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I'm a teacher of English Language Learners in a secondary school. I began creating resources because I was frustrated of the lack of quality resources for English Language Learners. My resources reflect best practices in English Language Acquisition.

I'm a teacher of English Language Learners in a secondary school. I began creating resources because I was frustrated of the lack of quality resources for English Language Learners. My resources reflect best practices in English Language Acquisition.
Irregular Past Tense Verbs Playing & Flash Cards ESL English Language Learners

Irregular Past Tense Verbs Playing & Flash Cards ESL English Language Learners

Students need plenty of practice in using English Verbs. These playing and flash cards will engage ESL, EFL, English Language Learners. The graphics are “not too cutesy” and are designed to be accessed by learners of all ages. Use the playing cards for games Concentration, Go Fish, or “I Have… Who has…”. Use the flash cards for centers or independent practice. You Get: • Your Choice of Color or Black & White Irregular Past Tense Verbs Playing Cards: o 24 Verb Pairs: eat, ate, drink, drank, drive, drove, get, got, feed, fed, hide, hid, buy, bought, bring brought, fall, fell, break, broke, catch, caught, hold, held, cut, cut, choose, chose, find, found, build, built, grow, grew, draw, drew, make, made, carry, carried, give, gave, sit, sat, drink, drank, dig, dug • Your Choice of Color or Black & White Irregular Past Tense Verbs Flash Cards
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House Vocabulary Unit for ESL EFL English Language Learners

House Vocabulary Unit for ESL EFL English Language Learners

As an ESL teacher, I was frustrated over the lack of quality resources for introducing vocabulary and grammar concepts to ESL | EFL beginning level students. Most trade books don’t do this well or offer too little practice for optimal retention of the target skills. So, I decided to create my own resources. Research shows students need 8-12 exposures to new vocabulary. This no prep unit will give your students plenty of practice in acquiring and using house vocabulary. Your students can keep the anchor charts/study guides handy as they practice their new skills. Research also shows that grammar concepts are more effective when learned in context and not as an isolated skill. In this unit, students learn and practice the rules for forming regular and irregular plural nouns using house vocabulary. The unit culminates in an extended writing activity. Answer Keys are provided for all activities. Included in this Unit: • House Vocabulary Anchor Charts/Study Guides in Color and Blackline • House Vocabulary Picture Word Match (2 Pages) • Write the House Vocabulary With Word Bank Support (2 Pages) • Write the Vocabulary Without Word Bank Support (2 Pages) • What Doesn’t Belong? Activity • Diagramming Activity • Categorizing Activity • Dialogue Activities (Differentiated) • How to Form Plural Nouns Anchor Chart/Study Guide • Identify Correct Plural Noun Form / Plural Noun Scramble • Plural Noun Word Search • Plural Noun Error Correction • Answer Keys for all Activities • My Favorite Room Writing (Includes Teacher Writing Model, Student Writing checklist, and writing rubric) • Answer Keys for Activities
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The Boy Who Cried Wolf Aesop's Fable Reading Comprehension and Literature Activities

The Boy Who Cried Wolf Aesop's Fable Reading Comprehension and Literature Activities

Aesop’s Fables are beloved by everyone. Use this kid friendly fable for your fable lessons and fable teaching unit. The sequencing and character trait activities in a “kid readable” format engage students in close reading and writing. Differentiated activities allow for multiple entry points. You Get: • 3 Differentiated Story Boards • Teacher’s Answer Key for Story Boards • Color Sequencing Picture Cut-Outs and Large Color Images • Easy Read Fable • Write the Details Activities • Character Mapping Graphic Organizer • Character Trait Trading Cards Full and Half Page • Teacher’s Guide
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Present Tense Verbs Puzzle Pack for ESL English Language Learners

