Thursday, October 3, 2013

ELL Newcomers-Work and Academic Assessment

 
 
Newcomers arrive throughout the school year. Often they are academically and linguistically behind their ESL and General Ed. peers. It is frustrating for both the teacher and student in the first few weeks. The student is trying to assimilate into a new culture and school environment without knowing the language. The teacher has the task of addressing the various language acquisition levels of her class and attend to the complex needs of her "newcomer" student. This unit was designed to make the first few weeks of this orientation period easier for both the student and the teacher. Portrait templates for school specialty teachers, nurse, classroom teacher and principal are available. This will help introduce a frightened newcomer to their new school environment and teachers. Many newcomers may not have had formal education (refugees) in their home country-leaving them far behind their school age peers. Seat work and activities are provided. A quick academic assessment is also available. It will give you a baseline of what the child knows and what level to start planning lessons that will attend to his/her needs.
Note: This product is also sold as "The First Four Weeks Of School"
 
 

Fall -An Early Primary Thematic Unit Aligned with CCSS/WIDA

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Fall-An-Early-Primary-Thematic-Unit-Aligned-with-CCSSWIDADIBELS-765421
Enjoy teaching math and literacy skills as you introduce the concepts of the autumn season. This unit helps you saturate your classroom in the vocabulary and concepts of fall. The students will learn about fall through poetry, writing, science notebook activities, cooking experiences, math and literacy skills. Practice activities for FSF, NWF, PSF, LNF and sight words are included. Give your students a head start for reading assessments such as DIBELS. Here are a few products from the 120 slides that comprise this jumbo fall thematic unit:
Non fiction and fiction poems and compatible activities
Writing templates
Number recognition activity
Color recognition activity
Shape worksheet
Cooking activities and compatible worksheets
Book suggestions for read alouds
Compare and Contrast seasons
Fall addition
Fall counting book
Fall nature walk template
Fall scientist notebook
Fall work folder
Four season graph
Welcome apples in various languages
Where Is My Little Pumpkin positional word activity
WIDA alignment information
and much, more!










Friday, August 16, 2013

This color, cut and paste activity is a great way to teach positional words. The children cut out five little pumpkins and must place them in the proper place in the book. This little book allows the child to actively place an object in the correct position. This helps the child internalize the meaning of the words. This is an excellent activity for general ed. primary, ELL primary or newcomer students K-5. 

My Brother Poem and Activity FREE!

This is a great poem about a member of a family. An activity with illustrations that compliment the poem is provided.

Goldilocks Poem and Activity

 
This is an original poem designed to help teach the five senses. The children will enjoy hearing the story from the perspective of Baby Bear. There is an activity to compliment the poem and extend the concept and vocabulary of the five senses. Teaching points are given to help maximize the use of this poem as a tool to teach this concept.
 

Family, Friends and Me” is a great thematic unit to build upon the prior knowledge your students have about themselves and the people in their lives. In this unit the children will deepen and extend their knowledge about family members, their friends, feelings, and their five senses. These are great topics you can use to develop their writing skills. Children learn to write best when they are composing stories about concepts they really understand. Poems are used to teach the concepts and vocabulary of this unit. Each poem has an activity with complimenting illustrations. Here are some examples of what you will find in this wonderfully designed packet:
Goldilocks, Goldilocks Poem and Activity (To help teach the five senses)
Baby Bear color words activity sheet
Various math worksheets with family theme
Family Wordbook
Five Senses Wordbook
Family word match
Unit Work Folder
Feelings Poem and activity
Family Poem and activity
Brother Poem and activity
Sister Poem and Activity
Friend Poem and Activity
Grandparent Poem and Activity
Five Senses Journal
Writing templates for family and friends
Portrait templates for family members and friends.
And much more!!!

 

Free Autumn Poem and Activity

This product is an autumn poem that has several complimenting activities. It is designed to teach the concepts and vocabulary of the autumn season. Tier two and tier three words were incorporated into the poem to develop rich use of vocabulary. The children are not expected to read the poem but to learn from it. This product is a sample from the unit Fall an early primary thematic unit-found at TpT from Virginia Olivelli's Little Language Learners.

Fall Thematic Unit

 
Enjoy teaching math and literacy skills using the concepts of the autumn season. This unit helps you saturate your classroom in the vocabulary and concepts of fall. The students will learn about fall through poetry, writing, science notebook activities, cooking experiences, math and literacy skills. Here is a few products of the 110 slides that comprise this jumbo fall thematic unit:

Non fiction and fiction poems and compatible activities
Writing templates 
Number recognition activity
Color recognition activity
Shape worksheet
Cooking activities and compatible worksheets
Book suggestions for read alouds
Compare and Contrast seasons
Fall addition
Fall counting book
Fall nature walk template
Fall scientist notebook
Fall work folder
Four season graph
Welcome apples in various languages
Where Is My Little Pumpkin positional word activity
WIDA alignment information
and much, more!
 
