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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!
Subject-Verb Agreement Practice
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Subject-Verb Agreement Practice

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This is a brief review of form and use for simple present tense and subject verb agreement, and is especially helpful for ESL and ELL. This is not intended as an introduction to the simple present tense for beginning language learners. Rather, this is a review for students who previously learned the simple present tense but still have trouble using it correctly. Many English language learners, including advanced students, have difficulty mastering this structure, so this is a good short review with several practice activities to give them a variety of ways to work with the present tense. It can also then be used as a reference handout to review as needed. Updated 9/30/20: Now includes a Google Slides version for distance learning.
Writing Better Sentences Task Card Bundle
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Writing Better Sentences Task Card Bundle

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Practice sentence writing skills with this bundle containing a total of 120 task cards with a focus on descriptive sentences, structure, and editing. Set includes the following sentence writing task card sets: Spice it Up: Task Cards for Creating Better Sentences Sentence Correction Task Cards Sentence Building Task Cards
Grammar PowerPoint and Activities Bundle
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Grammar PowerPoint and Activities Bundle

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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.
Comma Splice and Run-on Sentence PowerPoint and Activities
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Comma Splice and Run-on Sentence PowerPoint and Activities

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complete, no-prep lesson on how to correctly join clauses and avoid run-on sentences (comma splices and fused sentences). Includes editable PowerPoint presentation that takes the student through a step-by-step simple explanation of what run-on sentences are and how to correct them. Student is given a brief explanation of independent and dependent clauses, and students are presented with five methods for rewriting sentences to avoid comma splices and fused sentences. At the end of the presentation, there are several practice activities to do as a class. Possible answers are given in the teachers notes section of the PowerPoint. Also included is a two-sheet handout students can use for reference that highlights the main points of the presentation and shows more examples. Finally, there are several activity sheets for students to practice identifying run-on sentences and correcting them using a variety of methods. Answer keys are included with correct and/or possible responses.
ESL Lesson for TED Talk - How Language Shapes the Way We Think
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ESL Lesson for TED Talk - How Language Shapes the Way We Think

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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.
Halloween Picture Word Search
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Halloween Picture Word Search

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Fun Halloween word search puzzle using pictures of things associated with Halloween to first build the word list, and then find the words in the puzzle. A hidden message 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. If you download this freebie, I would be very grateful for your feedback!
Word Puzzle Escape Room Activity
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Word Puzzle Escape Room Activity

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In this fun escape room game, teams work together to solve the word and logic puzzles using critical thinking skills to discover codes to open the lock. Students love the fun of an escape room game, and you will love that this low-prep activity gets them thinking as they solve the puzzles and clues! Includes 2 versions: Paper-only version: 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. Paper-Digital hybrid version: The same puzzles as above are used, but there are no keys to collect from the teacher, and no physical lock boxes are used. After completing the puzzles, students enter the digital escape room and use the codes they have figured out based on the puzzles and other clues hidden within. Each puzzle represents one lock that they must open. If they get the answer right, a key with a code word will appear on the screen. They take note of the key word and continue in the same way with the next three puzzles/locks. The fifth and final lock uses the secret code found from the clue words on the keys. 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, end of year class activity, or any time you want to mix things up and give your students a fun break while also encouraging critical thinking. This resource contains: 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. Two versions are available to adjust the level of difficulty/time required. (Three levels of difficulty are included with the digital hybrid version) 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 (only needed when using the paper-only version). 5. Answer keys
Picture Prompts for Discussion and Writing
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Picture Prompts for Discussion and Writing

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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. Printable and digital (Google Slides) options are included! 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! ***Update 7/20: This resource has been updated to add a digital option using Google slides. Additionally, two printable options are now included: (1) task cards or (2) each prompt on an individual sheet with lines to write the response. Also added 8 new prompts (for a total of 88).
Complete Sentences and Avoiding Fragments
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Complete Sentences and Avoiding Fragments

