ELL Newcomers' Survival Kit Bundle ESL Newcomer Activities ESL Vocabulary

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    Framework for Planning with the ELL Newcomers' Survival Kit

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    1. ESL Newcomers' Survival Kit Volume I and II is a compilation of ELL thematic units and ELL Newcomer Activities that comprise our Early Primary ESL Curriculum. This survival kit is perfect for in school, distance learning and home school settings. The topics addressed in this curriculum were carefull
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    ELL Newcomers' Surivial Kit Bundle contains Little Language Learners’ top rated educational resources for ELL Newcomer students. This kit will help your students thrive academically in school and distance learning settings. These ESL activities are being used in thousands of early primary classrooms worldwide (many upper primary ESL teachers use these resources for their ELL Newcomers as well.) The bundle has 2,000 plus (and always growing!) activities. Your Newcomers will learn to speak and comprehend in English through both the Sheltered Instruction and Direct Instruction methods. You will see tremendous growth in the four domains of reading, writing, listening and speaking by using these detailed resources and beautifully designed supports. Your ELL Newcomers’ English Language Proficiency skills will be developed, as well as their grade level expectations. (CCSS and WIDA aligned)

    During distance learning, many parents of Newcomers are overwhelmed by the school work presented in all English. This kit contains activities in both Spanish and English. The child can do the activity in Spanish ("Comfort Zone") with the parent and then do the same activity in English independently (using the Spanish version as a template). It is a win-win language development pedagogy! The parent will be able to help the child and the child will be building language and concepts in both languages!!!

    ESL Newcomers arrive throughout the school year. Often they are academically and linguistically behind their ESL and General Ed. peers. It is frustrating for both the teacher and the ESL Newcomer student in the first few months. The student is trying to assimilate into a new culture and school environment without knowing the language. The teacher has the task of addressing the various language acquisition levels of her class and attend to the complex needs of her "ESL Newcomer" student. This bundle was designed to make the first months of this orientation period easier for both the student and the teacher. There are black and white versions included. Spanish versions are included for Dual Language classrooms!

    This bundle reflects thirty-two years of ESL education experience. The author has taken the best practices of second language acquisition pedagogy and created materials that are efficient, practical and rigorous in design and implementation.

    It is a bargain at this price!

    Click here to see a narrated explanation of what is in this kit!

    Here are the units that are in the bundle.

    ESL Newcomer Work and Assessment:

    School items, people, colors, and numbers are some of the survival English vocabulary that is addressed in this unit. Portrait templates for school specialty teachers, nurse, classroom teacher and principal are available. Direct Instruction vocabulary cards with scripts that foster conversation skills are provided. This will help introduce a frightened ESL Newcomer to their new school environment and teachers. Many ESL Newcomers may not have had formal education (refugees) in their home country-leaving them far behind their school age peers. Seat work and activities are provided. A quick academic assessment is also available. It will give you a baseline of what the child knows and what level to start planning lessons that will attend to his/her needs.

    This unit is designed for K-2 ESL students. (The materials are also appropriate for Newcomers 3-5 who have had no formal schooling. (i.e. an upper primary child that has no reading or writing skills in their native language.) Many upper primary ESL teachers have asked for beginner work for their newly arrived refugee learners.

    ESL Newcomer Vocabulary and Conversation Kit:

    ESL teachers will love this kit that is included in the bundle! This vocabulary kit is an essential resource for ELL Newcomers. It is an integral part of any language development program. The cards were designed to develop growth in vocabulary that is essential for functioning in everyday social and academic situations. On the back of each card is a direct instruction script. The scripts follow a repetitive pattern to allow the children to internalize the vocabulary. Extension questions and dialogue to foster conversation skills and teach facts about the words’ subject is provided. A teacher, paraprofessional, or a peer tutor can use the vocabulary cards. There are 242 cards in this kit. The topics of this kit were carefully selected. These cards are not just simply run of the mill picture cards. It is a set that was designed particularly for the development of language skills of the early primary child or the ELL Newcomer student. These cards are a lifesaver for a teacher of any grade that has an ELL Newcomer enter their room as a late arrival. This set can be considered survival vocabulary for a new student to this country. It is a must have resource for any ESL teacher. The cards are designed for easy handling and storage. Photocopy the scripts onto the back and laminate. You will use these cards for your entire teaching career. A great investment at a low cost.

    The topics of the cards are:

    Action Words


    Letters and Sounds


    Shapes and Numbers

    Parts of the Body


    Family Names

    School Things

    School Staff





    Writing Rubrics:

    Writing rubrics are provided to facilitate formative assessment. Detailed instructions on how to use an ESL writing rubric wall are provided.

