Below is a short PowerPoint I put together for my primary students on the proper use of using the conjunctions and, but, and or.
I created it specifically to compliment my Conjunction Junction mini-unit. You can check out the details here.
Here’s a great little activity you can do with your intermediate level speakers.
Divide the class up into boys and girls. Teach them the lyrics to Conjunction Junction from School House Rock’s classic animated short video. It’s only about 2.14 minutes long, so it is totally doable, especially if you have to fit it into an assembly or some other school production. Since I’ve already divided the script up for you, all you need to do is teach them the song. It is a bit fast in some places and the girls seem to get all the easy parts, but if you closely work with the boys, I’m sure they will catch on quickly.
Be sure to coach them on the subtle intonation and inflection found in the song. Really have them listen carefully to the lyrics and encourage them to mimic the singers. Trust me, you don’t want them singing in a flat monotone voice for this production.
It’s lots of fun, especially when it comes to the part where the boys get to bellow out Boo-hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo!
You can download the video here.
School House Rock – Grammar – Conjunction Junction – this is the link to the song only.
An alternate source for the video can be found here.
An alternate source for the lyrics can be found here.
Below are a couple of fun little PowerPoint games I put together.
It was written for students who struggle with sentence construction.
Since the mixed up sentences and answers are animated, you can stop and teach the grammar and/or reinforce proper sentence mechanics, but the main thing is that the students have fun learning English!
My colleagues and I are giving a study skills workshop for the upper school students this Friday. Below is a sampling of the PowerPoints we will be using.
American Style Learning Strategies -This PowerPoint covers the proper use of highlighting, how to use two column notes and concept mapping.
Study Skills PPT by Lynn Husen – This presentation covers all the basics.
Time Mangement Skills – A visually appealing presentation that offers practical time management suggestions.
Best Test Taking Advice Ever – I used this PowerPoint when I was prepping the kids for the FCAT.
I wrote a Reader’s Theater for my class a few years back because I was fed up with prospect of having to pay for a decent Reader’s Theater script. With that being said, I’m willing to pass the script on to you at no charge. Just remember, that it is copyrighted by me, so you can’t republish it under your name. Besides why bother? It’s free to use in your classroom or school production. Just make sure to mention my name somewhere on the script and/or program.
I have two options to choose from, a Powerpoint and a PDF document:
Cast of Characters:
In March, I plan on getting the primary school excited about reading English books by hosting Dr. Seuss’ Birthday party. I believe Dr. Seuss’ real birthday in on March 3rd, but you could throw a birthday party anytime in March.
ehow also has suggestions on how to make homemade Dr. Seuss costumes, Thing 1 and Thing 2 costumes, and a Cat in the Hat costume. Of course, no proper Dr. Seuss birthday party would be complete with out the famous Cat-in-the Hat hat.
More ehow resources to make your party a sucess:
Additional resources to use in the classroom:
Here are some ideas to promote Dr. Seuss’ birthday and the love of reading using Dr. Seuss’ quotes:
Quotable Dr. Seuss quotes:
The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
- Dr. Seuss
“Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.”
- Dr Seuss
“Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So… get on your way.”
- Dr. Seuss
“Think left and think right and think low and think high.
Oh, me thinks you can think up if only you try.”
- Dr. Seuss
“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter,
and those who matter don’t mind.”
- Dr Seuss
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.”
- Dr. Seuss
“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.”
- Dr Seuss
“You are you. Now isn’t that pleasant?”
- Dr Seuss
Click here for links to Dr. Seuss videos.
I’m kind of picky when it comes to Christmas stuff. I don’t go for the usual Santa Claus fare, but I do like gingerbread and in particular, I like the story, The Gingerbread Man.
If you teach emergent readers DLTK has a nice little Gingerbread booklet that you can print out. The focus is on I can… sentences. I copied and print it out and then stapled it together in order to save time in the classroom. On the first day, I read it to the kids and let them start coloring it, then the bell rang. The next day, I read it to them again and made them follow along, broke them up into pairs and then they had to take turns reading the booklet to each other. Once they were done, I let them finish coloring it.
Family Fun Magazine offers a PDF download that I’m using to create a gingerbread man booklet. There are two sizes of gingerbread men. I picked the littlest size and then fooled around with the copier to make 4 men to a page. You will need seven men for the following activity.
I’ve condensed the story down, so just write the following on the board:
Title Page – The Gingerbread Man
Page 1 – There once was a little old woman who decided to bake gingerbread cookies.
Page 2 – When the cookies were done baking, out jumped the little gingerbread man!
Page 3 – “Run, run as fast as you can, you can’t catch me, I’m the gingerbread man!”
Page 4 - he called as he dashed out the kitchen door. No one could catch him, until…
Page 5 – he came to a river and was outsmarted by a fox.
First, read the story to the students, most of them are already familiar with it. Then show them your sample. Be sure to write the procedures on the board (1. cut 2. staple 3. write sentences 4. draw 5. color.) Otherwise, a whole lot of class time may be wasted. I try to stick to the same general procedures every time I do this sort of activity so the kids know what to expect. Plan on stapling the hands and feet, but make sure that there are 7 men for each booklet and that the hands and feet aren’t too short, otherwise one of the men may try to get loose!
