Monday, October 3, 2022

Teacher Talk - September 2022


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Finding Life Mentors in Mentor Text

By Retta London of Rainbow City Learning 

Teach students how to reflect on what mentoring characters in pieces of literature may do in similar situations in their lives. 


Using Two-Sided Colored Beans to Add and Subtract Positive and Negative Numbers

By Vicky Rauch of Go Figure! 


When it comes to adding and subtracting positive and negative numbers, many students have great difficulty. In reality, it is a very confusing and abstract idea; so, it is important to give the students a concrete visual to assist them in seeing the solution.


Morning Music

By Gini Musmanno of Reading Spotlight 


This adventure with music as a prelude to learning began when I saw an interview with a Tuscan wine grower who played classical music to encourage his grapes to develop.


Video Lessons Make Teaching Grammar Easy

By Charlene Tess of Books by Charlene Tess 


Have you noticed how many students are all about videos? 


Is Reading Aloud to Children Actually Supported by the Science of Reading?

by Alison Monk of The Literacy Garden

Is reading aloud to children supported by the Science of Reading? Does literature have an important place in structured literacy programs?


Budgeting on a Teacher’s Salary

By Michelle Webb of Teaching Ideas For Those Who Love Teaching 


How teachers can budget on their salary, while still saving money and enjoying their lives.


Four Tried & True Review Games

By Kathie Yoshimura of Tried & True Teaching Tools 

Your students will love to play Toss Across, Bananagrams, Buzzers, and Jenga as they review concepts already taught.  

FREE MISC. LESSON - “Free Arabic Number Tracing and Writing Books”

by Learn and Teach with me
Pre-Kindergarten - 1st Grade 

Free Arabic Number tracing and writing books, the numbers are so important in Kindergarten, these number books are great way to help early learners practice tracing and writing numbers.

- Full page size is 8.5 x 11

- Cut the pages in half and make number books

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Arabic Tracing and Writing Numbers Books 1 to 10

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Arabic numbers books 1 to 10

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Sunday, October 2, 2022

FREE MATH LESSON - “Halloween Fraction and Proportions Word Problems”

by Lindsay Perro
6th - 8th Grade

Greg the Ghost is making spooky cookies this Halloween! Students will use the given list of ingredients and their understanding of setting up and solving proportions with fractions to help Greg determine how much of certain ingredients he will need.

This is a quick, one page worksheet that includes 5 problems. Answer key included.

This resource is included in my Thanksgiving, Fall and Halloween Math Activities Bundle!

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Saturday, October 1, 2022

FREE MISC. LESSON - “Halloween Pencil Tags”

by Happy Days in First Grade
Pre-Kindergarten - 5th Grade

Thank you so much for helping me reach 4K Followers on Instagram! To celebrate, I am sharing these fun, Spook-tacular pencil tags with you!

Simply download, cut, and tie them on some fun Halloween pencils for your students to encourage your lil' GREAT writers!

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Friday, September 30, 2022

FREE MISC. LESSON - “FREE Digital Halloween Partner Memory Game with Google Jamboard™”

by Jo Jo's Jungle
4th - 10th Grade

Looking for some fun games to help students collaborate? Jamboard is great for the classroom AND distance learning. It is one of the only programs I use that allows me to see where students are working and what they are doing in "real time". On Zoom, it is the one time a day I am not constantly asking "are you there?" to all of those black boxes of students who have their camera off. :)

The JamBoard app is free~ you can browse, view and share Jams created by you and your teammates. Jamboard app is a digital whiteboard that allows you to collaborate with students in real time and see exactly what they are doing! Great for a virtual meetings!! 

* Partner games are awesome either in a breakout room (or not)-students can “talk on the slide” and you get to watch! 

Simply provide both students with a link to the Jam just like you would a Google form, slide etc. The document you will download with the link has directions on making copies for students etc.

Includes: 2 memory games (one Halloween and one fall).

See full set here, which includes:

*2 gameboards (with moveable pieces)

*"Four in a Row"

*2 versions of Checkers

*2 memory games

~Note: The gameboards will need questions. These are just the gameboard. Some ideas are using task cards, asking everyone questions orally or while sharing a slide or using Math facts. You can also put a stack of Sticky notes with questions on the next slide for them to access.


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Look for Thanksgiving, Holidays and Winter Partner games coming soon!


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Thursday, September 29, 2022

Tips for ESL Teachers Teaching English Language Learners


Here you are, ready to be an amazing ESL teacher this year for the English Language Learners in your classroom! 

This is the third in a three-part series focusing on teaching English Language Learners. This post is filled with tips for ESL teachers to help your ELLs with writing and grammar skills!


