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By The ESL Nexus
Here are 3 language arts tasks to introduce your students to Chinese New Year and the Chinese zodiac. You can also use these activities anytime you are teaching about China. There are 2 reading passages which are print-and-go activities and the
Subjects:
Writing, Asian Studies, Informational Text
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Handouts, Printables, Cultural Activities
CCSS:
W.5.1a, W.5.1b, W.5.1c, W.5.1d, W.3.1a, W.3.1b, W.3.1c, W.3.1d, W.4.1a, W.4.1b, W.4.1c...
$4.50
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By The ESL Nexus
Use these posters in 26 different languages to say "Hello" to your students on the first day of school and to greet parents and the school community at school-wide events. Sixteen of the most common languages spoken by students in American public
Subjects:
World Language, For All Subject Areas, Back to School
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Printables, Bulletin Board Ideas, Cultural Activities
$5.00
11 ratings
4.0
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By The ESL Nexus
Celebrate Ramadan with these 5 no prep print-and-go resources! Included in this product are:* A reading passage about Ramadan provides information about this major Islamic holiday. Five comprehension questions accompany the passage and an answer
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Social Studies - History, Holidays/Seasonal
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Fun Stuff, Posters, Cultural Activities
$3.25
7 ratings
4.0
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By The ESL Nexus
These task cards provide facts about the history and customs of Christmas, Chanukah, and Kwanzaa while giving your students practice in forming conditional sentences correctly. The task cards can be used for writing or speaking practice and your
Subjects:
Grammar, EFL - ESL - ELD, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Task Cards
CCSS:
L.4.1c, L.5.1c, L.6.1, L.7.1, L.8.1c
$2.50
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By The ESL Nexus
This product consists of 8 resources (88 pages of student material) about American elections and how a U.S. president is elected. All the activities revolve around 24 essential vocabulary words that will help your students understand how the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Vocabulary, Elections - Voting
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Printables
CCSS:
W.5.4, W.6.4, W.7.4, W.8.4, SL.5.1, SL.6.1, SL.7.1, SL.8.1, WHST.6-8.4, WHST.6-8.10
$8.50
3 ratings
4.0
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By The ESL Nexus
This product presents 45 English words that have their origins in the Arabic language. A few of the nouns in this product will be familiar but other words will surprise you -- algebra and algorithm but also admiral and artichoke all come from
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Social Studies - History, Arabic
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Printables, Bulletin Board Ideas, Cultural Activities
$5.75
4 ratings
4.0
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By The ESL Nexus
Celebrate Christmas around the world by saying Merry Christmas in 25 languages with these signs that represent 26 different countries! (Spanish is represented by two countries.) ✓ Please note: The Merry Christmas & Happy Hanukkah Multilingual
Subjects:
World Language, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, For All Subjects
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Fun Stuff, Bulletin Board Ideas, Posters
$5.00
3 ratings
3.7
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By The ESL Nexus
These 9 no prep, print and go word searches and 3 crossword puzzles offer students fun ways to supplement their learning about how U.S. presidents are elected and elections in general.✓ Please note: These 2 resources are included in the U.S.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Elections - Voting, EFL - ESL - ELD
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Printables
$4.00
2 ratings
4.0
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By The ESL Nexus
Use these task cards to learn or review 20 vocabulary words that symbolize Halloween. The 3 differentiated versions make these task cards especially suitable for English Language Learners at lower proficiency levels in upper elementary and middle
Subjects:
Vocabulary, EFL - ESL - ELD, Halloween
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Fun Stuff, Task Cards, Cultural Activities
CCSS:
L.3.6, L.4.6, L.5.6, L.6.6, L.7.6, L.8.6
$3.00
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By The ESL Nexus
Use these 82 posters to say Hello, Welcome and Happy New Year in different languages to students and parents on school occasions throughout the year. The Welcome posters come in 30 languages and the Hello and Happy New Year posters come in 26
Subjects:
World Language, For All Subject Areas, Holidays/Seasonal
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Printables, Bulletin Board Ideas, Cultural Activities
$16.00
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By The ESL Nexus
These 25 writing prompts can be used when teaching about the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires in a world history class or about the Near or Middle East in a world geography class or for doing quick writes or longer writing tasks in an English class.
Subjects:
World History, Geography, Writing
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Cultural Activities
CCSS:
W.6.1, W.6.2, W.6.3, W.6.4, W.6.10, W.7.1, W.7.2, W.7.3, W.7.4, W.7.10, W.8.1...
$6.00
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By The ESL Nexus
These 3 word search puzzles and 1 crossword puzzle give your students a fun way to extend their learning about Halloween. All the puzzles use the same 20 words related to this popular American holiday. Please see below for a list of the words. ✓
Subjects:
Vocabulary, EFL - ESL - ELD, Halloween
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Fun Stuff, Printables, Google Apps
CCSS:
CCRA.L.6
$3.25
2 ratings
4.0
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By The ESL Nexus
These 36 Chinese New Year word search puzzles use the names of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac as the words to search for. With 3 levels of difficulty--easy, intermediate, and challenging--the word search puzzles are differentiated so students
Subjects:
EFL - ESL - ELD, Asian Studies, Holidays/Seasonal
