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I have 10 years experience in a classroom setting as well as on-on-one tutoring (in person and online) of all aspects of English. My focus has mainly been with adult learners of English as a second language, and I have taught students from all over the globe and from many different language backgrounds, but I have worked with all ages and levels of English development. I enjoy creating engaging English and ESL materials that make learning English fun!

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I have 10 years experience in a classroom setting as well as on-on-one tutoring (in person and online) of all aspects of English. My focus has mainly been with adult learners of English as a second language, and I have taught students from all over the globe and from many different language backgrounds, but I have worked with all ages and levels of English development. I enjoy creating engaging English and ESL materials that make learning English fun!
ESL Lessons for TED Talks Bundle (Volume 1)

ESL Lessons for TED Talks Bundle (Volume 1)

Practice ESL listening, speaking, reading, writing, vocabulary, and grammar skills with this bundle of four lessons created from TED Talks for upper intermediate and advanced ESL students. Preview is an example of one of the lessons. Bundle contains the following lessons: ESL Lesson for TED Talk: A Life Lesson from a Volunteer Firefighter ESL Lesson for TED Talk: How a Penny Made Me Feel Like a Millionaire ESL Lesson for TED Talk: The Joy of Surfing in Ice Cold Water ESL Lesson for TED Talk: What Makes a Good Life?
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Word Puzzle Escape Room Activity

Word Puzzle Escape Room Activity

Teams work together to solve the puzzles using critical thinking skills to discover a four-digit code to open the lock. You can use an actual lock with a number combination to give it more of an escape room feel, but it is not required. After each correctly completed puzzle, teams submit their solutions to the Key Master (teacher) to receive a key with a code word on it. After collecting all four keys, teams unscramble the words for a final instruction/clue to crack the combination. This is a fun activity that will get your students thinking and working together. It is especially great for upper level ESL students to get them talking and they will probably even learn new vocabulary in the process. This is great as an ice breaker, before or after a school break, or any time you want to mix things up and give your students a fun break while also encouraging critical thinking. Although it is not directly related to Halloween, the theme of escape rooms would be perfect to use around Halloween also. This activity does not involve a lot of pieces or complicated setup, so this is a perfect option if you want a fun escape activity that is relatively low prep. This resource contains the following: 1. Teacher instructions and notes 2. Student instructions and key/code recording sheet 3. Series of four puzzles/challenges for students to complete: * Riddle Puzzles (hink pinks and hinky pinkies). Teams work to find two-word rhyming answers to the clues. *Pictogram: Teams find the hidden message by solving the pictogram puzzles. From the given pictures, letters are added, subtracted, or replaced to reveal words from the message. *Cryptogram puzzle: Teams work to decipher the message that will also help them figure out the final code. Three versions are included so you can choose the appropriate level of difficulty. *Logic Puzzle: Teams work together to figure out the solution to the puzzle about guests escaping a haunted castle. 4. Color-coded keys to distribute to teams after each correct puzzle 5. Answer keys
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Brain Breaks, Icebreakers, and Warm Up Activities

Brain Breaks, Icebreakers, and Warm Up Activities

Try this wide assortment of fun activities that can be used to liven up your class! Research has shown that our brains are wired for novelty, and so it is important to switch up our activities to refresh our brains and to think of things in a different way. This collection of activities offers a wide variety of different types of tasks. Not every class has the same personality, and not all teachers have the same style, so with these 80 activities, you are sure to find plenty that everyone will love! These activities can be used as short brain breaks, ice breakers, warm-up activities, or fillers. They are perfect for any time you need to shake things up in your class, and they will get your students moving, discussing, unleashing their creativity, or thinking outside of the box. The activities have been randomized so you can work your way through the deck and have a good mix of types of tasks. Except for a few activities, no materials other than pencil and paper are needed. Some have optional handouts that you can use with the students, but in most cases, they are not required to complete the activity. These activities are particularly great for ESL students because for many of the tasks, they will have an opportunity to discuss and work together with classmates. There are also many activities that use listening and/or describing skills, which will challenge them to think and communicate in English in new ways. This resource contains the following: * 80 Activity cards with a variety of types of tasks * Index of activities with short description and any additional notes * 19 optional handouts to be used with certain activities
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4th Grade Reading Street - The Horned Toad Prince Spelling - Digital Boom Cards