Present Tense Verbs Puzzle Pack for ESL English Language Learners

English Language Learners need plenty of practice in using English Verbs. Puzzles are a great way for to practice new verb vocabulary. The differentiated activities will engage beginner level English learners to intermediate level ESL students. Use these vocabulary retention activities for lessons, homework, fast finishers, or bell ringers. Keep on hand for newcomers throughout the year. You Get: • Your Choice of Color or Blackline Present Tense Verbs Picture Study Guides o Thirty Verbs: listen, talk on the phone, dance, work, play, watch television, climb, walk, jump, open, close, share, like, love, decide, eat, drink, run, swim, teach, ride a bike, read, write, stand up, sit down, buy, sell, sing a song, go to school, think • Two Levels of Verb Vocabulary Crosswords (covering all 30 verbs/verb phrases) 1. Crosswords with text only clues 2. Crosswords with picture only clues 3. Your choice of color or blackline crosswords • Two Picture Word Searches Covering all Thirty Verbs • Verb Jumble • Answer Keys For all Puzzles
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ENGLISH Language Newcomer Pack 1

ENGLISH Language Newcomer Pack 1

Use these ESL beginner level ESL worksheets and ESL newcomer activities to provide engaging, independent practice for your newcomer or beginner level ESL older kids or adults. The six units provide an introduction to basic English vocabulary and survival phrases. Use the anchor charts and activities to introduce new skills and vocabulary or reinforce concepts already taught. You may also like that the activities provide multiple exposure to vocabulary/skills. (I often find that most activities in trade books don’t offer enough exposure to target skills/vocabulary). I also find it useful to have my students keep the study guides handy for reference and use them during classwork time or homework. Unit one is designed to provide basic foundational skills in letter/sound recognition and writing for students who are unfamiliar with the Western English alphabet. Students will also learn some everyday vocabulary associated with each letter of the alphabet. Unit two introduces classroom/emergency vocabulary and phrases and provides practice in beginning dialogue. Unit three continues classroom vocabulary and introduces numbers. Unit four introduces action verb phrases, colors, and shapes. Unit five introduces clothing vocabulary and provides written practice in using the present singular and plural form of the verb “to be”. Unit six introduces food vocabulary. It includes the food pyramid and provides practice in categorizing foods. A personal dictionary is also included to allow your students to keep track of their learning. You Get: • Alphabet Chart in Color and Black and White • Alphabet initial letter symbol and sound recognition activities • Identifying capital and lowercase letters activity • Word/vocabulary writing activities • Beginning sentence construction/respond to q
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The Lion and the Mouse Aesop's Fable Reading and Comprehension Activities

The Lion and the Mouse Aesop's Fable Reading and Comprehension Activities

Fables are beloved by everyone. Use this unit to enhance reading comprehension in your Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade classroom or Third Grade Class. The sequencing and character trait activities in a “child friendly” format engage students in close reading and writing. Differentiated activities allow for multiple entry points. You Get: • 3 Differentiated Story Boards • Teacher’s Answer Key for Story Boards • Color & Black and White Sequencing Picture Cut-Outs and Large Color Images • Easy Read Fable • Write the Details Activities • Character Mapping Graphic Organizer • Character Trait Trading Cards Full and Half Page • Teacher’s Guide
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The Boy Who Cried Wolf Aesop's Fable Reading Comprehension and Literature Activities

The Boy Who Cried Wolf Aesop's Fable Reading Comprehension and Literature Activities

Aesop’s Fables are beloved by everyone. Use this kid friendly fable for your fable lessons and fable teaching unit. The sequencing and character trait activities in a “kid readable” format engage students in close reading and writing. Differentiated activities allow for multiple entry points. You Get: • 3 Differentiated Story Boards • Teacher’s Answer Key for Story Boards • Color Sequencing Picture Cut-Outs and Large Color Images • Easy Read Fable • Write the Details Activities • Character Mapping Graphic Organizer • Character Trait Trading Cards Full and Half Page • Teacher’s Guide
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The Tortoise and the Hare Aesop's Fable Reading Comprehension and Literature Activities

The Tortoise and the Hare Aesop's Fable Reading Comprehension and Literature Activities

