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Rockin' English Lessons: Rockin' Vocab

For Teachers Pre-K - 3rd Standards
Support English language development with a collection of 19 videos created by Rockin' English. Each music video adds a melodic tune to your language instruction equipped with hand-drawn animation and the song's lyrics for singing loud...
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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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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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EFL/ESL: Using Dictation to Improve Your Students' Listening, Spelling and Grammar Skills

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
ESL students explore English by participating in an ESL grammar activity. In this dictation instructional activity, students discuss the purpose of transcribing English into their native language by improving their reading comprehension....
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ESL Advanced/Proficiency- Vocabulary Multiple Choice, Worksheet 11

For Students 10th - Higher Ed
In this advanced proficiency level ESL vocabulary activity, students choose the correct words to complete 10 sentences. They make choices from 4 words that require them to use higher levels of English skills.
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Colors: Beginning ESL Lesson

For Teachers 5th - 9th
Explore the vivid world of colors with this straightforward ESL presentation. Each slide presents a color word in its color (the word "red" is colored red) and a picture to accompany the word. The presentation would be a good review tool...
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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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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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Kitchenware: ESL Lesson, Beginning Level

For Teachers 5th - Higher Ed
With words like silverware, measuring cups, and pressure cooker, this presentation will help your ESL learners find their way around the kitchen. Each slide features one item found in a kitchen, as well as an explanatory illustration,...
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Shapes and Colors: Beginning ESL Lesson

For Teachers K - 9th
Helpful for beginning ESL classes as well as any elementary class working on colors and shapes, this presentation is clear and easy to understand. Each slide features one shape that is also one color (white circle, yellow square, purple...
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Opposites: ESL Beginning Lesson

For Teachers 5th - 9th
Pairs of common opposite words help ESL learners understand basic antonyms. Words include asleep/awake, short/tall, and young/old. They are accompanied by pictures that are easy to understand. The last slide prompts students to find the...
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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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Rooms in a House: Beginning ESL Lesson

For Teachers 3rd - 9th
Take a stroll through a typical household in this ESL presentation. Detailing attributes of rooms such as a kitchen, a bathroom, and a basement, the slides also include illustrations of each room to clarify their meaning. Use this...
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Action Verbs: ESL Lesson 1

For Teachers 4th
Verbs are so exciting, especially action verbs! Jump into action and get your ESL class fluent in using and identifying verbs in sentences. They participate in three different activities that will help them define what action verbs are,...
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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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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 plan ("Michelle Kwan," "La Bamba," "The Fear Place," and "Mae Jemison") show pupils that in order to be...
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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 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 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: 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...