ESL, SPED, Gen ED Vocabulary: 100 Commonly Misspelled Words

ESL, SPED, Gen ED Vocabulary: 100 Commonly Misspelled Words

In these days of texting and Instagram, it's easy for students to make spelling mistakes on even the most basic of English words. In this respect, things have not changed much in the last fifty years, when the National Curriculum Association evaluated the writing of third-eighth graders across the country and compiled a list of the 100 most commonly misspelled words in student writing. This list includes words that have unusual spellings, as well as words that are commonly confused (like "their" and "there"). After my students have learned basic English verbs and nouns, I give my ESL Newcomers twelve or thirteen of these most commonly misspelled words in the English language each week for eight weeks. I ask them to translate the words into their home language, copy each word three times, create a sentence, illustrate three of the words, complete a word search and do a fill-in-the –blank activity. These activities can be assigned as classwork or homework throughout the week. We also do a quick review of the words each day before going on to our lesson, and, at the end of the week, we take a spelling test using the words. By the time we are finished, my students have been exposed to, and tested over, 100 words that are often misspelled by beginning writers. This product contains eight weeks' worth of vocabulary lists, activities, and daily reviews/ bellwork, along with a reproducible for the weekly quiz. Although it was orginally created for use in an ESL classroom, it gives students at all fluency and ability levels a chance to review tricky words and spellings. ******************** Do you want the homework and and center activities without the daily review activities? Check out ESL NEW BEGINNINGS: Spelling BUNDLE
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Middle School Writing:  End of the Year Research Project

Middle School Writing: End of the Year Research Project

This resource guides students through the process of gathering information for a basic, five-paragraph research report which can then be used to create a visual presentation, such as a PowerPoint, Prezi, tri-fold document, or video. The suggested timeframe is five days, making it a perfect wrap-up at the end of the year. Contents: 16-slide PowerPoint, which guides students through brainstorming a topic, writing a research question, and gathering information. The PowerPoint models each step in the process with sample brainstorming questions, Google searches, source notes, and an example of a rough draft and Prezi based on the information gathered. 4-page packet, includes pages for notes from the PowerPoint, question-writing practice, notes from sources, and a rough draft Suggested timeline: Day 1: PowerPoint notes and brainstorming Day 2: Refine the research question and begin research Day 3: Complete research Day 4: Write the rough draft and begin the product Day 5: Complete the product
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ESL NEW BEGINNINGS:  Spelling BUNDLE

ESL NEW BEGINNINGS: Spelling BUNDLE

This bundle of individual resources contains activities for ESL students to review 100 of the most commonly misspelled words in English. The words are broken into eight groups, so the full set can be completed over a series of eight weeks, wih 12 - 13 words each week. Each set has and introductory activity which requires students to translate the words into their own language, and create an original sentence for each word. Other activities include creating illustrations, word searches and a fill-in-the-blank reading .
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STAAR 7th Grade Reading BUNDLE

STAAR 7th Grade Reading BUNDLE

This resource bundles five individual products, all designed for students who are preparing for the STAAR Reading 7and Writing 7 tests. Reading genres reviewed include Fiction, Drama, Literary Non-Fiction and Poetry, as well as a writing and revision review. There are also powerpoints for the poetry and literary non-fiction, and instructions for visual notes.
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Root Word Fun:  Agamographs for Latin Root Words

Root Word Fun: Agamographs for Latin Root Words

Are you looking for a resource that can keep your students focused on those days before holidays or after testing? These 3D agamographs are an engaging way to capture student attention, while contining to review vocaubulary. Learning Latin roots is important for many reasons. Not only can it help students understand unfamiliar words in the English language, it can help in learning a second Latin-based language like Spanish or French. This resource gives students a chance to link root word with meaning through art. Students can pair up to make agamographs -- three-dimensional pieces of art that change depending on the angle from which they’re viewed. Looking from the left shows the root, while looking from the right shows the English meaning and a related picture. Have students color the pictures individually then partner up by finding the matching picture. (“aqua” with “water”, for example). Working together to assemble the agamograph makes a great cooperative activity. After the agamographs are completed, they can be displayed and students can use the graphic organizer to do a gallery walk and copy the information
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7th Grade STAAR Reading Review: Drama

