English Language Development Teacher Resources

Encourage confidence in English language skills with materials designed for language learners.
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ELD: Interacting in Meaningful Ways

For Teachers K Standards
This collection will help kindergarten students learn to use the English language in order to exchange ideas and information in meaningful ways. Directions Communication Offering Opinions Active Listening
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Cinco De Mayo: ELD Reading and Language-Building

For Students 5th - 10th
A brief passage about the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo is accompanied by an array of language activities for ELD: cloze exercise, phrase matching, word jumble, multiple choice, sequencing, interview, group presentation, fluency writing,...
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International Dance Day: Reading and Activities for ELD

For Students 3rd - 8th
A brief passage about International Dance Day, April 29, is accompanied by an array of language activities based in sound ELD practice: cloze exercise, phrase matching, word jumble, multiple choice, sequencing, interview, group...
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ELD Lesson Plan: Give It All You Got

For Teachers 5th
Ice skating, music, hiking, and astronauts - what do they have in common? The four Houghton-Mifflin stories featured in this lesson ("Michelle Kwan," "La Bamba," "The Fear Place," and "Mae Jemison") show pupils that in order to be...
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ELD Lesson Planner: Animal Habitats

For Teachers 3rd
Explore the ocean and the woods with this ELD lesson, which involves three Houghton Mifflin short stories ("Nights of the Pufflings," "Seal Surfer," and "Two Days in May"). Your third graders will enjoy reading about animals in their...
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ELD Lesson Planner: Friend and Foe

For Teachers 4th
From fishing to forest fires, this lesson plan includes all kinds of scenarios for you to discuss with your ELD students. Three stories from Houghton-Mifflin ("Salmon Summer," "Wildfires," and "Skylark") help beginning, intermediate, and...
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ELD Lesson Plan: Voices of the Revolution

For Teachers 5th
Your fifth-grade ELD pupils will easily be able to tell the difference between fact and opinion. Using three stories from Houghton-Mifflin ("And Then What Happened, Paul Revere," "Katie's Trunk," and "James Forten"), they practice their...
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ELD Lesson Plan: Let's Look Around

For Teachers 1st
Predict what comes next in these three Houghton-Mifflin stories ("Seasons," "Pearl's First Prize Plant," and "Hilda Hen's Scary Night"). ELD pupils can practice their summary and prediction skills, as well as their auxiliary verbs and...
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ELD Lesson Planner: Family and Friends

For Teachers 1st
Animal friends and families help your 1st graders with their ELD and literacy skills in three Houghton-Mifflin stories ("The Secret Code," Bud's Day Out," and "An Egg Is An Egg, or, Who's in a Family?"). They can practice drawing...
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ELD Lesson Plan: We Can Work It Out

For Teachers 1st
Three fun stories from Houghton-Mifflin ("That Toad Is Mine," "Lost!" and "If You Give a Pig a Pancake") help ELD learners sequence events, express problem and solution, and predict outcomes. This also includes sentence frames to help...
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ELD Lesson Plan: We Can Do It!

For Teachers 1st
Bears, fireflies, and Frog and Toad come together in this ELD lesson, which is based on a collection of Houghton-Mifflin stories ("Two Greedy Bears," "Fireflies for Nathan," and "The Hat (Frog and Toad)"). Three differentiated levels...
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ELD Lesson Plan: Nature's Fury

For Teachers 4th - 6th
What happens during a natural disaster? Science and language arts come together in this resource, which works from three Houghton-Mifflin stories ("Earthquake Terror,"  "Eye of the Storm: Chasing Storms with Warren Faidley," and...
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ELD Lesson Planner: Animal Encounters

For Teachers 5th
Each literary skill is linked to a part of speech in this ELD lesson plan, which works with three Houghton-Mifflin stories ("The Grizzly Bear Family Book, The Golden Lion Tamarin Comes Home," and "My Side of the Mountain"). Learners...
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ELD Lesson Plan: All Together Now

For Teachers 1st
Differentiated into Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced levels, this ELD plan accesses many different literary skills. Three stories from Houghton-Mifflin ("I Am Six," "Ten Dogs in the Window," and "Charles Tiger") give learners a way...
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ELD Lesson Plan: Special Friends

For Teachers 1st
Discuss the value of friendship with these three stories from Houghton-Mifflin ("When I Am Old with You," "The New Friend," "The Surprise Family"). ELD pupils can practice making predictions, compare and contrast characters, and note...
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ELD Lesson Plan: Voyagers

For Teachers 3rd
Challenge your 3rd grade ELD learners with this instructional activity, which works with three Houghton-Mifflin stories ("Across the Wide Dark Sea," "Yunmi and Halmoni's Trip," and "Trapped by Ice!"). They will apply these travel stories...
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ELD Lesson Plan: Journeys

For Teachers 4th
From the Titanic to the Iditarod, your ELD pupils will be on a whirlwind adventure with these four Houghton-Mifflin stories ("Akiak," "Grandfather's Journey," "Finding the Titanic," and "By the Shore of Silver Lake"). By practicing their...
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ELD: Talent Show

For Teachers 2nd
"Talent Show" is an ELD lesson planner that has beginning English language learners focus on expressing the author's viewpoint by using pronouns and noting details using adjectives. Additionally, 2nd graders will be asked to express...
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Idioms for the ELD Learner

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Idiomatic expressions can be one of the trickiest parts of the English language. English learners use a variety of technological devices to create SmartBoard pages about idioms. Each person creates a portrayal of an idiom for the...
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ELD Lesson Planner: Smart Solution

For Teachers 3rd
Access your beginning, intermediate, and advanced learners' needs with this thorough lesson plan. The Houghton-Mifflin stories ("Pepita Talks Twice," "Poppa's New Pants," and "Ramona Quimby, Age 8") address vocabulary, grammatical forms,...
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ELD Lesson Plan: Person-to Person

For Teachers 5th
Intended to pair with four stories from Houghton-Mifflin ("Mariah Keeps Cool," "Mama's Best Friend," "Yang the Second & Her Secret Admirer," and "Dear Mr. Henshaw,"), this lesson plan differentiates into beginning, intermediate, and...
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ELD Lesson Plan: Amazing Animals

