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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

ESL Lessons for TED Talks Bundle

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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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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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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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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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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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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Halloween Word Puzzles - Cryptogram and Rhyme Puzzles (Hinky Pinkies)

Halloween Word Puzzles - Cryptogram and Rhyme Puzzles (Hinky Pinkies)

Two fun puzzles to practice spelling, vocabulary, and critical thinking! 1. Cryptogram with three levels of difficulty to decode a list of 14 Halloween costumes. Each letter of the alphabet is represented by an image related to Halloween. Students crack the code to figure out the letter that each image represents. Three levels of difficulty: one, two or no decoded letters given. Answer Key included. 2. Halloween themed Rhyme Puzzles (Hink Pinks and Hinky Pinkies). 24 clues are given for which a rhyming pair of words is the answer. For example, a chubby feline would be fat cat. Included in this resource: * 24 task cards *a single sheet that contains all 24 clues if you prefer not to use task cards. * A response sheet with a number for each clue representing the number of letters in each answer. * Answer Key
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ESL Lesson for TED Talk: What Makes a Good Life?

ESL Lesson for TED Talk: What Makes a Good Life?

ESL Lesson: Based on a TED talk by Robert Waldinger 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. Three separate vocabulary activities: collocations, phrasal verbs, and understanding meaning from content. Concepts are introduced and students use accompanying activities to practice and reinforce the vocabulary. 3. Crossword puzzle using vocabulary from the talk 4. Vocabulary discussion and writing practice questions 5. Mini grammar lesson and practice activities for present and past unreal conditionals 6. Writing practice activity that ties into the theme of the Talk *Download includes 12 lesson pages and 4 pages of 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.
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ESL Lessons for TED Talks Bundle

ESL Lessons for TED Talks Bundle

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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ESL Lesson for TED Talk: The Joy of Surfing in Ice Cold Water

ESL Lesson for TED Talk: The Joy of Surfing in Ice Cold Water

*updated 1/13/18* ESL Lesson: Based on a TED talk by Chris Burkard and is designed for upper intermediate to advanced ESL learners to practice listening, speaking, reading, writing, vocabulary and grammar skills. Discussion questions encourage higher order thinking. Complete lesson notes and answer keys are included. This lesson is ideal 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 be either be done in groups or at home and discussed during the next class. Lesson includes these practice activities based on the Ted Talk: 1. Pre and post-viewing discussion questions 2. Vocabulary matching. Students use the context of a sentence to match the definition with the vocabulary word. 3. Crossword puzzle using vocabulary from the talk 4. Vocabulary discussion and writing practice questions 5. Mini grammar lesson and practice activities for comparative and superlative adjectives 6. Writing activity to practice using comparative forms. Students choose one of two topics related to the talk and compare two activities or two places. 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. If you purchase this product, your feedback would be greatly appreciated!!
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ESL Lesson for TED Talk: How a Penny Made Me Feel Like a Millionaire

ESL Lesson for TED Talk: How a Penny Made Me Feel Like a Millionaire

ESL Lesson: Based on a TED talk by Tania Luna and is designed for upper intermediate to advanced ESL learners to practice listening, speaking, reading, vocabulary and grammar skills. Discussion questions encourage higher order thinking. Complete lesson notes and answer keys as well as ideas for expansion activities included. This lesson also works well 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 be either be done in groups or at home and discussed during the next class. These activities are for upper intermediate or advanced learners, but there are different levels of activities in this packet and you can choose those most appropriate for your level. There is a more challenging activity that can be incorporated for higher level classes or can be given to more advanced students in a multi-level classroom. This lesson includes the following: ✿ Pre-viewing activity and discussion questions ✿ Comprehension and discussion questions ✿ Vocabulary activities: (1) students determine meaning of vocabulary words from the context, (2) discussion activity using the vocabulary, (3) writing sentences with the vocabulary words, and (4) a crossword puzzle to review the vocabulary using the words and phrases in sentences ✿ Mini grammar lesson and practice activities related to talking about the past. This section discusses the use of present tense when telling a story, and practice with using the simple past tense. Additional optional activitities with the use of “used to” and “would” to talk about the past. ✿ Writing topics related to the Talk topic. 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.
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Comma Use Presentation and Activities

Comma Use Presentation and Activities

This lesson includes * 16 slide presentation covering 9 basic rules for using commas. Within the presentation, there are opportunities to practice the rules as a group. * Review sheet to go along with the presentation. For each rule, there is a task to write a relevant sentence. This can be done throughout the presentation to give a short break between rules and practice it while it is fresh, or the activity can be completed after the presentation. * Comma use rules reference sheet. This is a brief outline with examples for each rule that students can keep as a reference. * Comma use practice activity. Students review sentences with commas removed, and decide which rules apply, and where commas should be added. * Suggestions for use and answer keys
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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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Compound Noun Picture Word Search