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Fun Stuff, Printables, Cultural Activities
$4.25
1 rating
4.0
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By The ESL Nexus
These vocabulary resources help students learn about U.S. elections in general and how U.S. presidents are elected.✓ Please note: All 3 of these resources are included in the U.S. Election Activities product, which includes 5 additional resources
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Vocabulary, Elections - Voting
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Flash Cards, Word Walls, Games
$3.50
3 ratings
4.0
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By The ESL Nexus
Here are 10 quotations, each overlaid on a different photograph, about Respect and Kindness that you can use as classroom decor, plus 10 general questions that you can use as writing and discussion prompts about the quotes and images. There are 5
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Character Education, Classroom Community
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Posters, Google Apps
$3.25
2 ratings
4.0
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By The ESL Nexus
Welcome in the New Year with these Happy New Year posters in 26 different languages. Sixteen of the most common languages spoken by students in American public schools are included along with English and 10 more languages frequently heard in
Subjects:
World Language, For All Subject Areas, The New Year
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Printables, Bulletin Board Ideas, Cultural Activities
$5.00
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By The ESL Nexus
Here are 5 color-by-number activities that include 3 math activities and 2 language arts activities about improper fractions, equivalent fractions, the homophones to, too, two and they're, their, there and a review of basic arithmetic. Every
Subjects:
Spelling, Fractions, Winter
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Printables
CCSS:
3.NF.A.3a, 3.NF.A.3b, L.3.2, L.4.1g, L.5.2
$3.25
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By The ESL Nexus
These 47 vocabulary words and definitions teach students about the Aryan civilization and the origins and beliefs of Hinduism and Buddhism. Words include major people, religious ideas, places, literature, the caste system, and gods of Ancient India.
Subjects:
Vocabulary, World History, Asian Studies
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Flash Cards, Bulletin Board Ideas
CCSS:
L.6.6, L.7.6, L.8.6, L.9-10.6
$6.00
1 rating
3.5
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By The ESL Nexus
The word problems on these task cards, in printable and Google Drive™ versions, are all about a traditional Thanksgiving meal and ask students to find the answers in fraction form and then draw pictures to represent their answers. Students can use
Subjects:
Fractions, Word Problems, Thanksgiving
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Math Centers, Task Cards, Google Apps
CCSS:
3.NF.A.1, 3.NF.A.3a, 3.NF.A.3b
$4.25
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By The ESL Nexus
These task cards about the Chinese zodiac let your students demonstrate their knowledge of capitalization, punctuation, spelling, and grammar. Each card has one sentence on it about one of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac. Sentences are
Subjects:
English Language Arts, EFL - ESL - ELD, Holidays/Seasonal
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Task Cards
CCSS:
L.3.1, L.3.2, L.3.3, L.4.1, L.4.2, L.4.3, L.5.1, L.5.2, L.5.3, L.6.1, L.6.2...
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I specialize in creating low-prep, academically engaging resources for English Language Learners in Mainstream and ESL classes. Over a period of 25 years, I taught English Language Learners of all ages and proficiency levels at universities in Asia, private language programs in the US and finally at a public school in Massachusetts where I began by teaching Grades K - 8 and ended up teaching students in Grades 3 - 8. I taught English Language Development as well as Content-Based ESL that focused on Social Studies (Ancient History, World History, American History, World Geography); I also did push-in and pull-out Math and Science lessons for ELLs.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I loved helping adolescent English Language Learners develop their language, critical thinking and technology skills. I had high expectations for my students and I knew that with support, they could all be successful. I worked hard to create an atmosphere where students felt comfortable expressing their ideas and opinions because I believe that fostered their motivation and desire to learn. I embedded technology in my lessons as much as possible, but it was the human connection I made with each individual student that was most important to me as a teacher. I also really enjoyed collaborating with other teachers and helping them provide effective instruction to the English Language Learners in their classes. Some of my most rewarding experiences as an educator came from co-teaching lessons. I shared ideas with other teachers and implemented cross-curricular activities for students whenever possible to enhance their learning.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

ING Unsung Heroes Award in 2010; interviewed by Voice of America in 2008 about an online journal I founded and published for ELL teacher trainers; Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Award to India in 2007; nominated for Disney's American Teacher Award in 2001; presented at educational conferences in the US, Canada, and China; published articles about teaching English Language Learners in professional journals and books.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

B.A. Brown University (anthropology); M.A. School for International Training (intercultural administration); M.A.T. School for International Training (teaching English to speakers of other languages); numerous courses, workshops and in-service trainings on all aspects of teaching English Language Learners; studied French in an intensive summer program in Quebec; high school exchange student to Sweden for one year.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Other interests include photography, the Old West, cuisine throughout the ages, and collecting postcards. You can follow me on My Blog, Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook.

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