    ELL Newcomer Autobiography:

    This is a wonderful resource to help an ELL Newcomer introduce themselves to their new classmates. It is designed so that even Newcomers with no English skills are able to communicate facts about themselves. Help your Newcomer students break the ice with their new American or Canadian peers with this autobiography. Clip art is provided to help decorate the autobiography.

    ELL Newcomer Memory Book:

    My First Year in America Memory Book helps your Newcomer students celebrate their first year living and learning in a new culture. This memory book is designed to address the levels of the early stages of language acquisition. It offers opportunities for the child to express themselves through drawing and writing with differentiated templates. The first year in a new country and learning a new language is a powerful lifetime experience. This project will become a cherished keepsake. It will also show the child how much they have learned and experienced in their new country. I have created this memory book because I could not find one that met the needs of ELL learners. This project attends to the WIDA standards for ELLS. It includes clip art for the children to decorate their project like a scrapbook. A newcomer has a year of first experiences in a new culture. Many children from other countries have never experienced seasons or traditional American holidays. This memory book allows the child to remember and celebrate their first American Thanksgiving, Halloween, Valentine’s Day and other first cultural events and new relationships.

    Neighborhood and Community Helpers:

    Neighborhood places are explored in this thematic unit. Your students will become familiar with the concepts and vocabulary of the neighborhood setting. Community helpers and the jobs that they do are also taught in this unit. The children will develop their skills in writing, phonemic awareness, math, sight words, and story sequencing through the neighborhood theme. Neighborhood and community poems, label books, writing templates, scaffolded writing templates, word matches, sight word trace/search activities, five senses writing prompt, addition practice, number recognition, phonemic sound fluency practice, cloze sentences are just some off the skills that are targeted in this beautifully designed unit. Fairy tales with complementing activities that help develop basic literacy skills are provided. This thematic unit is a best seller on TpT!

    Click Here To See This Beautiful Neighborhood Unit Included In This Kit

    Family, Friends and Me!

    “Family, Friends and Me” is a great thematic unit to build upon the prior knowledge your students have about themselves and the people in their lives. In this unit the children will deepen and extend their knowledge about family members, their friends, feelings, and their five senses. These are great topics you can use to develop their writing skills. Children learn to write best when they are composing stories about concepts they really understand. Vocabulary and concepts will be taught and explored with beautifully designed detailed resources. The unit is aligned to CCSS/WIDA. Poems are used to teach the concepts and vocabulary of this unit. Each poem has an activity with complementing illustrations. Here are some examples of what you will find in this wonderfully designed packet:

    Goldilocks, Goldilocks Story Poem and Activity (To help teach the five senses)

    Direct Instruction Vocabulary/Conversation Building Cards for Body Parts and Feelings

    Baby Bear color words activity sheet

    Various math worksheets with family theme

    Family Wordbook

    Five Senses Wordbook

    Family word match

    Unit Work Folder

    Feelings Poem and activity

    Family Poem and activity

    Brother Poem and activity

    Sister Poem and Activity

    Friend Poem and Activity

    Grandparent Poem and Activity

    Five Senses Journal

    Writing templates for family and friends

    Portrait templates for family members and friends.

    And much more!!!

    Vocabulary Desk Reference

    The Vocabulary Desk Reference is an integral support for early primary ESL, General Ed. and Special Needs students. ELL Newcomers will find this desk reference a great assistance to help them assimilate into their new academic and social environment. This resource displays the most common words that revolve around daily educational and personal survival skills. Here are the vocabulary topics that are displayed on the desk reference for easy visual access.




    School Things

    Personal Data

    Days of the Week

    Months of the Year

    Common Foods

    Body Parts

    Ordinal Numbers

    Weather and Seasons



    Action Words

    Neighborhood Places/Community Helpers



    Position Words

    There is also an alphabet letter sound chart that is stored in one of the pockets of the folder. There are two versions-English and Spanish. Dual Language teachers attach both to the front and back of a sheet of cardstock paper.

    There are also three little reference books that are also housed in the desk reference folders. The Survival Phrase little flip book is filled with sentences an ELL Newcomer would need to know to be able to function and learn in their new academic setting. There is an English/Spanish version of this little flipbook for Dual Language students.

    There are also a money and time vocabulary flipbooks.

    Framework for Lesson Planning Support

    A detailed framework is provided to help you unpack this kit and plan three months of instruction for your ELL Newcomers.

    Seven Tips for Teaching ELL Newcomers

    This article provides seven tips for dealing with frightened a Newcomer in the first few weeks of school. These first few days are crucial to the success of their assimilation process. These seven tips will help you ease fears, build a relationship and meet the most challenging needs of your new student and their family.

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    ELL Survival Kit Volumes I and II

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    Answer Key
    Teaching Duration
    1 Year
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