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Phrasal Verbs With "Take"
In this prepositions worksheet, students use one form of the verb "take" to complete each of twelve prepositional phrases. A list of prepositions is included on the worksheet. This worksheet is intended to be used with advanced English language learners.
Newcomers Learn Local History
Students that are English Language Learners (ELL) work individually and in small groups to conduct research on their community. They compile the results of their research, write a report, and create a presentation slideshow. Pupils add appropriate images to illustrate each area of research. Students use iPod and a voice recorder to create recordings of their report in both English and their native language.
Creating found poetry from picture books
Poetry is everywhere even when it is found in the words of picture books designed for young children. Your young poets continue their development in using and identifying literary devices, and the basic elements of story as they read and explore the words in storytelling. The first lesson demonstrates how to find poetry in picture books and progresses into small group collaboration where they search for the literary elements that create found poetry. The lesson concludes with the development of a rubric and poetry creation. You can also alot time for presentations of the final product.
A perfect activity for pre-kindergarteners or young English language learners, this lesson provides plenty of opportunities to practice simple greetings orally. After the teacher models a simple introduction using sentence strips, learners play a game where they pass cellphones around a circle to music and when it stops the pupils holding the phones must greet each other. There is also a worksheet for homework included.
English Language Quiz
In this English language quiz learning exercise, learners use drop down lists to select words that correctly complete sentences, 13 total.
Supermarket Sweep: Day 2
First graders shop and graph. In this interdisciplinary lesson, 1st graders follow instructions on a shopping list, figure prices, and graph the items they bought in appropriate categories.
An adult ESL class brainstorm what they believe to be the major problems in Namibia. In groups, they use the list of problems and put them into the order of the most critical and the reasons why. They research possible solutions and evaluate everyone's performance in the group to end the activity.
Places Around the Neighborhood
Where would go to catch a plane? To send a letter? To get some money? English language learners first identify places around the neighborhood and then use these words to complete a crossword puzzle. An answer key is provided.
New! Lesson Four: Comparatives and Superlatives
Put on your best smile, or a least a better one, for this lesson on superlatives and comparatives. English language learners first fill out a graphic organizer by finding other people in the class who are taller than they are, shorter than they are, have bigger feet than they do, and so on. Then, after some instruction from the teacher, they watch some videos about Guinness World Record winners and participate in a compliment session that uses the spin-the-bottle mechanic.
Vocabulary Multiple Choice. Worksheet 20
In this vocabulary building worksheet, students select the best choice from four possibilities. This worksheet is intended for use with advanced English language learners.
Vocabulary Multiple Choice. Worksheet 22
In this vocabulary worksheet, students select the best of four choices to complete each of eight sentences. The worksheet is intended to be used with advanced English language learners.
Vocabulary Multiple Choice. Worksheet 23
In this vocabulary worksheet, learners choose the best answer from the four possibilities to compete each of the eight sentences. The worksheet is intended to be used with advanced English language learners.
Vocabulary Multiple Choice. Worksheet 21
In this vocabulary worksheet, students choose from four words with similar meanings to complete each of eight sentences. The worksheet is intended to be used with English language learners.
Vocabulary Multiple Choice. Worksheet 24
In this vocabulary worksheet, learners fill in the blank in eight sentences. Each sentence has four similar words for students to select from. The worksheet is intended to be used with advanced English language learners.
Survival! A Lesson for Language Arts and Novice ESL Students
Seventh graders work as a class orally discussing, reflecting, and then creating a chart of items necessary for survival. From the chart, 7th graders then create a Survival board game.
Get Involved! Ways to Make a Difference through Social Action
How can you improve the quality of life in your community? Intermediate and advanced English language learners discuss how volunteering and giving back can make one feel a sense of community. Start with the introductory discussion questions, and then review a list of related vocabulary words before jumping into the handout (provided). Pupils watch a YouTube video (link is included), and then discuss things they'd like to change in their own personal communities. A complete resource is available for you here.
Wrinkles ESL Lesson
Practice English vocabulary and dialogue. An ELD class completes a true/false worksheet about aging and wrinkles, then read an article entitled "Wrinkles Give Clues to Bone Condition" using context clues to determine vocabulary definitions. They participate in a variety of English language activities including matching phrases, filling in a clues activity, sharing opinions with a partner, and answering comprehension questions.
Supermarket Sweep: Day 1
First graders examine what their family buys at the supermarket. In this consumer education instructional activity, 1st graders read the book The Supermarket by Gail Saunders-Smith, discuss what foods their family buys at the supermarket, and create their own booklets.
Bringing Cultures Together
Students research specific information for the United Nations and present them in a PowerPoint presentation. They connect with another student in in their country of research by emailing them. They create a blog of creative writing pieces about their research country.
Tenth graders role-play different representatives, identifying their specific audience, and adjusting their language use based on the audience. They discuss levels of formality, then create post cards that change their tone based on the recipient.