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14 Intriguing Science Worksheets & Printables – Education Article

by Haiden 413 views From the rock cycle to the solar system, there’s so much to explore about science. And while it may be one of the more complex subjects to teach, it can be one of the most rewarding when students start to see the world through a new lense. If you’re looking for activities to supplement your current lessons, you’ve come to the right place! We have hundreds of science worksheets, but these are 14 of our favorites.…

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10 Free Dot-To-Dot Worksheets and Printables – Education Article

by Haiden 183 views Finding simple and fun ways for young students to learn numbers and letters can feel like a challenge, but dot-to-dot worksheets are one of the best options!    Typically, dot-to-dot activities give students the chance to complete a fun image, like a clown or an adorable animal. They find excitment from knowing what the image should look like in the end and even more satisfaction out of making that image come to life when they connect the dots.…

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10 Free Math Coloring Worksheets – Education Article

by Haiden 83 views Learning math at a young age is essential, but it’s important for teachers to introduce new concepts with fun and creative methods, like coloring!   It’s no surprise that math isn’t every students’ favorite subject. From addition to multiplication, mathematics can be one of the more difficult topics to learn and teach. For younger students, incorporating something they enjoy – like drawing or coloring – into your math lessons is a great way to make the…

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14 Great ESL Topics for Your Young Learners – Education Article

by Andrea Pesce 242,419 views Working with kids is an awesome experience, and as teachers, you have the ability to shape them, encourage them, and help them learn essential life skills at a young age. Though there are many challenges when teaching kids, the work is incredibly gratifying. Learning comes so naturally to kids that sometimes it requires little or no effort at all on your behalf. In fact, many teachers agree that all their effort is mainly placed on…

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How to Teach the Present Simple Tense – Education Article

by Claudia Pesce 643,192 views When teaching the Present Simple, the ultimate goal is to make sure your students understand that it’s used to describe routines, habits, daily activities, and general truths. Also important is the contrast between the Present Simple and the Present Progressive. This series of steps will guide you towards teaching the Present Simple and covers function, conjugation, and form. How To Proceed 1 Introduce an actionPick up a newspaper and pretend to read it. Ask your…

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10 June Themed Language Building Activities – Education Article

by Susan Verner 6,983 views June is a great time to enjoy fresh air and sunshine. While getting out is great for teachers and students alike, don’t forget to keep language learning moving forward. Here are some activities just for June that will help your students continue to improve their English language skills. Keep in mind, you can always adjust these lesson plans or save them for next year if your classroom environment has changed due to coronavirus.  Use These…

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Tips for Teaching American Culture to ESL Students – Education Article

While the United States is not the only place English is spoken, it contains a culture that many English language learners find intriguing. Students may be exposed to American companies, such as McDonald’s, KFC, or Walmart in their own countries or they may spend time watching American TV shows online. These glimpses of the United States can spark an interest in students’ minds and make them want to learn more about American culture. If your students are interested in learning…

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7 Secret Pronunciation Rules Your Teachers Never Taught You (but You Should Teach Your ESL Students) – Education Article

by Susan Verner 345,683 views English spelling is at best confusing and at worst a hot mess. It is no wonder so many ESL students struggle with making the connection between written words in English and how they are pronounced. Sometimes there doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason to it. I am a big proponent of teaching the phonetic alphabet to ESL students, primarily because I think it makes a big difference in their ability to achieve accurate…

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10 Essential English Skills Your Students Need for College – Education Article

by Susan Verner 45,368 views ESL students study English for a purpose, and for many that purpose is higher education. Men and women, young and old travel great distances to attend colleges and universities. Many of them, though, must improve their English skills before they are accepted to the programs they desire. As many schools are wrapping up their final days of class, it is the perfect time to start offering students more information about college preparation to utilize throughout…

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Marvelous May Lesson Ideas – Education Article

by BUSYTEACHER_admin 23,182 views April showers bring May flowers. The month of May can feel like the beginning of summer to some people so students may already be thinking about summer vacation. This May will look different for many of us. Instead of enjoying the last full month in the classroom or reviewing for final tests, many of us are still adjusting to life at home during this quarantine season. However, it is still just as important as ever to…

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Top 10 Tongue Twisters: True Teacher’s Treasure? – Education Article

by Claudia Pesce 1,201,491 views Tongue twisters in the ESL classroom – yes or no? Although most don’t make any sense at all, they can certainly help your students improve their pronunciation skills. Besides, they’re a lot of fun! So, to spice things up a bit and inject a dose of silliness in the classroom, try using some of these classic tongue twisters combined with our useful suggestions for teaching them below: Classic Tongue Twisters 1 Peter Piper Peter Piper…

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10 February Themed Language Building Activities – Education Article

by Susan Verner 12,094 views When the cold winds are still blowing, warm up your class with some of these fun, language building, February themed activities! Try These 10 February Themed Language Building Activities 1 Roses are Red Do you celebrate St. Valentine’s Day with your students? If you do, writing valentines might be a great way to introduce or reintroduce your students to the idea of rhythm and rhyme. Start by presenting the classic roses are red poem to…

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Teaching Argument Through the Writings of Martin Luther King – Education Article

by Stacia Levy 21,292 views For many instructors, studying the writings of Martin Luther King is confined to the month of January, perhaps to the week leading up to his birthday. In a way, this is good—at least Martin Luther King is actually remembered on the day bearing his name, unlike with some national heroes. But it is also a loss because King was a masterful rhetorician who knew how to use words to move his audience. Indeed, he had…

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What You Need to Know – Education Article

by ErikaGreen 28 views Many teachers, especially those new to WIDA and/or ESL teaching, are often overwhelmed and intimidated by the WIDA standards and ACCESS testing. In this article, we attempt to break down the main components in order to provide a conscise overview of WIDA and ACCESS. Throughout the article, you’ll find links to helpful resources and more in-depth explanations. Make sure to give them a look! What is WIDA? WIDA, or the World-class Instructional Design and Assessment, is…

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The Secret Recipe That Every Pro Knows – Education Article

by BUSYTEACHER_admin 32,409 views Qualities of a good teacher – what are they? This article attempts to look into the practical side of being a good teacher by reviewing the various aspects of a ‘successful teacher‘ strategy that contains both internal and external teaching tools. Happy teaching, and we hope after reading the article you’ll be one step closer to becoming the teacher of your learners’ dream! How Can You Be A Good Teacher? Voice – Speak in a normal…

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What do You do for Fun? Celebrating National Hobby Month (January) in Your ESL Classroom – Education Article

by Susan Verner 17,039 views  Are you a coin collector? Are you fascinated with stamps? Do you like video games or cooking or tennis? We all have something we like to do with our free time, our hobbies. January is national hobby month, and what better excuse do you need to bring the world of hobbies into the ESL classroom? Besides, as the cold mornings usher in colder afternoons, what better activity is there than submerging yourself in a hobby?…

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