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Constructing the Paragraph - Dr. Elizabeth Hanson-Smith

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7 to 10
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For students learning or struggling with creating effective paragraphs, this site is helpful, since it allows students to self-test and then go through the steps themselves. It includes...more
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For students learning or struggling with creating effective paragraphs, this site is helpful, since it allows students to self-test and then go through the steps themselves. It includes topic sentences, topics and comments, support statements, transitions, and organization. It is appropriate for any level of student who still needs help with the basic principle of writing a paragraph. The presentation is "plain vanilla" but effective.

tag(s): paragraph writing (17), writing (358)

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Perfect for middle school students who can work ahead independently or for high school students who are still struggling a bit, this site gives you the option of having students practice on their own, particularly through the self-testing stage. This would be great as a learning station on writing for students.

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Nina Loves To Name Things - Scholastic

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K to 2
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This website challenges students to use their reading, listening, and organization skills.The site even works for non-readers, since clicking the items says the word aloud. Nina (a...more
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This website challenges students to use their reading, listening, and organization skills.The site even works for non-readers, since clicking the items says the word aloud. Nina (a fun and friendly green animal), offers students various places to go and explore: farm, aquarium, supermarket, airport, museum, garden, zoo, firehouse, and many other places. When students arrive at their destination, they are presented with a box and various items. The challenge is to drag and drop the items that belong in the chosen location into the box. For example, in the restaurant students could click and drag a napkin, french fries, salt, and other items. There are also items that don't belong in the chosen location. For non-readers, the items can be clicked on to hear the word read aloud. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): listening (91), sorting (10)

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Create a learning center about sorting and naming using this website. Allow students to practice at this individually or to make their own "sorting" groups from clip art on PowerPoint slides. This is also a great site for younger ESL, ELL or speech/language students.
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Beginning Readers - Johnnie's Story Page - Johnnie Wilson

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K to 2
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This image-rich website provides over sixty interactive stories for young children to enjoy. Johnnie Wilson, mentor math coach and former 5th grade teacher, has collected several math...more
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This image-rich website provides over sixty interactive stories for young children to enjoy. Johnnie Wilson, mentor math coach and former 5th grade teacher, has collected several math and language arts links to create several compilations of the "best of the best." The color coded descriptors let you know if the story includes text, pictures, sounds, animations, and videos. Most of these beginning reader stories involve the ABCs and rhyming words. Most of the interactive stories also include interactive phonics and grammar activities. This is a MUST-SEE for primary language arts classes, special education classes, ESL and ELL classes, and others.

Be warned, there are minor unobtrusive advertisements at this website. Nearly all sites require Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): alphabet (92), grammar (216), interactive stories (32), phonics (75), preK (279)

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There are so many ways to integrate this website into your lessons. Save this website in your favorites, you will want to visit often! Why not use an interactive whiteboard or projector to share the stories and activities with your class. During your language arts block, use this website as a learning center for students to explore independently. (Be sure to provide headsets). Don't forget to list this link in your class newsletter or on your class website, so students can practice their reading skills at home or maintain skills during vacations.
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YourDictionary - LoveToKnow Corporation

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K to 12
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A definitive authority on words, this free site gives you definitions, thesaurus entries, spellings, pronunciations, and etymology results. Add to that list an audio pronunciation system...more
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A definitive authority on words, this free site gives you definitions, thesaurus entries, spellings, pronunciations, and etymology results. Add to that list an audio pronunciation system that allows you to hear the word as well. YourDictionary also provides resources to help you find foreign language translation sites. It even directs you to medical, computer, or electricians' dictionaries, and many more. Haven't you always wanted to say a tongue-twister in the Asante language? Words have never so much fun. This site does include some advertisements.

tag(s): thesaurus (24)

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Send students to this site to look up those difficult words. ESL and ELL students can use this site to practice the pronunciation of new words. Be sure to mark this site as a favorite or share on your teacher web page for easy access.
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Older Readers - Johnnie's Story Page - Johnnie Wilson

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4 to 12
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This website offers a compilation of links to interactive stories designed for older students (and adults). The site was created by Johnnie Wilson, a mentor math coach and former 5th...more
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This website offers a compilation of links to interactive stories designed for older students (and adults). The site was created by Johnnie Wilson, a mentor math coach and former 5th grade teacher. He has found the "best of the best" interactive stories for older students. Some of the stories include Pulp Fiction, Nightmare Tales, American Folklore, and several others. The color coded descriptors let you know if the story includes text, pictures, sounds, animations, and videos. The reading levels vary, so preview the story before sharing it with your students.