For Teachers 2nd
Explore anthills, bat and bird baseball, and the world of safety with these three Houghton-Mifflin stories ("Officer Buckle and Gloria," "ANTS," and "The Great Ball Game"). Your 2nd grade ELD learners will enjoy the lively animals in the...
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ELD Unit: Nature

For Teachers 5th
Practice prepositional phrases against the backdrop of nature in this ELD lesson plan. Five days of the unit are detailed here, including the specific parts of speech addressed on each day (differentiated into five different skill...
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ELD Lesson Plan

For Teachers 6th
Take a trip to the outdoors with this ELD lesson plan. After watching a video about the forest (not included in the lesson plan), pupils practice defining a list of given words about the wilderness. Teachers can alter these words based...
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ELD Lesson Plan: That's Amazing

For Teachers 4th
Using three Houghton-Mifflin stories ("The Stranger," "Cendrillon," and "Heat Wave,"), ELD learners can practice their literary analysis and writing skills. Sentence frames prompt thoughtful responses about character, setting, and...
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ELD Lesson Planner: "Heroes"

For Teachers 4th
Help your 4th graders find their heroes in this ELD lesson. Using three stories from Houghton-Mifflin ("Happy Birthday, Dr. King!" "Gloria Estefan," and "Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man"), they will analyze the traits of a hero and relate...
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Movie Stars (ELD Lesson)

For Students 7th - 12th
Reinforce conversational skills in your ELD class with this worksheet. Pairs of partners ask questions about twelve famous movie star based on a given example (Julia Roberts and Brad Pitt). Questions address given names, birthdays,...
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ELD Lesson Plan: Around Town

For Teachers 2nd
Tour the town with this ELD lesson, which involves three Houghton-Mifflin stories ("Chinatown," "A Trip to the Firehouse," "Big Bushy Mustache," and "Jamaica Louise James"). Learners practice their future tense and prepositions, as well...
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ELD Lesson Planner: Growing Up

For Teachers 6th
Three coming-of-age Houghton-Mifflin stories (an excerpt from Where the Red Fern Grows, as well as "Last Summer with Maizon," and "The Challenge") show your ELD pupils the trials and tribulations of growing up. Differentiated sentence...
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ELD Poetry: When I Taste Salt

For Teachers 3rd - 9th
English language learners read "When I Taste Salt" and complete the questions that accompany the poem. After completing the basic reading comprehension questions, they make a personal connection to the story by writing about one of their...
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ELD Lesson Plan: Building Vocabulary

For Teachers 6th
Build wilderness vocabulary and teach sixth graders how to use the words in sentences! In this ELD vocabulary lesson plan, learners watch a film which includes all of the wilderness/forest vocabulary that is included in the instructional...
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ELD Lesson Plan

For Teachers Pre-K - 3rd
View and explore different types of ecosystems found in our environment. Learners will study, discuss and view examples of 7 vocabulary words associated with ecosystems. They will also draw examples of different species found in...
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ELD Lesson Plan: Nature Walk

For Teachers 2nd
Take a calming walk through nature in this ELD lesson. With three Houghton-Mifflin stories ("Henry and Mudge and the Starry Night," "Exploring Parks with Ranger Dockett," "Around the Pond"), readers compare and contrast details, as well...
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Comparing Numbers: ELD "More" and "Fewer"

For Students K
For your English Learners, and any young mathematicians, a worksheet to develop academic vocabulary: "more" and "fewer." Pictures convey the definition of each word; learners compare sets of objects and circle the one that shows "more"...
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ELD Lesson Plan: Off to Adventure!

For Teachers 3rd
It's time for adventure! After reading three stories from Houghton-Mifflin ("The Lost and Found," "The Ballad of Mulan," and "The Waterfall,"), various vocabulary words about feelings, the wilderness, and different situations are...
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ELD Lesson Plan: One Land, Many Trails

For Teachers 5th
Explore the Wild West with this lesson, which accompanies four Houghton-Mifflin stories ("A Boy Called Slow," "Pioneer Girl," "Black Cowboy, Wild Horses," and "Elena"). Learners practice making applications to the text, as well as...
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ELD Lesson Planner: What Really Happened?

For Teachers 6th
Based on three Houghton-Mifflin stories ("Amelia Earhart: First Lady of Flight," "The Girl Who Married the Moon," and "Dinosaur Ghosts"), learners complete oral language activities to practice their literacy skills. Sentences frames for...
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ELD Lesson Plan: Family Time

For Teachers 2nd
Weathering both family dynamics and sudden storms are the main topics of these three stories from Houghton-Mifflin ("Brothers and Sisters," "Jalapeno Bagels," "Carousel," and "Thunder Cake"). Practice generalizing and sequencing events...
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ELD Lesson Planner: Home Sweet Home

For Teachers 1st
Three stories from Houghton-Mifflin ("Moving Day," "Me on the Map," and "The Kite") guide this lesson, which addresses comparing and contrasting details, making generalizations and inferences, and cause and effect. Pupils answer...
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ELD Lesson Planner: Animal Adventures

For Teachers 1st
Excite the animal lovers in your 1st grade class with this lesson! After reading three animal stories from Houghton-Mifflin ("The Sleeping Pig," "EEK! There's a Mouse in the House," and "Red-Eyed Tree Frog"), learners practice sequencing...
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ELD Lesson Plan: Our Earth

For Teachers 1st
Three stories about nature and the outdoors from Houghton-Mifflin ("The Forest," "Butterfly," and "Johnny Appleseed") support this lesson, which focuses on description, summary, and drawing conclusions. The lesson is differentiated into...
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ELD Lesson Planner: Celebrating Traditions

For Teachers 3rd
Help your third graders reinforce their literacy and grammar skills with this resource, which incorporates four Houghton-Mifflin stories ("The Keeping Quilt," "Anthony Reynoso: Born to Rope," "The Talking Cloth," and "Dancing Rainbows")....
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ELD Lesson Plans: Incredible Stories

