Monday, January 27, 2020

Global Warming Reading Comprehension, Worksheets, Flashcards

The issue of global warming has been widely discussed at the highest governmental and scientific levels recently. The issue is indeed very serious. It threatens with a lot of negative consequences for nature and humans. We can only hope that the future generation will be more wise and inventive than us to successfully mitigate the effects of global warming. Our children’s and grandchildren’s well-being is largely dependent on how well they understand the problem and the ways to tackle it. As a teacher and a mother I simply cannot ignore the dangers of climate change caused by human-induced global warming. I ought to educate my students about the issue and the related risks they will have to face and hopefully find a solution to eliminate or reduce those risks. There are not enough teaching materials on the topic adapted for the classroom that can be found on the Internet, so I decided to create my own printable global warming kit for my English classes. The kit is based on short reading comprehension passages and also includes a few worksheets and a set of printable flashcards to be used for vocabulary introduction and discussion of the topic.

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Reading Comprehension Passages

The global warming kit is built around three reading comprehension passages. The first and the largest one introduces the global warming issue in general, and the other two briefly tell about the greenhouse effect and the problem of ocean acidification caused by the increase of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere. The texts are followed by questions and assignments.

Global warming reading comprehension with questions for English learners
The printable global warming kit is based around reading comprehension passages.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Beginning Consonant Blends and Digraphs: Charts and Posters

Learning blends and digraphs is an important part of developing English reading skills. Teachers should pay a lot of attention to these frequently occurring letter patterns as the ability to quickly recognize them is the key factor to reading fluency. When working with struggling readers or kids in the early stages of learning to read in English, a teacher needs to spend many hours with them practicing reading relevant words and pronouncing blends and digraphs sounds. Such monotonous activities may get boring for children pretty quickly. That is why I do my best to use bright visuals and picture-based worksheets to get young students’ attention and maintain their interest as long as possible. And I’d like to share some printable charts and posters I have designed to make my lessons dedicated to consonant blends and digraphs more visually appealing to kids.

I’m a big advocate of visual aids for young students learning foreign languages. I design a lot of own printable visuals for my English classes. I have recently designed a number of bright picture-based charts, posters and a few worksheets for my lessons dedicated to beginning consonant blends and digraphs. In this post I’d like to publish the charts and the posters. I’ll share the worksheets in one of the upcoming blog posts. I hope my fellow EFL and ESL teachers will find these resources useful too.

Beginning Consonant Blends and Digraphs Charts

Consonant blends chart - printable resources for ESL students

Monday, January 20, 2020

Vocabulary Cards: Compound Words

Teaching compound words can be another fun way to help young students expand their English vocabulary at early stages of studying the language. I use printable compound word cards to introduce some basic vocabulary to kids. The cards show what parts the compound word is made up of. These printables make it interesting for beginner English learners to see how two words merge into a single word and how the meaning of this new noun reflects the attributes of the things the merged words represent. Introducing compound words this way is memorable for preschool and elementary school students and thus helps children memorize the vocabulary pretty fast. The design of the cards allows for using them for a variety of matching activities which adds even more fun to learning compound words.

My collection of printable cards introduces the following 20 closed compound words: armchair, butterfly, catfish, cupcake, earring, fireman, football, jellyfish, lighthouse, lipstick, pancake, rainbow, raincoat, scarecrow, seahorse, snowball, snowman, starfish, sunflower, toothbrush.

Teaching compound words - printable ESL cards

Monday, January 13, 2020

CVC Words Worksheets: Short U Sound

Short u vowel CVC words worksheets are the last bunch of printable CVC word-to-picture matching resources I’d like to share with my fellow English teachers. These worksheets are great for developing young students’ reading skills as well as for building their basic vocabulary. EFL and ESL teachers are welcome to use my CVC worksheets for their English classes too. I hope preschool and elementary school students will love these colorful picture-based resources much better than more traditional text-only CVC words activities.

Worksheets for short a, e, i, o, u sounds.

Short u CVC worksheets - list of words