💕Friday Freebies💕

Hi teachers,

This Friday we have a great freebie for you!💕

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Benefits of Semantic Gradients:

 •easy to use

•reproducible, make what you need

•use with small groups or whole class

Semantic gradients are powerful tools to teach elementary students the differences between related words and increase their vocabulary.

This method of improving reading comprehension works with both English Language Learners and native English speakers and offers classroom teachers a vehicle to reach the needs of all of students. This type of gradient helps students distinguish between the subtle nuances of meaning of related words and broadens their understanding of connected words. Furthermore, gradients show all students how to use vocabulary precisely when expressing themselves in speaking and writing.

Semantic gradients are lists of related words that have similar meanings placed on a continuum moving from one word to its opposite. It is a continuum that order related words by degree.

These gradients use anchor words (words and their opposites) at each end of the gradient. The words used in between gradually shift in meaning.

For example, freezing and sweltering would be the anchor words for a semantic gradient of temperature words that included the following: freezing, cold, cool, warm, hot, roasting, and sweltering.

How do you use a Semantic Gradient?

Identify your 2 anchor words by choosing a word and finding its opposite.

Find synonyms for each of those words and order them to create your word list.

Students then order the words to create a gradient or continuum.

Click Here for your Semantic Gradient Black Line!

Have fun and happy teaching!

from Fun To Teach ESL – Teaching English as a Second Language http://esleld.blogspot.com/2017/08/friday-freebies.html

☀️Learning Centers Made Simple! Part 3☀️

Hello everyone!

This is part 3 of using centers in your classroom…

Have you wanted to try centers in your classroom, but weren’t sure where to start?  Have you tried centers and not been successful?  If you answered yes to either of these questions, read on and I will try and answer some basic questions teachers often have about  centers.

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Welcome to a center-based classroom!

Imagine walking into your classroom and seeing students in small groups working cooperatively. One group sits at a center with the teacher for guided reading instruction. Another group of children work at a theme center sequencing the life cycle of an insect. At the next center, students work together restructuring a story with sentence strips. The teacher signals for attention; the students quiet for directions. Students clean up their centers and rotate to the next center, going right to work.  Centers can be done simply with the helpful hints we give you here. Read on and

make centers a reality in your classroom!
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By providing a center-based environment in your classroom, you will be able to give your attention to small groups of children during “guided reading.” Research shows that this small-group instruction is one of the primary components that leads to strong readers. Centers also allow you to teach to all the student levels that are in your classroom. Your choice to run centers in your classroom will also teach your students how to work cooperatively in small groups. Learning centers allow you to teach “responsibility” as students work independently, practicing and
reviewing skills and concepts at each center. 
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Q: How does a center-based classroom look?
A: Many teachers use tables and desks against the walls in

their classroom. You can use student desks as a center, too.

During center time, the desks will be empty and small groups of children will be sitting at centers throughout the room. The teacher at guided reading will have her/his back to the wall in order to see all centers at a glance from where she/he sits.

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Q: How many adults do I need to run centers in my classroom?


A: Just you! When you teach the routines and procedures of

your centers well, your students will learn how to work without supervision during center time.

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Q: How long is center time?

A: That depends on you and on how many centers you have

each day. If you have five groups of students rotating through five centers and spending 15 minutes at each center, then you will need 1 hour and 15 minutes for center time. Six groups of children rotating through six centers will need an hour and a half. Remember to add a little extra time for the rotation of

groups when determining the time you will allot for centers.
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Q: When it is time to change centers, how do I get my studentsattention?
A: Ringing a bell or calling out “freeze” or “give me five” are great ways to call your students to attention. Teach your students to “freeze” when the signal is given and to listen for instructions.
Happy Teaching,
Lori


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☀️Learning Centers Made Simple! Part 2☀️

Hi everyone,


Let’s continue on our discussion on running a center based classroom.  Let’s take a look at the answers to some common questions teachers have as they get started!

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 Questions and Answers!
Q: What is a center?
A: A center is a physical area in a classroom set aside for a specific
learning purpose. The center has appropriate materials and supplies
so students can work individually or in cooperative groups.

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Q: How many students should I put in each group?
A: We recommend three to four students in each group at each center.
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Q: How long do students spend at each center?
A: Twenty to thirty minutes at each center is an adequate amount of time for students to complete most center activities.
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Q: How do students know where to go when it is time to rotate centers?
A: By teaching and practicing the routines and procedures you want followed at center time, your students will know what you want them to do. We suggest you follow a clockwise rotation pattern to rotate students through centers.
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Q: How do I group my students for centers?
A: To teach to the varied levels in all classrooms, we suggest you group your students by reading abilities. By grouping students this way, you can meet the instructional needs of all your students in language arts. Learning centers will allow you to teach to your low, medium, and high ability groups and move everyone forward.
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Check out our next post for more insights to running centers in your classroom!

