Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Insects - Bugs

1. Paper Bag Puppets: use them to animate your students. These are easy to make with paper bag and attaching the cut outs provided. Interact with the puppets by asking questions to the students, use them to read a story or sing a song/chant. Many students would like make their own bugs. To get the files, please write to my email.
2- Cutouts: Have the children identify the bugs and name/count the body parts.

Activity 1:Hold up each bug cutout:

Teacher: It´s a bee.
Students: It´s a bee.
Teacher: What color is the bee ?
Students: It´s black and yellow.
Teacher: Look! it has two antennae.( showing them)
Teacher: Look! it has two wings.( showing them)
                What color are the wings ?
Students: They are blue.

Activity 2: Use the cutouts as a memory aid for drilling vocabulary words.
Put all the bug cutouts in a bag. Invite a student to pull out a bug cutout and identify it. Have the class say YES! If the student is right or NO! if the student is wrong.

3. Super Bug Student Badge: I created this cute badge to enhance motivation in class, just print and put in the badge clear device.

Here´s a link to read more on Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation in young learners.
4. Memory or Matching Game:  all these games help increase the short-term memory in your students. They are fun for those last minutes.
5. Draw the favorite bug. These activities help:
-develop prewriting skills 
-  develop hand coordination
-  develop vocabulary
6. Vocabulary Word Wall: Place the cards and words in a word wall in the classroom. Use your pointer to review the words.
Then have children play with another set of cards and words and matching them. Also the cards can be transformed into  wipe-off cards by using contact paper and white board markers so that the students can trace each bug word.
The bug crowns can be a follow up activity.The crown
can serve as a coloring page and as a confidence booster.
7. Graphing: use stickers, student´s name, bug drawings, ,m&m´s , cereal, beans, gummies, mini erasers, clothespins and much more. And always analyze the data.

8. Bug Book: This is a bug fact book. It reviews body words and actions. 12 bugs . It comes in color and a black and white version.

9. Flashcards: Bring some students up to the front and hand in a flashcard to the first one.

Teacher: a bee. (pass the flashcard to the first student)
Student: a bee ( passing  pass the flashcard to the next student)
Continue with all the flashcards
10. Math: Use these math flashcards to count the bugs up and down to 10. Have the students respond to the spoken number using the cards or have them say a random number when shown the card.
Files: free and paid at my Teachers pay Teachers store.
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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.There´s the fire fighter, the doctor, the teacher,the pólice officer.
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 décor 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:  http://childrensmovementflorida.org/lessons/


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