4th Grade Reading Street - The Horned Toad Prince Spelling - Digital Boom Cards

Your students will love these digital task cards to practice the spelling words that go along with the story “The Horned Toad Prince” in the 4th Grade Reading Street series. These fun tasks are a great way to review the spelling words in a variety of ways. ✏ write the word from a picture clue ✏ unscramble the letters and drag and drop to spell the word ✏ choose the correctly spelled word ✏ write the word from pictogram clues ✏ complete a sentence with the correct word ✏ write the word from the definition, synonym, or clue Use these interactive task cards on your computers and mobile devices! Try this set of task cards in digital format on Boom Learning℠ with your students to review and practice spelling words that go along with the 4th Grade Reading Street series. No printing, cutting, or laminating, just assign the decks to your students and you are ready to go. Students get immediate feedback on their progress and you get a suite of teacher reporting tools. Fun, effective, and easy to use. Perfect for the paperless classroom. Download includes: ★ PDF document that gives you access to the digital task cards, which are hosted at Boom Learning ⚠️ NOTE : Because certain tasks have students writing spelling words based on a clue, it is a good idea for them to have a bit of familiarity with the spelling list before doing this activity. It is a perfect follow up activity to the spelling practice activities HERE . More About Boom Learning℠ Boom Cards play on any modern browsers on interactive whiteboards, desktops, laptops, netbooks, Chromebooks, iPads, iPhones, Android tablets and phones, and Kindle-Fire tablets. Boom Cards apps are on The App Store, Google Play, and the Amazon Kindle Fire store. To redeem your Boom Cards, you will create an account for Boom Learning. The account you get with your purchase allows you to play the Boom Cards on interactive whiteboards and with individual students using Fast Play. Fast Play does not save student progress reports. With your Teachers Pay Teachers purchase, users new to Boom Learning get a three-month free trial of student progress reporting for up to 150 students. Your trial includes the ability to make up to 5 free DIY decks. You may upgrade or cancel at any time. Boom Cards play on modern browsers (released in the last three years) on interactive whiteboards, computers and tablets. Boom Cards apps are also available. Not sure if your browser is modern enough? Try a free Boom Cards deck first. When you redeem your purchase, Boom Learning opens an account for you if you do not already have one. If you do not subscribe at the end of your trial, you will be able to continue using Boom Cards with the Fast Play feature. Fast Play does not track individual progress. If you do not subscribe we will delete your student records 3 months after the expiration of the trial to protect student privacy.
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4th Grade Reading Street Spelling - Because of Winn Dixie - Digital Boom Cards

4th Grade Reading Street Spelling - Because of Winn Dixie - Digital Boom Cards

Your students will love these digital task cards to practice the spelling words that go along with the story “Because of Winn Dixie” in the 4th Grade Reading Street series. These fun tasks are a great way to review the spelling words in a variety of ways. ✏ write the word from a picture clue ✏ unscramble the letters and drag and drop to spell the word ✏ choose the correctly spelled word ✏ write the word from pictogram clues ✏ complete a sentence with the correct word ✏ write the word from the definition, synonym, or clue Use these interactive task cards on your computers and mobile devices! Try this set of task cards in digital format on Boom Learning℠ with your students to review and practice spelling words that go along with the 4th Grade Reading Street series. No printing, cutting, or laminating, just assign the decks to your students and you are ready to go. Students get immediate feedback on their progress and you get a suite of teacher reporting tools. Fun, effective, and easy to use. Perfect for the paperless classroom. More About Boom Learning℠ Boom Cards play on any modern browsers on interactive whiteboards, desktops, laptops, netbooks, Chromebooks, iPads, iPhones, Android tablets and phones, and Kindle-Fire tablets. Boom Cards apps are on The App Store, Google Play, and the Amazon Kindle Fire store. To redeem your Boom Cards, you will create an account for Boom Learning. The account you get with your purchase allows you to play the Boom Cards on interactive whiteboards and with individual students using Fast Play. Fast Play does not save student progress reports. With your Teachers Pay Teachers purchase, users new to Boom Learning get a three-month free trial of student progress reporting for up to 150 students. Your trial includes the ability to make up to 5 free DIY decks. You may upgrade or cancel at any time. Boom Cards play on modern browsers (released in the last three years) on interactive whiteboards, computers and tablets. Boom Cards apps are also available. Not sure if your browser is modern enough? Try a free Boom Cards deck first. When you redeem your purchase, Boom Learning opens an account for you if you do not already have one. If you do not subscribe at the end of your trial, you will be able to continue using Boom Cards with the Fast Play feature. Fast Play does not track individual progress. If you do not subscribe we will delete your student records 3 months after the expiration of the trial to protect student privacy.
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4th Grade Reading Street - On the Banks of Plum Creek Spelling - Boom Cards