 

Free Teacher Poem and Activity

This product is a sample from the unit "The First Four Weeks of School". An early primary thematic unit which is aligned with CCSS and WIDA. This item is a poem about the school's music teacher and her class. Compatible activities are provided. The entire unit contains 110 slides of school themed poems, activities, art projects, math and literacy activities. A assessment tool is provided that is quick to administer but gives an abundant of information on the academic benchmark for each child.


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Farm Animals An Early Primary Thematic Unit

This Farm Animals Thematic Unit is "one stop shopping" for all your needs in teaching young children about farm animals. Your students will learn the unit's concepts and vocabulary through poems, read alouds, writing prompts, language learning strategies, guided writing techniques, math activities, art/writing projects and much more. CCSS and WIDA standards are provided. Teaching points to help guide your teaching agenda for your unit of instruction are available. Book suggestions for read alouds are displayed. Come on in and enjoy using these items to teach your little learners.
Baby Farm animal poem and activities
Farm animal poem and activities
Can, have, needs for various farm animals
Farm animal math activities
Little Lost Lamb position book
Farm word and label books
Puppet heads for Old MacDonald Farm Song
Book suggestions
Teaching Objectives
CCSS
WIDA
Guided writing framework for ELLs
Farm animal work folder cover
Five senses semantic chart
Writer's workshop story starters
Barn art/writing activity
and much more!!!!


Sunday, April 21, 2013

BUTTERFLY: An Early Primary Unit Aligned with CCSS/WIDA

 
This is a beautifully designed unit for an early primary class learning about butterflies. Your students will be exposed to the unit's concepts and vocabulary through art projects, writing, and poetry. The following are some of the items in this unit:

A Butterfly's Life Concept Poem
Illustrated Butterfly Life Cycle
Butterfly Life Cycle Color Activity
Butterfly Life Cycle Sequence Activity
Butterfly Life Cycle Art Activity
Butterfly Log
What Does My Butterfly Eat? (Experiment)
Butterfly Word Book Color and Trace
Butterfly Writing prompt
Five Senses Activity
Butterfly Observation Worksheet
Caterpillar Observation Worksheet
How A Butterfly Grows Up Color and Write Activity
A Butterfly Can, Has, Needs Worksheet
 
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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Butterfly Life Cycle Activity for Early Primary Grades

 
 
This is a book about the life cycle of a butterfly. There are five pages for the children to color and trace/write each stage. Make individual books for each child or use as a writing center project for five children to work on together. Each child completes a different stage/page/book cover. The children then put the book in the correct sequence.  FREE on TPT  Click on Picture!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Insects Thematic Unit




                        Enjoy using this freebie to teach the names of different kinds of insects.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Understanding WIDA language proficiency scale.

http://www.widaatwcer.blogspot.com/2012/10/understanding-proficiency-levels-using.html

This article uses an ice cream cone as an analogy for language growth and proficiency based on the WIDA scale.  It is a great way to explain this to non-ESL professionals and parents.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Plants A Kindergarten Thematic Unit Aligned With CCSS/WIDA

 
 
This product meets all your needs to implement an extremely effective thematic unit on plants. Your students will be exposed to the concepts and vocabulary of the unit through reading, writing, poetry, art projects, science experiments, and math activities . CCSS and WIDA standards are addressed and written out for your teaching agenda. The following is a list of some of the components of this unit. Enjoy!
-Step by Step Bean Sprout Experiment
-Daffodil Flower Project
-Grass Plant Project
-Leaf Concept Poem
-Roots Concept Poem
-Garden Number Match
-Parts of Plants Activity
-Pattern Plants
-Example of Fruit and Vegetable Paint Printing
-Teaching Points for the Unit
-Book Suggestions
-WIDA Standards
-CCSS
-Rose Concept Poem
-Scientist Notebook
-Tissue Flower Project
-Venn Diagram Template
-What A Plant Needs Activity
-Nature Walk Templates for Each Season
And More…

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

A concept poem about fish.



CONCEPT POEMS

The poem “A Fish Wish” is an example of my “Concept Poems”.  My concept poems have a deliberate academic purpose. I created my poems as a vehicle to teach concepts being taught in content areas of instruction.

High frequency words were used to make the transition from hearing the poem to reading the poem easier.  The poems are easy for the children to remember and chant. After a few recitations, the children know the poem and all the factual information it addresses about its subject!

