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Basic grammar for ESL kids

Basic grammar for ESL kids

Free Preschool & Kindergarten Consonants Worksheets - Printable Free consonants worksheets These pdf worksheets help kids learn to recognize and write consonants and consonant blends. They can be used on their own, or along with our online phonics program. A free trial is available. Beginning consonants worksheets Circle the pictured items which start with the given letter: B C D F G H J K L M N P Q R S T V W X Y Z Ending consonants worksheets Match the letter to the picture that ends with that consonant:Worksheet #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6 Circle the letter that makes the sound the picture ends with: Worksheet #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6 Fill in the missing final letter to make the word match the picture: Worksheet #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6 Consonant blends worksheets Look at the picture and match the consonant blend that starts the word:Worksheet #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6 Look at the picture and write the missing letters in the word. Worksheet #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6

50 Great Teachers: Socrates, The Ancient World's Teaching Superstar : NPR Ed Today, NPR Ed kicks off a yearlong series: 50 Great Teachers. We're starting this celebration of teaching with Socrates, the superstar teacher of the ancient world. He was sentenced to death more than 2,400 years ago for "impiety" and "corrupting" the minds of the youth of Athens. But Socrates' ideas helped form the foundation of Western philosophy and the scientific method of inquiry. I went to Oakland Technical High School in California to see it in action. It's the first period of the morning, and student Annelise Eeckman is sparring with teacher Maryann Wolfe about Social Security. "It's not influencing me," Wolfe says. "You're not retired currently," Eeckman counters. "But I have stock," Wolfe says. "And what if tomorrow it dips?" "Well, yeah, but you depend on one day?" In this 12th-grade Advanced Placement American government class, students are not just encouraged, they're expected to question the teacher — and each other. itoggle caption Elissa Nadworny/NPR Elissa Nadworny/NPR

Starfall: Learn to Read with Phonics, Learn Mathematics OED birthday word generator: which words originated in your birth year Do you know which words entered the English language around the same time you entered the world? Use our OED birthday word generator to find out! We’ve scoured the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) to find words with a first known usage for each year from 1900 to 2004. Simply select the relevant decade and click on your birth year to discover a word which entered the English language that year. Please note that the dates given for these words refer to the current first known usage of the word. If you are a subscriber or have access to the OED, visit our guide to learn how to find your own personal OED birthday word. Click on your birth year in the left-hand column to discover your OED birthday word. Words originating in the 1900s include: barfly, n. do-gooder, n. dramedy, n. ailurophobe, n. car boot, n. wassup, int. radio, n. wiretap, n. Words originating in the 1910s include: pastiche, v. headstand, n. rubber-stamping, adj. environmentalism, n. ad-lib, v. record player, n. roomie, n. 1900s

KS2 Maths Invaders Shoot the spaceship with the correct answer and dodge the incoming fire. A fun game to practise a wide range of key mathematical skills. There are over a hundred carefully differentiated levels linked to objectives from the new maths curriculum. The game can be used to teach: Multiplication, Addition, Reading Numbers, Subtraction, Fractions of Numbers, Roman Numerals, Rounding Numbers, Division, Converting Fractions to Decimals, Converting Fractions to Percentages, Telling the Time in Words, Recognising Multiples, Factors, Prime, Square and Cube Numbers, and Simplifying Fractions. A full list of levels is below. You can choose to play one level, or several (from the same section). Multiplication: Addition: Reading Numbers: Subtraction: Fractions of Numbers: Roman Numerals: Rounding Numbers: Division: Convert Fractions to Decimals: Convert Fractions to Percentages: Telling the Time in Words: Multiples, Factors, Prime, Square and Cube Numbers:

50 awesome posters that encourage to read This list includes most wonderful posters that are serving one simple task: they encourage to read. Everyone agrees not enough is being done to encourage people to read. Those who can read don’t realize how lucky they are, having in mind that almost 20% of world population is still illiterate. Sometimes, a little reminder can do wonders to make someone put away the computer and reach for the e-reader or a printed book. We list most beautiful wonder-making artworks below. You’ll find here enigmatic pictograms, minimalist illustrations, visualized book quotes, as well as wonderful 20th century vintage images. Such posters are not only suitable for classrooms or public libraries. We’ve made visualizations to make you see how the poster would look like on the wall. Some of the artwork can be also downloaded digitally so that you can print it for yourself. There are many sources of read posters on the web. Read posters – recommended sites Thanks a lot for dropping by. Certified Book Addict.

