10 Spring Books for English Language Learners

10 Spring Books for English Language Learners

Spring is a great time to read books about the environment, animal and plant life cycles, and other outdoor topics. For English Language Learners (along with all students) it is important to read books with characters from diverse backgrounds. Try and integrate characters with similar backgrounds as the students you work with so that they can see kids that are similar to themselves in the books that they are reading and listening to. Disclosure: This post contains Amazon affiliate links,…

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Spring Teaching Ideas for English Language Learners

Spring Teaching Ideas for English Language Learners

It is now officially spring. Here in the DC area we are expecting the largest snow storm of the year on the first full day of spring, but the weather should hopefully warm up soon. Here are some ideas for teaching about and enjoying spring. Learn about animal life cycles Life cycles are great for teaching transition words. One fun activity is to show students a video of an eagle or other animal with eggs or newborn babies. In the…

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Using Games to Build ELL Vocabulary

Using Games to Build ELL 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 yet able to read. Games are…

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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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Gift Card Giveaway + TPT Sitewide Sale

Gift Card Giveaway + TPT Sitewide Sale

Teachers Pay Teachers is having a sitewide sale on February 14 & 15th. Use the code XOXO to save up to 25% off. I have some bundles that I am in the process of adding spring resources to. These are growing bundles so they will help you save even more during the sale:         Here is your chance to win a $10 TPT gift card. Follow the directions on the Rafflecopter to enter.        …

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Using Scavenger Hunts With English Language Learners

Using Scavenger Hunts With English Language Learners

A scavenger hunt is a great way to teach vocabulary terms to ELLs. They also get students up and moving and can give them some control over what terms they choose to find. If students work with a partner or in small groups a scavenger hunt is a natural way for them to practice speaking skills as well. Students can discuss whether objects fit with the topic they are hunting for. Alphabet Scavenger Hunt Find objects that start with different…

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Improving the Speaking Skills of English Language Learners

Improving the Speaking Skills of English Language Learners

Speaking in a new language can be a frightening experience.  English Language Learners often feel embarrassed that they will make mistakes or are nervous about being misunderstood. This can result in newcomers going through a silent period (when they do not speak but are learning a large amount of language).  Even ELLs that have a higher language level can become intimidated during whole class discussions.  Brain science can help explain this response. The emotional system of our brain does not…

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Multicultural Children’s Book Day & If You Were Me and Lived In… Book Review

Multicultural Children’s Book Day & If You Were Me and Lived In… Book Review

I am excited to take part in the 2018 Multicultural Children’s Book Day #ReadYourWorld. Exposing students to books that have characters from multicultural backgrounds is extremely important.  For English Language Learners it allows them to see characters like themselves in the books that they read. This includes characters navigating living in a new culture and characters that speak more than one language. As a part of this celebration I am reviewing a set of books by Carole P. Roman. I…

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