Tools for Teachers by Laurah J

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By Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
Assessing the language growth of ELLs throughout the year is key to ensuring they are making progress toward language proficiency. This download contains four rubrics written in kid-friendly language and are informed by the WIDA performance
Subjects:
Writing, Reading, EFL - ESL - ELD
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Staff, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Rubrics, Assessment
$3.50
243
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By Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
This poetry powerpoint is an excellent way to introduce a poetry unit to your language arts class. Includes 39 slides with information about poetic devices, types of poetry and figurative language. Includes lots of examples and graphics to make the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Poetry, EFL - ESL - ELD
Grades:
8th, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations
$5.00
157
Digital Download ZIP (4.32 MB)
By Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
This escape game is great for any teacher who wants to infuse technology into the classroom! Students truly enjoy solving the puzzles to break out and win the game. This activity is no-prep! It is fully digital and does not require boxes, locks, or
Subjects:
Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Winter, EFL - ESL - ELD
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Google Apps, Activities, Fun Stuff
$7.00
154
Digital Download PDF (6.19 MB)
By Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
This teaching bundle contains three awesome items to help you teach Text Structure and Organizational Patterns to your students. Aligned with Common Core and WiDA standards, your students are sure to master Text Structure after completing these
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, EFL - ESL - ELD
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities
$11.75
$10.00
153
Bundle
By Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
Having trouble teaching text structure or organizatonal patterns to your class? Then this download is for you! I originally developed this lesson for use with my ESL students, and have used it in grades 4-8. This item is aligned with
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, EFL - ESL - ELD
Grades:
8th, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Test Prep
CCSS:
RI.3.8, RI.4.5, RI.5.5, RI.6.5, RI.7.5, RI.8.5
$4.00
170
Digital Download PDF (4.47 MB)
By Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
This is a 138 page novel study unit to go with Paul Fleischman's Seedfolks. All activities are aligned with ELA Common Core Anchor Standards in reading and writing. It was originally designed for use in my grades 6th-8th ESOL classroom, this unit
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, EFL - ESL - ELD
Grades:
8th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Unit Plans, Thematic Unit Plans, Novel Study
$17.00
91
Digital Download PDF (4.92 MB)
By Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
This packet of main idea activities and printables is designed to help your students grasp main idea in non-fiction texts. This activity pack takes a whole new approach to learning main idea, starting with pictures and then moving into text. Finding
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading Strategies, Reading
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Activities, Printables
CCSS:
RI.3.2, RI.4.2, RI.5.2
$6.50
591
Digital Download PDF (3.72 MB)
By Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
This download contains everything that you need to teach a full two-week unit on poetry. Originally developed for use with my 6th-8th grade ESL language arts class, this unit is ideal for any mainstream language arts class between grades 4-8. The
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Poetry, EFL - ESL - ELD
Grades:
8th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Unit Plans, Thematic Unit Plans
$19.00
163
Digital Download ZIP (31.71 MB)
By Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
This packet contains all that you will need to start your own portfolio assessment system for your ESOL students. These portfolio materials are designed to complement WIDA-based instruction, and make a handy resource for showing parents, principals,
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas, World Language, EFL - ESL - ELD
Grades:
PreK, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Classroom Forms
$4.00
134
Digital Download PDF (8.36 MB)
By Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
This escape game, is great for any teacher who wants to infuse technology into the classroom! Students truly enjoy solving the puzzles to break out and win the game. This activity is no-prep! It is fully digital and does not require boxes, locks, or
Subjects:
U.S. History, Thanksgiving, EFL - ESL - ELD
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Google Apps, Activities, Fun Stuff
$7.00
67
Digital Download PDF (5.90 MB)
By Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
This interactive digital notebook for Google Drive will help your students learn all about the rock cycle. Perfect for GAFE, Chromebook and other 1:1 schools. Why use my D.R.I.V.E. learning products? Check out this video! The digital interactive
Subjects:
Science, Earth Sciences
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Interactive Notebooks, Google Apps, Activities
$3.50
74
Digital Download PDF (17.16 MB)
By Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
This fun presentation is to help teach students about the differences between mood and tone and how they are used in literature. Appropriate for grades 6-10. Includes videos to demonstrate how tone and mood are used in movies to lead to a better
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations
$5.00
199
Digital Download ZIP (30.75 MB)
By Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
This teaching pack includes a Powerpoint Presentation and Printables. This colorful and informative powerpoint presentation assists students in learning or reviewing their dictionary skills and is accompanied by a packet of printable practice
