Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Back to School Freebies

 Hello everyone!

I hope you are enjoying the summer!
I have been working in the garden~ ha-ha, that is not new!
I am teaching summer school this year and am really excited.  We are learning English through a variety of science experiments.  My students are loving it and so am I!
Growing Kidney Beans
in Paper Towels!

Freebie Time!

The Free Back to School Lessons By The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs MC – 2021 is available as a TpT free download.  This great resource is packed with a variety of freebies that will get your new year off on the right foot!  Click here to get yours now!

Look at all the free resources that are included in this one download:
  • Apple Number Puzzles FREEBIE
  • School Graphing for Young Learners
  • FREEBIE!!! First Day of School Crowns Customizable TK-5th
  • Compound Word Activities and Compound Word Puzzles FREE
  • Back to School Night Forms and Checklists Freebie in English and Spanish
  • Back to School Activity First Grade (100 Chart Mystery Picture Puzzle)
  • ESL & ELD K-5 Curriculum Map - a FREE year-long pacing guide!  (That’s me)
  • Back to School About Me Craft Activity
  • Writing Process Posters Engineering Themed
  • Multiplication Matching Game
  • 3rd Grade Math Spiral Review Worksheets Free Sample | Digital and Printable
  • My College Application
  • Back-to-School Guided Limerick Writing About Self Activity - Print or Digital
  • Back to School Activities FREEBIE
  • Free Coupon-based Classroom Management System
  • Using Mental Math to Make Numbers Using Number Tiles FREE
  • STEM Daily Discussion Starters, Journal Prompts, and Fillers - Sept.
  • Icebreakers Task Cards Getting to Know You Questions for Back-to-School SAMPLER
  • PREGO Capitolo 11 Spesa e Spese TOMBOLA
  • Choosing a Career for 9-12th Grades and Homeschool **Free Guide**
  • A Sampling of Sentence Patterns Grammar Worksheets
  • Free Back to School Lessons
  • Free Winter Holiday Lessons
  • Free Valentine’s Day Lessons
  • Free End of the Year Lessons
  • 100+ Free Lessons & Teaching Ideas
  • TBOTE and TBOTEMC Blogs
  • TBOTE Facebook page
  • The Best of TpT Pinterest Boards

Speaking of freebies!

Check out this great back-to-school Word Wall from Fun To Teach!

If you know of any great freebies, let me know!
Happy Teaching,

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

If you have ELLs you need Sentence Frames!

Hello everyone!  πŸ’œπŸ’›πŸ’š

Sentence Frames &
Sentence Starters
Language frames work!

As culturally responsive teachers 

we want all of our students to be comfortable in our classrooms.  Sentence starters and sentence frames are some of the English as a Second Language (ESL) tools teachers can offer our low language and English learners.  This English Language Development (ELD) technique offers the support these at-risk students need to succeed.  Sentence frames work great for ESL Newcomers, intermediate English speakers, and advanced English Learners.

A sentence frame (also called a language frame) 

is a fantastic teaching tool that offers oral and written language support to English Language Learners (ELLs).  Sentence frames can be used for any subject, ELA, science, history, pullouts (Speech, ELD, and Reading and Math intervention).

Sentence frames or starters should be used as a scaffold

intended to support students in using language that they would not be able to produce on their own.  As the language becomes more familiar these scaffolds are gradually removed or replaced with new language the student does not use.  Sentence frames shift the focus of informal language to higher academic language.

Below is an example of different language frames 

Classroom teachers or ESL teachers can use.  They are listed by language function with examples at 3 different language levels.

πŸ’œπŸ’›πŸ’š Happy Teaching,  πŸ’œπŸ’›πŸ’š

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Vocabulary ELLs need to know to understand Math


Vocabulary ELLs need to know to understand Math

Vocabulary ELLs need to know to understand Math
Hello everyone,
This is Lori from FUN TO TEACH!

Do your English Language Learners (ELLs) struggle with understanding Math?  Many ELLs do.  If you are working with English Language Learners (ELLs) studying Math here are a few things to make sure you cover!