Compound Noun Picture Word Search

Fun word search puzzle for compound nouns 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. Leftover letters will reveal three more compound nouns. Download contains two unique puzzles with two versions for each. One has two pictures that the students have to put together to make a compound noun, and the other has them looking through the various pictures to find the matching pairs. (4 puzzles total) This is a great way to reinforce vocabulary and spelling. Also perfect for ESL!
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Writing Sentences - Adding Details

Writing Sentences - Adding Details

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
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Language Arts Board Game

Language Arts Board Game

ELA Language Arts board game. Students have fun while reviewing grammar, language use, vocabulary, and spelling concepts! This is great for anytime review, but especially beginning of year, end of year, test prep, and before or after a long break from school. This is aimed at grades 3-5, but it is also perfect for adult ESL as the topics and questions are appropriate for any age group. Download includes: * Game board * 144 question cards (36 for each category: grammar/mechanics, language use, vocabulary, spelling) * An editable template for the question cards so that you can create your own custom questions. * A game spinner (to be used if you don't want to use a game board) * Templates for dice and game pieces * Suggestions for use
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ESL Conversation and Discussion Cards

ESL Conversation and Discussion Cards

Fun conversation cards for upper intermediate and advanced ESL students. This is a set of 64 task cards that cover a wide variety of interesting topics that are sure to get them talking! Separate US and UK versions are included. I often find that conversation topics for higher level English learners are not very interesting, don’t generate enough conversation, or have too many controversial topics. However, these are topics that I have used with great success. Many times the students have had so much to say that I had to (reluctantly) stop them so that we could move to another task! This set includes three categories of task cards for each version: ★Green: 32 general conversation starter cards. These are ideas for short conversations on a wide variety of topics in daily life. ★Purple: 16 discussion cards that can be used with partners or small groups, and they contain questions that will take a little more discussion time, and require collaboration to agree, solve a problem, debate, list pros and cons, be creative, or just have a fun discussion. ★Orange: 16 Brain Teaser cards containing a variety of different kinds of puzzles and riddles to get students talking to figure out the problem. ★ A grayscale version for each set is also included. There are many ways to use these task cards in a class, and I have included some suggestions for ice breaker activities, a game, group discussions, and homework assignments.
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Compound Sentences Task Cards and Activities

Compound Sentences Task Cards and Activities

Give your students lots of practice with compound sentences in a variety of ways to help this concept really stick! Download includes: * Two pages of explanation/practice activities to learn how to form compound sentences, how to distinguish them from simple sentences (such as when there is one subject and two predicates), when/where to use a comma, which conjunction is needed (and, but, or, so), and how to avoid repetition when joining sentences by using pronouns. * Hands-on activity to practice putting two sentences together, choosing the correct conjunction, and inserting a comma in the correct place. * 24 Task cards to practice compound sentences in a variety of ways: - identifying/choosing correctly formed compound sentences - joining simple sentences to form a compound sentence - changing a simple sentence to a compound sentence - taking a simple sentence and adding another clause (their own ideas) - using given words to create their own compound sentence - Taking a simple sentence and changing it to a compound sentence in three different ways (using and, but, or, so) * Answer keys and response sheets for task cards
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Language Conventions Text Scavenger Hunt

Language Conventions Text Scavenger Hunt

Fun way to have your students review a variety of language conventions! Use any text to search for examples of many grammar and language topics such as compound sentences, adjectives, adverbs, synonyms, homophones, metaphors and much more. Includes a variety of options for approaching this task. This is a great activity to review at the beginning or end of year or for pre-test review. For each task, students search through a reading text to find examples of sentences that contain the given language convention, and then they write the sentence and indicate the part of the sentence that contains the stated grammar point or language convention. Download includes: * 5 Activity sheets with 6 pre-selected text quest tasks given per sheet * An editable PowerPoint version of the activity sheet that you can customize with your own selection of tasks as appropriate to the reading activity you choose. * 36 Task cards with text quest activities so you can choose the tasks you want to include in the order that works best with your curriculum and/or text materials you are using. Use in centers or choose one at a time for a bell ringer/for whole class work, compare student responses to highlight a variety of possible answers, etc. * A response sheet that contains a space for examples of each language convention given in the 36 task cards. This can be used as a reference sheet or study guide that the students build together over time until all spaces are filled.
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