Happy Teaching,


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☀️Learning Centers Made Simple!☀️

Hello everyone!

Have you wanted to try learning centers in your classroom, but weren’t sure where to start?  🌋Have you tried centers and not been successful? 


If you answered yes to either of these questions, read on and I will try and answer some basic questions teachers often have about math and literacy centers.

Let’s start with the basics! 🅱


What does a center-based classroom look like?


A well-run center-based classroom will have small groups of children working independently at all of the centers, the teacher leading a small group at the guided reading center and perhaps a parent facilitating another center.  The children will be engaged in the activities, well trained about the procedures, and involved in their own learning.

 

 

 

What’s the rationale?

Learning centers facilitate growth and learning!


https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Learning-Centers-Made-Simple-Literacy-Centers-for-Reading-and-Math-191988💭 Learning centers provide an opportunity for small-group

reading instruction.

💭  Learning centers enhance student learning.

💭  Learning centers teach students responsibility.

💭  Learning centers allow you to teach to a variety of

learning styles.

💭  Learning centers offer a wider variety of activities for

students to learn from.

💭  Learning centers allow students to work at their own level

while reviewing and practicing skills.

💭  Learning centers promote cooperative learning


 Stay tuned for the next post and the answers to some common questions about Learning Centers.

Happy Teaching😊

For more in depth information on running centers in an elementary classroom Click Here!


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ESL Newcomer Sentence Starters – No Prep!

Hello teachers!

Check out my new product on Teachers Pay Teachers!  I created this packet specifically for my ELL newcomers!
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This No Prep ESL newcomer package consists of :
•42 ESL Newcomer Sentence starter word wall cards

•Individual lined paper for each sentence starter

Verbs covered in this packet:
• TO BE • HAVE • CAN

• LIKE • NEED • WANT

Pronouns covered in this packet:
I, you, he, she, it, we, they

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These No Prep ESL newcomer writing prompts and activities provide engaging, independent practice for your ESL newcomer or beginner level ESL students. These engaging sentence starters focus on the verbs and pronouns beginning English speakers need to express themselves. Big lines on the writing pages help ESL students focus on handwriting and making the letters all the same size!

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Get your ESL newcomer students writing right away!

Use these comprehensive ESL sentence starters in your ELD or regular content class. Use the word wall cards to create a word wall that will support vocabulary growth with your ELL newcomers. This word wall of the pronouns and verbs ESL newcomers need will give ELLs visual clues to make connections with key learning concepts, provides reference support, and promote academic achievement in the content areas.

This packet contains 42 ESL newcomer sentence strips.
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Happy Teaching!
from Fun To Teach ESL – Teaching English as a Second Language http://esleld.blogspot.com/2017/08/esl-newcomer-sentence-starters-no-prep.html

Very varied voices

Happy day to everyone! 
Using songs to open a lesson is a great strategy to get students to practice the language you are teaching.  Don’t let your songs get boring.  Change the way you sing your songs using a variety of “voices”.  Here are a few of my favorites.  What are some of yours?
 Mouse squeak
Opera singing
Robot
Whisper
Deep/High
Hold your nose
Growling voice
Happy Teaching!
Lori




ESL & ELD Songs and Chants Volume I SING IT LOUD! SING IT CLEAR!  This 51-page collection of ELD and ESL songs and black lines are perfect for every classroom with second language learners. Open every lesson with a song or chant from this rich collection of ELD based lyrics and watch your students' fluency grow. Volume I includes 22 songs/ chants, lesson ideas and activities that will raise the oral academic language of your students to new heights. The songs and chants are sung to familiar popular songs or the lyrics are used in call backs or chant style tunes. These lyrics provide a compelling way to begin your ELD lesson while targeting complex English Structures. You and your students will enjoy these engaging and memorable lyrics.  Songs and Chants for: Possessive Pronouns Reflexive Pronouns Present Tense Questions Regular Past Tense Verbs Past Tense Questions Present Perfect Prepositions  Language levels included: Beginning Intermediate Advanced

This 51-page collection of ELD and ESL songs and black lines are perfect for every classroom with second language learners. Open every lesson with a song or chant from this rich collection of ELD based lyrics and watch your students’ fluency grow. Volume I includes 22 songs/ chants, lesson ideas and activities that will raise the oral academic language of your students to new heights. The songs and chants are sung to familiar popular songs or the lyrics are used in call backs or chant style tunes. These lyrics provide a compelling way to begin your ELD lesson while targeting complex English Structures. You and your students will enjoy these engaging and memorable lyrics.

Songs and Chants for:
Possessive Pronouns
Reflexive Pronouns
Present Tense Questions
Regular Past Tense Verbs
Past Tense Questions
Present Perfect
Prepositions

Language levels included:
Beginning
Intermediate
Advanced




from Fun To Teach ESL – Teaching English as a Second Language http://esleld.blogspot.com/2017/08/very-varied-voices.html