Friday, September 18, 2015

Birthday and Numbers

And to continue the birthday theme from earlier blog posts:

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Show the number flashcard one at a time in random order and have the students look  up for the number in their book and point to it.

Flashcard activity 1
Stand 10 students in front of the class. Hand in the number flashcards in random order. Stand behind a student.
Teacher: What is her name ?
Students: Patricia.
Teacher: What is Patricia´s number ?
Students:  seven.

Continue with all the numbers.

Flashcard activity 2:  Stand 10 students in front of the class. Hand in the number flashcards in order. Stand behind a student.

Teacher: What number is this ?
Students: four.
Teacher: What color is number 4 ?
Students: pink.

 Give number awards. Place a pin on the back and it can be word as a badge. You can also send it home with a magnet on the back to be used on the refrigerator.

Puzzles can help with spatial relationships, eye-hand coordination, and fine motor skills. Children can do the puzzles by themselves. Make two copies of each puzzle, one is for showing it to the students and the other is the one that you will cut apart to complete. Then, show the pieces of puzzle that the students are going to complete and count the pieces.

Listening Game:  Divide the class into groups. Assign each group a vocabulary word, either the birthday items or numbers.  Say a word and students clap their hands when you say the assigned word.

Numbers and shapes: I like to recycle words and grammar points along the lessons.  This is easy to do. Print my file or make your own. Choose the shapes that you have covered so far and the colors you want to review. The numbers come in colors or can be colored as you wish.  Place the shapes and the numbers and start asking questions.

Teacher: What shape is this ?
Students: It´s pink.
Teacher: What number is this ?
Students: It´s number 2.
Teacher: what color is number 2 ?
Students: It´s blue.
Teacher: Blue Number 2 is on the pink triangle.

  I created a birthday wheel to play a guessing game or for the students to make their own.
And I never miss the cutouts.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Playground, Recess, Park

On this blog post I will only refer to the playground items. On another post on my blog:, there will be all the actions related to the playgroud.

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1.        Flashcard s help children learn key vocabulary. Pronounce each word as you demonstrate and interact with the flashcard. The flashcards can be used as word wall, hang them using a clothespin.

Have children find the words in the flashcard as they read the story book.

  Create your park scene .

             Teacher: This is a park. Look ! 
Point to all the park items. Assign a color to each item. After they are done coloring, have the students identify the colors of each item.

Park Board Game:  you can create your own board game using the pieces provided and a colored file folder.  The players will move game pieces in the spaces naming the playground objects. Give them simple rules to follow.

     Graphing and pocket charts: use the printables for both.  The children can use a card with their name to place below their favorite playground object.    Playground 

Letters: I made more letters for your alphabet set to display in class or to do with your children.

Match Cards: use them as memory cards or as matching picture card to a word card activity.

                                                  Playground domino using words.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Toys Thematic Unit for ELL

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

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    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.
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Do a show and tell activity as volunteers show their favorite toy to the class and say the name of it and describe it.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Mother´s Day Activities for the ELL

Mother´s Day is celebrated in more than 40 countries al over the world this month. So many Facebook  and Google + Pages have pictures on how EFL/ESL Teachers celebrate. You do amazing things that I have shared on my own pages.

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Book Marks: an easy craft with 2 versions, a cut and paste one and a print as is. I glued on sequins and flowers, used ribbons, chenille shoe laces, curly ribbons for the tassle.

A crown for Mom. Use basic materials to decorate the crown.

Purse Door Hanger: print one purse, trace another on another cardboard, cut both and glue together leaving an opening to stuff paper inside to make it tridimensional.Staple the opening. Hang on the door.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Body Theme for Preschool English Learners

Emotion, play and  surprising activities are the secret ingredients to learning.

Knowing the body part vocabulary will build positive self -awareness.

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 Robot puzzle: 
Use the puzzles to make a whole body and help the child understand the concept of the body and the location of the body parts. The puzzles are 4 or 8 pieces each. Use the colored version or the coloring page puzzle. The children can exchange their puzzle pieces with a partner.

Body Colors Puzzle:  print the puzzle pieces onto different colored paper.

Point to each body part and have the children name each one.
Teacher: What´s this ?
Class: arm.
Say a color and the students should identify what body part is inside the puzzle part. Then do the opposite.
 Teacher: red
Class: leg
Teacher: foot
Class: green

Do the same but using shapes.

Left and right Concept: use arrows to indicate the concept of left and right.

Then have children show their hands as indicated.
Teacher: Show me your (right/ left) hand.
Teacher: Show me your (right/ left) knee.
Teacher: Show me your (right/ left)leg.
Teacher: Show me your (right/ left) eye.
Teacher: Show me your (right/ left) arm.
Teacher: Show me your (right/ left) foot.
Have children march in class as you say: Left, right.

Hand match. Have students match the right and left hands. Use the hands to make patterns on the board. Also distribute all the hands and have them find their partner.

Body Parts Flashcards: show the body flashcards one at a time.

Teacher: This is a leg.

Encourage students to make similar sentences with all the flashcards.
As you show a body flashcards, students should touch  or move their body parts at the same time. They gain spatial awareness by locating the position of their body parts.
Teacher: hand.
Students: hand (touch or move their hands)

Have students match the smaller cutouts to the big flashcards.

Memory Game: you can enlarge the memory cards and play a giant memory game in a bigger space, by gluing the pictures onto small paper plates.

Puppets: I found in my files this Carson Dellosa puppets.  Encourage students to ask questions to the puppet. Student: show me your hand. The student touches the puppet´s hand. Request the file for free:

Domino: scatter the domino face down on the table of 4 group members. When a member places a domino piece have him/her name the pictures on both sides.

Body Numbers: students have to learn the linguistic and mathematical ability to express themselves using numbers.
 Hang all the cards in numerical order. Ask students about the cards.

Teacher: What is number 3 ?
Students : a foot.
Teacher: leg.
Students: Number 6.

Some worksheets to use as a listening activity.