Sunday, March 30, 2014

Town Theme

Tpt Links

 Pop-up town: Distribute the template). Have the students color the pictures of the town. You can dictate the color of each place.Students cut them out. Place a black construction paper on the pizza box top. . Fold the pictures so they are easy to glue. Play show me with their pop-up town so it can be used as a .


Pocket charts: they are not a common use in an EFL Class, but I am introducing at least one activity per theme to enhance language development. There are many things that you can do with them. The good thing is that having one, it be used over and over again.

Town puppets: Using toilet tubes, I created these puppets to create interest and use them instead of flashcards.

Have students identify and describe the different town puppets.

Teacher: This is a hospital.

Students: It´s a hospital.

Teacher: What´s color is the hospital?

Students: It´s white.

Have students holding Community Members puppets stand at the front and students with Town Puppets stand at the back of the classroom. Have students walk toward one another looking for their corresponding worker or location. When students find their counterpart, have them sit down together.
Clothespin: I got some wooden clothespin and decorated them with washi tape. I printed the words and glued them.  Nice for reviewing words.
Yes and No Puppets
Make different statements about a town place and a community member. Have students show their Yes/No Puppet. I made them with craft stick. You can print the templates onto any color construction paper.
  Teacher: The teacher works in the hospital.  The puppets should face NO.

Check this blog out:
She made houses out of brown bags. You can do the same but creating the hospital, the restaurant,etc.
Another idea, using old boxes.
And for 3 D buildings this is an awesome site:
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Monday, February 24, 2014

Community Helpers

I have added some products to the store for the Community Helpers Unit.


1-      Bring in pictures as in the file  or real objects related to each profession:
Stethoscope for doctor,Plane for pilot,Hose for fire fighter,Cook´s hat for chef, Chalk and eraser  for teacher, a phone and computer for secretary, a briefcase for bank manager, a letter for a mailman, a tooth and tooth brush for dentist.
Have students pretend they are doctors using the stethoscope. Do the same with all the other community members.
                         Teacher: Let´s pretend we are doctors.

2-      Cutouts: Explain to the class that people dress as the different professions. Use the cutouts for this activity.
Teacher: Look. Who is he ?
Student: He´s a firefighter.
Ask children to describe the clothes each person is wearing. Make sure they describe the color of the items of clothing.
Teacher: What´s the firefighter wearing ?
Children: He´s wearing black and yellow coat, green pants and blue boots.
I placed the cutouts on toilet paper tubes. They are easy to handle and can be used as puppets.
Game: Play Riddles. Choose one of the community helpers and make sentences about him/her. The children guess who it is.
Teacher: He´s wearing a white hat.
Children: It´s the cook.
Activity : Invite several students to the front and give each one a toilet paper tube puppet. Name different workers and have the student holding the corresponding puppet step forward , show it to the class and name it.Have the class describe what the workers are wearing.
Mobile: With the cutouts you can make a mobile with a paper plate. Review the vocabulary words using the mobile. It can be a class decoration.

3. Community helper Class Book. Divide the class into groups. Assign a community helper to each student on that group,  give them one of the templates provided with the occupation word. Have the students draw or cut out from a magazine their assigned worker. Have them trace the worker word or write it in the space provided.
Collect all the papers and staple them together to make a book per group. Invite a group member or all members to point to different pages from their book and show it to the class. I created a colored a black and white version for each community member.
4. Community Helper Printable Books: I made more books that can be read in class. I tried to use the vocabulary and structures that are appropriate for the level. There´s a colored version and a black and white version that you can color.
I can create  another community helper book  if you need one, just let me know.

5. Badge: here´s a badge that I created after you have assessed the unit. The line is for the student´s name. I placed mine onto fun foam and a pin on the back.

6.   Free Link: I found a lovely file at the Teachers pay Teachers store. The pictures are so cute that I made a wreath with a paper plate.  It be used as classroom d├ęcor and as a way to review the vocabulary words.
Here´s the free link: 

 I also created a game. I glued a craft stick behind each card . The students will match the community helper to their transportation card.

7. Pocket Chart:  I bought this pocket chart long time ago and hardly ever make any activities to go with it. I included ambulance, police car, fire truck,  and bus. Use it to review colors and transportation vocabulary.

8. Free Printable Book: I see emergent reader book .
I made a big book for the teacher and a smaller version for the students.
I invite all teachers to join my Facebook Group: ESL/EFL Preschool Teachers, post pictures and links there. You are also welcome to be my guest blogger here, just pick a theme or something that you want to write about.



Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Children´s Movement of Florida

Our guest blogger this week is The Children´s Movement of Florida.  This  is a non-partisan grassroots movement of Floridians insisting on increased investment in the first five years of all our children. They are working on improving Florida’s voluntary pre-K program.

