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Help your beginning and intermediate English Learners develop academic vocabulary with this activity about ordinal numbers. Read and discuss the Eric Carle book Ten Little Rubber Ducks. Your ELs use ordinal number cards to practice stating where different duck cutouts are placed in a line. Then they place themselves in a line according to your verbal directions using ordinal numbers.
An online worksheet provides opportunities to assess comprehension of 10 common adages like "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush" or "Variety is the spice of life." Learners complete a multiple choice quiz (and can check their answers with a single click) about the meaning of common expressions. Each quiz question has a link to further information about the saying it addresses. 
If you teach English learners and want a thorough assignment that addresses reading and listening comprehension, speaking skills, vocabulary acquisition, and more, a high-interest content instructional activity on Britney Spears may be useful. It includes a 1-page passage about Spears, followed by 10 exercises/activities that address ELL needs. Answers to some of the exercises are included.
This lengthy assignment for English language learners includes a one-page reading on the Argentinian president, Cristina Kirchner, and numerous activities/exercises that address listening and reading comprehension, speaking, vocabulary acquisition, spelling, and more. An answer key is provided for some of the exercises.
This lengthy assignment was designed for English language learners. It includes a 1-page reading on the rapper, Jay-Z, and 10 activities/exercises that focus on listening and reading comprehension, speaking, vocabulary acquisition, spelling, and more. An answer key is provided for some of the exercises.
This 13-page assignment was designed for English language learners and includes a one-page reading on the Taiwanese entertainer, Jay Chou, and 10 activities/exercises that address listening and reading comprehension, speaking, vocabulary acquisition, spelling, and more. An answer key is provided for some exercises.
This 13-page assignment was designed for English language learners. It includes a one-page reading on the comedic actor Rowan Atkinson and 10 activities/exercises that focus on listening and reading comprehension, speaking, vocabulary acquisition, spelling, and more. An answer key is provided for some of the exercises.
Learn more about technology through matching, dictation, and word identification. English learners will participate in a variety of activities as they learn more about technology.
Survey your class to find out how often and what technology they use. They will answer 5 questions to 5 students and then create a short report on what they learned about their classmates' technology use. 
Help English learners make predictions using appropriate language through a survey. Each learner will ask a series of questions to 5 different students and then create a short report on their findings. Modifications: Add your own series of questions for appropriate age/grade level.
Use a graphic organizer to help students think and write about songs and music. From famous singers to styles and songs, students will brainstorm for each of these categories.
Teach your learners how to conduct an interview. English learners will learn the language patterns behind asking questions and creating answers through sentence frames and pictures though the topic of famous athletes.
Create questions and answers for medical situations with your class. Use the document to role play or for independent practice.
English learners will match pictures to sentences that focus on order processing for shipping. This business related activity also focuses on transitions words (first, next, after, finally).
Teach learners how to make requests while talking on the phone. Pictures for each sentence frame are included. Could be used for independent writing or dialogue sheet.
Divide your school gym into breeding grounds and non-breeding grounds so that your zoologists can play a game simulating the seasonal migration of shorebirds. Players pick one of the included game cards and follow its directions, which simulate different occurrences in a migratory bird's life cycle. Throughout the game, they face many dangers such as predators, weather events, human-caused problems, and more. Playing this game will bring animal migration to life for kids.
How do you read non-fiction, informational text?  How do you recognize the rhetorical devices a writer is using? How do you determine the tone of such a document? Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address provides a perfect vehicle for learners to develop and practice these necessary skills. The richly detailed resource packet provides everything you need, from the complete text of the speech to fill-in-the-blank sentence templates, from guided questions and graphic organizers to a writing assignment. A great way to prepare learners for challenging text and for document-based exams.
Choosing sides is no easy matter, and this was certainly true for the citizens of Baltimore in the beginning stages of the Civil War. Using video, group analysis of several primary sources, and discussion, this detailed and thorough lesson plan will really get your class thinking about the divided loyalties that existed during the war, as well as some of the difficult choices that Abraham Lincoln was forced to make.
Read Pancakes for Breakfast by Tomi De Paola then participate in different activities which practice skills such as English language development, using non-standard measurement, fine motor skills, dramatic play, and using our five senses.
Challenge your ELLs to correctly spell 15 challenging vocabulary words in English. Incorrect spellings are given, followed by space to write in the correct spelling and to translate the word into their native language. British English norms guide this activity.

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