Thursday, May 21, 2015

Toys Thematic Unit for ELL

Children learn by doing fun activities in significant situations. Children learn by playing and interacting.


    Get some real toys to introduce  the words. Relate each toy to an action.
Ball (throw a ball)
Yo-yo (move the yo-yo up and down)
Doll (cuddle a doll)
Teddy bear ( hug the teddy bear)

     Paper Bag Puppet: children have fun placing 4 finger inside the flap of the bag, moving the flap up and down making the puppet speak, they are so easy to operate. Start your puppet collection. I just created a new PUPPET board on Pinterest, with many links to make your own puppets. If you like mine they are free upon request at

Review all the face and or body partsIf you are using the coloring page.
Teacher: Show me the doll´s hair. Color her hair brown.
Continue with all the body parts. 
There are labels if you want to use them.

If you are using the blank face.
Teacher: Draw the doll´s eyes. Her eyes are green.
 Continue with all the face parts.

    Draw the face on the toy. Drawing precedes writing. The two toys´ faces are blank so you can dictate the drawing.
Teacher: draw the eyes. (continue with more body parts)

      Flashcards stimulates language development and increases children´s  reading abilities by the oral repetition and visual association.       

Game 1: pass a toy flashcard to a student.
               Teacher: This a drum.
              Student:  This a drum.   ( passes the flashcard to another      
             Continue with all the flashcards.

            Game 2:  Distribute all flashcards to some students in the class. Name a toy and have that student stand up and say the name of the flashcard and show it to the class.
Student: I have a ball.

        Classroom word decoration: use the ceiling, the cabinet, a door to give extra energy to the class and to use them effectively by memorizing the words in a fun routine. Engage students into practicing with the words.

Alphabet Arts and Crafts: do this easy and fun Letter Arts and Crafts Project, the last one I did has been one of my best sellers on my TPT store.(

 Teachers have used it for decoration or for an art activity for their students. I used capital letters for the toys. You can either trace or print each letter onto colored construction paper. Create a letter gallery in your classroom.

Toy Domino: a game to reinforce vocabulary words by matching the pictures. There are 28 tiles.
Memory cards: improve students short-term memory and cognitive skills to match the cards. There are also color words to match to each picture.

  Number card puzzle: use them to develop mathematical communicative competence from an early age.
Teacher: Number 3.  
Students: Purple

      Toy Bingo: The bingo will reinforce the vocabulary words and the children will have fun. Instead of making bingo cards for each student, I made the teacher´s board cards and a blank page for the students to draw their 4 toys. The cards can be used to create a word wall.

             Puzzles: use them to entertain and to learn patience, perseverance and play fair with other children. It will also develop problem solving techniques.
Favorite toy. Have children draw and color their favorite toy. They can cut out a picture from magazines, brochures, etc. A picture can be brought from home.

Do a show and tell activity as volunteers show their favorite toy to the class and say the name of it and describe it.
There´s another blog post entry for toys:

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