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The Toucan Teacher - ESL

I'm an elementary English learner teacher. I create resources for ESL teachers and classroom teachers to meet the specific needs of language learners.

I'm an elementary English learner teacher. I create resources for ESL teachers and classroom teachers to meet the specific needs of language learners.
Sentence building intervention activity with sight words
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Sentence building intervention activity with sight words

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I’m an EL teacher, and many of my young learners have trouble with writing and understanding even the basic sentences they are reading. This resource uses easy-to-understand graphics to help kids read, then trace, then sort a sentence. It also links those graphics to some of the first sight words they need to learn (ex. I, see, like, we). It’s been a great resource for struggling students and English learners especially! We laminate these and use Velcro dots to make this into an easy center or independent activity for struggling learners, or it could be sent home or used individually as a read, trace, cut, and paste activity for more independent learners. Follow me on Pinterest and Instagram!
FREE Ugly Duckling reading response activities
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FREE Ugly Duckling reading response activities

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FREEBIE! Use these reading response activities with any version of “The Ugly Duckling” to practice retelling, writing about reading, and understanding new words. Some of these are flexible to be used with other texts, too! Follow me on Pinterest and Instagram for more ideas for English learners and elementary!
Yes/No Question Task Cards
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Yes/No Question Task Cards

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Task cards for reading comprehension! These fun task cards include silly and visually engaging questions in which students need to read and understand a yes/no question. A variety of yes/no questions and vocabulary are included to accommodate different language or reading levels. The cards can double as clip cards, too! These are a great resource for English learners or struggling readers - perfect for ESL, special education, EFL, intervention, and more! Question types include: -Does it…/Do ____ have ____? -Can ___ do ___? -Is this a ____? -Can a (noun) (verb)? Vocabulary includes: -transportation -weather -actions -emotions -nature -farm animals -zoo animals -places -fruits/vegetables -and more!
Action verb task cards for oral language
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Action verb task cards for oral language

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Oral language practice with action verbs! This resource is great for English learners, speech and language students, and young learners. Each card asks students what someone is doing. There are two levels of differentiation, one with a sentence stem (ex. “The boy is ____.”) and another with two word choices (ex. “walking, jumping”). This is adaptable to many games, activities, and centers in the classroom, and can be used in many ways! There are 12 pages included, with 72 total cards (36 unique action words), including words such as: -swimming -climbing -building -bouncing -carrying -sitting -reading …and many more! Put these into differentiated instruction cubes like these for even more uses: https://www.reallygoodstuff.com/differentiated-instruction-cubes/p/702780/ Follow me on Pinterest and Instagram for great teaching ideas!
Sentence writing for newcomers with visuals - differentiated
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Sentence writing for newcomers with visuals - differentiated

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Differentiated sentence writing resources - perfect for English learners and for those who are just beginning to write! The visuals and provided sentence stems show students how to make a correct sentence in English, and they are a great way to get students writing independently in a new language. Use these in writing centers or as extra practice for young learners. This huge resource includes dozens of worksheets, all with three levels of differentiation to accommodate different age levels, ability levels, and needs. A flexible resource that can be used for many students! Follow me on Pinterest and Instagram for more great ideas!
Animals and Habitats Unit & speaking task cards
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Animals and Habitats Unit & speaking task cards

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A new unit for English learners! You get 29 pages of speaking, listening, reading, and writing practice, including 6 pages of differentiated speaking cards, differentiated opinion writing pages, and more! Included in this unit: -36 differentiated speaking task cards -descriptive writing with visuals and a word bank -compare and contrast habitats -cut, paste, and write vocabulary practice -4 opinion writing pages -4 simple sentence writing pages - perfect for a class book! -flashcards with habitat words …and more! Use this unit to develop young learners’ understanding of animals, habitats, and the world around them. It’s a great way to get students talking about the world around them! Follow me on Pinterest and Instagram for more great ideas!
Jobs & Occupations Unit for ESL/EL
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Jobs & Occupations Unit for ESL/EL