4th Grade Reading Street - On the Banks of Plum Creek Spelling - Boom Cards

Your students will love these digital task cards to practice the spelling words that go along with the story “On the Banks of Plum Creek” in the 4th Grade Reading Street series. These fun tasks are a great way to review the spelling words in a variety of ways. ✏ write the word from a picture clue ✏ unscramble the letters and drag and drop to spell the word ✏ choose the correctly spelled word ✏ write the word from pictogram clues ✏ complete a sentence with the correct word ✏ write the word from the definition, synonym, or clue Use these interactive task cards on your computers and mobile devices! Try this set of task cards in digital format on Boom Learning℠ with your students to review and practice spelling words that go along with the 4th Grade Reading Street series. No printing, cutting, or laminating, just assign the decks to your students and you are ready to go. Students get immediate feedback on their progress and you get a suite of teacher reporting tools. Fun, effective, and easy to use. Perfect for the paperless classroom. Download includes: ★ PDF document that gives you access to the digital task cards, which are hosted at Boom Learning ⚠️ NOTE : Because certain tasks have students writing spelling words based on a clue, it is a good idea for them to have a bit of familiarity with the spelling list before doing this activity. It is a perfect follow up activity to the spelling practice activities HERE . More About Boom Learning℠ Boom Cards play on any modern browsers on interactive whiteboards, desktops, laptops, netbooks, Chromebooks, iPads, iPhones, Android tablets and phones, and Kindle-Fire tablets. Boom Cards apps are on The App Store, Google Play, and the Amazon Kindle Fire store. To redeem your Boom Cards, you will create an account for Boom Learning. The account you get with your purchase allows you to play the Boom Cards on interactive whiteboards and with individual students using Fast Play. Fast Play does not save student progress reports. With your Teachers Pay Teachers purchase, users new to Boom Learning get a three-month free trial of student progress reporting for up to 150 students. Your trial includes the ability to make up to 5 free DIY decks. You may upgrade or cancel at any time. Boom Cards play on modern browsers (released in the last three years) on interactive whiteboards, computers and tablets. Boom Cards apps are also available. Not sure if your browser is modern enough? Try a free Boom Cards deck first. When you redeem your purchase, Boom Learning opens an account for you if you do not already have one. If you do not subscribe at the end of your trial, you will be able to continue using Boom Cards with the Fast Play feature. Fast Play does not track individual progress. If you do not subscribe we will delete your student records 3 months after the expiration of the trial to protect student privacy.
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4th Grade Reading Street - Lewis and Clark and Me Spelling - Digital Boom Cards