The first time I encountered a literature circle was when I went back to college after taking a rather long hiatus. Actually, I had to pick up some classes because I needed to get my teaching certification updated. I can’t remember which class it was, but I do remember the instructor, Dr. Smolen. I had actually had Dr. Smolen when she first came to The University of Akron. That was right about the time I was warping up my bachelors degree.
At first, I thought Literature Circles were a dumb idea, but I started to warm up to the idea after a few classes. Now I see the value, richness and meaning that literature circles can bring to text.
The big question is… “Is this something you can do with second language learners?” I believe the answer to that is,”Yes, you can!” but only if the students are at an intermediate level. Typically, the average second language learner can read English pretty well and probably knows English grammar better than most native speakers, but some times their writing skills may be a little week. Literature circles incorporate all four areas of language acquisition into one nice little package – reading, writing, listening and speaking.
What is a literature circle? If you haven’t any idea what a literature circle is, then check out Ohio Resource Center’s video page. There is a two part video that you can watch online. In the video, the students authentically model the literature circle roles. Also, you can find a good explanation of literature circles roles over at npatterson.net.
Litcircles.org seems to be the website with the biggest presence on the web at the time of this writing. It certainly seems to be a fantastic resource. There is a page devoted entirely to literature circle structure, which in my opinion is a good place to start. If you are going to do literature circles with your class, it is important to be well organized and have your procedures and expectations nailed down before starting such an endeavor, that way if there is any deviation, it will be easy to redirect the students and get them back on track.
The beauty of literature circles are that there is an accountability factor built into the literature circle group process. Each student is responsible for fulfilling their role within the group. The links provided below will take you to PDF documents that you can use in the classroom.
The Literature Circle Planner the Discussion Debriefing Sheet, the Daily Study Record, the Self Evaluation Guide and the Assessment Form for Study Groups are for evaluation and assesment, before and after the literature circle process.
The links below should take you directly to the role sheets. Most of them are in PDF format, so you can print them out and make copies for your class. The ones that aren’t in PDF format can easily be converted to Word documents and if you are willing to take the time to create a Word document and if you are willing to do that, you might as well customize it for your class.
For additional literature circle role sheets try to pick up a copy of Literature Circle Role Sheets for Fiction and Nonfiction Books, by Christine Boardman Moen.
Laura Candler has a few ideas on how to “mix it up” in the classroom with literature circles. She offers six different variations or flavors of literature circles. My favorite one is the Talking Sticks model. In this model, the students fill out a response bookmark each day and jot down questions through out the week in preparation for when the group meets on Friday. Another favorite of mine, is the non-fiction literature circle. In this model, the students meet on reading days and meeting days. On reading days they meet together to read together and jot down notes. After they finish reading the book, the students have a meeting day. Use the discussion cards to guide the students when they meet. She provides an example of what the discussion cards should look like here. Laura has also graciously provided a reading response question PDF and a non-fiction journal prompt PDF too.
While were at it, why not take it a step farther? ReadWriteThink has a fabulous resource that uses media literacy. It dovetails perfectly with ESL standards. It’s called Literature Circle Roles Reframed: Reading as a Film Crew. The role sheets and lesson plans are provided. Also, check out the comment section for important feedback from other teachers who have tried it.
Here are a few sites that are designed to test your level of happiness:
Authentic Happiness: Using The New Positive Psychology – Looks like you will have to register to access the quizzes.
This is how I would use it in the classroom:
1. Print it out and test the students take the test. Then break them up into pairs and let them discuss each question, what they chose and why.
2. Cut and paste the quiz questions to Powerpoint slides. On each slide put the question and the choices. Then have the students number the questions on a sheet of paper where they will put their choices. After everyone has made their choices, put the scoring index on the screen and give them a few moments to score their results. After everyone is finished, you can flip back to the first question and ask them what they put down as their score. Additionally, you can assign someone to add up all the scores and divide it by the number of students in the class for an overall happiness score for the entire class.
This resource is probably more suited for the little guys.
It is a great filler or transition resource or you could create an entire thematic unit based on many of these resources.
You will have to narrate this one yourself and then find pictures to go with it. Or you could cut and paste the story on a PowerPoint template and then upload the pictures. If you don’t have a LED projector, just find pictures to go with the vocabulary. Release your inner storyteller!
Animal stories without narration
The rest appear to have narration and/or other resources
Book Pop – books read by the author
Tall Tales – Indigenous to North America
I’m Reading – Folk tales, Myths. plays, and Chinese fables.
Bernstein Bears (very popular – I watched the Bernstean Bears with my my BF’s 6 year old yesterday. I still have the song bouncing around in my brain.)
Between the Lions – excellent for teaching phonics. If I was teaching phonics, I would definitely use reading Between the Lions. By the time it came out my kid could read and was no longer interested. IMHO it is a very high quality product.
List of links to storybooks online
Fable library – you could do an entire thematic unit based on fables
For the preschool crowd
Interactive story – you choose what happens next