For Teachers 3rd
Describing words abound in this activity, which involves three stories from Houghton-Mifflin ("Dogzilla," "The Mysterious Giant of Barletta," "Raising Dragons," and "The Garden of Abdul Gasazi"). Progressively challenging activities for...
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ELD Lesson Plan: Problem Solvers

For Teachers 4th
Using four Houghton-Mifflin stories ("My Name is Maria Isabel," "Marven of the Great North Woods," "The Last Dragon," and "Sing to the Stars"), fourth-grade English language learners practice literacy and grammar skills. Differentiated...
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ELD Lesson Planner: New Frontiers

For Teachers 6th
Take a trip to the stars with this lesson plan, which is based on four stories about space exploration ("The Adventures of Sojourner: The Mission to Mars that Thrilled the World," "Franklin R. Chang-Diaz," "Beneath Blue Winters," and...
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ELD Lesson Plan: Gold Rush

For Teachers 4th
Eureka! Discover gold in this ELD history lesson plan, which provides both instruction and a number of activities. Teachers first engage the class in a "call and response" activity about people who came to California during the Gold...
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ELD Lesson Plan: Habitats

For Teachers 3rd
Explore the biomes of the Earth with your ELD pupils. Explore the natural habitats of many animals and plants. After a discussion on different habitats and the animals which live there, individuals are prompted to create their own animal...
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Following Directions Involving Positional and Descriptive Concepts

For Teachers K
In ELD the focus is on language acquisition and usage. This lesson plan focuses on having students use prepositions and adjectives to describe what something looks like and to understand positional concepts when spoken. Students will...
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ELD Lesson Planner: Doers and Dreamers

For Teachers 6th
Every problem has a solution, and in this lesson, your pupils will learn how to better solve their daily problems. After reading three stories from Houghton-Mifflin ("A Kind of Grace," "Under the Royal Palms," and "Chuck Close, Up...
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Question Tags Practice

For Students 3rd - 6th Standards
Young grammarians complete 20 interrogative sentences by adding formulaic question tags. They use the verbs could, would or should with an appropriate pronoun in question tags to complete each sentence. Example: They would listen,...
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ELD: Surprise

For Teachers 1st
Using conjunctions and noting details are part of this 5-day Surprise plan. Beginning level students will sequence events by using the present progressive asking questions and formulating answers. For the final activity they will...
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ELD Lesson Plan: American Stories

For Teachers 4th
Ease your first graders into the first few days of school with this lesson plan, which features four stories from Houghton-Mifflin ("Tomas and the Library Lady," Tanya's Reunion," "Boss of the Plains," and "A Very Important Day")....
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ELD Lesson Plan: Courage

For Teachers 6th
What is true courage? Your class can explore the answer with these three Houghton-Mifflin stories ("Hatchet," "Passage to Freedom," "Climb or Die," and "The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle"), which feature courageous characters and...
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At Home

For Teachers K - 1st
As part of a vocabulary development exercise (perfect for ELD) about "At Home," learners count from 20-29 by 1s and skip count by 10s to 100. They label a poster of a house with proper vocabulary words. Ideas for differentiating among...
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ELD Lesson Plan: Five Senses

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
See, hear, touch, taste, and smell this lesson, which takes ELD pupils through the functions of the five senses. The lesson includes direct instruction that leads into a guided practice "sight and signal game," where they rehearse and...
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Building ELD Confidence Through Games

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Fun ways to get your English Learner's involved in the classroom.
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Verb Tense Packet

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
How do you word questions? Word order in questions is the focus of a 23-page grammar packet designed for ESL/ELD classes. Yes/no questions, information questions, and tag questions are all examined.
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ELD Lesson Planner: Discovering

For Teachers 6th
Make connections in these three Houghton-Mifflin stories ("Lost Temple of the Aztecs," "The Great Wall," and "The Royal Kingdoms of Ghana, Mali, and Songhay"). Not only will your English learners be able to practice their literary...
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ESL/ELD: Learning about Ash Wednesday

For Students 5th - 10th
An overview of the history and tradition of Ash Wednesday in 2 paragraphs is accompanied by an array of language activities: cloze exercise, phrase matching, word jumble, multiple choice, sequencing, interview, group presentation,...
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ELD Lesson Planner: Silly Stories

For Teachers 2nd
If you or pupils are in a silly mood, use this lesson plan! It is based on three "silly" Houghton-Mifflin stories ("Dragon Gets By," "Julius," and "Mrs. Brown Went to Town"), which range from pet pigs to animals raiding the pantry. It is...
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How to Keep ELD Rewarding

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
The true success of English Learners won't always shine through in the form of perfect test scores.
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ELD with Dr. Seuss Will Turn Their Creativity Loose!

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Use the timeless story of Green Eggs and Ham to excite learners of all ages and proficiency levels.
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The Power of Words in Charlotte's Web

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
"How can a few good words save a pig's life?" Posed with this question, your ELD students explore E.B. White's Charlotte's Web in a meaningful, valuable way. By analyzing specific word choice from the book, especially the excerpts...
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Structure Practice: The Passive Voice

For Students 3rd - 6th
Use this online interactive worksheet in an ELD class or for younger native speakers. They practice using simple past tense verbs in the passive voice. Many of the constructions are not straightforward, nor often used by early speakers,...
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ELD Lesson Plan: Ecosystems

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
From the depths of the oceans to the peaks of the mountains, your class will see the world with new eyes after this lesson. In a discussion about different ecosystems such as the jungle, the tundra, and the grasslands, they will describe...
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High-Frequency Phrases: First 100 Words

For Teachers Higher Ed
ELD or elementary students can use this presentation to practice recognizing and saying common English phrases. Each slide contains a two to four word phrase. Have the class recite to practice proper pronunciation.
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English Grammar & Writing - Capitalization

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Go over the basics of capitalization and when to use upper-case letters. A young woman with a whiteboard writes examples and explains. This is a good resource for ELL or ELD students due to its simplicity. One grammatical mistake is made...
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Modals