4th Grade Reading Street - Lewis and Clark and Me Spelling - Digital Boom Cards

Your students will love these digital task cards to practice the spelling words that go along with the story “Lewis and Clark and Me” in the 4th Grade Reading Street series. These fun tasks are a great way to review the spelling words in a variety of ways. ✏ write the word from a picture clue ✏ unscramble the letters and drag and drop to spell the word ✏ choose the correctly spelled word ✏ write the word from pictogram clues ✏ complete a sentence with the correct word ✏ write the word from the definition, synonym, or clue Use these interactive task cards on your computers and mobile devices! Try this set of task cards in digital format on Boom Learning℠ with your students to review and practice spelling words that go along with the 4th Grade Reading Street series. No printing, cutting, or laminating, just assign the decks to your students and you are ready to go. Students get immediate feedback on their progress and you get a suite of teacher reporting tools. Fun, effective, and easy to use. Perfect for the paperless classroom. Download includes: ★ PDF document that gives you access to the digital task cards, which are hosted at Boom Learning ⚠️ NOTE : Because certain tasks have students writing spelling words based on a clue, it is a good idea for them to have a bit of familiarity with the spelling list before doing this activity. It is a perfect follow up activity to the spelling practice activities HERE . More About Boom Learning℠ Boom Cards play on any modern browsers on interactive whiteboards, desktops, laptops, netbooks, Chromebooks, iPads, iPhones, Android tablets and phones, and Kindle-Fire tablets. Boom Cards apps are on The App Store, Google Play, and the Amazon Kindle Fire store. To redeem your Boom Cards, you will create an account for Boom Learning. The account you get with your purchase allows you to play the Boom Cards on interactive whiteboards and with individual students using Fast Play. Fast Play does not save student progress reports. With your Teachers Pay Teachers purchase, users new to Boom Learning get a three-month free trial of student progress reporting for up to 150 students. Your trial includes the ability to make up to 5 free DIY decks. You may upgrade or cancel at any time. Boom Cards play on modern browsers (released in the last three years) on interactive whiteboards, computers and tablets. Boom Cards apps are also available. Not sure if your browser is modern enough? Try a free Boom Cards deck first. When you redeem your purchase, Boom Learning opens an account for you if you do not already have one. If you do not subscribe at the end of your trial, you will be able to continue using Boom Cards with the Fast Play feature. Fast Play does not track individual progress. If you do not subscribe we will delete your student records 3 months after the expiration of the trial to protect student privacy.
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4th Grade Reading Street - Unit 1 Spelling Bundle - Digital Boom Cards

4th Grade Reading Street - Unit 1 Spelling Bundle - Digital Boom Cards

Your students will love these digital task cards to practice the spelling words that go along with the stories from Unit 1 of the 4th Grade Reading Street series. These fun tasks are a great way to review the spelling words in a variety of ways. The following resources are included in this bundle: • 4th Grade Reading Street - Because of Winn Dixie Spelling - Digital Boom Cards • 4th Grade Reading Street - Lewis and Clark and Me - Digital Boom Cards • 4th Grade Reading Street - On the Banks of Plum Creek - Digital Boom Cards • 4th Grade Reading Street - The Horned Toad Prince - Digital Boom Cards • 4th Grade Reading Street - Letters Home From Yosemite - Digital Boom Cards IMPORTANT NOTE: If you have previously purchased the Spelling and Vocabulary Activities bundle (prior to May 2018), you probably already have access to these materials and do not need to purchase this bundle. Go to your “My Purchases” tab and check for the update :) Each set of cards in this series has several types of activities to practice the spelling words. The activities vary from set to set, but here are some examples of the types of activities you may find in this set: ✏ write the word from a picture clue ✏ unscramble the letters and drag and drop to spell the word ✏ choose the correctly spelled word ✏ write the word from pictogram clues ✏ complete a sentence with the correct word ✏ write the word from the definition, synonym, or clue The attached preview shows examples of task cards from Because of Winn Dixie, as well as a link to preview the cards in action. ⚠️ NOTE: These resources are also available as part of a larger bundle that also contains a wide variety of printable puzzles and activities. Check them out here: • 4th Grade Reading Street Spelling and Vocab Unit 1 (printable AND digital!) Use these interactive task cards on your computers and mobile devices! Try this set of task cards in digital format on Boom Learning℠ with your students to review and practice spelling words that go along with the 4th Grade Reading Street series. No printing, cutting, or laminating, just assign the decks to your students and you are ready to go. Students get immediate feedback on their progress and you get a suite of teacher reporting tools. Fun, effective, and easy to use. Perfect for the paperless classroom.
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4th Grade Reading Street Spelling and Vocabulary Unit 1 (printable & digital)

4th Grade Reading Street Spelling and Vocabulary Unit 1 (printable & digital)