7th Grade STAAR Reading Review: Drama

This resource was designed for use as a review for drama questions on the 7th grade STAAR Reading test. BEFORE PURCHASING THIS PRODUCT, PLEASE REVIEW THE EXCERPT FROM "RUIN A FOOD" (with the preview files). My students enjoyed it, but it is about a food contest where competitors try to make disgusting combinations of food, so the topic may be off-putting to some groups. This resource includes: * A template for taking notes, along with a completed copy to project for the students, or to use while giving instrauctions. * PRE-READING VOCABULARY for “RUIN A FOOD”: A Frayer model activity to help familiarize students with words in the play. Two versions are available – one for ESL students which includes a spot to translate the word into their home languages, and one for General Education students. *RUIN A FOOD: A scene for guided practice which includes figurative language and stage directions. *Comprehension questions for “RUIN A FOOD”, using question stems from the 7th grade STAAR Reading test. *THE LAST STRAW: An excerpt from a drama about bullying. *Comprehension questions for “THE LAST STRAW” using question stems from the 7th grade STAAR Reading test.
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Addition Grid 45: Math Puzzles to Develop Algebraic Thinking

Addition Grid 45: Math Puzzles to Develop Algebraic Thinking

Help your students practice addition and subtractions, sharpen their logic skills, and strengthen their problem-solving abilities with these Addition Grid puzzles. There are ten different sets. Each set contains an EXPERT level puzzle, an ACE level puzzle, a NOVICE level puzzle and an answer key. These puzzles are perfect for early finishers, homework, centers, cooperative learning, extra credit, and even times when you need a fun but educational activity at the end of the week. Because they reinforce basic skills and have simple instructions, they are suitable for many grade levels, and students of varying degrees of English fluency. The Novice, Ace, and Expert levels help you differentiate for the variety of abilities in your classroom. In addition to practice with basic number facts, the puzzles also encourage development of skills needed for algebraic thinking, such as thinking backward, solving for an unknown, and eliminating solutions.
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Elephants in Trees:  Math Puzzles to Develop Algebraic Thinking

Elephants in Trees: Math Puzzles to Develop Algebraic Thinking

Younger students can develop algebraic skills by working on these problems, while older students who already take algebra can use the problems to review systems of equations. This resource contains four 8.5” x 11” posters with one problem each, to be used in math centers or for a get-up-and-move classroom activity. The posters are available in black and white or color. In addition, there is a sheet with all four problems on it which can be used for individual work. A separate sheet, for recording work and answers, is also included, as well as the answer key.
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ESL New Beginnings: Spelling Weeks 1 and 2

ESL New Beginnings: Spelling Weeks 1 and 2

Every week, I give my ESL Newcomers twelve or thirteen of the most commonly misspelled words in the English language. I ask them to translate the words into their home language, copy each word three times, create a sentence, illustrate three of the words, complete a word search and do a fill-in-the –blank activity . These activities can be assigned as classwork or homework throughout the week. We do a quick review of the words each day before going on to our lesson, and at the end of the week, we take a spelling test using the words. Words in this resource: again all right always  an and animals another around asked babies beautiful because before believe bought came caught  children clothes coming course cousin decided didn't different
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ESL New Beginnings: Spelling Weeks 7 and 8

ESL New Beginnings: Spelling Weeks 7 and 8

Every week, I give my ESL Newcomers twelve or thirteen of the most commonly misspelled words in the English language. I ask them to translate the words into their home language, copy each word three times, create a sentence, illustrate three of the words, complete a word search and do a fill-in-the –blank activity . These activities can be assigned as classwork or homework throughout the week. We do a quick review of the words each day before going on to our lesson, and at the end of the week, we take a spelling test using the words. Words in this resource: their then there they they're things thought threw through to together too tried two until very wanted went were when where with woman would you're
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ESL New Beginnings: Spelling Weeks 3 and 4

