesday.  Everything will be 10% when you use the code BESTYEAR.  In addition everything in my store will be an additional 20% off.  This is a great time to stock up for the beginning of the school year.

Motivational Poster

Motivational Poster

I enjoyed listening to President Barack Obama’s speech last night.  There were a number of inspirational quotes, but one stood out to me as great for student motivation. “We all make mistakes. That’s what happens when we try!” Get a FREE poster with the quote to hang up.

Art Integration: Watercolor painting & Poetry

Art Integration: Watercolor painting & Poetry

To wrap up our poetry unit I had my 2nd grade students illustrate the poems that had been writing.  While they were publishing their poems I had them plan areas of their pictures to include watercolor paint.  I have never seen them so focused on writing.  They were really excited to use the paints, and this led to them taking their time on their writing and adding extra details into their pictures.      

What am I Poems

What am I Poems

My second graders are starting a unit on poetry.  As an introduction we read what am I poems.  Each poem described an animal or food. They students enjoyed trying to guess what food/animal it was describing. https://mcdn.teacherspayteachers.com/thumbitem/What-Am-I-Poems-2558976-1463706256/original-2558976-2.jpg For my low language ELL students, I also have vocabulary sheets that they could refer to while guessing. https://mcdn1.teacherspayteachers.com/thumbitem/What-Am-I-Poetry-Bundle-2557790-1463706452/original-2557790-4.jpg Then they used a template to write their own what am I poems. There were great for my struggling writers. They did not get…

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