Saturday, 9 August 2014

Swap, Share, Give Linky ~ Freebies & A Giveaway

I am so excited to share this awesome resource with you today! I have been very fortunate to be a part of the talented bloggers who have come together to bring you....

This has been organised by Bec Perry from Books, Bugs & Boxes! :)

So, I was so excited to be paired up with Tania from Mrs. Poultney's Ponderings! I chose to use her pack Verbs Category Sort which was perfect for my low ESL class:

As soon as I opened this file, everything was clearly set out for me. I just printed off the verb cards, the recording sheets (which are differentiated by the way - so awesome). Here are some piccies for you!

These are the sorting mats for each of the categories. I found that my ESL students LOVED these. It helped them categorize their thinking with minimal confusion lol:

These are the recording sheets. I used the recording sheet with the four columns to save on paper but you can also print the sentences sheet on the back for an extension activity:

At first, we began the lesson by introducing verbs as a whole class discussion and brainstorming activity. I wrote down the four categories on the board and began to list a few verbs to help jog the class's thinking about verbs. I listed the big headings verbs that show speaking, movement, thinking, & possession.

I then handed out two sets of the verb cards there are about 8 words for each category so I laminated both sets for durability and placed the students in two separate groups and explained that this task is a competition game. Whoever sorts all the cards correctly **and I emphasized the correctly bit lol** 

I walked around to check that the two groups where sorting correctly, they needed dome guidance but it was self explanatory with the mats and the cards. Soon enough I was hearing a buzzing of excitement while they were trying to finish before the other group with some students popping in to check every now and then haha that was fun! Here is an example of the mat in action:

Finally, I checked their work and kept the words on the mats while they copied their correctly formed words on their recording sheets. I did a further activity where I wrote the answers on the board. There is an answer key provided so that definitely helped! We discussed the words and created sentences with them as a whole class. 

Here's the link to the product for more info: Verbs Category Sort.

So here's a mini freebie to share with you all related to conjunctions. I created this group game to practice conjunctions with my low level ESL class, it is available only on the blog - it is set out just like the game above only with two print outs for two groups and if you have a larger class you could print doubles of group 1 and 2. I love thinking of ways to save paper and enjoy class activities with the students!

Just click on any of the following pictures to get it! I hope you like it. :)

Now, for the giveaway enter here for a chance to win all these resources together! What a great deal. :)

I hope you enjoyed this post everyone! =)

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Friday, 1 August 2014

Back to School Blast Off, Freebies & a Linky! :)

What a crazy start to the term! I have to say... If I do manage to get through the first four weeks without fainting, I will need to celebrate with a guilt-free tub of Nutella!

Yes, that needed a picture for all you chocolate lovers out there to join in the fun (and calorie adding) fiesta! =P So, anyway this post will be short and sweet. 

As you all know, the back to school sale will be taking off on the 4th through to the 5th of August! So get your carts ready, I know I will. :) The only problem is that it's going to take me a while to choose between the things I've wishlisted, so I'm going to start adding stuff from now hehe..

Here are just some things I've recently added to TPT which you might like to check out. :)

Building social skills - a great pack for teaching social skills throughout the year, suitable for grades 1-5.

Comprehension Context Cues task cards - there are about 14 cards with QR codes for the answer keys - I will be using these next week in class. :) You can go ahead and right click to save this image and paste it in a Word/Excel document and get it printed for use! I have laminated them and will get the students to use dry erase markers to write on them.
I've added many more recently. Here are the direct Back to School links to both stores, ESL World and The Sea of Knowledge:

Finally, I'd like to give all of you sweet teacher friends a well deserved freebie (there'll be a lot more coming soon) - I feel like I've neglected this little blog hehe.
I have created this little reading comprehension passage for tutoring and I find that it helps ease students into the new year. I used it as a filler, so you could use it in grades1-2 as a morning starter. Enjoy :)

Click on any of the pictures to get the freebie!

Finally, here is a round up of some awesome back to school resources that you might like to check out! They are a mixture of resources for grades between K-3. If you have some teaching resources to contribute, please feel free to add your link - I can't wait to see them! :)

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Thursday, 17 July 2014

Alpha-Fun! ~ Ideas for Teaching The Difference Between 'n' and 'm' for ESL Kids + Freebies!

Hi all! It has been one tough week of back to work drama! I vowed to try and complete everything at work and I found myself with more work when I got home then when I started... Arg! I hope that your back to school start is much smoother.

Anyway! I wanted to blog about this pack for some time now - I used it in tutoring. I used this pack with a child in Kindergarten who is having trouble with letter formation and identification. Distinguishing between the 'm' and the 'n' as well as the 's' and the 'c' was quite evident. I thought I would try to give him some basic ground work starting with sounds.

Some basic activities that help kids recognize sounds of the alphabet:

1. Sounding out two letter words: I had done my research on this one - and some children simply get confused when there are more than 2 letters in a word - this is especially true for preschoolers. For instance use 'in', 'on', and not 'ant' etc... Up until the child gets the hang of the simpler sounds.
2. Use pictures with the alphabet cards or an alphabet chart: make sure you are pointing to the picture and the letter to help the child connect the letter sound with the letter. You can also use picture cards without the words on them so as not to confuse the child at first by looking at the whole word.

This is a sample poster from my pack titled 'Alphabet Posters with D'Nealian' using a polka dot them and a guide for writing the letters. I printed this poster when I was focusing on the letter 'M' and 'N':

You can get this resource here: Alphabet Posters Color & Black & White.