Aesop’s Fables are beloved by everyone. Use this kid friendly fable for your fable lessons and fable teaching unit. The sequencing and character trait activities in a “kid readable” format engage students in close reading and writing. Differentiated activities allow for multiple entry points. You Get: • 3 Differentiated Story Boards • Teacher’s Answer Key for Story Boards • Color Sequencing Picture Cut-Outs and Large Color Images • Easy Read Fable • Write the Details Activities • Character Mapping Graphic Organizer • Character Trait Trading Cards Full and Half Page • Teacher’s Guide
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The Ant and the Grasshopper Aesop's Fable Reading Comprehension and Literacy Activities

The Ant and the Grasshopper Aesop's Fable Reading Comprehension and Literacy Activities

The Ant and the Grasshopper Aesop’s Fable Literature Activities: • Easy Read Text of the Fable • Multiple Color Images • Differentiated Sequencing Storyboard Activities • Writing Activities • Character Trait Mapping and Trading Cards You Get: • 3 Differentiated Story Boards (3 Pages) • Teacher’s Answer Key for Story Boards • Color Sequencing Picture Cut-Outs and Large Color Images • Easy Read Fable • Write the Details Activities • Character Mapping Graphic Organizer • Character Trait Trading Cards Full and Half Page • Teacher’s Guide
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Aesop's Fables Bundle Reading Comprehension and Literature Activities

Aesop's Fables Bundle Reading Comprehension and Literature Activities

This is an anthology of four of the most popular Aesop's Fables. They are re-written in a child friendly format to allow your young students to read independently. Buy the bundle and save 20%. Use the accompanying literature activities to engage your students while increasing their reading comprehension. You Get: Four fables in an easy to read format: The Ant and the Grasshopper The Boy Who Cried Wolf The Lion and the Mouse The Tortoise and the Hare • 3 Differentiated Story Boards for each fable • Teacher’s Answer Keys for Story Boards • Sequencing Picture Cut-Outs and Large Color Images • Write the Details Activities • Character Mapping Graphic Organizers • Character Trait Trading Cards Full and Half Page • Teacher’s Guides
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Irregular Past Tense Verbs Playing & Flash Cards ESL English Language Learners

Irregular Past Tense Verbs Playing & Flash Cards ESL English Language Learners

Students need plenty of practice in using English Verbs. These playing and flash cards will engage ESL, EFL, English Language Learners. The graphics are “not too cutesy” and are designed to be accessed by learners of all ages. Use the playing cards for games Concentration, Go Fish, or “I Have… Who has…”. Use the flash cards for centers or independent practice. You Get: • Your Choice of Color or Black & White Irregular Past Tense Verbs Playing Cards: o 24 Verb Pairs: eat, ate, drink, drank, drive, drove, get, got, feed, fed, hide, hid, buy, bought, bring brought, fall, fell, break, broke, catch, caught, hold, held, cut, cut, choose, chose, find, found, build, built, grow, grew, draw, drew, make, made, carry, carried, give, gave, sit, sat, drink, drank, dig, dug • Your Choice of Color or Black & White Irregular Past Tense Verbs Flash Cards
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House Vocabulary Unit for ESL EFL English Language Learners