Poem and rhyme are a powerful way to teach concepts.  The rhyme allows easy memorization and repeated readings allow the students to internalize the concepts being taught. 
Click poem for link to my store and complete Fish and Sea Life Thematic unit.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Total Physical Response Sea Life Activity



This activity is a great way to teach vocabulary for a unit on sea life.  The students have fun learning through movement.  TPR activities help the children internalize the unit's vocabulary through body movement. Enjoy it for free.  Click on picture to go to my store.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

FISH AND SEA LIFE THEMATIC UNIT

Fish and Sea Life Thematic Unit
This product an all inclusive thematic unit for your teaching needs. It addresses the science standards for aquatic life in kindergarten The children will learn about characteristics of a fish and the difference between fish and ocean mammals. Extension activities about pond life are included as well. The children will learn the concepts and vocabulary being taught through poetry , art, activities and printables that can be used across the kindergarten curriculum. Here are some of the items in this product:

-CCSS
-Teaching Points
-Concept Poems for pet goldfish, mammals/dolphins, frogs...
-needs of aquatic life
-compare and contrast mammals and fish
-sort and classify fish and other sea life
-scientific notebook template
-TPR activity
-writing prompt using five senses
-under the sea counting book
-vocabulary word book to trace words and color
-traditional rhyme with number count, color and write activity
-Down by the Pond Label book
-tadpole concept poem
-and more!

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Fish-and-Sea-Life-Thematic-Unit-for-Kindergarten-Aligned-with-CCSSWIDA

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Writing criteria and rubric charts for Kindergarten


I have been teaching ELL and General Ed.  Kindergarten students how to write for the past 28 years.  I have developed a rubric system that is highly effective.  I have aligned this rubric system to CCSS and WIDA.  You can find the complete rubric in my store at TPT.  Below I have given samples of the rubric and a sample of student work that matches the rubric level.  These examples follow the same student throughout the school year.  This child is an average ELL student in my Kindergarten class.  The writing growth attained by implementing these rubrics is amazing. 

 


Notice the child received a V+ for this work.  All children receive a V+ and the work is assigned to a certain level.  This builds self-esteem and a sense of pride in the written work.  Here on the Entering level the child is using a picture to help verbally tell her story.  Random letters and invented spelling are the norm at this level.
 
 
The same student in November has made tremendous progress.  The three word sentence "I like GRaps." exemplifies this growth.  Here we see that the child understands sentence structure.  She is relaying an important piece of information to her story.  She is leaving spaces between words and using a captial and a period at the end of the sentence. The most improtant growth is that she is not  only copying from her environment but attempting to sound out the words in her story.  She is using what she has learned about letters and their sounds to form her thoughts into words.  This level, Developing, is a pivitol turning point for young writers.  These rubrics are displayed in sequence on a wall.The  rubric and samples show the child where they used to be in their writing skills, where they are now, and where they need to be for the next level.
 
 
We now see the same child making a huge jump in writing ability and it is only January of the school year.  To get a V+ on the Expanding level the child understood that she had to write at least three sentences with correct punctuation, copy words from semantic charts, and sound out words.  She also used a title and a detailed picture.
 
 
I am leaving the link to the complete rubric.  This product also includes a detailed rubric for reading.http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Reading-and-Writing-Rubrics-for-Kindergarten-Aligned-with-WIDACCSS
 
 
 
   
 

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Friday, February 8, 2013

Writing and Reading Rubrics for Kindergarten

 
 
 
These rubrics are bulletin board ready for your classroom. They are written in "kid speak" and illustrated for emergent readers. Actual anchor student writing samples are provided for each level. The writing samples follow the development of one particular child throughout the K year. This allows you to see the powerful impact using these rubrics has on the development of writing skills.
 
 

Thursday, January 31, 2013

This Food Groups thematic unit addresses kindergarten science standards. The activities and printables included develop the concept and vocabulary being taught in the unit.  The children will be exposed to the food unit's vocabulary across the curriculum.  Math, reading, writing, listening and speaking skills are developed by using this detailed product. The following is some of the items available:
-Food word bank little book activity
-compare and contast fruit and vegetables
-food group cut and paste sorting activity
-veggie addition
-food group patterns
-food match words
-ice cream math
-concept poem and activities
-build a helathy meal activity
-teaching suggestions and strategies
-assessment ideas

Food Groups Thematic Unit for Kindergarten

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Food-Groups-Thematic-Unit-for-Kindergarten-Aligned-with-CCSS

Sunday, January 13, 2013

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Valentine Seatwork

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Valentine-Kindergarten-Seatwork-Aligned-with-CCSS-and-Reading-Street
This is a great packet of Valentine Kindergarten seatwork. The ELA material in it is aligned with Reading Street's unit three. There is poetry and a complimentary activity included. The math activities are aligned with CCSS. There are also penmanship worksheets. These printables are a great to use at centers while you are doing small group work or individual testing. It will keep your children productively busy. $5.00

Monday, January 7, 2013

Kindergarten Writing Rubrics Aligned with CCSS/WIDA

 
 
This product is the Kindergarten writing rubric in "kid speak". I post these rubrics in my class with an example for each level. The examples used are selected from students' work in the current class. These rubrics will help your students see what level of writing they are currently at, where they developed from and where they need to be to attain the next level of writing growth.
 
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Sunday, January 6, 2013

Winter Wonder Printables

Please click on the picture below to view my Winter Wonder Activities Unit.  It is filled with great printables that will help you teach across a kindergarten curriculum.  Enjoy!!  Let's make learning fun!

Winter Wonder Activities

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Winter Wonders Activities

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