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Modal verbs (can/could, may/might, will/would) are the focus of an ESL/ELD grammar packet that provides language learners with many opportunities to practice using auxiliary verbs.
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Passive Voice

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Passive voice and participial adjectives are the focus of an 11-page resource packet designed for ESL/ELD classes. Language learners engage in activities and complete exercises that give them lots of practice with these constructs.
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Tree of Cranes

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Conduct a literature study in order to review the sequence of a story with an ELD class. Here, middle schoolers read the story and practice the skill of summary in order to increase reading comprehension and writing skills. Allen Say's...
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Shed Style

For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed
Originally designed for adults learning English in Vietnam, this plan can easily be used with your middle and high school ELD classrooms with little adaptation needed! Although the article "Shed Style" is not attached, learners will...
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Vocabulary Worksheets: Nouns and Modifiers

For Students 1st - 4th
Using these activities, learners are able to practice a variety of skills including identifying adjectives and nouns, developing vocabulary, and honing reading comprehension. This 111-question resource could be used with students in...
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Beginning Spelling: Time to Eat

For Students 3rd - Higher Ed
For younger grammar learners, or as part of an ELD lesson for older kids, a word scramble activity provides a fun way to practice food-related vocabulary and spelling. Learners unscramble letters to form 11 food-related words. The...
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Let's Discuss Current Events

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Investigate articles from the daily news and share opinions with classmates. Using current events, learners view a news program without sound and predict what news is being discussed by analyzing the visuals. Then they read news articles...
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I Can Write a Poem

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
It is so important for English language learners to be able to write for a variety of purposes. Specifically written for an ELD class, this activity provides explicit instruction for teaching learners how to write a poem. First, they...
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Basic English Grammar: Using the Simple Present

For Teachers 2nd - 12th
Discuss the use of the present tense in a lower grade or ELD classroom. This resource focuses on the use of the present tense in simple sentences. With the simplicity of the examples, it could be used with young children or beginning ELLs.
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"Trains meeting in the night" Activity: 4-1 -- China Reunites

For Students 7th - 10th
A simple exercise in close reading of informational text that may be useful in a variety of classes including social studies, religion, and ELD. It includes 12 short passages about Chinese history, with a question immediately following...
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Big Grammar Book

For Students K - 8th Standards
With this comprehensive language arts resource in your arsenal, you'll never have to look for another grammar activity! Whether you're teaching kindergartners how to write the upper- and lower-case letters of the alphabet, or helping...
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Voices of the Revolution: English Language Development Lessons (Theme 3)

For Teachers 5th Standards
Language learners develop their speaking and writing skills while reading about historic figures like Paul Revere and James Forten, and key events like the Boston Tea Party. All the lessons, readings, activities, and exercises are...
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Verbs: Past

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
The focus of this 38-page packet is on past tense verbs. Packed with games, activities, exercises, and drills that can be adapted to any level, the resource deserves a place in your ESL/ELD curriculum library.
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To Market We Will Go

For Teachers 2nd - 9th
Introduce your class to the world of economics in this ELD lesson plan, which takes them through a market simulation. They work in teams to create businesses and produce products or services. Each team must buy materials as well as pay...
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Argumentative/Persuasive Writing

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Intended for an intermediate/advance ELD course, this resource can support anyone learning the techniques and discernment needed for effective persuasive/argumentative writing. Beginning with the issue of curfews for a quick class...
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The Joy of Abstract Nouns

For Students 7th - Higher Ed
Help your class understand how adjectives can be related to abstract nouns by analyzing a list of 80 adjective/noun pairs. Example: luxurious/luxury. There are no questions on the page as this is a word list but it is a useful reference...
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Simple Past - Irregular

For Students 2nd - 5th
Here is a flashing, blinking, colorful, interactive, online worksheet that would be handy to keep fast finishers on the job in a computer lab. They choose correct past tense forms from drop-down menus for each of eight illustrated...
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Baseball Vocabulary Game: ESL Beginners

For Teachers 6th - 8th
The most valuable part of this lesson is the instructions to "Vocabulary Baseball," which can be applied to any vocabulary or key terms list. The game uses word boxes and the autobiography of Roberto Clemente, which the lesson describes...
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Pronoun/Antecedent Agreement: Summary

For Students 6th - 9th
This summary of pronoun/antecedent agreement rules, broken down into 5 basic steps, would make a handy reference sheet to keep in an editing folder or intermediate ELD notebook. However, it has no built-in practice opportunities.
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Figurative Language

For Teachers 2nd - Higher Ed
After a quick explanation of idioms, learners evaluate the meanings of three PowerPoint examples. The slide show could be augmented or used as a presentation model for upper elementary or ELD classes.
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Dream Kitchen

For Teachers 12th - Higher Ed
Advanced ESL students can engage in this instructional activity designed to practice compiling lists, adding costs, and describing why they chose a particular item. They will choose items from a magazine that they'd like in their dream...
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SDAIE Lesson: Frogs

For Teachers 3rd - 7th
If you're teaching about frogs (and happen to have a live frog available, though it's not necessary), this ELD lesson is right up your lily pad. Take your class through the life cycle of a frog and "frog vocabulary," as well as helping...
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Parts of Speech: Defined

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Before one can write with proper grammar, one needs to understand grammar's components. Use this presentation to help your students build definitions of the basic parts of speech such as: nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and...
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Brain-Controlled Robotic Arms: Cloze activity with Article

For Students 5th - 9th
Fascinating content about current medical research on brain-controlled prosthetics comes in cloze activity form with a link to the original article. Useful for listening and reading comprehension skills development, and for any science...
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Latin Roots: Cern, Jur, Leg: Audio Context Story

For Students 9th - 11th
Words containing the Latin roots cern, jur, and leg are featured in an audio story to support proper pronunciation and use. Target words are repeated for emphasis, to give listeners a chance to practice. Context story seems contrived to...
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ELD Five Senses Lesson Plan

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
English learners ask and answer questions about the five senses. They participate in sight and sound signal reading, singing songs, and creating sense charts. They make cross curricular connections by reading books and by focusing on...
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ELD Lesson Plan

