Writing with shaving cream

Writing with shaving cream is a fun little activity I stole from an ELL aide that works at my school. This is a fun way to make word study interesting. For word study, we study various words for two weeks. During the two weeks, we organize those words into short and long vowels and draw pictures to go with the words. We also get to write our spelling words in shaving cream. This is a great way to do writing for students who have never held a pencil. The students are always excited to do this.

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Writing with English Language Learners

Writing in another language is an area that ELLs struggle with.  This is one of the major areas that ELLs develop last and have the most difficult time acquiring.  In this post, I am going to share the use of sentence frames.  The use of sentence frames will help students with their writing. 
In this lesson, we are comparing and contrasting animals.  I also provide images and a word box of the animals.  The children created their own word box for this activity. 

The use of sentence frames over and over will help the students with the writing.  From my experience, ELLs learn the best by repeatition. 
Keep in mind, that it takes 5-7 years for ELLs to become fluent with the English language.  This is tool to add in your toolbox!

Educreations Interactive Whiteboard

Educreations Interactive Whiteboard allows you to record your lessons on an iPad. For example, if you have a student that is absent or needs that extra push to understand a lesson, you can record a lesson on the iPad. The images below show a math lesson. I can talk into the iPad to help the student understand the steps on how to add. The students could also record a lesson too and share it with their peers. This would be a great way to get them talking in the classroom.
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Spelling Board

Spelling board is an app that helps students study their spelling words. The teacher can record their voice and create sentences. The students can study the words by writing on the iPad. Students can also do a word search. Finally, the students can take a quiz that the teacher can keep track of. This app costs $4.99 but is worth it!

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Talking Tom- Talk to the cat!

Talking Tom is an app that has a talking cat. The user can say anything they want to the cat and it will repeat it in a high pitch voice. When I first got this for my son, I thought this was a toy. But when I had my students read to the cat, they wanted to read more words. ELL students need to be given opportunities to speak and this app does it. I have seen the quietest kids in the classroom talk more because of this app.

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