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.


Like the clipart and want to add slides with more games? Check out the set here.

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.

FREE MISC. LESSON - “VIDEO: Switching Learning Activities Plus Preschool Alphabet Puppets”

by Fun Hands-on Learning
Pre-Kindergarten - 3rd Grade

In this video I take you along to show you how I switch seasonal learning activities. Additionally, I share a quick preschool activity using alphabet puppets.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Wednesday Weekly 5 under $5 - 9/28/2022


Every week I put together a list of 5 great products from members of The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative (TBOTEMC) with the requirement that each product must be less than $5.  With a variety of subjects and a wide range of grades, there just might be something that you can use, so continue to read below and see!

In addition, if you're a seller on Teachers Pay Teachers (TpT) who would like to get more information about joining TBOTEMC, contact me via email at or by simply leaving a comment on this blog post.

Scarecrows and Sunflowers CVC Words BOOM Cards™ - $3.00

by Kamp Kindergarten
K - 1st grades
For Parents, Centers

In this scarecrows and sunflowers themed digital task card deck your little learners select the correct CVC word for the picture. Digital task cards offer an engaging way to learn in your classroom or in distance learning situations. Boom Cards™ are exciting, interactive, and fun! This paperless phonics resource works well for an autumn/fall, scarecrow, sunflowers, or farm theme, but may also be used at any time during the year.

24 Visual Discrimination Activities - Visual Memory $3.75

by Primarily Learning
PreK - K grades
Homeschool Curricula, Task Cards, Centers

Would you like to have Visual Discrimination Activities at your fingertips? These 24 Visual Discrimination Activities provide various opportunities to learn and practice visual discrimination skills like hearing differences in letters and sounds, blending, and segmenting. 

by History at Home
K - 3rd grades
Homeschool Curricula, Activities, Lessons

13 American Colonies Bundle American History Lessons for Grades K-3 & Homeschool covers: The 4 New England Colonies (Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, & Connecticut), the 5 Southern Colonies (Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia & a little about Blackbeard) and the 4 Middle Colonies (New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware) They'll have text, and links to vocabulary words, pictures, crafts, maps, and activities!

Beginning Sounds Digital Phonics Game Real Photos Initial Sounds Self-Checking - $4.95

by 3 Chicas Bilingual Resources
PreK - K grades
Activities, Games

Students practice phonics and letter recognition independently by matching the letter to the initial sound of the word with this self-checking activity for Google Slides™. Real photos help students develop vocabulary while animations and gifs provide immediate feedback and promote engagement.  This is especially effective for ESL students and any child who needs a clear visual to make the connection between the letters and their sounds.  This is a fun, no prep activity that will help your students advance in the process of learning to read!

A History of the Lenni-Lenape Tribe - $3.50

by All-American Teacher Tools
3rd - 8th grades 
Cultural Activities, Google Slides

The Lenni-Lenape tribe from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Delaware have a long history on the East Coast. They lived peacefully in their tribes, but their troubles began when the European settlers arrived. Show your students about the history of this tribe. Each slide has an image, information, and a question for discussion. Also available in PowerPoint.

As always, I encourage comments and any ideas or suggestions by emailing me at

Renee Heiss

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by TheBrightestKid
8th Grade

A math test for number system and expressions and equations covering topics:

  • Rational and irrational numbers
  • Integer exponents
  • Square and cube roots
  • Scientific notification

Thinking of common core, this includes courses:

  • 8.NS.A.1 Irrational numbers, decimal expressions
  • 8.NS.A.2 Approximation of irrational numbers
  • 8.EE.A.1 Properties of integer exponents
  • 8.EE.A.2 Square and cube roots
  • 8.EE.A.3 Powers of 10, estimating large numbers
  • 8.EE.A.4 Scientific notation operations and conversions

Answers to all questions are included.

This free test is a demo version of a paid product, Math Test Set 8NSA1-8EEA4.

This free version is not in the paid package, but it's like the paid tests.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2022

FREE MATH LESSON - “Halloween Ten-Frame Work Mats”

by Kyp McLaren
Kindergarten - 1st Grade

I created this set of "Ten-Frame" mats to help my kinders begin to understand how to organize in groups of ten. They could easily be used with 1st graders as well. You could also use in a Math Center.

This is a set of 47 Halloween themed "Ten-Frame" mats to help students organize materials in a mathematically meaningful way. Ten-frame mats also help young students organize objects by tens, reinforcing that important place value concept of our base-ten number system.

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Monday, September 26, 2022

FREE MATH LESSON - “Halloween Number 1-3 Practice Worksheet FREEBIE!”

by Jennifer Drake
Pre-Kindergarten - Kindergarten

Need a 'spook'-tacular practice worksheet for your little goblins this Halloween?

My class is working on numbers 1-3 this week and we are veering off course of our math series for one day to have some 'bat'-tastic math practice!

Print front/back or laminate and provide dry erase markers for a quick center activity!

Great for independent practice, morning work, 'do now,' homework, review, small group instruction and so much more!

No prep required! Just print and copy!

Feedback on this freebie is greatly appreciated!

Aligns with Common Core Standard:

Need a bit more for Halloween and numbers? Check out my What's Brewing? Halloween Fun With Numbers 0-10 pack!

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Happy Halloween Numbers 1-3 Practice Fun!

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