House Vocabulary Unit for ESL EFL English Language Learners

As an ESL teacher, I was frustrated over the lack of quality resources for introducing vocabulary and grammar concepts to ESL | EFL beginning level students. Most trade books don’t do this well or offer too little practice for optimal retention of the target skills. So, I decided to create my own resources. Research shows students need 8-12 exposures to new vocabulary. This no prep unit will give your students plenty of practice in acquiring and using house vocabulary. Your students can keep the anchor charts/study guides handy as they practice their new skills. Research also shows that grammar concepts are more effective when learned in context and not as an isolated skill. In this unit, students learn and practice the rules for forming regular and irregular plural nouns using house vocabulary. The unit culminates in an extended writing activity. Answer Keys are provided for all activities. Included in this Unit: • House Vocabulary Anchor Charts/Study Guides in Color and Blackline • House Vocabulary Picture Word Match (2 Pages) • Write the House Vocabulary With Word Bank Support (2 Pages) • Write the Vocabulary Without Word Bank Support (2 Pages) • What Doesn’t Belong? Activity • Diagramming Activity • Categorizing Activity • Dialogue Activities (Differentiated) • How to Form Plural Nouns Anchor Chart/Study Guide • Identify Correct Plural Noun Form / Plural Noun Scramble • Plural Noun Word Search • Plural Noun Error Correction • Answer Keys for all Activities • My Favorite Room Writing (Includes Teacher Writing Model, Student Writing checklist, and writing rubric) • Answer Keys for Activities
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All About Careers Unit for ESL English Language Learners

All About Careers Unit for ESL English Language Learners

This unit offers your beginner and intermediate level English Language Learners, ESL, or EFL multiple exposure to career vocabulary. Use the vocabulary and writing activities to introduce and reinforce new vocabulary. Explore career options and salary opportunities with your students. End your career unit with a culminating “My Dream Career” writing activity. Research shows students need 8-12 exposures to new vocabulary. This no prep unit will give your students plenty of practice in acquiring and using career vocabulary. Your students can keep the anchor charts/study guides handy as they practice their new skills. Research also shows that grammar concepts are more effective when learned in context and not as an isolated skill. In this unit, students learn and practice using first, second, and third person present tense verbs. The unit culminates in an extended writing activity. Answer Keys are provided for all activities. Included in this Unit: • Career Vocabulary Anchor Charts/Study Guides in Color and Blackline • House Vocabulary Picture Word Match (2 Pages) • Career and “The Places We Work” Picture/Text Match Activities • First, Second, Third Person Study Guides & Sentence Practice • “Let’s Talk About Careers” Dialogue Activities • Categorizing Activity • “What Do They Do” Sentence Level Study Guides & “Test Your Knowledge” Activity • Career Picture Word Search • Career Picture to Text Match Memory Game • “My Dream Career” Culminating Writing Activity • Answer Keys for all Activities
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English Irregular Past Tense Verbs No Prep Activities ESL

English Irregular Past Tense Verbs No Prep Activities ESL

Students need plenty of practice in using English Verbs. These differentiated grammar activities and worksheets will engage younger elementary grade learners and ESL, EFL, English Language Learners. Use these vocabulary retention grammar activities for lessons, homework, fast finishers, bell ringers, or as targeted support for struggling learners and ESL students. You Get: • Your Choice of Color or Blackline Irregular Past Tense Verbs Picture Study Guides o 24 Verb Pairs: eat, ate, drink, drank, drive, drove, get, got, feed, fed, hide, hid, buy, bought, bring brought, fall, fell, break, broke, catch, caught, hold, held, cut, cut, choose, chose, find, found, build, built, grow, grew, draw, drew, make, made, carry, carried, give, gave, sit, sat, drink, drank, dig, dug • Most Common Irregular Verbs Text Only Chart • Verbs Study Guide • Multiple Irregular Past Tense Verb Retention Activities • Answer Keys For all Activities
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No English Newcomer Emergency Pack 2

