Thursday, April 21, 2016

Sea Animals part 2

This is an addition to my other sea blog post.
I am creating a lot of worksheets to go along with the themes. Besides I am adding up to the Letter Arts and Crafts Collection.

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I know that manay teachers still like to use worksheets in class and even more if you have so many children to handle at the same time.

This is a two way worksheets. One is a regular worksheet to identify the vocabulary and the other is put the animals in context, which is the Ocean or the Sea.

Dictate the colors for each number, then have the children match the fish to the number.
Teacher:  What color is Number 2 ?
Students: It´s green.

Once the children finish tracing the numbers and coloring the sea animals, have the cut the animals and place them in numerical order on the table or glue them on a piece of paper.

And , cut and paste the sea animals by sorting them into big and small,
Teacher: Name the big animals.
Students: dolphin, sea, octopus, shark.
Teacher: Name the small animals.
Students: fish and crab.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Zoo Animal Theme for the Kindergarten ELL

This blog post is to add up to a previous one.
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Start with  Flashcards for your visual students.

Display the flashcards. Tell the children that this time these animals can be seen at the zoo or at a safari.  Dim the lights in the room. Bring in a flashlight. Point a flashcard with your flashlight. Have the children name the zoo animal.

Place the letter art and crafts cards on the board in order.  Hand in the 6 flashcards and have the students run to stand under their letter.

Guess the zoo animal game.  
Teacher: It is tall. It las 4 legs. It is yellow. It has brown dots.
Students: Giraffe.

Animal Movement Cards. Tell the students that all the animals have different movements. Use the animal movement cards to do a show the movements activity.
Teacher: Elephant! Let´s walk like an elephant. Let´s stomp like an elephant.

Place the cards on the desk. Have a student come up, grab a card and do the movements so the class can guess the animal. The student who guesses first, is next.

Let´s feed the animals. Discuss with your students what kind of food the zoo animals eat.  (Zebra leaves. Elephant: tree barks, fruit, vegetables, berries, nuts, seeds. Giraffes: leaves, fruit, grass. Tiger and Llion-prey. Monkey: bananas.) 

I assembled my animals on recycled boxes from my kitchen. I opened a slit at the mouth using an exacto knife.  Feed the animals their corresponding starting  letter or the food that they eat. 

More Cutouts  to sort by size.

Place all the cutouts on the board, some on the left, some on the right. Use the arrows.
Have the students say which animals are on the left and which ones are on the right.

I made the concentration game in circles. I glued them onto craft paper used for scrapbooking. Remember to print twice  for each table of students. Show them how to place the cards facing down on the table. Indicate how to play the game and to name the animals on the cards.

Use the memory game to make patterns. Since you have two of each animal. Hand in the animals to the several students. Call the animals and make them line up.

 Teacher: Elephant! Giraffe! Elephant ! Giraffe !
Students: Elephant! Giraffe! Elephant ! Giraffe !

You can also use the file to make necklaces. Hand in all the necklaces in random order. Place all the flashcards in random order in the classroom.  At your signal, have them run to find their animal and make a big group. Then, count how many animals made it to the flashcards.

Worksheets can add up a short time in class. It´s that individual quiet time. Worksheets are cheap, it costs just a copy. When you send the worksheets home, the parents can see what they have done in class.  I use them to review concepts, but I always find a hands-on activity to follow to encourage more practice in a fun way.

ws 1. I recycled a meat tray from the kitchen, made some holes and thread yarn to make it look like a cage.

ws 2. After the ws is done, students cut all the giraffes and line them up in numerical order.

ws 3 and 4. I recycled bottle caps, added letters and wrote the zoo animal words.

Use the puppets  to model social greeting.
Teacher: Hello , class.
Students: Hello Tiger !
Children can make their own set of puppets. They can sing along using the puppets.

Student´s learning is cumulative , one day after another, it is also connected  to previous lessons.  Activate student´s prior knowledge by reviewing other themes. It can give the students the chance to apply what they know along with the new theme.

                                       Here are the body, numbers and shapes.
I found these animal bodies to match up. You can use as a worksheet or as cards to play find your animal game. Hand in all the cards and at your signal have the students run to find the partner to make up a complete animal.
 I printed big numbers onto colored cardboard . I glued the cutout onto empty toilet paper tubes. Students can walk, gallop, run, leap and stomp as their animal along the number.

 I always have a set of shapes in every color. Hand in a set to each table to display. Students can cut all the animals. At your signal, the students place the animals.
Teacher: monkeys on a blue rectangle !
Tigers on green squares !
They can make up their own sentences for the class to follow.

Playing is a teaching tool that can´t be missed. It gives access to language and creativity.
Teacher: What can I see ?
Students: a lion !

