Saturday, December 3, 2016

Insects Worksheets and more for Preschool ELA

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Worksheets. Engage students in different tasks with these worksheets with an art based view. Children always get excited when they see the scissors, glue and markers. They will create a product from the worksheets. It is not the worksheet by itself.
The worksheets can encourage student to communicate in English, as they listen and color, as they repeat directions to other students, as they give the directions for completing the worksheets. Share more ideas here to improve the use of them.
Use your valuable class time wisely when having the students create their worksheets.

All the worksheets have the words to trace, but you can make them write the words instead of tracing and gluing as in my examples. It depends on the group that you are teaching.

Insect Garden Scene. Children can use the garden template and draw all the insects. They can use all the templates and write the words. Vary the scene as much as you like.
 I´d love to see what you come up with. You can also go outside and have them draw the insects they can see.

Display the scene on the board. Hand out the insects cutouts to several students.  Name a cutout and have the students come to the scene and place them.
Teacher: Butterflies!
Students place the butterflies.
Teacher: How many butterflies are there?
Students: One ,two, three, four butterflies.

Insects eat ! Here is a short list.
Snails: plants, fruits, vegetables,leaves
Spiders: insects,flies,mosquitoes,cockroaches
Bees: pollen, honey ,nectar.
Butterflies: nectar.
Ladybugs:  other insects, mushrooms,leaves ,some plants.
Ants: fruit, meat vegetables ,fruits, spiders,insects.carrots, apples ,lettuce.

 I glued the spider onto a box flap and cut a slit on the mouth so I could fee the spider. Use it as a speaking opportunity.

Teacher: What is this ?
Students: It´s a spider.
Teacher: What color is the spider ?
Students: It´s green.
Teacher: What is this ?
Students: It´s a butterfly.
Teacher: The spider is hungry. The spider is eating the pink butterfly.
Students: The spider is hungry. The spider is eating the pink butterfly.

Insect book. There are many variations to the book. You can print your own book. I can make a larger version if you need one. ( email:
Children can cut and paste as I did, they can read and draw the corresponding bee.
Art helps children to develop mentally and emotionally.  Children will have to analyze on how to put together the letter. Give them different materials to add on each letter, such as glitter, buttons, yarn. Let them experiment into making their own letter. There is no right or wrong. I made an example and so should you, but it´s their choice on how to turn a B into a bee.
Dice. I made two of them, one with numbers and another with the insects. Just as in the farm theme. Throw the dice and have the students either draw the insects or place them on a paper plate or on the board. You can use the worksheets and have each table place the corresponding amount of insects on a plate or the garden scene.

Check out my other post related to insects.

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Monday, November 28, 2016
Sunday, October 30, 2016

Farm Animals Theme for Preschool ELL

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Let´s start with the Farm Animals Worksheets:

 Worksheet 1.  Hand in a pointer to each child and have them point to each farm animal as you name them.
Teacher: duck !
Students: Duck. (Pointing to the duck)

You can also make circles the same color as each animal. Give them a bunch of circles.
Tell them that they have to grab a circle of the color as the animal you name.
Teacher: Pig.
Students: Pink. Pig. Pink pig ! ( Place a pink cirle on the pink pig)

Cut all the cards and make patterns:

or make a mobile or a display.

Worksheet 2. Make a farm scene. Students cut all the animals. Give each table group a barn. Glue the barn onto an empty towel paper roll.  Give them a green construction paper.  Have the stuents tape an open paper clip to each animal so it can stand by its own. Have the children place their animals at the animal scene and name each one.
Ask questions about the color of the animals.
Teacher: What color is the pig ?
Students: It´s pink.
Or use the worksheet and make it a peep the animal barn.

Worksheet 2. Cut and glue the animals on the barn scene,

Worksheet 3 and 4.

Worksheet 5. The Farmer´s wheel.

Worksheet 6.  I added a tail to each animal using colored yarn.

This is a farmer trace book. pratice with numbers. 

I made some dice, one with numbers and another one with farm animals.
Print more than 6 cutout animals. Make big dice, one with numbers and another with the animals. Have three students come to the front. The first student rolls the number die and says the number. The second rolls the animal die and says the animals name.
Student 1: five
Student 2: pig
Student 3: five pigs ( attaches five pigs on the farm)

I always include flashcards. I know that many teachers love them.

Letter arts and crafts. Lots of teachers have bought my products with Letter Arts and Craft. I know that it´s a plus to have this resource on hand.

Farm Animal Bodies.

And animals eat, just as I did with pets and zoo animals.
I researched what these animals can eat. Here´s a list:
Cows: grass, maize, hay, turnips, beet
Sheep and goats: grass, hay, maize, beet, clover, corn
Pigs: turnips, vegetable,  fruit, corn, plants, grapes,      apples, potatoes, peppers, celery, acron, grass, mushroom, corn, hay, pumpkin, beets.
Poultry - chickens, turkeys, quails, ducks and geese - grass. Ducks small fish, snails, grass, frogs, fruits.  Hens   grass, vegetables, seeds, grains.
I glued the cow onto a box and cut a slit on the mouth.

Sort the animals by pets, zoo and farm animals.

Just as I did in the animal posts, I included the cow family.

I do have another blog post: look it up under the farm label.

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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.

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