Independence Day Vocabulary Lesson

Independence Day, also known as the Fourth of July or July Fourth, is a federal holiday that commemorates the July 4, 1776, adoption of the Declaration of Independence. We’ve got a fun and festive Independence Day vocabulary lesson that your kids will love! (more…)

3 Christmas Tree Crafts for English Class

If you’re a teacher or parent, Pinterest is probably your favorite site at this time of year. This year, I’ve used Pinterest to find inspiration for gifts, cards, parties, and treats. Pinterest is also great for crafts!

Are you looking for holiday crafts to use with your English learners? Here are three very simple Christmas tree crafts to try. Use one or all of these crafts to review English colors, shapes, sizes, and prepositions of place. Your students will also practice following instructions. Ask your students to describe their finished trees to you or their group members. (more…)

Alphabetizing Fun – Christmas Activities

Beyond the ABCs

alphabet (noun): It’s time to learn the alphabet. You must know your ABCs by the end of this week.
alphabetical (adjective): The attendance list is in alphabetical order. Find your name and check it off.
alphabetize (verb): Please alphabetize the list of resources you used in your report.

Are your young students or children learning how to alphabetize words or lists? Knowing how to put words and lists in alphabetical order is very useful! After all, we don’t always have a handy “search” field available when we want to find something. Knowing how to alphabetize will help your kids:

  • find words in a print dictionary
  • find numbers in a phone book
  • find CDs in a store
  • find books in a library

Teaching Students How to Alphabetize

  1. Teach the alphabet.
  2. Review the alphabet.
  3. Show students how to group a list of words by first letter. (Here is a fun video on alphabetizing that you can show. Or, use the video to see a demonstration of how to teach a lesson on alphabetizing.)
  4. Show students how to sort the alphabetized groups by second letter (in alphabetical order), third letter (and more if necessary). Explain what to do when two or more words have the same second letter.
  5. Teach students to ignore articles (a, an, the) in titles when alphabetizing lists (such as book or movie titles).
  6. Talk about when it’s useful to put things in alphabetical order. (For example: attendance lists.) Talk about the difference between alphabetical order and numerical order.
  7. When you are sure your students know how to alphabetize, show them how to do it quickly on a computer (using “sort” or an online tool, such as Alphabetizer).

Alphabetizing Activities

Alphabetizing doesn’t have to be boring! It can be fun! Why not practice alphabetizing with a theme, such as Christmas? (Adjust these activities to whichever theme you are using.) Here are some activities you can try in December:

Alphabetize the Ornaments (more…)