There are so many interesting articles. Their reality is similar to so many of countries worldwide.  I have been reading their blog as well.  Please help spread the  word through  social media by posting  a link on your Facebook pages and groups.
This is their link:


They are sharing a special project The Children’s Movement of Florida during this month of February.  They are asking people to answer this short question in 100 characters or less: What lesson has a kid taught you?

We often try to guide our children through life’s tricky lessons, but I often find that children teach me -- about priorities, patience, laughter and more. They’ve also taught me that a lesson learned is best when shared. It’s in this spirit that our #LessonsFromAKid digital quilt campaign was born.
Every day, we try to instill lessons in our children, but oftentimes we learn by seeing the world through their eyes.

Participants can submit their answers all month long on our website, and may see their lessons featured on our Facebook and Twitter pages. They also will have the chance to win $50 Publix gift cards.

The process is simple:
    Think about what lesson a kid has taught you.
    Submit a short personal/original quote (you can add a photo if you wish) by clicking here:
    The Childrens Movement of Florida will collect submissions and will create custom images like those shown below, and post to their Facebook page. If your image is posted, you will be notified.
    Make sure to like and share your link with friends and family, as $50 gift cards will be awarded to the images with the highest number of shares by the Feb. 28th.

All submissions will be compiled into a digital quilt, to be featured on Pinterest. In addition to keeping us warm, over time quilts have served as a means to tell a story, share lessons and preserve knowledge for generations to come. Help showcase how children can be true teachers by participating in this special project!
John Knight
Early Literacy Coordinator
The Children’s Movement of Florida

Monday, February 3, 2014

Zoo or Jungle Theme

   Go over to my Teachers Pay Teachers store and get all the resources and a free one too:

1-    Zoo animal cutouts: use them  to introduce these new words in a clear way or for drilling the zoo vocabulary words.

I have included word cards,  that could be displayed on the wall or board next to the cutouts.  By doing this children will retain the vocabulary words and it can be a  Prereading activity.

The cutouts can be used to describe animal parts . 
This is a giraffe. It´s brown and yellow. It has long legs and a long neck.
Point to the elephant´s ears. They are big.
Point to the monkey´s ears. They are small.
Point to the elephant´s nose. It´s big.
Point to the lion´s nose. It´s small.
Use these words: tail, neck, long , short, big, small, short, tall, plain, spots, stripes, dots.

Game 1: Place the animal cutouts on the board or Wall. Give a soft ball to a student, say an animal vocabulary word and have the student throw the ball to that animal and say the word.
Game 2: Place all the zoo animals cutouts on the floor. Divide the class into teams. Give team # 1 a bean bag and directions for throwing the bean bag on an animal as you describe it.
Teacher: It has stripes. It´s black and white.
Student: Zebra (throws the bean bag to the animal)
    2-       Counting 1 to 10:  have the children look at the cards and ask questions:
Teacher: How many monkeys ?
Students: There are three.
Teacher: What color are the monkeys ?
Students: They are brown.
3-        Zoo Book: I am in favor of teaching EFL  students in similar ways as native English speakers.
  Make the habit of reading a book every day in class. In this book I have included more vocabulary. You can also read with a different voice for each animal, such as a roaring voice for the lion. Get their attention by pointing out the body parts for each animal. Read the book as often as you can and hand in the book to each group so they can look at it at their own pace.
4-Cards: Animal Pairs.
 Make sure you have 2 cards for each animal and a card for each student in class. Hand in a card to everyone. Have them walk around the room looking for classmates with the same animal. Then, have the students with the matching animals stand together and show their animal to the class and name it.
5-   Graph: Ask children to identify all the animals on the graph grid. Graph the favorite animal in the zoo.

Graphs gives a time to use math concepts along with language, as you count the animals from the graph, compare or contrast them. Best of all, there´s participation even for the shy students. Plan on how to display the graph. There are many options, depending on your class size.
    6- Pointers:  Use the pointers for reading books or for pointing to the cutouts. I made mine with fun foam zoo animals and wooden dowels.



7-       Zoo Action Cards:  Head over to this blog, Mrs Home Economist ,and get her action cards for free:
By teaching actions, you will prepare your students for grammar in the elementary school years. Use the cards to play the famous Simon says .
    8-       Beginning sounds cards: Find these cards at this link.
I printed out several cards and placed them in clear plastic sheets. Use a white board marker to write the letters and erase them easily for the future.

9-      Name Plates : get them at the link

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There are so many uses for these name plates, I placed mine on my folder.

10-       Masks:  Have the students mime each animal and the sound each animal makes using them. Here´s my collection.

11-       Zoo Monkey Family for free !! Get all the members with vocabulary cards. Use them to review the family theme.

12-       Paper bag Puppets: Here are some that I made last year to sell. Write an email ( and I´ll send the templates to your mail as always.


My invitation as always to join my Facebook Group: ESL/EFL Preschool Teachers, post your pictures and links there. You are also invited to blog about your school, your classes or any theme here. Just let me know.