ESL New Beginnings: Spelling Weeks 3 and 4

Every week, I give my ESL Newcomers twelve or thirteen of the most commonly misspelled words in the English language. I ask them to translate the words into their home language, copy each word three times, create a sentence, illustrate three of the words, complete a word search and do a fill-in-the –blank activity . These activities can be assigned as classwork or homework throughout the week. We do a quick review of the words each day before going on to our lesson, and at the end of the week, we take a spelling test using the words. Words in this resource: dropped  every February first for friend friends frightened from getting going happening hear heard here him interesting its it's jumped knew know let's like little
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ESL New Beginnings: First Day of School Activities

ESL New Beginnings: First Day of School Activities

Having a student who is both new to the United States and new to the English language can be a little daunting for teachers. This resource, which I’ve used with my 7th and 8th grade Newcomers classes, is full of ideas, activities, and word work for the first day of school. The focus is to make the students comfortable, help them get to know some of their classmates, and teach them enough English language to have their basic needs met while at school. CONTENTS INCLUDE: Stuffed Animal Name Toss: a fun game that’s sure to get even the most frightened student smiling. Survival Language: A classroom poster (offered in both in color and in black and white) to help students remember how to make basic requests to use the restroom and get a drink of water, as well as ask for directions to the bus and to the cafeteria. Hang on the wall, or give a copy to each student for reference. Survival Language Activity Sheet: Using the Survival Language sheet, students will practice reading the questions, matching the symbols with the questions, and writing the questions. Nametag Template: Students can fold the paper in half to make a standing name tag with their name and illustrations of their favorite sport and favorite food.
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ESL New Beginnings:  Spelling Weeks 5 and 6

ESL New Beginnings: Spelling Weeks 5 and 6

Every week, I give my ESL Newcomers twelve or thirteen of the most commonly misspelled words in the English language. I ask them to translate the words into their home language, copy each word three times, create a sentence, illustrate three of the words, complete a word search and do a fill-in-the –blank activity . These activities can be assigned as classwork or homework throughout the week. We do a quick review of the words each day before going on to our lesson, and at the end of the week, we take a spelling test using the words. Works in this resource: Week 5: looked*many*money*morning*mother*name*named*off*once*our*people*pretty*received Week Six: running*said*school*some*something*sometimes*started*stopped*surprise*swimming*than*that's
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Informational Text:  Friday the 13th reading passage and activities

Informational Text: Friday the 13th reading passage and activities

Are you trying to get your students to connect with what they read? This product contains an informational text about Friday the 13th and a literary non-fiction piece thatwill capture student attention and engage critical thinking. High-level comprehension questions at the end of the readings will help you assess student understanding. The informational text also has a pre-teach vocabulary worksheet that will help make content comprehensible for language learners, while the literary non-fiction has a character trait follow-up. It's everything you need for a no-prep, print-and-teach lesson that you and your students will all enjoy. CONTENTS Reading passage (single page) Comprehension questions "Think About It" questions/Exit Ticket Coloring page with make-a-word activity Vocabulary pre-teaching sheet Second reading passage (double-sided) Interactive notebook root word activity Character analysis activity Answer keys for all activities
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STAAR 7th Grade Reading Review: Poetry

STAAR 7th Grade Reading Review: Poetry

Are your students ready for the STAAR test? Help them review graphical elements, poetic technique, and more with the aid of this resource. A PowerPoint is included to guide them through note-taking, a practice poem, and independent review. This resource includes: A 25-slide PowerPoint to lead students through visual note-taking and the guided practice poem. It details how to create the visual notes, what to look for in the poem, shows possible answers for the analysis sheet, and explains answers for the comprehension questions. Two different templates for visual note-taking (great for students who were absent or who need differentiation) STARS: A poem for guided practice which includes graphical elements and poetic techniques. An analysis page for “STARS” Comprehension questions for “STARS”, using question stems from the 7th grade STAAR Reading test. WHY NOT ME?: A poem for independent practice which includes graphical elements and poetic techniques. Pre-reading Vocabulary: An activity for “Why Not Me?” which allows students practice with context clues, matching definitions, and visualizing vocabulary. An analysis page for “WHY NOT ME? ” Comprehension questions for “WHY NOT ME?”, using question stems from the 7th grade STAAR Reading test. **Teaching times will vary with the fluency and academic levels of your class. My ESL Newcomers (mainly beginning-low intermediate level) took one day to complete the visual notes; one day to read through “STARS” , discuss unfamiliar vocabulary, and identify the graphical and poetic elements; then a third day to complete the analysis sheet as a group (they did the summary square alone with sentence stems) and comprehension questions. It took them an additional two 50-minute periods to complete the independent practice activities.
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Colorful Page Border Clip Art