Subjects:
English Language Arts, EFL - ESL - ELD
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Activities, PowerPoint Presentations
$12.50
$11.00
65
Bundle
By Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
This exciting and colorful unit includes 60 pages of lesson plans and activities to use with your classroom novel study of Barbara Robinson's The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Activities included are aligned with 4th grade Common Core Standards. The
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Holidays/Seasonal, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Thematic Unit Plans, Novel Study
$16.50
158
Digital Download PDF (4.27 MB)
By Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
This presentation explores theme in literature and teaches students how to discover the theme of a work. Talks about universal "big" ideas, how to work from the big idea to find the theme and includes practice for some well-known
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, EFL - ESL - ELD
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Minilessons, PowerPoint Presentations
$5.00
138
Digital Download PDF (4.25 MB)
By Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
This presentation reviews 5 different text organizational patterns: Description (main idea & details), Chronological/Sequence, Compare and Contrast, Cause and effect, Problem and Solution. Includes key words, questions to ask, and two practice
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, EFL - ESL - ELD
Grades:
8th, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Minilessons, PowerPoint Presentations
$4.00
64
Digital Download PDF (3.51 MB)
By Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
This webquest inducts your young scientists into NASA for a mission to visit the other planets in our Solar System, collect data, and analyze what they've learned. Using Google Sites and Google Slides, students research and create a planetary file
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Earth Sciences, EFL - ESL - ELD
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Webquests, Google Apps, Activities
$8.00
36
Digital Download PDF (13.50 MB)
By Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
This interactive digital notebook for Google Drive will help your students learn all about the American Revolution. Perfect for GAFE, Chromebook and other 1:1 schools. Great accompaniment to a Revolutionary War unit! Why use my D.R.I.V.E. learning
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Interactive Notebooks, Google Apps, Activities
$6.50
57
Digital Download PDF (9.76 MB)
By Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
This teaching pack combines my best-selling main idea items. It takes a new approach to learning main idea, starting with pictures and moving into text. Originally designed for my 4th grade ESOL students, these materials have been used with success
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading Strategies, EFL - ESL - ELD
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Task Cards, Printables
$16.25
$13.50
167
Bundle
By Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
This activity is perfect for 21st century classrooms and will get your students excited and engaged as they practice identifying causes and effects in text and using evidence from the text to support their answers. This digital lesson format has
Subjects:
Earth Day, Informational Text, Close Reading
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Google Apps, Activities, Fun Stuff
CCSS:
RI.5.3, RI.5.6
$6.00
30
Digital Download PDF (18.08 MB)
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I am currently an ESOL coach for my district, working with both ESOL and mainstream teachers to help them differentiate and improve the quality of their instruction for English language learners.
I currently work in Maryland, but spent several years teaching in North Carolina, and I completed my student teaching in Tennessee as well. During my career, I have worked with students in grades K-8, though most of my attention has been focused on the upper grades, 4-8.
A large part of my job consists of providing professional development courses, workshops, and focus groups for teachers in my district. I have been invited to Busan, S. Korea, twice to conduct 2 week teacher training seminars on Content Based English Instruction for English language learners, and I am SIOP trained. I also love presenting at conferences, and have presented at SDE, WIDA 2015 and TESOL 2016.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I am very passionate about my job and working with teachers to help ELLs. When I was in the classroom, I spent hours at home planning lessons and creating materials to use in my classroom. Many of my materials were originally designed for use in the ESL classroom, however, they can easily be used or adapted for use in the mainstream classroom by students of every ability level.
My teaching style is very laid back. My students and the teachers that I work with now always count on a fun and engaging time when they come to my classes! I believe in plenty of hands-on activities and opportunities to discuss the content.
In my ESOL classes, I believed very highly in the value of reading and literacy, and worked hard to impress it upon my students as well. I also believe in the value of literacy across the content areas. I have many products in my store for each subject area, as well as several that are interdisciplinary. Products in my store are all aligned with CCSS and WIDA ELD standards.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Summa Cum Laude, Master of Science
Teacher of the Month
Google Certified Educator, Levels 1 and 2
Certified Google for Education Trainer
Certified Google for Education Innovator
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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

M.S. in Foreign Language and ESL Education from University of Tennessee, 2008
B.A. in Journalism and Spanish from Carson-Newman College, 2006

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I am a native of Knoxville, TN.
Don't miss my blog, The ESOL Odyssey!
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