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A great resource for teaching the vocabulary of community helpers or careers. Vocabulary includes: police officer, teacher, firefighter, librarian, dentist, doctor, vet, painter, trash collector, baker, farmer, mail carrier, and more. Included activities: -pre-test/post-test -two types of puzzles for vocabulary -matching words to pictures printable -flashcards -cut and paste matching -6 sentence writing pages with differentiated sentence stems -draw the vocabulary words -5 writing pages for kids’ own future careers Follow me on Instagram and Pinterest to see how I use this and other resources with my classes!
End of the Year Writing Reflection K-2
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End of the Year Writing Reflection K-2

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Three versions of this activity are included to accommodate different age and ability levels! This freebie is great for helping students reflect on their school year. Follow me on Pinterest and Instagram to see how I use this and other products with my classes!
FREE Community Helpers emergent reader book
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FREE Community Helpers emergent reader book

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A FREE resource for community helpers! This 10-page book has traceable words and simple sentences, making it a perfect resource for ESL, kindergarten, preschool, or struggling learners. Great for primary learners! Follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest to see how I use this and other resources for English learners!
Vocabulary clip cards for English learners
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Vocabulary clip cards for English learners

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Read and understand words - vocabulary clip cards for English learners! Over 100 clip cards for kids to read and practice! Looking for an easy EL center or for independent word-reading practice? These clip cards were designed for elementary English learners to practice reading and understanding words independently. Two types of cards are included. Students can decode a word and find the picture that matches, or students can look at a picture and then find the word that matches. An answer key is included for students to independently check their work. Print on cardstock and laminate to use for many years! Some topics included: -personal pronouns (I, she, he, we) -farm animals -zoo animals -routines -jobs/occupations -foods -school supplies -sports equipment -clothes -weather …and more!
Family & Friends Unit for ESL English Learners
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Family & Friends Unit for ESL English Learners

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A unit for English learners, designed to get young learners reading, writing, speaking, and listening! Best for preschool, kindergarten, or 1st grade English learners. You get… 3 anchor charts with vocabulary and visuals 2 complete emergent readers (“Family” and “Friends) 7 differentiated writing pages 12 speaking task cards 2 draw and label pages (My Family and My Friends) 1 emergent writer book with two levels of differentiated support 1 retelling draw and write page 1 cut and paste family vocabulary page 1 shortest-to-tallest cut and paste page standards alignment and suggested resources pages Check out how I use this resource and others on my Instagram and Pinterest pages!
Collective nouns task cards
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Collective nouns task cards

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An easy way to practice and learn collective nouns! These 30 task cards include collective nouns for animals, people, and things, such as: a herd of elephants a flock of birds a pack of dogs a colony of bats a pride of lions a swarm of insects a school of fish a crash of rhinos a litter of kittens a pair of shoes a forest of trees a flight of stairs a crowd of people an army of soldiers a family (of people) a bouquet of flowers a stack of papers …and more! Several cards with endangered animals are also included to combine with an endangered animal unit, as well as some of the more common collective nouns! These cards are aligned to CCSS L.2.1.A and ELPA21 2-3.10 - great for ESL (English learners) and 2nd grade standards! Check out my Instagram and Pinterest pages to see how I use this and other great resources!
Camping unit for ESL English learners
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Camping unit for ESL English learners

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A thematic unit around the vocabulary of camping, with so many engaging activities to meet ELPA21 learning standards! You get: flashcards with clear visuals 18 speaking task cards for asking/answering questions (3 levels) oral language survey (asking and answering questions) scrambled sentences word, sentence, and story writing pages cut and paste vocabulary (2 levels) sequencing with s’mores (2 levels of writing, plus large visuals to be used as manipulatives) Books/emergent readers - 3 differentiated levels of books - designed to teach present and future tense verbs, retelling events, and understanding key details nonfiction text for higher reading levels 2 sets of comprehension questions for the books and nonfiction text Designed for English learners in kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade! This is a whole unit of resources - print and go. Also included is a list of suggested videos and books that use the vocabulary of the unit!
Spanish and English bilingual emergent reader - Animals
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Spanish and English bilingual emergent reader - Animals

