Teachers Appreciation Day & TPT Sale

Teachers Appreciation Day & TPT Sale

Teachers Appreciation Day & Teachers Pay Teachers Sale Happy Teachers Appreciation Day! Teachers work so hard throughout the year.  Thank you to all the teachers for their hard work! Today (May 8th) and tomorrow Teachers Pay Teachers is having a site wide sale. I am setting my store on sale. Use the code THANKYOU18 to save 25%. I just finished the summer set of Parts of Speech Color by Code sheets . Get them as a part of the Parts of Speech…

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Diverse Books about Mothers and Families for ELLs

Diverse Books about Mothers and Families for ELLs

Diverse Books about Mothers and Families for English Language Learners Here is a collections of books about mothers and families from diverse cultures and backgrounds. Some can be used as read alouds for newcomers and students learning about family. Most celebrate different ways that mothers are special. Disclosure: This post contains Amazon affiliate links, which means I may receive a commission if you click on an Amazon link and make a purchase. This does not cost you any extra money….

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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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Ideas for Celebrating Earth Day with ELLs

Ideas for Celebrating Earth Day with ELLs

Here are some ideas for celebrating Earth Day with your English Language Learners. Go Outside Look for ways to take lessons outside. Going outside is great for student engagement. A recent study described in Psychology Today describes the benefits of outdoor learning. Go on a scavenger hunt Read books outside Use adjectives and the 5 senses to make observations. Here is a free 5 senses graphic organizer. Read books about Conservation Thank You Earth uses photographs and simple sentences to describe…

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New Site

New Site

I finally took the plunge and purchased my domain name. I am still figuring out all of the technical details so please let me know if you notice any broken links or other strange things on the blog.

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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