For Teachers 5th - Higher Ed
Explore consonants with this letter "b" lesson, the learner will complete various activities to reinforce the sound associated with the letter "b". He/she will work one on one with a teacher to identify words that begin with "b" and will...
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ELD Lesson Plan: Making Predictions

For Teachers K
What will happen next? Your kindergarteners will be experts at making predictions in stories after this activity. Using three books (My Balloon by K. Davis and W. Oldfield, The Berenstain Bears: Big Bear, Small Bear by J. and J....
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ELD Lesson Plan: Phonics

For Teachers 7th
Be the best with this basic "B" review lesson. Early Intermediate learners can practice their knowledge of words that start with "B" in various activities, including a Memory card game with different words and images that begin with "B."...
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ELD Lesson Plan: Thanksgiving

For Teachers 3rd
Celebrate Thanksgiving. Given a list of vocabulary words, pupils read "Albert's Thanksgiving" by Leslie Tryon. The lesson continues through direct teaching (copying down vocabulary from the story), guided practice (writing one sentence...
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Words in the News: Stem Cell Research

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
A thorough resource for intermediate English learners addresses reading comprehension of informational texts, adjective forms, vocabulary acquisition, and writing in a journalistic style. Specifically, the class reads about stem cell...
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English Expressions Quiz: Online

For Students 4th - 7th
An online worksheet provides opportunities to assess comprehension of 10 common adages like "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush" or "Variety is the spice of life." Learners complete a multiple choice quiz (and can check their...
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Britney Spears: Famous People, ELL Assignment

For Students 7th - Higher Ed
If you teach English learners and want a thorough assignment that addresses reading and listening comprehension, speaking skills, vocabulary acquisition, and more, a high-interest content instructional activity on Britney Spears may be...
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Jay-Z: Famous People, ELL Assignment

For Students 7th - Higher Ed
This lengthy assignment was designed for English language learners. It includes a 1-page reading on the rapper, Jay-Z, and 10 activities/exercises that focus on listening and reading comprehension, speaking, vocabulary acquisition,...
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Jay Chou: Famous People (ELL Assignment)

For Students 7th - Higher Ed
This 13-page assignment was designed for English language learners and includes a one-page reading on the Taiwanese entertainer, Jay Chou, and 10 activities/exercises that address listening and reading comprehension, speaking, vocabulary...
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Rowan Atkinson: Famous People, ELL Assignment

For Students 6th - Higher Ed
This 13-page assignment was designed for English language learners. It includes a one-page reading on the comedic actor Rowan Atkinson and 10 activities/exercises that focus on listening and reading comprehension, speaking, vocabulary...
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Brainstorming Famous Songs and Musical Styles

For Students 4th - Higher Ed
Use a graphic organizer to help students think and write about songs and music. From famous singers to styles and songs, students will brainstorm for each of these categories.
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English & Spanish School Word Cards for ELL

For Teachers K - 8th Standards
Transition young English language learners back to school with this set of vocabulary cards. Addressing common classroom vocabulary like teacher, backpack, and crayons, this set of cards is perfect for developing the language children...
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Word Definitions

For Students Pre-K - 11th
An ELD definitions list, this resource covers travel-related vocabulary in English. However, it does not offer any opportunities for practice. Based on British English.
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Saint Patrick's Day - Cloze Activity

For Students 4th - 8th
Learn about St. Patrick's Day traditions while filling in the blanks with prepositions, articles, and conjunctions in a one-page cloze activity. Grammarians can get a score and see correct answers in this online interactive exercise. For...
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Wonderful Adjectives!

For Teachers 2nd
Whether you're teaching ELD or language arts, young learners can always use a tip or two on writing with description. They discuss adjectives as a class and read Many Luscious Lollipops by Ruth Heller. They get into groups where each kid...
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Pancakes, Pancakes (Elementary, Science)

For Teachers K - 1st
Read Pancakes for Breakfast by Tomi De Paola then participate in different activities which practice skills such as English language development, using non-standard measurement, fine motor skills, dramatic play, and using our five senses.
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ESL: Around Town Matching

For Students 3rd - 9th
Tiny pictures of buildings found around town can be matched with their names in this exercise for beginning English Learners. Indefinite articles are included with vocabulary; nice way to reinforce the "a/an" rule. Pictures are quite...
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ESL: What's the Weather Like?

For Students 3rd - 9th
Beginning English learners practice describing the weather with help from eight picture clues. Questions are phrased like "How's the weather?" and "What's the weather like?" Tinker with the formatting to make it all fit on one page...
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Intermediate Short Stories - "A New Cat"

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Learners will read a short story in a basic and advanced version. They then answer 3 comprehension questions and 5 vocabulary questions.
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Intermediate Short Stories - "Making Dinner"

For Students 2nd - 3rd
Primary learners read the basic and advanced version of the story "Making Dinner." They then answer 3 comprehension and 5 vocabulary questions.
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Feelings PowerPoint

For Teachers Pre-K - 4th
Have your students practice their best happy face while presenting this PowerPoint about feelings. Large font, accompanied by drawings and photos of different emotions, including: happy, sad, angry, surprised, afraid, and worried are...
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Wrinkles ESL Lesson

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Practice English vocabulary and dialogue. An ELD class completes a true/false worksheet about aging and wrinkles, then read an article entitled "Wrinkles Give Clues to Bone Condition" using context clues to determine vocabulary...
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Backstage With Elmo: Jenny McCarthy

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Elmo sings the song, “Twinkle, Twinkle Litter Star” with Jenny McCarthy. Elmo asks Jenny about her favorite instrument and what makes her happy. This video could be helpful when introducing friendly questions to young ELD students.
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Interview with a Famous Athlete

For Students 4th - Higher Ed
Teach your learners how to conduct an interview. English learners will learn the language patterns behind asking questions and creating answers through sentence frames and pictures though the topic of famous athletes.
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Abstract Nouns: Sentence Search

For Students 4th - 8th
This is a creative way to read the sentence parts and then connect the words with horizontal and vertical lines to form sentences with abstract nouns. Great for groups and whole class discussions. Also a great resource for ELD/ESL
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Personal Pronouns

For Students 1st - 3rd
In this language arts worksheet, students are introduced to the different types of personal pronouns. They must read, write and say each of 21 different personal pronouns. This would be a great supplement for and ESL or ELD class.
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ESL: Business Vocabulary Word Search

For Students 6th - 10th
Language associated with business, economics, jobs, and the workplace makes up this word search puzzle with 54 items to find. Lesson has links to printable pdf and HTML formats, with answer keys for each. Some spellings are of British...
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ESL: Practice Using Present Progressive Tense

For Students 4th - 7th
Small, cartoonish pictures of people expressing emotions and actions (blowing his nose, holding her head and frowning, dancing, smiling) provide the basis for writers to describe the feelings and experiences taking place. Help your ESL...
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What Did You Do?

