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Over the last 30+ years I've taught in both public and private schools, in the UK, Taiwan, and the USA. I started out as a French teacher then switched to teaching English language learners (ELLs). I've worked in English as a foreign language settings and also English as new / second / additional language setting. (EFL / ENL / ESL / EAL) I worked as a technology integration specialist for 8 years and then switched back to teaching ELLs again, with a heavy dose of technology support for my collea

Over the last 30+ years I've taught in both public and private schools, in the UK, Taiwan, and the USA. I started out as a French teacher then switched to teaching English language learners (ELLs). I've worked in English as a foreign language settings and also English as new / second / additional language setting. (EFL / ENL / ESL / EAL) I worked as a technology integration specialist for 8 years and then switched back to teaching ELLs again, with a heavy dose of technology support for my collea
Google Jamboard alphabet mat
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Google Jamboard alphabet mat

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This Google Jamboard file consists of three “frames” (or “slides”) with draggable letters. On each slide there are 10 copies of each letter of the alphabet, for a total of 260 letters per slide ready to drag and drop like “magnetic” letters for spelling activities. Slide 3 also has extra tiles for: qu, wh, ch, sh, th, ck, all, an, am, ing, ang, ung, ank, ink, unk, onk. (5 copies of each.) Thee are many ways to use this file! You could use it on an interactive whiteboard, or you could share the file with students. They can each have their own copy, or the activity can be collaborative if they are given shared access to the file. The teachers I work with have used this file while working remotely with students. They share the file with students and then have the students build words the teacher gives them during a Google Meet by dragging and dropping the letter tiles. (Students and teacher can have 2 windows open at the same time, side by side - one for the Google Meet, the other for the Jamboard file. If having 2 windows open is confusing for students or you want the Jamboard to be their main focus, you can have them keep the Meet open in one tab but be looking at the Jamboard in another.) Having so many letter tiles ready-made saves both teachers and students time. Duplicate the frames as many times as you need to before sharing with students, or have the students use the ‘undo’ button to remove words they’ve made before making new ones. Copyright information: Purchasing this product grants permission for use by ONE teacher in his or her own classroom. If you have colleagues who would like to use this file, please respect the time I have put into making this for you and direct them to my store to buy their own copy!
Understanding idioms in American English set 1
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Understanding idioms in American English set 1

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Figurative language and idioms in particular can be tricky for English language learners or students with language learning difficulties to understand and they often need to be specifically introduced to them. This online, self-checking, activity hosted at Boom Learning℠, shows students 12 different idioms on 24 different cards, so they see each idiom twice. The first 12 cards ask student to identify the literal meaning of the idiom in a sentence from 3 possible choices. The second set of 12 cards asks student to pick the idiom that best goes with the sentences, again from 3 possible choices. The idioms included in this deck are: raining cats and dogs, cut corners, beat around the bush, bite the bullet, a dime a dozen, turn on a dime, wild horses couldn’t drag me, get my goat, get your ducks in a row, hit the nail on the head, a piece of cake, think outside the box. If you are outside the USA and would prefer a less “American” version of this product, please contact me directly and I will work with you to create a more suitable version at no extra cost to you. About Boom Learning To use Boom Cards™, you must be connected to the Internet. Boom Cards play on modern browsers (Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Edge). Apps are available for Android, iPads, iPhones, and Kindle Fires. For security and privacy, adults must have a Boom Learning℠ account to use and assign Boom Cards. You will be able to assign the Boom Cards you are buying with “Fast Pins,” (play provides instant feedback for self-grading Boom Cards). Fast Play is always a free way for students to engage with Boom Cards decks. For additional assignment options (such as data tracking) you’ll need a premium account. If you are new to Boom Learning, you may be offered a free trial. Read here for details of the current offer: http://bit.ly/BoomTrial . This is an online, self-checking, activity. While Boom Cards can be printed (from your library at Boom Learning) these cards were not designed to be used other than online and may not work well for you in printed format. Copyright information: Purchasing this product grants permission for use by one teacher in his or her own classroom. If you have colleagues who wish to use this resource, please direct them to my store!