Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Name Worksheets for Preschool ELA

Here are a few more free worksheets.
Practice Name recognition and spelling with each child. Most of them come to the EFL Class knowing how to write their name. Use the worksheet as an assessment. You will be able to tell the homeroom teacher if they need extra practice with this.

Names identify children. They can draw themselves, but write their name downward as in the picture. 
Print the numbers and line them up on the board. Have each student count the letters in their name and place it under the corresponding number.

Names can be written with a crayon, a pencil and even a marker. But Names can be written on everything, such as a book, scissors, erasers, glue and more. Use the worksheet as a review for school items.
Two props to use on the board.

I have a Pinterest board dedicated to Name Activities.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

House Worksheets for the Preschool ELL

Draw a big house shape. Use the template as a reference. I always enlarge it at the copier.
Teacher: Look ! This is a house.  (Trace the house shape with your finger)

Students: This is a house.  ( Students trace the house shape with their finger)

Teacher: This is my house. What color is it ?
                                   Students: It´s  blue.

Give each child a house picture and have them color the house in two different colors.

When finished, they come to the front and tell the class about their house.
Students: This is my house. It is green and yellow.
Place each house on the board or wall and count with the children how many houses are there.
       Give each child a colored house.
Teacher: Whose house is this ?
Student: Peter´s.
Teacher: What color is Peter´s house ?
Student: It´s green.
Teacher: Show me the window. Show me the door.
What number is Peter´s house ?
Student: three.

 Make a house on the board with the shapes. There´s a teacher´s version slightly bigger templates.
Teacher: The roof is a triangle. The house is a rectangle. The door is rectangle. The windows are circles.
Invite the children to make their own house with the shapes and present it to their table group.

And now, the rooms of the house. Use the flashcard worksheet. 
Have the children color each room in one color.
 Name the rooms of the house in random order and the children point to each one as they hear the word.
Teacher: bathroom, livingroom, bedroom, kitchen.

Have your own set ready and use it as flashcards on the board.
Teacher: The living room is orange.
               The kitchen is yellow.
The bedroom is green.
The bathroom is blue.

Children can recognize the rooms of the house.
Teacher: Show me the bedroom.

 Name a room. Students say the color.
Teacher: Green !
Students: living room !
 Do the opposite.
Teacher: Kitchen !
Students: orange.
Place the rooms of the house flashcards around the class. Name a student and have him/her walk to the part of the house of his/her preference.
Teacher: Molly, Walk to a room of the house.
Continue with 3 more students. There can´t be more than one student in each place.
Teacher: Molly, Where are you ?
Molly: I am in the kitchen.

 Let´s invite the family members to the home theme.
Place the family members on the board. Ask who they are.
Teacher: Who´s this ?
Students: It´s Brother.
Teacher: Brother is in the kitchen.
Students place the family member in the corresponding part of the house. It can be turned into a Family Poster.

Hold a family cutout on one hand and a house part on the other.
Say a sentence. Teacher: Mommy is in the bedroom.
Hold another family puppet on one hand and a house part on the other. Have the students come up with a sentence.
Students: Daddy is in the bathroom.

There´s a set of family cutouts for the Teacher.

Furniture Cutouts and flashcards. Place all the rooms of the house flashcards on the board and review each one.  Place all the furniture on the opposite side of the board  and present the new words.
Grab a chalk or marker and match all the furniture to each room with the children.

Have the children name the furniture in the room.
Teacher: What´s in the bedroom ?
Students: Bed, closet. Have them name all the items they can remember.
Teacher: Where is the bed ?
Students: The bed is in the bedroom.

House cocktail. Have the children grab only one flashcard. At your signal they stand up and walk around finding a room or furniture partners.  They must stand together holding their cards.
Teacher: Bedroom !
Students : Here !
Teacher: Name the furniture in your room.
Students: Bed, closet. (Shows the cards).

Furniture mix match. Place the furniture in parts of the house that doesn´t belong.
Teacher: The bed is in the bathroom.
Students: NO ! Show the no thumb.