No English Newcomer Emergency Pack 2

Whether you’re a content teacher with one or two beginner level English Language Learners or an ESL specialist working with older students, this pack is for you! Thousands of teachers are currently enjoying Newcomer Pack 1 and have requested additional units. Here they are! As with my original Newcomer Pack, this pack is designed for students new to the English Language to be able to work relatively independently. If you’re one of those teachers who cheerfully receive new students in the middle of the school year who don’t speak a word of English and you are currently teaching Catcher in the Rye to your tenth graders, you might want to pick this up. Likewise, if you are an English Language specialist and find that much of the material available does not provide enough exposure to vocabulary and beginner concepts, you will also find this resource helpful. Use this to introduce new vocabulary, concepts, homework, fast finishers, etc. Please note that Newcomer Pack 2 contains six brand new units and are not contingent upon Newcomer Pack 1. So, if you don’t have Newcomer Pack 1, no worries. If you are a teacher of English Language Learners, you might find it useful to use the anchor charts and activities to introduce new skills and vocabulary or reinforce concepts already taught. You may also like that the activities provide multiple exposure to vocabulary/skills. (I often find that most activities in trade books don’t offer enough exposure to target skills/vocabulary). I also find it useful to have my students keep the study guides handy for reference and use them during classwork time or homework. Unit one introduces months of the year, days of the week, writing dates, school subjects, and asking and answering “when” questions. Unit two focuses on human body vocabulary, cardinal numbers, and simple use of the verbs “is” and “are.” Unit three introduces ordinal numbers and time. School Subjects, days of the week, and months of the year are reinforced with these new skills. Repetition is key for retention. Unit four introduces physical feelings vocabulary and common antonyms. Unit five encompasses physical ailments and emotions. Unit six introduces the four seasons, seasonal verbs, and seasonal clothing.
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English Simple Past Tense Verbs Study Guide and Vocabulary Retention Activities

English Simple Past Tense Verbs Study Guide and Vocabulary Retention Activities

As an ESL teacher, I was frustrated over the lack of quality resources for introducing important grammar concepts to ESL | EFL beginning level students. Most trade books don’t do this well or offer too little practice for optimal retention of the target skills. So, I decided to create my own resources. Each new skill is introduced with a student study guide/chart. My students keep these charts handy and use them as reference tools as they work through the material. Each new skill also comes with plenty of activities. These activities allow students to apply the new skill in multiple contexts. Included in this Grammar Series: • Color or Black & White Past Tense Verb Anchor Chart • Past Tense Verb Study Guide • Past Tense Verb Picture Match • Write the Past Tense Verb With Word Bank Support • Write the Past Tense Verb Without Word Bank Support • Circle the Correct Past Tense Verb | Past Tense Verb Scramble • Past Tense Verb Cloze Sentences • Verb Concentration Game • Re-write the Paragraph Activity • Write a Paragraph Using Past Tense Verbs • Write a Paragraph Differentiated Writing Organizers • Writing Rubric and Student Writing Checklist • Answer Keys for all Activities • Summative Assessment
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The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry Adapted Text and Literature Activities

The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry Adapted Text and Literature Activities

Use this adapted, readable version of the original tale with older elementary, middle school, or ESL students of all ages. The vocabulary, reading, character trait, and suffix activities will engage your students as they interact with this wonderful story about love in the face of adversity. You Get: • Four Page Original Adapted Version of the O. Henry Short Story • Focus Vocabulary Interactive Graphic Organizer o Focus Vocabulary: despondent, purchase, rapid, sacrifice, selfless, wise • Identify Synonym/Antonym Focus Vocabulary Activity • Cloze Sentences Using Focus Vocabulary • Vocabulary Graphic Organizer • Focus Vocabulary Crossword Puzzle • Character Trait Graphic Organizer • 6 Short Response Text Dependent Questions • Extended Response Question • Using the suffix –less Activity
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Holiday Puzzle Pack ESL EFL English Language Learners

Holiday Puzzle Pack ESL EFL English Language Learners

English Language Learners need plenty of practice in using English Vocabulary. Use these Christmas puzzles for festive learning during the Holiday Season. The differentiated activities will engage beginner level English learners to intermediate level ESL students. Use these vocabulary retention activities for lessons, homework, fast finishers, or bell ringers. You Get: • Your Choice of Color or Blackline Holiday Vocabulary Picture Study Guides o Thirty Words and Images Two Levels of Vocabulary Crosswords (covering all 30 Holiday Words) 1. Crosswords with text only clues 2. Crosswords with picture only clues 3. Your choice of color or blackline crosswords Word Search Covering all Thirty Holiday Words • Holiday Word Jumble • Answer Keys For all Puzzles
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