Spelling and Vocabulary activities that go along with Unit 1 of Fourth Grade Reading Street series . These activities give several opportunities to practice the spelling words in a variety of ways. As they go through the activities, students make connections with other language concepts such as alphabetization, synonyms, antonyms, syllables, short/long vowel sounds, analogies, compound words, rhymes, etc. Each lesson includes a short activity using the vocabulary words from the reading selection. ⚠️NOTE: If you do not need digital task cards, you can get the printable only version HERE . The following lessons from the stories in Unit 1 are included. ✤ Because of Winn Dixie ✤ Lewis and Clark and Me ✤ On the Banks of Plum Creek ✤ The Horned Toad Prince ✤ Letters Home from Yosemite Thumbnails and preview for this bundle are from the lesson “Lewis and Clark and Me.” Preview for digital Boom Cards is from “Because of Winn Dixie” Download includes at least the following for each reading selection (See links for individual lessons to see what is included for each): ★ a word sort activity ★ Spelling list to alphabetize. They can either rewrite the words from their list alphabetically or cut out the words and arrange in order before rewriting them. ★ A word puzzle (there are different types of puzzles for each) ★ Word Scramble ★ Scavenger Hunt ★ Short vocabulary activity ★ Answer key ★ Color and grayscale versions included
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4th Grade Reading Street - Letters Home From Yosemite Spelling - Boom Cards

4th Grade Reading Street - Letters Home From Yosemite Spelling - Boom Cards

Your students will love these digital task cards to practice the spelling words that go along with the story “Letters Home From Yosemite” in the 4th Grade Reading Street series. These fun tasks are a great way to review the spelling words in a variety of ways. Each set of cards in this series has several types of activities to practice the spelling words. The activities vary from set to set, but here are some examples of the types of activities you may find in this set: ✏ write the word from a picture clue ✏ unscramble the letters and drag and drop to spell the word ✏ choose the correctly spelled word ✏ write the word from pictogram clues ✏ complete a sentence with the correct word ✏ write the word from the definition, synonym, or clue Use these interactive task cards on your computers and mobile devices! Try this set of task cards in digital format on Boom Learning℠ with your students to review and practice spelling words that go along with the 4th Grade Reading Street series. No printing, cutting, or laminating, just assign the decks to your students and you are ready to go. Students get immediate feedback on their progress and you get a suite of teacher reporting tools. ⚠️ NOTE : Because certain tasks have students writing spelling words based on a clue, it is a good idea for them to have a bit of familiarity with the spelling list before doing this activity. It is a perfect follow up activity to the spelling practice activities HERE . More About Boom Learning℠ Boom Cards play on any modern browsers on interactive whiteboards, desktops, laptops, netbooks, Chromebooks, iPads, iPhones, Android tablets and phones, and Kindle-Fire tablets. Boom Cards apps are on The App Store, Google Play, and the Amazon Kindle Fire store. To redeem your Boom Cards, you will create an account for Boom Learning. The account you get with your purchase allows you to play the Boom Cards on interactive whiteboards and with individual students using Fast Play. Fast Play does not save student progress reports. With your Teachers Pay Teachers purchase, users new to Boom Learning get a three-month free trial of student progress reporting for up to 150 students. Your trial includes the ability to make up to 5 free DIY decks. You may upgrade or cancel at any time. Boom Cards play on modern browsers (released in the last three years) on interactive whiteboards, computers and tablets. Boom Cards apps are also available. Not sure if your browser is modern enough? Try a free Boom Cards deck first. When you redeem your purchase, Boom Learning opens an account for you if you do not already have one. If you do not subscribe at the end of your trial, you will be able to continue using Boom Cards with the Fast Play feature. Fast Play does not track individual progress. If you do not subscribe we will delete your student records 3 months after the expiration of the trial to protect student privacy.
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ESL Lesson for TED Talk - How Language Shapes the Way We Think

ESL Lesson for TED Talk - How Language Shapes the Way We Think

ESL Lesson: Based on a TED talk by Lera Boroditsky and designed for upper intermediate to advanced ESL learners to practice listening, speaking, reading, writing, vocabulary and grammar skills. Discussion questions encourage higher order thinking. Lesson includes these practice activities based on the Ted Talk: ✿ Pre-viewing activity and discussion questions ✿ Vocabulary activities: (1) matching activity with vocabulary from the Talk to prepare students for the video, (2) discussion activity using the vocabulary, (3) short activity with multiple-meaning words, (4) Vocabulary writing activities, and (5) crossword puzzle ✿ Comprehension and discussion questions ✿ Mini grammar lesson and practice using articles ✿ Mini grammar lesson and practice and practice activities with noun clauses ✿ Two additional discussion activities related to the topic ✿ Variety of writing topics related to the Talk topic ✿ Download includes 13 lesson pages plus lesson notes and answer keys. ✿ Separate teacher and student versions to give the option to send the lesson to your students electronically.
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ESL Lessons for TED Talks Bundle (Volume 2)