Point to each flashcard and ask questions:
Teacher: Is it a toilet ?
Students: yes, it is. ( Have the students use their YES puppets)
Teacher: Is it a closet?
Students: No, it isn´t. ( Have the students use their NO puppets)

       Student  flashcards Pattern. Call out two students with a stove and two with a closet. Have them come to the front to make a pattern.

Teacher: Carlos, come with the sofa. Stand here.
Teacher: Ana, come with the sofa. Stand here.
Teacher: Rose, come with the bed. Stand here.
Teacher: Lily, come with the bed. Stand here.
Class: Sofa,sofa,bed,bed.

Make as many patterns as you wish.
It can be an: ABB pattern, ABC pattern,ABCB pattern.

House bingo. Have the students complete the Bingo grid with 4 flashcards that his/her choice.
Prepare a set for yourself to call out Bingo.  Place them in a bag / an envelope or make the tags and place them in a book ring. I printed each set onto colored construction paper.

Pull out a flashcard and call its name.
Teacher: red toilet!

Have the student place a bean on it. 

The first student to place the 4 beans is the winner and calls out BINGO !

Sort the furniture by room.

1   Where is the family and pets ?

Teacher: The dog is on the bed.  ( Place the dog cutout on the bed)
Keep on saying sentences and placing the animals on the furniture or around the house rooms.

Give instructions to a designated student for putting a piece of furniture or pet in a room.
Teacher: Yuri, put the cat on the sink.
Continue giving similar instructions to other students.
Then, ask questions.
Teacher: Where is the bird ?
Students : It´s on the toilet.
Give some incorrect sentences and see if the students notice.
Teacher: The bird on the bed.
Students : NO!!! Have them show their NO puppet.
 It is on the sofa.
 Have students repeat and do the same on their worksheets.

Students can draw a toy or a pet on any piece of furniture.
They can come up to the front to describe their drawing.
Graph the drawings.
Teacher: The bird is on the sofa.
The students who have done that hold up their drawing.
Make a graph on the board.
Teacher: One, two, three students!

Here´s another way to use the worksheets. These are three of them. The rooms fit in the house. Students can glue them. Then assign an animal for each room. I glue my house to the back of a box so it could stand. 

And the toys can be around the house.

And the flashcards can´t be missed.

One of the Teacher´s Favorite Blog Post is this one: 

Friday, October 7, 2016

Greetings Worksheets for ELL

Teach children from the very first day how to say Hello or Hi in English. It can be a short hello or a long one. When I was a teaching preschool I would bring in a maraca hand that would make a noise as I greeted everyone. Try to use children´s name when saying Hello.
Teacher: Hello, Marcos !
Marco: Hello, Teacher ! ( The students greets with his hand puppet)

Sometimes, I would hand in the Hello Hand Clapper to someone to be the one who greets another student or the class. It is nice to have different maracas for the everyday greeting. I keep my eyes open when I go to toy stores, dollar stores or piƱata stores. They have wonderful things for this intention. It can be clackers, whistles, harmonicas, clappers, maracas.

For longer greetings there´s a song that got from old books that would come with a cassette. I used to sing that to my twin daughters when they were born.
Teacher: Good morning, good morning.
Good morning to you .
Good morning, good morning.
 And how are you ?

I have another blog post related to greetings. Link:

Six more worksheets and some props. Link:

Worksheet 1. This is another version of the Hello Hand. Have the children color the Hello Hand Green and the Goodbye Hand red, like a traffic light. Then the hands can be cut and glued onto craft stick and they are Greeting puppets.  Children can greet each other with the puppet.

Worksheet 2 and 3 . Introducing the words boy,girl and teacher. There´s the props page for the teacher. I turned them into puppets.


Worksheet 4. Children will draw themselves and cut / glue the word boy or girl.

Worksheet 5. Children will trace the words Hi, Hello. Cut/Glue the bubbles next to each child.

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