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
English learners practice using the past tense by participating in a time description activity. They identify the differences between verbs when they are used to describe current events or past events. Learners answer questions using...
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"So, What Do You Think?"

For Teachers 5th - 9th
Take a stand! Even the most reluctant speakers find their voices if the topics are engaging. Use pictures, photos, or word prompts (I think pizza is the best lunch on the school menu. What do you think?) to stir responses. Encourage...
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Get What You Want

For Teachers 6th
Make requests and improve interpersonal communication skills by writing a business letter. The class implements correct order and format required for a block or modified block letter. Then, they choose a topic of interest so that they...
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ESL English Grammar Lesson: The Royal Wedding

For Teachers 9th
Have your ESL learners practice their written and oral English grammar skills, with this highly engaging ESL Lesson. Budding grammarians mingle across the room discovering what they each know about the Royal Wedding between Kate and...
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Colors All Around: English Language Development Lessons (Theme 2)

For Teachers K
A reading of the rhyme "Red Means Stop!" launches a three-week ELD/ESL study of color. The scripted daily lessons contained in the 32-page unit are packed with exercises, activities, and skill builders.
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Voyagers: English Language Development Lessons (Theme 5)

For Teachers 3rd
This packet, the second in the series of support materials for the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt thematic units on voyagers, contains support and enrichment activities for ELD/ESL learners.
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Heroes: English Language Development Lessons (Theme 5)

For Teachers 4th
This packet of support materials for the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt thematic units on heroes, contains lessons, exercises, and activities specifically designed for ELD/ESL learners.
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Silly Stories: English Language Development Lessons (Theme 1)

For Teachers 2nd
ESL/ELD learners are provided extra support with the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt thematic units on silly stories by this packet of activities, exercises, and practice sets.
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Animal Adventures: English Language Development Lessons (Theme 6)

For Teachers 1st
Provide extra support for language learners as they progress through the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt thematic units on animal adventures. This 30-page packet includes scripted lessons designed for beginning, emergent, intermediate, and...
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Amazing Animals: English Language Development Lessons (Theme 4)

For Teachers 2nd
This packet, the second in the series of support materials for the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt thematic units on amazing animals, contains exercises and activities designed for the ESL/ELD classroom.
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Animal Encounters: English Language Development Lessons (Theme 6)

For Teachers 5th
Denali National Park and the rain forests of Brazil are the settings for a series of lessons on animal encounters with grizzly bears and golden lion tamarins. The 32-page packet includes scripted lesson plans, activity suggestions, and...
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Nature’s Fury: English Language Development Lessons (Theme 1)

For Teachers 5th
Nature's big events, earthquakes, volcano eruptions, and hurricanes, are the focus of this 32-page resource designed for the ESL/ELD classroom. In addition to learning about these phenomena, language learners practice using singular and...
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Transport & Travel

For Teachers 3rd - 9th
Foot, bus, bicycle, boat. Transport and travel words are targeted in this plan designed for ESL/ELD classes. The packet is packed with practice exercises and performance prompts.
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Time Frequency - "How Often ...?"

For Teachers 3rd - 9th
How often do you ride a bike? Time frequency words are featured in a lesson designed for ESL/ELD classrooms. 
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Time Management

For Teachers 6th - 12th
The benefits of good time management and the consequences for poor time management are the focus of a series of exercises designed for ELL/ELD classes but appropriate for all learners.
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Teaching Social Studies in English

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Case studies, an examination of images, and readings of passages from the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child are used to spark conversations in ESL/ELD social studies classes about this highly-charged topic. Using a variety of...
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Simple Texts for Primary Pupils

For Teachers K - 6th
Can literacy get any more fun than this? Learners not only have fun, but gain confidence as well when presented with familiar text in another language. Select books, songs, poems, even recipes written in another language, and using the...
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World Teachers' Day

For Students 3rd - 5th
Practice reading comprehension by having your class read a factual passage about World Teachers' Day and mach phrases, fill in the blanks, identify correct grammar usage, unscramble vocabulary words, sequence sentences from the passage,...
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Triple blends 'scr'

For Students 2nd - 4th
This worksheet explores the triple blend, 'scr'. First, learners use the given word dial to create different words starting with 'scr'. Next, they copy and complete 8 different sentences. Lastly, the class copies 4 yes or no questions...
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Cristina Kirchner: Famous People (ELL Assignment)

For Students 6th - Higher Ed
This lengthy assignment for English language learners includes a one-page reading on the Argentinian president, Cristina Kirchner, and numerous activities/exercises that address listening and reading comprehension, speaking, vocabulary...
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Valentine's Day

For Teachers K - 3rd
Students participate in several Valentine's Day activities that are geared towards ESL learners. In this holiday lesson, students visit several websites such as acbteach.com to complete several reading comprehension activities. Students...
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April Fool's Day

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Learners discover the meaning and history of April Fool's Day. In this holiday lesson, students are introduced to basic April Fool's Day vocabulary and visit suggested websites to find out the history behind April Fool's Day. Learners...
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Possessive Pronouns

For Students 8th - Higher Ed
This worksheet reviews types of pronouns, provides a list of possessive pronouns, as well as prompts for writing original sentences using 14 different possessive pronouns. Plus, participants put possessive pronouns in their proper places...
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Song Lessons: Could've Been

