Have you ever tried to explain academic vocabulary to EL students (or even English speaking students) and wish you had some way to illustrate the word? Here are EL academic vocabulary cards for Math and LA for grades 3-5. The cards consist of four main academic vocabulary performances but differentiate based on the Tier of lanugage profiency. The vocabulary word, picture, and short definition (in student friendly terms) are on each card. As with all educational tools, these are something to add to what you are already doing in the classroom with your EL's. EL students still need the concrete examples they can touch, building their background, seeing it in action, using it, etc.