Sunday, March 22, 2015

Easter for Preschool ELL

Easter Board game: students will learn besides taking turns, to count spaces in English. Lots of sharing and waiting will occur with this attractive game. I placed mine on a file folder, but you can make any kind of layout with the pieces. I placed the bunny con clip binders so they can stand. The eggs can be glued on any path you like. Four children can play at the time. Player 1 rolls the die and moves the bunny the spaces indicated on the die. The players take turns.

Easter How many book ?:  This is a pattern kind of book so children can easily understand because all the words are repeated in every page.

Easter Photo Booth: so much fun to take  pictures.

Easter Wreath: focus on creating this fun wreath using crayons, chalk, paints, watercolors or tempera paint blocks.

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 Easter Domino Game: use the game for matching skills. Easter pictures are used instead of dots. Help children link the dominos together.

Easter Game: play teaches children without even noticing it. Print all the cards and them in line in the half. Give each child a half-card and the go around looking for a friend that has the other half. They have to stand together, as you walk around checking and having the whole card members say the name of the card.

You can also play games like having the children group as chicks, carrots and so on. Or group as half chick with half carrots.

Flashcards game: Review the flashcards with the students. Shuffle the flashcards and have the students guess which flashcard you are holding. The student that guesses correctly keeps the card. 

Easter number eggs: help students learn discursive math and work on math topics with easy games. The student has to glue or place the correct amount of picture eggs on each number.

Easter Mobile: photocopy the pieces on colored cardboard if you wish. Students can use markers, sequins or glitter glue to decorate all the pictures. Punch a hole on all the pieces to put them together. I used yarn to hang up the mobile.

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Friday, March 13, 2015

St. Patrick´s Day 2015

Transmit culture through this language lesson on a famous Holiday.
Talk about the Holiday to the children and use hands- on activities to get students acquainted to  this Green Holiday. Increase student´s awareness by offering insights into the Tradition and Culture as it is transmitted through language.

Tracer book: You can add contact paper to each page and have the students use the book over and over again. Children can trace the words with the finger or erasable markers. Have the students read the phrase con each page. Tracing will help with writing.

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Printable bracelets: Hand in a bracelet to each child. The children color the bracelets as indicated by you. Tape the ends together. As all the bracelets are different, call a word and have the students make groups with their bracelets. You can use different color paper to print them.

Domino: make a many sets you can, a set can work for three to four children. You can make large prints of the domino. Encourage children to play other games with the dominos.
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Flashcards: use them to present the Holiday words. Stick the flashcards on the board.

Idea 1:    Teacher: It is green. It is for my head . (mime putting on the hat)
                Students: hat. (Pointing to the flashcard)
                Repeat with all the flashcards.

Idea 2:    If you are working on the alphabet. Have the students order the flashcards in alphabetical order.
Idea 3:    Teacher: ( show a card) It´s a yellow coin.
               Students: clap and say TRUE!  if it´s true.
                  NO! if it´s wrong.

Crown: print this crown and have as many as you need. They can have a powerful effect on discipline. It will encourage the rest of the class to follow the super student. Also consider giving the reward to those that make a great effort or huge progress in class. Give as many students the chance to win or wear the crown.
Teacher Mariaymed from Caracas with her photo props.
Some puppets: 

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Seasons part 1

Flashcards: Don´t just go for rote memorization of the flashcards. 

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Graph: give the children the chance to read, interpret and analyze information, in English. Tell the children that with the graph they find out the favorite season of the year of the students in the class.

Words Cards: just a set of picture and word cards 

There´s a sunscreen lotion in the file to make a card holder.You can also use it to play a guessing game by slowly taking a card out and having the children guess what it is.

Have the children place the cards face up on their table. Ask them to find a word.

Teacher: Find sun.

Students: sun. Showing the word and picture card.

Connecting cards  variations: have the students match two identical picture cards, two identical word cards, or picture to a word card. Continue with all the words.

There´s a Bingo grid included as in other blog posts.

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Video Season Song:

I created a book that relates the seasons to specific clothes. Actively read aloud to the class. Introduce the book by telling the children that for each season, there are different clothes to wear, ask questions about the clothes and the seasons settings.

A big colored version can be printed and kept in class. It would be nice to have a class library using plastic containers to keep books organized, and displayed with their covers facing  out to encourage students to read. 

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Days of the Week

When you teach the Calendar, think of it as a wonderful opportunity for building the language of math.

Days of the week crowns

I made these crowns as a fun way to help students order themselves as the days of the week. 
There´s a colored and b/w version. You can also wear the crown during the day.

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

School Unit for ELL

  Trace words:   Tracing increases memory and retention. Have children experiment with writing words in English. Have children trace each word and read it. You can also create a word wall with them and play some games, such as identifying the words. But just limit it only to the words you are teaching on this specific theme.

Use the trace the word cards for the Guess Game. Attach a picture to a student´s back (player). Don´t show it to the player. Display all the playing vocabulary flashcards on the board as clues, keep them no more than 6. The player has to find out which picture is on his/her back. The player has to ask questions: Is it a book? Is it blue?. The class will shout YES or No.

Make Take-home books with the tracing cards. Children can assemble an accordion book. Make a large strip of cardboard .. .   .   Fold the strip into equal sections.

 Decide how many words the book will have. Glue the title of the book on the front.
Make enough copies for each child to take home a book. Have them write their names on the cover. Send a note home to the parents about the book. Do group reading in class. Use your teacher´s version. Have the class name each picture and read each word with them.  By sending the book home you are supporting parent-child reading time. Reading will enhance oral language development.

Posters: most books come with huge posters that we hardly use.  Here´s an idea with the small flashcards or word tracers.
Hand a small flashcard to a student  asking:
Teacher: What´s this ? ( a book)
Student: a book.
Teacher: Go to the poster and find another book. Show me a book.
Class: a book.
Repeat with other vocabulary words.

Another idea:
Have a student pick up a small flashcard and ask the class.
Student: What´s this ?
Class: a pencil

Another student walks to the poster and find the picture.
You can also label all the pictures in the poster.

 Have the children draw as a way to stand for writing. The drawing will have a communication purpose. Give each student the classroom frame.

 Ask them to draw their classroom with furniture, classmates and school objects, anything they want.
Have a student come to the front of the class and point to objects in the picture.
Teacher: Point to the door. Continue with all the other school objects in the picture.

Games with cutouts: remember to laminate them with contact paper.

Even though times have changed this game never gets old. They have fun while they play and want to play more.

- Show me game. For this game try to print a set of card for each child . Name a card and the students show the card to you.
-   Place the school objects cutouts on the board. Have students name the different objects. This is a crayon..
          - Place the cutouts in different locations around the classroom. Give students commands for pointing to different cutouts.

 Bingo:  This activity helps children identify school vocabulary words. 

There are 20 cards, in a colored and a black and white version. I usually print 2 sets , each one in a different colored paper. I glue one set onto a file folder and place an envelope outside the folder for the other set which are the cards used to call out the school words. Provide  the children the grid where they can draw 4 vocabulary words. Call out the school word and have the children mark off their drawing if they have the word. Have them cross out all the grid to call out BINGO!

School theme book: Read aloud to the whole group. 

Reread using charts or enlarge the book pages and make a big book.
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