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Do not lament the approach to teaching the past tense modal that could have been. Instead use the lyrics from Tiffany's song, "Could've Been" to model this modal for young grammarians.
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Verbs: Review

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Designed as a review of verbs studied in first three chapters in this grammar series, the 16-page packet includes activities, worksheets, games, and assessments.
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Nouns

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Singular and plural. Count and noncount. Nouns are the focus of this 19-page grammar packet. Language learners complete a series of exercises ranging from fill-in-the-blank questions to word puzzles and more in order to further their...
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Adjectives

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Provide language learners with lots of opportunities to practice identifying and useing adjectives. The games and activities in this 19-page grammar packet are designed just for them.
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Relationships Between Ideas

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
This grammar packet, designed for language learners, focuses on the different methods English speakers use to indicate the relationship between ideas. Exercises include an examination of correlative conjunctions, parallelism,...
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Winter Bear Warm-Up

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st Standards
Don't be left out in the cold, ensure young learners are prepared for the winter weather with this clothing activity. After introducing them to different clothing items using the provided picture cards, students sing a song before...
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Prepositions

For Students 3rd - 5th Standards
Prepositions are an important part of descriptive writing. Fourth graders fill in the blanks with prepositions from a word bank, then write ten sentences with the remaining words. 
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Self Help: Toileting

For Students Pre-K - 2nd Standards
Give learners the essential skills to maintain proper hygiene and cleanliness when going to the bathroom. Here you'll find three pages of picture cards that illustrate the various processes involved in toileting, from limiting the amount...
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Activities: Everyday

For Students Pre-K - 2nd Standards
Give learners the tools to communicate through physical actions and hand gestures, as well as verbally, by using this comprehensive set of picture cards that describe everyday activities. Some of these activities include eating,...
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Self Help: Body Parts

For Students Pre-K - 2nd Standards
Head and shoulders, knees and...ears? Eyes? Hands? Help learners get the parts of the body straight with this set of 12 picture cards!
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Safety: Street Safety

For Students Pre-K - 2nd Standards
Clearly communicate to your learners how to stay safe while crossing the street and walking alongside traffic using this collection of 24 picture cards. It reviews basic actions like looking left and right before crossing, but also...
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Home & School: Home

For Students Pre-K - 2nd Standards
From doors and lamps to sinks and chairs, review some of the most common items you'll find in someone's home with this collection of picture cards. It includes 24 images and vocabulary words for learners to place in their appropriate...
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Webquest: Thanksgiving

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Class members use the Internet to research the history of Thanksgiving in the United States and Canada, as well as the traditions surrounding the Thanksgiving-style celebrations of the Hebrews, the Chinese, and in Ancient Greece and Rome.
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Reading Activity: Circle the Right

For Students 4th - 12th Standards
Fables can teach us about life's morals, but they are also helpful for reviewing verb tense, spelling, and word choice. Three reading passages feature well-known fables, each with several opportunities for students to circle the correct...
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Verbs: Regular, Irregular, Simple Past Tense

For Students K - 8th Standards
Adding -ed to the ends of most verbs can change a sentence to the past tense—but what about verbs like think or draw? Provide class members with practice activities that focus on both regular and irregular verbs in the simple past tense.
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Ten Days to A+ Grammar: Verbs

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
What are you doing today? What have you done this week? What will you be doing next month? Focus on verb usage with a series of fill-in-the-black exercises on basic tenses, inappropriate shifts in tense, and active and passive voice.
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3 Mars Mysteries We Really Should Have Solved By Now

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Scientists know more about Mars than any other planet in our solar system. As they learn more, more questions arise. An engaging video lesson from a solar system series discusses three different mysteries that are intriguing to...
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Virtual Lab: Alcohol Density Problem

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
Assume the role of Canadian border control! The percent of alcohol and density of a solution are related. Young scholars use this fact to classify solutions by their alcohol content to determine if they meet Canadian import laws.
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Vote for Duck!

For Teachers 1st - 3rd Standards
Would a duck make a good president? This one would! Read about a fowl's ascent to the highest office in the land with a lesson based on Doreen Cronin's Duck for President.
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Let's Plan a Trip!

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Take a virtual trip to see other countries and cultures! After learning about different cultures and populations, English learners think about a place they'd like to visit. Small groups or individuals plan a trip to a country of their...
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Investigating Fables

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Time for a story! Learners of all ages enjoy listening to stories, so read them some common fables and have them work cooperatively to create a fable.  Differentiate for varying ability levels by providing sentence frames, graphic...
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"Amber Prepared for School" Reading Comprehension-Short Stories

For Students 1st - 2nd
Young students will read a short story about a six year old getting ready to start first grade. Then they answer 10 multiple choice questions.
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Ordinal Numbers for English Learners

For Teachers K - 1st
Help your beginning and intermediate English Learners develop academic vocabulary with this activity about ordinal numbers. Read and discuss the Eric Carle book Ten Little Rubber Ducks. Your ELs use ordinal number cards to practice...
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Schedules & Technology

For Students 5th - Higher Ed
Learn more about technology through matching, dictation, and word identification. English learners will participate in a variety of activities as they learn more about technology.
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Technology use survey

For Students 5th - Higher Ed
Survey your class to find out how often and what technology they use. They will answer 5 questions to 5 students and then create a short report on what they learned about their classmates' technology use. 
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Predictions Survey

For Students 5th - Higher Ed
Help English learners make predictions using appropriate language through a survey. Each learner will ask a series of questions to 5 different students and then create a short report on their findings. Modifications: Add your own series...
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Questions & answers Medical/Technology

For Students 4th - Higher Ed
Create questions and answers for medical situations with your class. Use the document to role play or for independent practice.
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Processing an Order

For Students 4th - Higher Ed
English learners will match pictures to sentences that focus on order processing for shipping. This business related activity also focuses on transitions words (first, next, after, finally).
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Requests & talking on the phone

For Students 3rd - Higher Ed
Teach learners how to make requests while talking on the phone. Pictures for each sentence frame are included. Could be used for independent writing or dialogue sheet.
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Literature Circles

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Have you always wanted to try Literature Circles in your ELD class, but couldn't find a good way to start? This lesson plan is made for you, your middle-school readers and ideally, your SMARTboard (though the lesson plan could function...
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Verb Review: Present/Past

For Students 3rd - 5th
The conversational style of the sentences (Some exercises are actual dialogues, which could make good oral language practice.) in this practice sheet makes it perfect for ELD class or native speakers. The five exercises here encompass...
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Bridging the Gap: Phonetic Lesson (SMARTboard)

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Beginning ELD learners will enjoy this variety of activities. First, they organize sentence strips in groups that review different consonant and blended sounds. Next, the teacher dictates new sounds, which are also practiced on the...
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Is a bat a bird?