Colorful Page Border Clip Art

Give your pages a POP of color with these page borders. Each border is in a separate png file, and has a transparent center. There are four different designs, each having 4 - 6 different colors. Each design has one black or grayscale option, so the borders can be more easily used for student worksheets. Please look at the preview to see all colors and al designs. Please note that the bottom border on three of the designs is different. This is a design choice, and you can see how it looks on the cover (above). If you use the borders in a commercial product, I ask that you please give credit by including my logo and a link back to my store.
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"GATSBY INSPIRED" Black and White Page Borders and Frames Clipart

"GATSBY INSPIRED" Black and White Page Borders and Frames Clipart

Bring the elegance of the 1920s to your resources with this set of Gatsby-inspired black and white frames and borders. Each of the 9 designs comes in two versions – a transparent fill and a white fill. All have been saved in png format with at least 300 dpi. The thin lines and simple curves make this product appealing to older students and allow you to give your worksheets a finished look without using a lot of extra ink when printing. The bolder borders, with their dark triangles and dotted border are perfect for highlighting and setting off important information. Looking for more colorful frames and borders? Colorful Clipart: Page Borders and Frames
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7th Grade STAAR Reading Review: Literary Non-fiction

7th Grade STAAR Reading Review: Literary Non-fiction

If you live in Texas, all roads lead to the STAAR test. This resource, which contains two original reading passages, will engage your students and help them review literary non-fiction as we head into our end-of-the-year testing season. It's also great as an introductory unit earlier in the year. This resource focuses on Literary Non-Fiction. The TEKS reviewed are : 7.2A Latin roots and affixes 7.3 Author’s message or theme 7.7 Inferences and conclusions about organization, characterization, and specific details. Fig 19E Text summary 7.8 Sensory language and mood. Contents include: PowerPoint presentation Visual notes template Reading Passage for guided practice: Candle in the Darkness Four Square Follow-Up Reading Comprehension Questions (using STAAR stems) Reading Passage for Independent Practice: Papa Frankenstein Four Square Follow-Up Reading Comprehension Questions (using STAAR stems) NOTE: I marked this unit as lasting three days. With my Newcomer ESL students (beginning - intermediate fluency), it was actually four days just for the guided practice. The visual notes took one day, the guided annotation took two days, and the follow-up and comprehension questions took one day.
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NCAA Tournament:  No-Prep March Madness Reading and Math Activities

NCAA Tournament: No-Prep March Madness Reading and Math Activities

Final Four, Elite Eight, Sweet Sixteen. In March, conversation is peppered with all these terms as focus shifts to the NCAA basketball tournament. Use the excitement surrounding thispopular sporting event to engage students in activities that provide practice in revision, math, writing and reading comprehension. In addition, this resource contains word puzzles, which are great for strengthening student focus, spelling, and problem-solving abilities. Activities in this packet include: Reading Passage and Comprehension Questions: History of the tournament Revision Passage and questions: The Gonzaga mascot Basketball Idioms: Students use context clues to determine the meaning of common idioms derived from the game of basketball. Creative Writing: Students will create an appropriate mascot for fictional Earhart University (named for Amelia Earhart), and will write a paragraph to describe the mascot and why they chose it. When done, they will illustrate their paragraph. Two Word Searches with Hidden Messages Word Criss-Cross Puzzle Blank Tournament bracket: Students can research game outcomes, fill in the bracket and predict the outcome of future games Math Madness: Gracie has spilled coffee all over the paper with the statistics from the Elite Eight games. Students must use math to help her reconstruct the chart.
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