ESL Lessons for TED Talks Bundle (Volume 2)

Practice ESL listening, speaking, reading, writing, vocabulary, and grammar skills with this bundle of six lessons* created from TED Talks for upper intermediate and advanced ESL students. *This is a growing bundle! I will be periodically adding to this bundle, and the price will increase as new lessons are added, so grab it now for the biggest savings! Note: I do not have a specific timeline for adding lessons. However, I want to make the current lessons available as a bundle so that everyone has the opportunity to purchase them at the best possible price.
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ESL Lesson for TED Talk - What It's Like to Be the Child of Immigrants

ESL Lesson for TED Talk - What It's Like to Be the Child of Immigrants

ESL Lesson: Based on a TED talk by Michael Rain and designed for upper intermediate to advanced ESL learners to practice listening, speaking, reading, writing, vocabulary and grammar skills. Discussion questions encourage higher order thinking. Lesson includes these practice activities based on the Ted Talk: ✿ Pre-viewing activity and discussion questions ✿ Vocabulary activities: (1) matching activity with vocabulary from the Talk to prepare students for the video, (2) discussion activity using the vocabulary and (3) fill in the blank with correct form of vocabulary word, and (4) short activity with multiple-meaning words. ✿ Comprehension and discussion questions ✿ Mini grammar lesson and practice using reporting verbs. Discus and practice patterns of verb + object (like ask) and verb + to + object (like explain). Practice using the patterns in original sentence. ✿ Mini grammar lesson and practice activities about the difference between SAY and TELL. ✿ Writing topics related to the Talk topic. ✿ Editable PowerPoint slide for students to make a class cookbook of dishes from their countries/cultures. ✿ Download includes 9 lesson pages plus lesson notes and answer keys. ✿ Separate teacher and student versions to give the option to send the lesson to your students electronically.
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Picture Prompts for Discussion and Writing

Picture Prompts for Discussion and Writing

These picture prompt cards for discussion and writing contain a wide variety of topics and tasks to practice speaking and/or writing skills and also encourage creativity and higher order thinking. These topics will have students describing, giving opinions, persuading, explaining a process, comparing/contrasting and creating stories or dialogue as well as writing advertisements, letters, news articles, and personal experiences (often from the perspective of another), etc. There are topics that will only need a short time to complete the activity, and others will take longer. Use them for warm up activities, group projects, journals, presentations, debates, and more. You will find plenty of uses for these cards! Perfect for middle school, high school, and adult ESL!
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Capitalization Flip Book and Puzzles

Capitalization Flip Book and Puzzles

Fun, easy to assemble flip book that will help your students understand when (and when not) to capitalize. Rules are categorized into 5 topics: titles, people, things, places, and calendar words. Note that this product does not cover capitalization for beginning of sentences or the word “I” within a sentence. Printable activity/puzzle pages to practice the skills. What’s included: Flip Book: Each topic and subcategory has an explanation and examples of correct capitalization and usage notes. Each page of the flip book has a short activity that they need to complete for that topic. Capitalization Safari puzzles: These puzzles are a great way to practice the topics. A group of sentences is given, and students need to determine if the sentence uses correct capitalization or not, and fix the capitalization errors. They circle a letter in the appropriate column, and if they have done it correctly, they will be able to unscramble the letters they circled to reveal the name of an animal. A QR option is included that will show the picture of the animal as well as how many sentences were incorrect, and how many errors to look for. Five Capitalization Safari sheets with two puzzles on each page for a total of 10 puzzles are included. Answer keys are included.
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Word Puzzle Escape Room Activity