For your collection of Letter Arts and Crafts.  Students benefit from the opportunity  to manipulate the language through a craft.  All children love to proudly take home their creation. Students can make up their own original creation for their letter. It is not a waste of time for language learning, instead it provides a moment to interact with the teacher on how to assemble the letter. You need to be in the idea of performing a craft in class, maybe you are not that crafty or you think that a mess will be made, think it again and your students will gain more in the doing. Make a model beforehand so you can make notes on what you should bring already done or what materials you will need. Show the model to your class before giving all sorts of instructions.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Pet Activities for Preschool ELL

Link to the files.

Worksheets:  Since all children have a responsible tutor, there will always be a need for a book or worksheets to evidence learning and work at school. Include a fun way to complete the worksheet and then provide a meaningful activity to do with them.
Ws 1:   Give students soda bottle caps. Have the students place a bottle cap on a pet after you make a noise.

Teacher: orange bottle cap! Bow-bow.

Ws 2 Frame. Children draw their favorite pet if they have one or the one they would like to have. They can bring in pictures to glue on the frame. Children cut the frame and show their drawing to the class describing the pet. 
Then, graph the pets. Call on a pet and have the students gather in a group with their frame in hand. When all the groups are together have them count how many pets are in each group. If you have a pocket chart place the results.

Ws 3: Worksheet preposition.
Place the chair and the box cutout on the board. Put the cat on the chair.

Teacher:  The cat is on the chair. Point to each item as you say the sentence.
Students: The cat is on the chair.

 Continue with in and under..

Give each student the worksheet Where ? and three cats. Have them color the cats and glue them  in, on, and under the box/chair. Students come up front and show their work.

Students: The gray cat is on the chair. 
The black cat is under the chair.
 The brown cat is in the box.

Ws 4. Emotion worksheet. Use the cutouts or the flashcards to review the emotions.

Teacher: Look at the blue cat! It is sad. ( Make a sad face)

Continue with all the cutouts.
Teacher: red dog!
Students: Happy.
Teacher: a happy red dog!
Students: a happy red dog!

Have the students color the animals as you assign a color to each one.

Teacher: The happy cat is brown.

 Continue with all the animals.
Then, the students cut all the cards and sort them on their desks.
Teacher: Happy! Students place all the happy animals together.  Continue with sad and angry.
Give instructions to sort the animals by color, and by pet. Hand in a construction paper so students can glue the animals they sorted.

Ws 5: Feed the animals worksheet:  Children draw food for each animal. Discuss what kind of food do the pets eat.

Make animal puppets to feed by gluing them onto empty toilet paper rolls. Cut a slit on the pets´ mouths. Use the vegetable cutouts to feed the animals.
You can also use empty boxes to glue the animals.
ws 6. Draw the face. Have the students complete each pet´s face. They can come to the front and describe the animals to the class.

Teacher: What is it ?
Students: It´s a dog.
Teacher: What color is the dog ?
Students: It´s brown.
Teacher: make a dog sound!
Students: bow-bow.
Here´s a list of the animal sounds in English.
Bird= tweet, dog= woof, cat=meow, rabbit=thump, frog= ribbit

 Get a colored sheet of paper the same size as the flashcard. Cut several stars  in the sheet. Cover the flashcard with star colored sheet. Have the students guess the pets by peeking through the stars.
Flashcards and Numbers. Place all the number flashcards in a row. Have the students read each number in order and in random order. Then have the students name all the pets.

Teacher: Number 4 !
Students: a green turtle
Teacher: happy dog
Students: Number 8.

Get 6 plastic plates and glue an animal on each one. Have the children sort all the cutouts and label the pets.
Pets and things book. There are things that are associated to each animal. The book comes with cutouts for extra practice.
Place all the items related to the animals in random order. Make 5 groups. Assign a pet to each one, give them a pet cutout.  At your signal, have a designated student run to the board, find the items related to their animal, come to their group and arrange the objects with the other members.

Letter arts and crafts. You like it so much that I keep on making more to add up to your collection.
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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Transportation Review Unit for ELL

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I read about Teacher Talking Time that can lower the quality of learning. Try to reduce your excessive talking time and give students more time to practice the language in class. Think about how many times you do all the talking. Just  meditate on that.

 Worksheet 1
 Have students point to each transportation item.
Teacher: Point to the car.
Students: (point) Car!
Teacher: Color the car green
When everything is colored.
Teacher: What color is the car ?
Students: green!
Teacher: It´s a green car.
Students:  It´s a green car.
Teacher: Point to yellow! What´s that ?
Students: a car !