I first asked the child to point at the picture on the poster and tell me what it is. He will say 'monkey', then I will emphasize the 'm' in monkey. I gave him a dry erase marker and he began to trace over the uppercase and lowercase 'm' while saying the word 'monkey' repeatedly. (I found repetition to be key in memory retention)

All this and we haven't touched on the letter 'N' yet! 

Continue by reinforcing the letter with flash cards and pictures all starting with the letter 'm'. Here are some free resources found on the web:

The next thing we did is practice writing the letter, I used one of my printables resources with D'Nealian font:

You can get this resource here: Alphabet Read & Trace.

I found that after he got confident with the letter 'm', I encouraged him to try to write the word 'monkey' following my lead. He was able to copy the word on the circle, making sure that his 'm' was correctly formed and not written similar to the 'n'. 

The next step is to reinforce the letter with the new words. I created a resource specifically to help train young children to pick up and practice the differences between the two letters. For instance, I have a picture below of the two sets of word lists, 'm' and 'n':

You can get this resource here.

Next, I cut up all the words and shuffled them in random order:

The child began cutting up the box to paste into his workbook. Then, I explained that he will be using this as an interactive notebook where it'll open & close when needed. He was very excited to get this done - usually kids love to 'make' things and see them after they've finished their work. 

Following this, he began sorting the 'm' words. He started to paste them in their places and color in the 'M':

I love the Minions and I've created a few resources to help engage the youngsters in learning. They can be laminated at an A4 or A3 size and children can trace over the letters with a dry erase marker or use play dough! Here are some snapshots of these Alpha-minion posters:

If you'd like to have a look at the bundled alphabet pack which includes all of the above resources, it's right here.

This can be completed with the letter 'n' and pasted on the side of the 'm' and so on! This will be a great resource to come back to. Here are some freebies you can download for further practice:

I hope this post helped you out! I'd love to hear your comments on how you reinforce the alphabet. :)

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Monday, 23 June 2014

Two for Tuesday #2

I'm so excited that we've started our winter holiday break and the picture above is making me so envious of the most of you who are on sumemr break! Well, at least I have a picture to remind me of the warmth of summer hehe... It is FREEZING here in Sydney today. 

Anyway enough about that rant! I'm putting tww of my products on sale if you wish to start buying for the back to school prep. :) 

Here they are:

Wishing you an awesome summer!! :)

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Summer Bloggin' Week 4 ~ Meet Me!

Hello friends!  Today I'm linking up with The Teaching Tribune for their Summer Bloggin' Series!  The above is a picture of three things that you may not know about me...

1. Repeat a new song endlessly! --- Yes, I do this. Please tell me other people do too?!? My sister HATES this habit LOL. 

2. I wish my eyebrows grew at a normal rate so that I could get away with not doing them every two weeks but I guess luckily they aren't dark, so it's not too bad. :)

3. Yes, I've tried this 3 times last week. Whenever I skipped coffee in the morning - I'd get an impending headache right around 11AM. Strange?! 

Head over to the Teaching Tribune and enter you Monday- Meet-Me! Would love to read all about you! :)

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Saturday, 14 June 2014

Free Font Friday #2 -Teaching Tribune Link Up

Hi friends and fellow font lovers! :) Sorry it took me so long to link up this week! We've had such a busy week, we visited my cousin who just had the cutest baby we've ever seen! We also had my friend's 30th :)

Anyway, I love making new new fonts and I've got a HUGE bundle of fonts purchased from amazing sellers including, Mel from the Pond, MGL Fonts (Stefanie Galvin), KG (Kimberly Geswin Fonts) and Hello Fonts from Hello Literacy. Sooo many more but these are the ones I've used and loved - I'm sure you're all familair with them. :)

Here is my freebie font for the week, so excited! I made this font after I had a shower and my hair did the FUZZ haha... Can you tell?

Click on ther picture to get it! 

You can use this font for commercial and personal use, if you'd like to see more, my font bundle of 48 is available here. I've got another set of 16 fonts to be added to this pack real soon! The price goes up but once you've purchased it you can just download at no extra charge! :)

Hope you enjoy using this font! =)

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Sight Word Board Game Fun With Minions - Freebie

Hello teacher friends! I'm so excited to be a part of the blog hop for the awesome Krista Meiser from Second Grade Superkids, she is getting married and will be away the next couple of months - congratulations Krista it is such and exciting time!! :) 

Anyway, I'm here to share a great activity game board which can be played with any set of word cards! Any that you have you can play t with to revise vocabulary and words in context. This board game will be free on the blog for subscribers. :) A bigger set of board games will be coming to TPT soon!

Anyway, here is how you could set up this game:

Firstly, print the board on an A3 sized sheet of card stock (easily done at any local office shop - in Australia we have Officeworks). Laminate this for durability. You can print 2 more depending on how many groups you'd like to form in the class.

Have a set of dice ready!

Prepare figurines which would represent each player, you can buy these here on eBay for a great price: 

Or, you could print these out which I've made as an alternative. Click ont he picture to get them for free:
 Next, have a set of words ready for the game, these could be ANY set of word lists that you are teaching or reinforcing for the week. As long as the card words cannot be seen when the cards are flipped over. Here are some flashcard sets I use with my ESL students if you'd like to take a look:

 You can have a look at all the sets in my store here: Flashcard Sets ESL World.

Lastly, you can have a set of cards ready for each group or split cards so that each group gets a different list and explain the rules of the game: 
Rules: Choose a card from the pile (face down), say the word and then create a sentence using the word. If the sentence is correct, you keep the card and move on. The first to finish and have the most cards wins.

 Click on the picture to download the game for free!

Finally, walk around and check to make sure no one is cheating! My class had a blast with this game! Hope yours enjoy it too, would love to hear some comments! :)

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