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!  💜💛💚

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.

💜💛💚 Happy Teaching,  💜💛💚

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,


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