Thursday, February 4, 2016

Vegetables Activities

Now, the veggies. My last blog post was about fruit.  You can either work each unit separately or join them and make a fruit and vegetable theme. You can mix and match the resources from the fruit unit. I only included: carrot, onion, tomato, potato.

I made this book to be used with the fruit book from last blog post and with the food book from a previous entry.

Reading is all about knowing the letters. Children must learn the correspondence of the letter and the sound.

Tracing the letters and the word makes it easy for children to learn them. Children can have a designated finger to trace the letters and words as they read with you. Then, trace with crayons and name the vegetable.
Once again cutouts. Use them for recalling vegetable words and sorting.

 And for counting and  identifying vegetable vocabulary.
Place the numbers on the board vertically. Attach the vegetables in any order. Point to the numbers only and have the students chorally identify them. Then, go on with the vegetables.

Teacher: Number 6 !
Students: potatoes.
Teacher: How many potatoes ?
Students:  five tomatoes.
Teacher: Let´s count! One, two, three, four , five potatoes. That´s right!
Repeat with all the numbers.

The cutouts can be transformed into puppets. Children can make their own puppets and decorate them in fancy materials, such as glitter, yarn. Puppets are thought to increase the attention span.

Help children remember by reviewing words from other themes and using them with a new theme. Learners need different contexts to truly learn new vocabulary. I used shapes for the fruit and now colors .I printed puzzle pieces in 6 colors, and placed a vegetable in each one.
Teacher: red.
Students: carrot.
Teacher: onions!
Student: purple.

Place the four cutouts on the table and place the potato first on the board.

Teacher: I like potatoes.
Then, place the tomato.
Teacher: I like tomatoes.
Do the same with the carrot. Place the onion below the other cutouts and say.
Teacher: I don´t like onions.
Use the like and don´t like face on the board to indicate like and don´t like. Students can come up front and place the cutouts next to the like and don´t like face as they want.
If you downloaded the like and don´t like plates  from my store for free, use them as well.

It can either be feed the pet or feed a family member using the cutouts.

Have children color and cut all the vegetables. Tell them that they can make a soup or a salad for lunch. They choose which vegetables they will add and ones they don´t like. They can also add any other vegetable they wish and decorate their food using their creativity. When all the soups and salads are done, have them stand up and make a soup line and salad line. Count how many soups and how many salads are in class. Some students can come to the front and show their creation naming all the components.

Use the flashcards to introduce the new vocabulary. Hold them up high enough for all the students to see them and have them repeat chorally each word.  They work for drilling by flipping the cards at a fast pace as children name the words. As for practicing, place the flashcards in the class. Say a vocabulary word aloud and have students run to the flashcard, touch it and repeat the word.
Paper bag puppets are fun and easy to make. It is great for reviewing body parts

Many teachers try to stay away from worksheets and move to play based activities. I intend that with every worksheet that you can do more than completing teacher directed tasks. Worksheets can be turned into a dynamic activity where children can easily be engaged.

Ws 1: I turned the worksheet into bookmarks.
Ws 2: review the parts of face and the emotions. Then cut them and glue onto colored paper. Make a class mural.

Ws 3: first color the pets as directed and then feed them. Discuss with the class what do these animals eat. Research that they almost can´t eat onions.

 Ws 4:  It´s a sorting worksheet. Children color and cut all the fruit and vegetables. Then glue in the designated box.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Fruit Theme for the ELL

Here´s another blog post, this time I´ll be using only 4 vocabulary words for the fruit theme: apple, pear, orange, banana.  If there´s a request for more fruit, let me know and I´ll expand the resources.

Students need to build on the capacity to enjoy reading. This book is to help ELL students understand what they read. 

I made a lot of activities to do with the cutouts.  

  Activity 1: There are big and small fruit cutouts.
Make patterns, by size, by color.
Patterns are around us. Children can make up their own patterns, as it is a basic math skill that they might have acquired from thier formal math lesson.
 Remind students the basics that a pattern has to be repeated twice.
Teacher: big orange, small orange, big banana, small banana.
 Activity 2: Sorting by size. Most children know the difference between big and small.
use the template or draw a similar one  on the board and sort all the fruit in big and small. If you need the word little, let me know so I can it to the resource.
Students can also order all the cutouts by size on the board.

Activity 3: Use the number template 1 to 10 to count all the fruit cutout, make sets of 2, 3,etc.

Activity 4: Puppets can´t be left out of a lesson.
Use them for storytime as you read the book, as flashcards,
Make different voice for each fruit and give them some personality by adding eyes and s smiling or sad mouth.

 Activity 5: Match the word to the cutout. You can add colors and size if you are working with other children.
I´ve seen lots of labeling worksheets around as part of pre writing.

Activity 6: make a number line on the board.
Teacher: What is number one?
Students: an orange.
Teacher: What color is the orange ?
Students: orange.
Teacher: Is it big or small ?
Students: Big

Continue with all the numbers.

Teacher: Number 5.
Students: a small pear.
Teacher: a big apple.
Students: Number 7.

Give more hints to have the students identify the fruit.

Activity 7: Hide the cutouts around the room. Name a cutout and students find them.
Teacher: Find a green apple.