Common English Words in Math

First let's look at the many English words that have totally new meanings when used in Math.  Here are just a few:
  • positive and negative
  • times
  • cone
  • mean
  • net
  • bring down
  • area
  • face
  • plane
  • tree
Before each lesson, take a moment and look for the Math vocabulary you are using in your lesson and identify which words you want to point out and make sure to explain.  For example, students should think 'multiplication' when a word problem uses words like times, every, double, and per.

Prepositions in Math

Make a point to teach, explain, review and practice prepositions.  Prepositions can signal the operation in a word problem.  Make sure your ELLs understand these important words in Math:
  • by
  • with 
  • to
  • into
  • from
  • and more!
Math Prepositions

Teach ELLs Content Words

All students benefit from using a Math Vocabulary Journal, but it is essential for the ELLs in your Math classes.  Before each unit present the Math vocabulary that will be used in that unit.  Pre-teaching Math Content Words and using a Math Journal will set your ELLs up for success.

Math Prefixes and Suffixes

Don't forget word parts that have keys to the meanings of the words you use in your math lessons.   Here are a few to get you started:
Number Prefixes
  1. bi
  2. tri
  3. poly
  4. oct
  5. gon 

Passive Voice

Many ELLs are unaccustomed to hearing and understanding the Passive Voice, yet many math word problems use it.  The word by gives you a clue to the passive.  In the passive voice, the action is performed on the subject.  ELLs have problems understanding statements such as:  seven multiplied by 6.  Point out and explain the passive voice to your students when it occurs in Math word problems.  

Vocabulary that is associated with mathematical operations

According to 'Limited English Proficient (LEP) Students'  A Supplemental Resource to the K-12 Mathematics Standards of Learning Enhanced Scope and Sequence  Virginia Department of Education Division of Instruction April 2004  in order to understand mathematics, students must:  

Know that mathematical operations are associated with many different words.  EXAMPLES: 

Addition: add, plus, and, combine, sum, total of, more than, increased by, greater than  

Subtraction: subtract, minus, less, less than, fewer than, decreased by, difference, lower, take away, from, shorter  

Multiplication: multiply, times, product, as a factor, twice, double, triple, groups of  

Division: divide, divided by, quotient, separated into equal groups, shared equally, over, into, how many groups  

Equal: is, are, result, make  

Here is a quick list from www.englishstudyhere.com

These are some ways to help your English language learners excel in Math!
Happy Teaching,


Monday, November 30, 2020

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 I am so excited about my line for ESL newcomers.  

Here is the first resource to help get your newcomers writing!
I am so excited about the ESL Newcomers packet Series.  If you are looking for a  systematic instructional curriculum resource to offer your ESL Newcomers, this is it.  
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Sunday, September 13, 2020

πŸ’•Reyes Family Fire Relief Fund

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I just wanted to thank everyone who has been reaching out to us since last Tuesday.  Yes, my family and I are safe and we still have a house!  The fires in Southern Oregon have decimated our community. 

So much loss, trauma, and tragedy.

I am reaching out and sharing a Go Fund Me page for 3 families I have the honor of knowing.  I have taught their children over the years and watched their successes and accomplishments.  In the blink of an eye all was lost as their trailers and belongs burnt to the ground.


Click Below if you would like to donate now:



If you can, please share this 'Go Fund Me page' on your social media, email or blogs.

The smallest donations are appreciated.

I would love to offer some hope to these 3 families as they struggle through the unthinkable.

 Click Below if you would like to donate now:


With much love  πŸ’• and appreciation,

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

πŸ“šπŸ“š ZOOM and Online Distance Learning Classroom Rules and Etiquette πŸ“šπŸ“š

 πŸ“šπŸ“š ZOOM and Online Distance Learning Classroom Rules and Etiquette  πŸ“šπŸ“š

Hello everyone!

Many of us are getting ready for Distance Learning.  We know that both students and teachers reap the rewards when best practices are used.  Therefore, I decided to write down some Best Practices for Distance Learning that I wanted to remember and engage in.  I thought I would share my list with you!

