Sunday, August 5, 2018

Recycle old ESL Early Childhood Textbooks

As a teacher, I have had so many teacher´s book, student´s book, workbook and from different grade, levels and so on. I saw how the children threw them away at the end of the school year. I used to give them away for paper recycling but those places are not around anymore. Old textbooks are not good for donations, since the Publishing Companies come out with different series every year.
I still have several from my teaching days and decided to invent something. This is how it went with my Early Childhood and Elementary Series Textbooks.

Toilet paper roll puppets. I cut out the teacher, boy and girl pictures and glued it onto each toilet paper roll. It is an easy puppet that can be used for greeting each student. It can also be used for the students to line up as boy or girl.

Make puzzles using craft stick. This is more like a decoupage thing. I cutout all the prepositions pictures. I glued them onto craft sticks. Wait until it is dry and then add glue all over the craft stick and picture. Set aside to dry. Using an Xacto knife separate each craft stick from the picture. Place all the craft sticks in a bag and have the students put them all together and say a sentence for each puzzle done.

Craft stick puppets. I cut out all the animals and glued onto a bigger craft stick to make puppets. I could use them as flashcards to drill vocabulary.

Make a wreath. I grabbed the whole Nature unit with lots of garden cutouts for the children to find and cut. I gave them a wreath made out of a paper plate. Children glue the flowers onto the wreath and hang them in class.

Color book. I cut all the pictures from an old textbook and had the children sort them by color. After they all glued by color I placed a book ring.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Circus Unit for the Preschool ELL

I am adding more resources to the previous Circus Unit.

I always start with a set of flashcards. This theme can work well for the end of the school year as a review unit.

Introduce the Circus people and place them one by one on a side of the Circus flashcard. Do the same with the animals. There are also food flashcards.
Have several students come to the front and touch the flashcard as you name them and mime a corresponding action.

Worksheet 1. Picture Dictation. Hand in any chracter worksheet. Review body and clothes.
Teacher: Look at the clown. His hair is yellow.

Worksheet 2. Dictate how to draw the parts of the face but using shapes. Also use feelings.
Teacher: The clown has blue triangle eyes.
Teacher: The clown is happy.
Worksheet 3. The students color as you dictate and then paste where the characters belong. There words for tracing.
Worksheet 4.Review numbers and colors to finish this tent.

Teacher: Number 6 is orange.

Worksheet 5. I found this idea on Pinterest. Grab a bunch of Q-tips and put a rubber band around them. Dip the Q-tips into paint and start stamping the hair. It came out curly!
Worksheet 6. After just coloring the worksheet, have the student cut it up in several pieces. Then put the pieces in a bag and exchange with another student to put the puzzle together.
A Circus Banner that is easy to make in groups and hang around the class. Reviews the alphabet.

Give a necklace to each student. Have the students make a Circus Parade around the classroom acting as their character or animal. At your signal have the students go to a side of your classroom if they are animals or characters. Use the signs. 
Ask questions.
Teacher: How many animals are there in this group ?
Students: ten !
Teacher: How many dogs ?
Students: three dogs !
Teacher: How many elephants ?
Students: five elephants !
Do the same with the characters.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Valentine´s Cards

I had these cards from previous years and I made some changes. They are free!

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Monday, February 5, 2018

Valentine´s Hearts Big or Small

I found this file that I had from last year and I never put it up. I did some adjustments and here it is just in time for the Holiday. 
A simple book with tracing sentences. I did a colored version and a black and white one.

And a simple sorting game for big and small hearts. I glue the big and small format on a file folder and put the hearts into a plastic bag.


Thursday, February 1, 2018

Valentine´s Day Letter Arts and Crafts

I made just letter V for an Arts and Craft Activity. Review the letter and word Heart. Have the children color the colors as they wish or assign a color to each one, or assign two colors for each heart.
Teacher: Color the heart pink and red.

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There´s another version that I made using punched hearts. I had the children paste the hearts following patterns.
Teacher: blue heart, pink heart, blue heart, pink heart.

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