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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!
Word Puzzle Escape Room Activity
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Word Puzzle Escape Room Activity

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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
Christmas Word Puzzle Pack
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Christmas Word Puzzle Pack

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Fun variety of Christmas word puzzles! This set contains the following seven different puzzle types: • Picture word search - build word list from pictures and then find them in the puzzle. Hidden message is revealed when puzzle is completed. • Cryptogram - Crack the code to reveal a Christmas phrase • Pair crossword puzzle - two students work together to complete the crossword puzzles, making up their own clues for the answer. • Scrambled word wreaths • A-Z Christmas puzzle • Make words from a phrase puzzles (2) • Christmas word wreath • Rhyming puzzles (added 11/19)
ESL Number Pronunciation Bingo
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ESL Number Pronunciation Bingo

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ESL Lesson: This short lesson will help English language learners notice the pronunciation difference between pairs of numbers such as fifteen and fifty. Students will then practice their speaking and listening skills to create a bingo card, and then they will have further listening practice as they play the game. All lesson instructions are included, as well as bingo cards and numbers and materials for game variation.
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.
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!!
ESL Lessons for TED Talks Bundle (Volume 1)
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ESL Lessons for TED Talks Bundle (Volume 1)

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

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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.
Spelling and Vocabulary Activities: Lewis and Clark and Me
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Spelling and Vocabulary Activities: Lewis and Clark and Me

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Spelling and Vocabulary activities from Fourth Grade Reading Street story, "Lewis and Clark and Me." 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, rhymes, etc. Vocabulary list and definitions are given along with a short activity. Download includes the following: * a word sort activity: students sort the words according to short vowel sound and spelling 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. * Two different word search puzzles (1) fill in the missing letters from a word list and then find in the puzzle. Use leftover letters to answer a riddle (easier) and (2) create the word list by answering the given clues and then find the words in the puzzle (more challenging) * Word Scramble * Scavenger Hunt * Sentences for dictation: 17 of 25 words from their list are used, and one word from the previous reading selection. * Definitions for vocabulary words and a short activity. * Answer key * Color and grayscale versions included ******Grab this free sample from Unit 3 of this series!******
Spelling and Vocab Activities: Navajo Code Talkers
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Spelling and Vocab Activities: Navajo Code Talkers

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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
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!
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.
Descriptive Sentences Task Cards
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Descriptive Sentences Task Cards

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Descriptive writing activity. Your students will spice up their writing when they use these task cards to take boring sentences and add descriptive details to make more interesting sentences. Also very helpful for ESL students! This set contains: *40 Task cards *Instructions to students *sample task cards showing a boring sentence spiced up with specific details.
Spelling and Vocabulary Activities: The Horned Toad Prince
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Spelling and Vocabulary Activities: The Horned Toad Prince

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Spelling and Vocabulary activities from Fourth Grade Reading Street story, "The Horned Toad Prince." 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, rhymes, etc. Download includes the following: * a word sort activity: students sort the words according to vowel sound and letter pattern * Activity to find spelling patterns in plural nouns. Using words from their list, students come up with a rule for when a spelling change is necessary to make the plural. Then they do a short activity to determine the patterns of other nouns based on their rule. * 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. * Build your own word search 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!******
Compound Noun Picture Word Search
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Compound Noun Picture Word Search

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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!
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.
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)
Spelling and Vocabulary Activities: On the Banks of Plum Creek
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Spelling and Vocabulary Activities: On the Banks of Plum Creek

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Spelling and Vocabulary activities from Fourth Grade Reading Street story, "On the Banks of Plum Creek." 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, rhymes, etc. Download includes the following: * a word sort activity: students sort the words according to vowel sound and spelling pattern * 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 crossword puzzle * Word Scramble * Scavenger Hunt * Vocabulary activity with double meanings of vocabulary words from the reading selection. * Answer key * Color and grayscale versions included ******Grab this free sample from Unit 3 of this series!******
Sentence Building Task Cards
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Sentence Building Task Cards

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Writing practice for complex sentences and structure with different parts of speech. This set contains the following: *40 task cards (20 cards to practice combining ideas in simple sentences to create complex sentences, and 20 cards to practice writing sentences with different parts of speech from the same word family.) *QR code option for complex sentence cards *Student instruction card for each type of task *Possible answers for complex sentence cards
Language Conventions Text Scavenger Hunt
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Language Conventions Text Scavenger Hunt

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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.