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This lesson on sentence fragment includes an editable PowerPoint lesson that gives a review of independent and dependent clauses and explains what sentence fragments are. Multiple examples of different types of sentence fragments are shown with several practice opportunities. Download includes: 1. Editable PowerPoint with explanation of sentence fragments. A review of dependent and independent clauses is given to explain the concept of dependent clauses causing sentence fragments. Students are shown how to correct them by adding independent clauses. Examples of sentence fragments caused by missing subjects and/or verbs are also given. Practice opportunities are given after each type of fragment is presented. 2. Sentence matching activity that can be used for practicing combining dependent and independent clauses and also for partnering students up to work on further activities 3. Four practice activities to identify sentence fragments and/or correct them 4. A sentence auction game for identifying and correcting sentence fragments 5. An editable sentence auction game template that can be used for any sentences 6. Answer keys
ESL Lesson for TED Talk - What It's Like to Be the Child of Immigrants
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ESL Lesson for TED Talk - What It's Like to Be the Child of Immigrants

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

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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!
Spelling and Vocab Activities: Navajo Code Talkers
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Spelling and Vocab Activities: Navajo Code Talkers

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updated summer 2020 Spelling and Vocabulary activities from Fourth Grade Reading Street story, “Navajo Code Talkers” 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, short/long vowel sounds, analogies, rhymes, word meaning, etc. Download includes 11 activity pages plus answer keys: * a word sort based on the word endings with the “SH” sound * 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. * Scrambled Word Puzzle * Secret Messages Puzzle: Students decode letters to reveal spelling words. Three versions are given: Easy - each code is given with the letter it represents; More difficult: one letter is decoded, and students must figure out the rest of the letters from the code; Challenging: students must decode all the letters. * Secret Messages Activity - Students create their own code for each letter of the alphabet, and choose words from previous spelling lists to write with their code. Students then exchange papers to decode each other’s list of spelling words. A fun way to get them to review past vocabulary! * Scavenger Hunt * Vocabulary activity from the words to know. * Answer key * Color and grayscale versions included
Dictionary Skills Task Cards
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Dictionary Skills Task Cards

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(Updated 8/22/20) These Dictionary Detective task cards are a great way to give dictionary practice beyond just the basic skills. With these cards, your students will explore the dictionary to find a way to solve each task. They are also perfect for English language learners! There are a variety of tasks that include the following topics: Spelling Parts of speech Compound words Syllable/stress/pronunciation Commonly confused words Abbreviations Multiple meaning words Shades of meaning Word origins Connotation Download includes: *24 task cards (color and B&W versions included) *Two digital options: (1) Google Slides for presentation in classroom or for remote learning and (2) Google Slides fillable option * Answer keys with examples of possible answers.
Brain Breaks, Icebreakers, and Warm Up Activities
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Brain Breaks, Icebreakers, and Warm Up Activities

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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
United States Research: California
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United States Research: California

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Discover California with this activity packet! Students can learn more about their own state or discover another. This is also a great way for adult ESL students to learn more about this new country they call home! I have used this activity by assigning each student a different state to research and then present to the class as a commercial for people to visit "their" state. The students loved this activity, and they learned so many interesting things about the U.S. There are many other ways to use the materials, and there are a variety of activities in this collection that can be used to suit your needs. Download includes the following: * A U.S. map that highlights California and shows bordering states for the students to identify and label. * A short pre-research activity to have the students write what they know about the selected state and what they would like to find out. * A quick reference activity to have students find and label the major cities and find out a few fast facts. * A scavenger hunt. * A graphic organizer to make notes about the information they find from their research. * A worksheet to identify and research an influential person from the state. * A map with major or important cities labeled and a worksheet to investigate a specific city. * Assignment to create a commercial about the state. * A research credit worksheet to keep track of where the information or pictures came from as they do their research. * An acrostic poem using the letters of the selected state. * Graphic organizer for writing an opinion paragraph. * Graphic organizer for writing a compare and contrast paragraph to compare two states. * A research closing activity to summarize what the students learned and what they would still like to know about the state. * A large blank map that can be decorated with drawings or pictures of symbols related to the state. A PowerPoint version is also included in case they would like to use clip art to decorate their maps. * Grayscale versions of any worksheets that have color.
ESL Lesson for TED Talk: A Life Lesson from a Volunteer Firefighter
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ESL Lesson for TED Talk: A Life Lesson from a Volunteer Firefighter