Word Puzzle Escape Room Activity

Teams work together to solve the puzzles using critical thinking skills to discover a four-digit code to open the lock. You can use an actual lock with a number combination to give it more of an escape room feel, but it is not required. After each correctly completed puzzle, teams submit their solutions to the Key Master (teacher) to receive a key with a code word on it. After collecting all four keys, teams unscramble the words for a final instruction/clue to crack the combination. This is a fun activity that will get your students thinking and working together. It is especially great for upper level ESL students to get them talking and they will probably even learn new vocabulary in the process. This is great as an ice breaker, before or after a school break, or any time you want to mix things up and give your students a fun break while also encouraging critical thinking. Although it is not directly related to Halloween, the theme of escape rooms would be perfect to use around Halloween also. This activity does not involve a lot of pieces or complicated setup, so this is a perfect option if you want a fun escape activity that is relatively low prep. This resource contains the following: 1. Teacher instructions and notes 2. Student instructions and key/code recording sheet 3. Series of four puzzles/challenges for students to complete: * Riddle Puzzles (hink pinks and hinky pinkies). Teams work to find two-word rhyming answers to the clues. *Pictogram: Teams find the hidden message by solving the pictogram puzzles. From the given pictures, letters are added, subtracted, or replaced to reveal words from the message. *Cryptogram puzzle: Teams work to decipher the message that will also help them figure out the final code. Three versions are included so you can choose the appropriate level of difficulty. *Logic Puzzle: Teams work together to figure out the solution to the puzzle about guests escaping a haunted castle. 4. Color-coded keys to distribute to teams after each correct puzzle 5. Answer keys
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ESL for TED Talk: One Second Every Day

ESL for TED Talk: One Second Every Day

ESL Lesson: Based on a TED talk by Cesar Kuriyama and designed for upper intermediate to advanced ESL learners to practice listening, speaking, reading, writing, vocabulary and grammar skills. Discussion questions encourage higher order thinking. Lesson includes these practice activities based on the Ted Talk: 1. A variety of pre and post-viewing discussion questions 2. Vocabulary activities: matching and cloze activities with vocabulary from the Talk to prepare students for the video. 3. Comprehension and discussion questions 4. Phrases and expressions: two expressions from the talk are highlighted; explanation and examples are given with a change for students to practice making their own sentences. 5. Mini grammar lesson and practice activity for future time clauses. (e.g. I will call you when I get home: many students want to put the word “will” in the time clause) I have found that even the most advanced students have trouble with these, so this is a good introduction or review for this concept. 6. Two pronunciation activities relating to the difference in pronunciation between two-syllable words when they are used as nouns/adjectives or verbs (e.g. record, project, desert) and multisyllabic words ending in -ate (chocolate, separate, certificate). 7. A list of writing and presentation mini project activities related to the Talk topic. An editable version of this document is included also. 6/18/18 Update: Now includes a separate student version without answer key to give the option to send the lesson to your students electronically. *Download includes 8 lesson pages plus notes and answer keys.
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ESL Lesson for TED Talk - How to Make Stress Your Friend

ESL Lesson for TED Talk - How to Make Stress Your Friend

ESL Lesson: Based on a TED talk by Kelly McGonigal and designed for upper intermediate to advanced ESL learners to practice listening, speaking, reading, writing, vocabulary and grammar skills. Discussion questions encourage higher order thinking. Lesson includes these practice activities based on the Ted Talk: 1. Pre-viewing activity and discussion questions 2. Vocabulary activities: (1) matching activity with vocabulary from the Talk to prepare students for the video, (2) discussion activity using the vocabulary, and (3) a crossword puzzle to review the vocabulary using the words and phrases in sentences 3. Comprehension and discussion questions 4. Noticing language section that puts a spotlight on little/a little, few/a few, and various phrasal verbs with “up” to indicate intensity or completion. 5. Mini grammar lesson and practice activities using the present perfect tense. This does not cover the structure of the tense, but rather how it is used. I have found that even the most advanced students have trouble knowing when to use the present perfect, so this is a good way to review this concept. 6. Writing topics related to the Talk topic. *Download includes 11 lesson pages plus lesson notes and answer keys. 6/18/18 Update: Now includes a separate student version without answer key to give the option to send the lesson to your students electronically. ► Consider purchasing the bundle and save!
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Valentine's Day Picture Word Search