Activity 8: Family Members eat fruit.  You can make all the family members.

I grabbed a box of mashed potatoes and glued a white paper and mommy´s face onto it. I cut a slit on the mouth.
Teacher: who´s this ? 
Students: Mommy!
Teacher: Mommy´s eating an apple.
What color is the apple ?
Students: Red.

Have students feed Mommy.
Teacher: Give Mommy a banana.

Activity 9: For teaching the concept of like and dislike, I used paper plates and the cutouts.

Activity 10: Shapes! 

I made a whole set of shapes using all the colors.
Place the shapes on the board and the fruit/number on each one.

Teacher: yellow triangle.
Students: a big apple.
Teacher: yelow square.
Students: Number 10.

Flashcards are essential for visual learners and if used with games it will appeal to your kinesthestic learners as well. 

  Giant Flashcards Game: Laminate the flashcards before you play so they will last for many years   Place all the flashcards in a board game design that you wish on the floor. Leave some space in between the flashcards  to fill up with colored  construction paper.  Make groups of 4 to 5 children and give them a die. Use some alphabet markers, maybe the a for apple, b for banana, p for pear, o for orange.  Once the first player rolls the die, he/she moves his/her marker that number of spaces and identify the flashcard. If the player can´t identify the flashcard, he/she must go back to his/her original point.

Letter art and craft has become so popular now. I made these 4 more to add to the collection. I have the entire A to Z in my TPT store. I´ve added a lot more examples to my Pinterest Page in the Alphabet Board.
Here are 4 paper bag puppets to add up to your resources. I will give them away for free, by request at I answer your emails as fast as I can.

Tracing book: I created another book just for tracing and coloring for extra material. I found this lovely penguin at the and used it as a pointer. They gave it away for free at the newsletter.


Students can color each fruit by tracing inside the fruit many times with same color. Trace the word.
Usually worksheets just finish right away after coloring, but what about if they play some flashcards games and then have them cut the flashcards in 4 pieces and glue them on colored paper. 
 This is mixed worksheet, the first part is just finding the fruit as you name it, have the children count them and color as you indicate. The second part  is for the next worksheet, just have children color each fruit as they wish, cut them out and save for the next worksheet.
 Use the fruit from the last worksheet, but frist have the children identify and color each shape as they wish. Then have them glue in any place they want. You will then have many diferent combinations in class.
Call on diffferent shape fruit combinations and have the children with them stand up and show to the class.
Teacher: Purple triangle and green apple.

The last one is a baby, students must draw any fruit they want to feed the baby.
Once the class is done.Have them stand up with their worksheet and find another baby eating the same fruit and make a group. 
Teacher: The baby is eating a green pear.
Students: Here!!!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Alphabet Resources for ELL

A few years ago I created an Alpabet Workbook and several other resources to go with it.

I have joined them all in one packet, sold at my Teachers pay Teachers Store.  It is 237 pages long.

Please visit my other blog for the 10 resources that I came up with to use the packet.


Hope you like them!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Christmas Activities for Preschool ELL

Take advantage of students´ excitement  by the celebration and extend the lesson planning by doing different activities in the classroom that recycles all that has been learned.

Links to the files at my Teachers Pay Teachers Store.

Christmas puzzles are good for creativity, for problem solving and reasoning, and for developing motor skills. I created some to be used as a normal puzzle or they can be glued onto a construction paper for art work to be displayed in class

It is great that you do a read aloud in class with a Christmas Book. You might pair them or have them read silently. But, parents could be able to have the book at home. Prepare a class library where students can buy books or check them once a week for reading at home. Also have a selection of links where parents can buy books or download them.

Introduce art and review key vocabulary, giving a creative approach to your lesson planning for the Holidays. Don´t feel that this wasted time in your class, it is an opportunity to elicit language with this hands- on activity, reviewing the parts of the face and the clothes.

Art is an important means for self-expression (Wright, 2003)

I bought colored balloons and  cut the pieces. I glued them with silicon and see how they became the Christmas characters.

Art is an important means for self-expression (Wright, 2003)

I bought colored balloons and  cut the pieces. I glued them with silicon and see how they became the Christmas characters.

Have the children wear different character headbands.

Have all the snowmen get together in a group. Have all the other characters do the same.  When all the children are in groups, call some actions to perform.

Teacher: Snowmen, Jump !

Students wearing the snowman headband jump.

Teacher: Penguins, run !

Continue with more actions.

Or create a rope using a rope. Point to each Christmas Chracter and ask Who´s he ?


You might have seen and participated in photo booths at wedding, but I like to incorporate it into the classroom. Have all the props ready. Say a Christmas word, the child finds the prop and pose saying the word.

I ´ve noticed that you loved the Flashcards from last year. I made an update and completed 42 colored flashcards along with a black and white version.
Ask questions for each flashcard:
Teacher: Who´s this ?
Students: It´s Santa Claus
Teacher: What is this ?

Students: It´s a Christmas Tree
Teacher: Who are they ?

Students: They are the Three Wise Men.
Have a group of students choose a puppet, come to the front of the classroom  and have their puppet greet the class.
Student: Hello! I am Santa.