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FREEBIE! ESL lesson based on a TED talk by Mark Bezos and is designed for intermediate and above ESL learners to practice listening, speaking, reading, vocabulary and grammar skills. Discussion questions encourage higher order thinking. This no-prep lesson contains complete lesson notes and answer keys as well as ideas for expansion activities. This lesson is also great for use in the flipped classroom. The video can be assigned for homework and discussion questions can be done in pairs or small groups during class. Lesson activities can either be done in groups or at home and discussed during the next class. If you download this product, I would be very grateful for your feedback! Thank you!!
Spelling and Vocabulary Activities: Letters Home from Yosemite
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Spelling and Vocabulary Activities: Letters Home from Yosemite

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Spelling and Vocabulary activities from Fourth Grade Reading Street story, "Letters Home from Yosemite." These activities give several opportunities to practice the 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, rhymes, etc. Download includes the following: * a word sort activity: students sort the words according to vowel sound and letter pattern * 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. * Cryptogram Puzzle. * Word Scramble * Scavenger Hunt * sentences for dictation using words from the current list as well as several from previous lists. * Definitions of words to know from the selection, and a short activity. * Answer key * Color and grayscale versions included ******Grab this free sample from Unit 3 of this series!******
Sentence and Story Building Cards
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Sentence and Story Building Cards

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Sentence building practice. These cards are a fun way for students to practice their sentence structure skills. Students will work together and learn from each other as they are working to build the sentences. These activities allow them to focus on specific grammatical issues for putting the sentence together, and are especially useful for English language learners as they work to decide which verb form should be used in the sentence or when and which articles and prepositions are needed. This set contains the following: * 84 Green verb cards: Each card contains the four most common forms of the verb. * 60 Blue noun cards: Each card contains four nouns, including plural and possessive nouns. There are over 200 different words in the set. * 36 Orange adjective cards: Each card contains four adjectives. There are over 100 different adjectives in the set. * 24 Purple adverb cards: Each card contains four adverbs. There are more than 75 different adverbs in the set. * 48 Pink connector cards: Each card contains four different words: modals, articles, pronouns, conjunctions, etc. to help build the sentences. * Sheet of card covers for each card for optional double sided printing to give the cards a nicer appearance * 1 sheet of each color that is customizable so that you can add your own words or focus on words from a specific lesson * 20 story starter/ender cards (color and grayscale versions)
Writing Sentences - Adding Details
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Writing Sentences - Adding Details

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Students practice sentence structure and sentence variety with these worksheets. Each worksheet starts with a very simple sentence, and step by step, students work together to add to or change the sentence based on the instructions for each step. They will work to add adjectives, adverbs, possessive nouns, plural nouns, specific words vs. general words, synonyms, prepositional phrases and sentences (to create compound sentences). For each step, they will be aware of spelling or grammatical changes needed as they write their sentences based on the instructions. Download includes: * Suggestions for how to use the worksheets * Sample worksheet showing how a simple sentence becomes more complex, highlighting the change(s) made in each step * Ten different worksheets, each with a different simple sentence, with a variety of types of changes/additions to make to create a more complex, colorful sentence * BW version of all worksheets, including sample
Spelling and Vocabulary Activities: The Man Who Named the Clouds
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Spelling and Vocabulary Activities: The Man Who Named the Clouds

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FREEBIE! Learning spelling words doesn’t have to be boring! These spelling and vocabulary puzzles and activities that go along with the Reading Street story “The Man Who Named the Clouds” give students several opportunities to practice the spelling words in a variety of fun ways to really make it stick! Click on the preview button above for a closer look. Also, you may be interested in printable spelling and vocabulary lists that students can take home to study. Grab them HERE. As they go through the activities, students make connections with other language concepts such as alphabetization, synonyms, antonyms, syllables, short/long vowel sounds, analogies, word meaning, compound words,homophones, rhymes, etc. Each lesson includes a short activity using the vocabulary words from the reading selection. This resource includes: Verb suffix sort Noticing spelling patterns activities (2) Alphabetizing spelling words activity. Students can rewrite the words in alphabetical order or cut up word strips, alphabetize, and then write the alphabetized list. Word Scramble Scavenger Hunt Silly Sentences activity Word work activities Cryptogram Dictation activity Vocabulary definitions and short activity for the “words to know” from this story Instructor notes/answer keys Color and B&W options