Check out part 1 focusing on listening and speaking skills and part 2 about reading skills for a wide variety of ideas and activities with tips for ESL teachers.


Focus on language skills from newcomer to intermediate to advanced English Language Learners in your classroom. This includes activities and ideas for writing skills, reading skills, grammar, listening, comprehension, and speaking skills.

A quick review of language skills for teaching ELLs


The four basic language skills are listening, speaking, reading, and writing, with many teachers also including grammar as a fifth. I agree! 


Educational achievement for ELLs requires proficiency in all five skills so these basic language skills are must-haves! But often must-haves aren’t the most fun but you’re in luck because this post suggests activities and games for your daily lessons to incorporate some or all of the skills to build fluency and language competency. This combination is the key to academic success for the English Language Learners in your classroom.


Keep reading about how to teach writing and grammar skills with this post filled with tips for ESL teachers! Plus, you can grab your own bundles with these lessons and more for not just writing and grammar but all language skills for newcomers, intermediate, or advanced ELLs!

Writing Skills


Building writing skills require amazing ESL teachers to teach and practice writing skills with their students.


Writing skills are the graphic aspect of a language and starts with the ability to write basic phrases. ELLs start by writing phrases and sentences using basic verbs. As language increases so does writing. ELLs continue by writing sentences using past tense, perfect and progressive tenses including conjunctions and more descriptive adjectives. Finally, at early advanced levels we see ELLs writing complex paragraphs and essays filled with sophisticated vocabulary, idioms and figurative writing, complex sentences, and using appropriate voice.


Get your full-year curriculum bundle with these lessons and more! Save time with ready-made lessons, activities, and games to help the English Language Learners in your classroom.  


The importance of writing skills with English Language Learners in your classroom who are newcomers, intermediate, or advanced language learners in elementary or middle school. Focus on writing and grammar with reading comprehension, stations, games, and activities for ELLs by ESL teachers.

Graphic organizers, word walls, and sentence frames are great scaffolds for ELLs as they increase their writing abilities. 


Many times, ELLs do not know the correct way to write their thoughts. Guide students as they revise their writing. Start with smaller writing assignments so students don’t become overwhelmed. Sentence starters are great motivators for ELLS.


Write every day. Model for your students. Use think alouds while you write. Model how to edit and revise. Give sufficient time for revising. Note any repeated writing errors to add as an informal mini lesson. Remember

  • I do it

  • We do it

  • You do it


Use short videos to help English Language Learners in your class with understanding stories. Provide sentence stems for summaries or retelling activities. Tips for ESL teachers include the Somebody, Wanted, But, So, Then teaching strategies for all age groups in elementary school.

Teaching writing skills can be FUN! Here are a few ideas.

  • Build on a random sentence

  • Write a story, poem, or song

  • Have students complete a story you started

  • Retell a favorite or family story

  • Watch a short fun video and have students write about what happened using the strategy: Somebody… Wanted… But… So… Then…

  • Story of their life


Grammar skills


Building grammar skills requires amazing ESL teachers to teach and practice grammar with their students.


Grammar forms are the glue for vocabulary. Each language function has grammatical forms that convey the meaning for that function. ELLs need explicit instruction to learn the grammar that goes with these forms. All parts of speech can be broken down by grade level. Teaching the appropriate grammar for each language level and grade level of your students. Click here for an ELD matrix by Susana Dutro.


Her ELD Matrix of Grammatical Forms is filled with tips for ESL teachers because it shows which parts of speech should be taught at each language level. Beginners to Early Advanced need a grammar foundation that increases with each language level they attain.


Tips for ESL teachers includes grammar lessons and activities focused on vocabulary practice for ELLs. These activities for the English Language Learners in your classroom are great from the very first days of school through to the end of the year.

Teaching Grammar skills can be FUN! Here are a few ideas:

  • Board games: practice any grammar you teach with dice and a game board

  • Spot the mistakes: make up cards with 2 correct sentences and one grammar goof.

  • Tell it table

  • Sort parts of speech

  • Parts of speech game show


Congratulations you are on your way to becoming an amazing ESL teacher this year. I hope you found some educational nuggets within this three-part series that you can use this year with your ELLs! And, if you want to be amazing without worrying about planning, check out these bundles whether you have newcomers, intermediate, or advanced ELLs!


Make sure to read part 1 about listening and speaking and part 2 about reading.


Be Bold!

Be Great!

Be Amazing!


Your partner in ESL!


Happy Teaching!

Read all about these activities and lesson ideas for the English Language Learners in your classroom. These tips for ESL teachers are great for back to school, school year, or end of year. Ways to have fun with ELLs and language practice.