Valentine's Day Picture Word Search

Fun Valentine's Day word search puzzle using pictures that are clues to first build the word list, and then find the words in the puzzle. The answer to a riddle is revealed after the puzzle is completed. This is a little more challenging than the typical word search, and it gives an opportunity to focus on spelling rather than just looking for words in the puzzle from a given list. This is particularly useful for ESL students as it is a good way to get students working together to build the list, learn vocabulary, and practice spelling.
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Holiday and Seasonal Picture Word Search Puzzles

Holiday and Seasonal Picture Word Search Puzzles

Fun themed word search puzzles with a little more challenge! Rather than just find the words from a given list, students create their own word list from the pictures, and then find the words in the word search puzzle. Some puzzles have a hidden message; leftover letters will reveal a phrase related to the holiday or season. This is a great way to reinforce vocabulary and spelling. Also perfect for ESL! More puzzles will be added to this growing bundle!
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Brain Breaks, Icebreakers, and Warm Up Activities

Brain Breaks, Icebreakers, and Warm Up Activities

Try this wide assortment of fun activities that can be used to liven up your class! Research has shown that our brains are wired for novelty, and so it is important to switch up our activities to refresh our brains and to think of things in a different way. This collection of activities offers a wide variety of different types of tasks. Not every class has the same personality, and not all teachers have the same style, so with these 80 activities, you are sure to find plenty that everyone will love! These activities can be used as short brain breaks, ice breakers, warm-up activities, or fillers. They are perfect for any time you need to shake things up in your class, and they will get your students moving, discussing, unleashing their creativity, or thinking outside of the box. The activities have been randomized so you can work your way through the deck and have a good mix of types of tasks. Except for a few activities, no materials other than pencil and paper are needed. Some have optional handouts that you can use with the students, but in most cases, they are not required to complete the activity. These activities are particularly great for ESL students because for many of the tasks, they will have an opportunity to discuss and work together with classmates. There are also many activities that use listening and/or describing skills, which will challenge them to think and communicate in English in new ways. This resource contains the following: * 80 Activity cards with a variety of types of tasks * Index of activities with short description and any additional notes * 19 optional handouts to be used with certain activities
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Spelling and Vocabulary Activities: Jim Thorpe's Bright Path

Spelling and Vocabulary Activities: Jim Thorpe's Bright Path

Spelling and Vocabulary activities from Fourth Grade Reading Street story, "Jim Thorpe's Bright Path" These activities give several opportunities to practice the words in a variety of ways. As they go through the activities for this series, students make connections with other language concepts such as alphabetization, synonyms, antonyms, syllables, homophones, analogies, rhymes, word meaning, etc. Download includes 12 activity pages plus answer keys: * Worksheet for practice/self test * Prefix sort * Word list to alphabetize. They can either rewrite the words from their list alphabetically or cut out the words and arrange in order before rewriting them. * Crossword Puzzle * Scavenger hunt * Dictionary and writing activities * Silly sentences activity - students make up sentences using words that start with letters from spelling words * Dictation activity * Vocabulary activity from the words to know. * Capitalization activity * Grayscale versions included
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Spelling and Vocab Activities: How Tia Lola Came to Stay

Spelling and Vocab Activities: How Tia Lola Came to Stay

Spelling and Vocabulary activities from Fourth Grade Reading Series story, "How Tia Lola Came to Stay" These activities give several opportunities to practice the words in a variety of ways. As they go through the activities for this series, students make connections with other language concepts such as alphabetization, synonyms, antonyms, syllables, homophones, analogies, rhymes, word meaning, etc. Download includes 13 activity pages plus answer keys: * worksheet for practice/self test * Suffix sort * Word list to alphabetize. They can either rewrite the words from their list alphabetically or cut out the words and arrange in order before rewriting them. * Crossword puzzle * Cryptogram (three versions with three levels of difficulty) * Scavenger hunt * Silly sentences activity * Dictionary and writing activities * Dictation activity * Vocabulary activity from the words to know. * Grayscale versions included
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Grammar PowerPoint and Activities Bundle

Grammar PowerPoint and Activities Bundle

This bundle contains complete PowerPoint lessons on specific grammar and mechanics points, including practice activities to complete after the lesson. Currently, this bundle contains four items, but grab it now at the lowest price. You can download again later as additional items are added.
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