For Teachers 1st
Provide a concise description of why a bat is not a bird by comparing their traits. This presentation defines both birds and flying mammals, explaining how they are similar and how they are different. Note: This PowerPoint is great for...
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Animals and Plants: 1st Grade Science

For Teachers 1st
First graders will have a better grasp on animal characteristics after viewing this presentation. The concepts covered are, skin, life cycle, offspring, size, and human/animal interrelationships. Note: This is good as a concept review or...
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Messenger, Messenger: Vocabulary Preview

For Teachers K - 1st
Many reading experiences can be enhanced by previewing vocabulary. Prior to reading the book Messenger, Messenger by Robert Burleigh, share this presentation with your learners. Have them get into groups to allow them an opportunity to...
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Listen a Minute: Exercise

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Even if they hate exercise, this lesson could be a great way to practice writing and answering questions for your ELD pupils. First, a tape-script about exercise (which could be read aloud by the teacher) provides them with information...
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Help! All the Zoo Animals Have Escaped!

For Teachers 1st
Oh no! The animals have escaped! Students start this lesson on animal habitats with a game, where the 'Zookeeper' gives clues to find the missing animals. When the fun is over students use a graphic organizer to sort animals into their...
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Weather Changes

For Teachers 2nd
To better understand how weather changes from season to season students pair share, sort images, and then have a class discussion. The instructional activity concludes with a creative project where weather trading cards are made and then...
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Community Helpers

For Teachers K
Kindergartners learn who community helpers are and what contributions they make for the community. They will hear a story outlining various community helpers, their jobs, and tools, create a graphic organizer connecting community...
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Vowel Game

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Play this fun game about initial vowels with your ELD class. Each slide shows a picture of an item that starts with a vowel (igloo, elephant, apple, etc.) and English learners choose the correct initial vowel. The presentation includes...
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Apartments: Beginning ESL Lesson

For Teachers 5th - 9th
Teach your ELD class about different kinds of homes with this presentation. Vocabulary words such as balcony, carport, and elevator can help English learners identify items in an apartment building. Use this slideshow to talk about city...
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High-Frequency Phrases: Third 100 Words

For Teachers Higher Ed
Choral response is a great way to assist English learners with proper pronunciation. Use this resource to help your ELD class see, say, and understand high-frequency phrases. Each slide contains one phrase, there is no audio or animation...
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Verbs: Future

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
As part of their study of future tense verbs, language learners engage in activities, read fables, and sing songs. The 25-page packet includes detailed lessons, worksheets, graphic organizers, and answer keys for assessments.
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Pronouns

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
As part of their English grammar study, language learners engage in the games, exercises, and activities found in a 13-page packet that focuses on pronouns.
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Tag Questions: Has he? Hasn't he? Had he?

For Students 3rd - 6th
Your English learners can use an online, interactive worksheet to choose the correct question tag to transform 10 declarative sentences that use the verb to be into interrogatives. They must know to switch the value of the verb from a...
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Students as “Grammarians”: Discovering Grammatical Rules Lesson on the Causative “Have”

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Groups examine a series of examples, identify the common elements, and work together to discover "the causative" grammar rule represented.
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ESL Grammar Practice Worksheets: Future Tense

For Students 3rd - 8th Standards
Your class is going to get plenty of practice with these future tense worksheets, but will they enjoy themselves? You will have to find out! Learners practice using going to and will in various exercises, practicing with each type of the...
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Hat Adjectives and Sentences

For Students 1st
In this tracing instructional activity, 1st graders will read 4 adjectives describing various hats and trace the adjectives to complete 4 different sentences.
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Close and Shut

For Students 7th - 8th
Open and closed - or open and shut? Using context clues in ten multiple choice questions, students choose whether they should use "closed" or "shut" to fill in the blank. This activity could be great addition to a vocabulary lesson in a...
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Advanced Spelling Challenge: British English

For Students 10th - Higher Ed
Challenge your ELLs to correctly spell 15 challenging vocabulary words in English. Incorrect spellings are given, followed by space to write in the correct spelling and to translate the word into their native language. British English...
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ESL: Body Parts Matching

For Students 1st - 11th
Match drawings of basic body parts with their names. A handy tool for teachers of beginning ELLs.
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Jobs for busy teachers

For Students 2nd - 5th
Help your class compare and contrast teachers of today and yesterday. They will draw a picture of their teacher at work today and a teacher at work 100 years ago. Then they draw each picture and write a sentence about each one.
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Famous People - A Quiz on Definite and Indefinite Articles

For Teachers 7th - Higher Ed
This online, interactive worksheet helps English language learners practice identifying the correct article among four options. Feedback is immediate by clicking on the answer button following each questions. It includes 15 questions...
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Columbus Day

For Students 7th - 8th
Use this Columbus day worksheet with your EL class. They will read or listen to a passage about Christopher Columbus, then match phrases, fill in the blanks, choose the correct words, unscramble words and sentences, put sentences in...
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ESL Quiz #10

For Students 8th - 10th
Match a set of slang words/phrases to their literal meanings and fill in blanks in sentences to complete. 
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ESL: Compare Economic Systems

For Students 8th - 12th
Intermediate English learners read short descriptions of how capitalist and communist systems function and answer the question: "What countries follow this economic system?" Frontload economics vocabulary; some relevant words are...