Have the students cut the cards and make puppets by gluing them to toilet paper tubes. Use them as puppets. Puppets can be used with students of all ages. Children are less inhibited to speak English using them.

Worksheet pocket sorting: Word sorting increases vocabulary and for older kids, spelling. It also helps with critical thinking. The students can do the sorting individually or in groups of two or four. For handling purpose I turned each vehicle into a puppet by gluing a craft stick, but the cutouts can be put inside the pockets as they are.

I made two kinds of sorting, one is a vocabulary sort and the other is sorting the vehicles by characteristics: old, new, big, small, long, short.

It is a good practice to recycle the language and enlarge what is known with new vocabulary.

Encourage the students to use the adjectives orally. 
Place all the cutouts on the board in random order. Write 4 big headings on the board. Long, short, new, old. Point to all the headings and read them one by one.

Read the first heading: long. Pick a long item and place it under the heading. Continue with all the headings. Students can help organize all the cutouts under each category.

Adjectives worksheets.  After students have finished the worksheets, have them cut all the vehicles.

Give each table group a big construction paper. Make  4 columns: new, old, long, short. Either write the word or use the words on the top of the big cardboard.  Students glue the vehicles in the corresponding column.
Go to each table and check their work.

Teacher: new! What color are they ?
Students: blue, green, pink.

Car road. Make roads out of black construction paper, make the lines with white crayon. Cut the car cutouts. Have the students sort the long cars and the short cars or the new cars and the old cars from the worksheets. Have the students glue the cars in a pattern. When done, they come to the front and explain their pattern. This can be done with cars cut out from magazines.

Now with the cutouts. Display all the car cutouts on the board.
Point to a car cutout and show it to the class.
Teacher: What is it ?
Students: It´s a car.
Teacher: What color is the car ?
Students: It´s yellow.

Display the big and small cutouts on the board.
Teacher: What is this ?
Students: a train.
Teacher: Is it big or small ?
Students: It´s big. 

Place all the cutouts one next to the other making a big/small pattern.

Teacher: Big car, small car, big train, small train, big bike, small bike

Introduce long and short using the cutouts.
Point to the long car cutout
Teacher: What´s this ?
Students: It´s a car.
Teacher: Look ! It´s a long car. ( stretch your arms to mime long)
Point to the short car cutout
Teacher: What´s this ?
Students: It´s a car.
Teacher: Look ! It´s a short car. ( put your hands almost together  to mime short)

Point to the next cutouts, the trains.
Teacher: Is it long or short ?
Students: It´s long. ( Have the students mime long)
Continue with all the other cutouts.
Say the color and students say long or short.
Teacher: red!
Students: Long train!

Make two columns on the board. Have two students come up and match the vehicles and place them together on the board.
Student 1: old car.
Student 2: new car.

Place several cutouts together.
Teacher: How many cars ?
Students: one, two, three, four, five, six, seven. Seven cars!

Flashcards are wonderful for visual students. Play games instead of flapping the cards. Show a flashcard and have the students mime the vehicles.

Two students come to the front with the thumb up for Yes/ Correct Puppet and the thumb down for No/incorrect Puppet. Point to a transportation flashcard on the board.
Teacher:  It´s a pink car.
Class: NO!!! (Student shows the thumbs down  puppet.)  All the students puts their thumbs down.

Class:  It´s a yellow car. (Student shows the thumbs up  puppet.) All the students puts their thumbs up.

Transportation bag. Decorate a bag. Place all the cutouts in the bag. Have a student come to the front and pull out a cutout.
Teacher: What´s this ?
Student: It´s a car.
Teacher: Is it long or short ?
Student and class: It´s long.
 Teacher: Is it new or old ?
Student and class: It´s old.
Teacher: What color is it ?
Student and class: It´s yellow.

Make necklaces with the cutouts and have each student wear the one they wish. Display the map signs around the classroom. Have the students go to their destinations.
Teacher: Airplanes, fly to the airport.

Teacher: Buses, drive to the bus stop.
Teacher: cars, drive to the parking.
Teacher: Trains, stop at the train station.
Teacher: bikes, go to the bike symbol.
Teacher: Boats, sails to symbol.
Then count how many students are at each map sign.

Three books for the theme.

Have children make each page of their book to take home to read to their parents. First have the students read the book in class in groups and then individually. Make your own version  by enlarging it in a copier. I punched a hole in the middle and placed a butterfly binder.

And another book. Children can find a great audience at home to read the book. They will practice reading the new language.

As always a read aloud picture book .First, read the book several times in class. Encourage students to mime big, small, long, short as you read.

Include a math activity in your lesson planning. Math involves language.

Reinforce the letters through an art and craft project.

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