21 Digital Tools to Build Vocabulary If you follow this blog, you know that I believe effective vocabulary instruction is just about the most important instructional activity for teachers to get right. For lots of reasons. Vocabulary influences fluency, comprehension, and student achievement. How’s that for starters? In addition, a broad vocabulary is important for effective speaking, listening, reading and writing. I write frequently about the importance of effective vocabulary instruction and my recent infographic – the 10 Do’s and Don’ts of Effective Vocabulary Instruction – has proved very popular having been Pinned over 31,000 times. In today’s 21st century classrooms, digital tools must coexist alongside more traditional tools. Digital tools have advantages. The following digital tools show promise to support word learning, review, and playing with language. 21 Digital Tools to Build Vocabulary Reference Tools 1. Lingro is a cool tool for both the “wow” factor and for its usefulness. 2. “Jetty” as defined by Shahi 3.

20 Quotes From Children's Books Every Adult Should... Posted on July 7, 2014 It’s interesting how some of life’s greatest lessons can be found in children’s literature. And chances are that we did not realize this back when we were kids. Sometimes it’s only when we’re older that we learn to fully appreciate and understand the poignant words from our childhood entertainment. Here’s some of the best quotes from books we used to read. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. Share the wisdom with your friends, everyone loves a good quote. (Source: Here's some of the best quotes from books we used to read.) Recommended for You

ESL Listening Comprehension Exercises: Movie clips to practice English | ELL/ELT SECTION 1: Movie Clips Learning through media (movies, music, etc.) is one of the best ways to learn a new language. The exercises below use movie clips to help you to better understand spoken English. Here's what you do: Click on the video you want to watch below.Watch the video, and pay attention to it! The Great Gatsby Moonrise Kingdom Silver Linings Playbook Away We Go Bolt Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Chronicle The Avengers Adventureland The Royal Tenenbaums NOTE: All of these videos are protected by copyright.

Lesson plans – a waste of time? | teflreflections I realise I haven’t written anything for this blog for quite some time, so I’m really glad that a recent conversation on Twitter about observations and lesson plans with @ashowski and @getgreatenglish, who following our chat wrote a post too, motivated me to write a new post. The conversation was prompted by a blog post by @ashowski which you can read here. In a nutshell, Anthony argues that from the point of view of the observer a thorough lesson plan is essential as comparing it with the decisions made by the teacher during the lesson can “reveal the most interesting features of the teacher’s pedagogic abilities”. Without this it would be impossible “to determine the extent of the teacher’s teaching abilities”. What?! You know a great planner when you read their lesson plan, but you know a great teacher when you see them. First, they do not reflect how we plan on a day-to-day basis. Which brings me to my second objection: you can’t plan for the unpredictable. Don’t get me wrong.

Writing In The 21st Century What are the arts but products of the human mind which resonate with our aesthetic and emotional faculties? What are social issues, but ways in which humans try to coordinate their behavior and come to working arrangements that benefit everyone? There's no aspect of life that cannot be illuminated by a better understanding of the mind from scientific psychology. And for me the most recent example is the process of writing itself. (37 minutes) Introduction Psychologist Steven Pinker's 1994 book The Language Instinct discussed all aspects of language in a unified, Darwinian framework, and in his next book, How The Mind Works he did the same for the rest of the mind, explaining "what the mind is, how it evolved, and how it allows us to see, think, feel, laugh, interact, enjoy the arts, and ponder the mysteries of life". He has written four more consequential books: Words and Rules (1999), The Blank Slate (2002), The Stuff of Thought (2007), and The Better Angels of Our Nature (2011).

36 Things Every 21st Century Teacher Should Be Able To Do What should every teacher in the 21st century know and be able to do? That’s an interesting question. After just now seeing this excellent post on educatorstechnology.com, I thought I’d contribute to the conversation. I added the twist of ranking them from least complex to most complex, so novices can start at the bottom, and you veterans out there can skip right to 36. 36 Things Every 21st Century Teacher Should Be Able To Do 1. Whether you choose a text message, email, social media message, Skype session, or a Google+ Hangouts depends on who you need to communicate with and why—purpose and audience. 2. Email won’t always work. 3. Hit the Print Screen button near your number pad on a keyboard on Windows. 4. Know what it means to be Rick Roll’d, the difference between a fail and an epic fail, why Steve is a scumbag, and who sad Keannu is. 5. Not everyone loves technology. An RT as an olive branch. 6. 7. Tone is lost when you type. 8. This is dead-simple, but you never know. 9. 10. 11. 12.

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