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A book for young learners in Spanish and English! This emergent reader is perfect for kids learning to read in Spanish, English, or both. It teaches vocabulary for several common animals and actions that relate to those animals (ex. fish swims). Students trace the animal words and are able to color the pictures.
Emergent readers and flashcards - back to school
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Emergent readers and flashcards - back to school

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Perfect resource for preschool, kindergarten, or 1st grade students! Teach new English words using clear visuals and introduce students to writing with 6 unique, simple emergent readers. Great for newcomer English learners or for teaching kindergarten students how to write and trace words! Each emergent reader comes with a set of vocabulary cards in full color to support language acquisition! Books include: -My School Words -At School (actions/activities) -My Colors -My Shapes -My Body (body parts - ex. nose, ear) -My Feelings All words are traceable and great for helping young learners with their beginning writing skills! Tip: Use these books as a writing center for kindergarten students at the beginning of the year! They can use the visuals (flashcards) independently at the center, and they get a book to take home! Check out my Instagram and Pinterest pages to see how I use this and other resources!
Cut and Paste vocabulary and writing practice for English Learners
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Cut and Paste vocabulary and writing practice for English Learners

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Vocabulary practice for English learners! 40 pages of cut and paste vocabulary activities, thematically designed to go with your units or to stand alone as morning work, EL center work, literacy centers, or vocabulary practice! Perfect for newcomer English learners, struggling learners (intervention), special education students, and more! There are 40 pages included (20 thematic activities with 2 levels of differentiation). Topics include: -emotions -personal pronouns -animals -jobs/occupations -school supplies -nature -rooms in a house -weather -transportation …and more!
ESL - Action words activities and emergent reader
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ESL - Action words activities and emergent reader

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A great unit starter for EL newcomers or an easy way to get your EL kids reading! These activities center around action words and use great visuals and repeated opportunities to interact with new vocabulary. Included activities: -Emergent reader -Sentence scramble cards with pronouns and many action words (-ing form) with visuals) -Writing practice with visual support -Cut and paste match/trace activity with the action words vocabulary Follow me on Pinterest and Instagram to see how I use this and other products with my classes!
Routines and Everyday actions - ESL unit and emergent reader
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Routines and Everyday actions - ESL unit and emergent reader

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Build the vocabulary of everyday routines and actions in this print-and-go leveled unit! These differentiated activities allow you to use this unit for English learners at multiple grade levels in elementary. Perfect for newcomer English learners! Included: -emergent reader -scrambled sentence word cards -pre- and post-test -cloze for more advanced or older learners -vocabulary matching -draw the words -5 pages to practice writing Focus vocabulary: take a bath, get dressed, go to school, brush your teeth, make the bed, wake up, etc. Follow me on Instagram and Pinterest to see how I use this and other resources in my classes!
Clothes/clothing unit - ESL/EL
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Clothes/clothing unit - ESL/EL

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Designed for newcomers to early intermediate learners or for K-2 ELL/ESL/EFL students, this unit includes many activities for all four domains of English (reading, writing, speaking, and listening). Included in this unit: -flashcards -vocabulary matching -label the picture -speaking/listening conversation cards for clothing -read and understand new words -craftivity with writing component -sentence writing -several thematic writing pages -assessment for clothing vocabulary Perfect for your ELL/EL/ESL students! Follow me on Instagram and Pinterest to see how I use this product and others!
Writing for newcomers with visuals - ESL
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Writing for newcomers with visuals - ESL

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Get your newcomer English learners writing! Great daily writing practice for the classroom teacher or ESL teacher to use with newcomer English learners. In this resource, you get 49 writing pages with sentence stems and visual supports on each page, plus 6 blank writing pages for kids who need extra space or more practice. There are three different levels of writing pages to differentiate for ELs at different grade levels or who may need more or less support for their writing. Topics include: -actions -likes/dislikes -foods -animals -school objects -winter objects -outdoor objects -emotions -weather -clothing …and more! This resource is specifically designed for newcomers and struggling learners, so I often use it in place of other activities during writing workshop so that students are still writing and practicing skills in English with a more appropriate resource. This has been one of the most helpful resources for my beginning ESL students at all levels!