My Best Practices in Distance Learning


·     Explicitly teach expectations and engagement

·     Describe expectations for online participation, communication, and etiquette

·     Get students into the habit of participating

·     Make online learning as interactive as possible

·     Balance synchronous and asynchronous learning

·     Give students choices

·     Engage students with a variety of ways to learn

·     Change your background each week

·     Only use 4 or 5 activities so kids know what to do

These are some of mine (so far).  I would love to hear some of yours!

ZOOM and Online Distant Learning Classroom Rules and Etiquette
Are you ready to start up your Distance Learning Classroom this fall?

We are here to help!  This colorful poster is engaging to use with your students to teach and review proper Zoom etiquette during the first weeks of school and beyond!
Maintain your classroom expectations using this engaging online poster. 

This set includes 5 posters each with a different center picture that will help you consistently monitor and practice the online etiquette of your students. You can either send this out to your students before you start your lessons as a reminder or display it as you start your daily Zoom lessons as a review.

Perfect for all distance learning platforms!


Need an ELD pacing guide?

This one is free!

As many of you know, I am a K-5 ELD teacher in Ashland, Oregon.  For many years I did workshops throughout my state for ELD teachers.  Many ELD teachers asked me for a pacing guide so I made this. 


Each month has a combination of ELD units and/or grammar components essential for English learners. Again choose some or all of what I have here. Feel free to mix it up to suit you!


If I have a product that contains all or parts of the language I teach during that month I have listed it. All resource images are click-able links for your convenience. Just click on the image you want to see and it will take you to my TPT store.  I use these products according to language level more than grade level.  Each column represents a language level.  The column has language grammar, forms and functions I teach for that level.  Under the column heading I list products I use to teach those language components.  Some of the products may have a grade level on it, but I have used it at that language level based on the language I am teaching students at that level.


Happy Teaching!

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Skip Counting!

 Hello Teachers!

Counting by 2s, 5s, 10s or 100s also known as skip counting is an essential Math skill to teach young children. Skip counting is simply counting by the same number (other than 1) again and again.  Skip counting helps students with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. 


Skip counting increases number recognition, number sense and seeing number patterns.  At risk students, ELs and special education students all benefit from having a firm foundation in these Math areas. 


If you have English Learners (ELs) in your classroom skip counting is a great way to work on articulation.  Make sure your ELs are pronouncing the numbers correctly.  Many times the number three is incorrectly pronounced as ‘tree’.  This is the time to make sure that gets corrected! 


Teaching skip counting to students is easy.


Explain that skip counting is when you add the same number over and over.


Start by having students use a number line.  Students choose a number and then add 2 to that number and circle the answer.  Have students add 2 to the answer and repeat.  Students get a visual hands-on model of counting by 2s.


Skip count by 2s, 5s, 10,s your way through transitions.  When lining up for recess or lunch encourage students to join you while you count by 2s.  This is great for practicing skip counting and creating a sense of urgency to save on transition time.


Another fun game to play whole class is ‘Let’s count by’.  Teacher decides on a number to count by. Then the teacher calls out a number and the class responds with the next number. 

Teacher says:  Let’s count by 2

Teacher says: 4

Students say:  6


During distance learning send flipbooks home or have families print them off.  Flipbooks are a super fun way to keep students practicing at home.  During online class time you explain the rationale of skip counting and model on line how to put the books together. Students make their skip count books with you and share their books later with the whole family.


Skip counting flipbooks are great hands-on Math games and activities for kindergarten, first grade and second grade students.  These engaging books work well in math stations, centers, rotations, review, test prep, early or fast finisher activities and more.   Use them with Kinder, 1st, 2nd and 3rd  grade elementary students. With easy differentiated options, they fit a variety of learners. The critical thinking work for enrichment, GATE, or worksheet alternatives for individual kids, small groups or partners.  Great for ELD and ESL.   


If you would like to try our free skip counting by 2s flipbook you can grab yours today here! https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Skip-Counting-By-2-Flip-book-1361620




Let us know which games and activities you use when teaching students to skip count!





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