Be aware, there are minor unobtrusive advertisements at this website. Nearly all of the interactive stories require Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): folktales (65), interactive stories (32), mysteries (25)

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There are many ways to use this site in your classroom. Share the stories on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Or have students investigate the sites on their own (using headsets). Save this site as a favorite and list this site on your class web page. earning support and ESL/ELL teachers will love the variety of options for aural stories, as well.
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Classic Stories - Johnnie's Story Page - Johnnie Wilson

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K to 6
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This website offers a compilation links to about thirty interactive classic stories. Read Greek Myths, Alice in Wonderland, The Life of Buddha, The Golden Goose, Ramayana, Aesops Fables,...more
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This website offers a compilation links to about thirty interactive classic stories. Read Greek Myths, Alice in Wonderland, The Life of Buddha, The Golden Goose, Ramayana, Aesops Fables, Hans Christian Anderson, Grimms Fairy Tales, and numerous others. The color coded descriptors let you know if the story includes text, pictures, sounds, animations, and videos. Most of the interactive stories also include interactive phonics and grammar activities. The reading levels vary, so preview the stories before sharing them with your students. This is a MUST-SEE for primary language arts classes, special education classes, ESL and ELL classes, and others.

This website was created by Johnnie Wilson, a mentor math coach and former 5th grade teacher. Be aware, there are minor unobtrusive advertisements at this website. Nearly all of the interactive stories require Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): air (163), folktales (65), greek (41)

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What a fabulous way to share classic stories, fables, fairy tales, and myths! Use your interactive whiteboard or projector to introduce your students to these wonderful stories. Use this website in your language arts classes, special education classes, with your ESL and ELL students to share these classic stories. Challenge your gifted students to create new "classics." Have students work in pairs to explore this website (provide headsets), and then share their classic story with the rest of the class. Explore the "less known" stories available at this site. Don't forget to provide this link in your class newsletter or on your class website, so students can practice their reading skills at home.
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Word World - PBS Kid

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K to 2
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This language-rich website offers countless language arts activities for young elementary students. Based on the PBS show, Word World, this website highlights animals and objects in...more
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This language-rich website offers countless language arts activities for young elementary students. Based on the PBS show, Word World, this website highlights animals and objects in the environment. The animals and objects are all shapes AND words, everything has a label. Some examples of language activities include spelling, letter sounds, rhyming, upper case and lower case letters, and many others. Click on any of the animals to start your class's language learning adventures. There is also a link for parents and teachers that provides additional information about the TV show, website activities, and lesson ideas. This site is adaptable to use in the regular classroom, ESL and ELL classrooms, and special education students. This website requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): alphabet (92), phonics (75), preK (279), sound (100), sounds (68), spelling (168), writing (358)

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Treat your students to an "animal of the week." Each animal adventure challenges students with new language skills. Use an interactive whiteboard or projection screen to share this website with your class. Then make the site a center in your classroom. Provide this link in your class newsletter or on your class website so students can practice language skills at home.
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SUPER WHY! - PBS Kids

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K to 2
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This fantastic website, created by PBS, is a language arts dream! There are online stories, vides, interactive games, printable pages, and more. Topics include spelling, letter recognition,...more
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This fantastic website, created by PBS, is a language arts dream! There are online stories, vides, interactive games, printable pages, and more. Topics include spelling, letter recognition, phonics, rhyming, sight words, and other language arts topics. If you are looking for a new way to excite young readers, this is one to try. For most of the interactive activities, click on the GAMES link (they are all educational). This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): alphabet (92), phonics (75), preK (279), sound (100), sounds (68), spelling (168)

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Turn up your speakers and use your interactive whiteboard or projector to display these engaging activities, and get ready for some excited students! Once the site is introduced, set this website up as a learning center (with headphones!) during your language arts block. Go to Super Stuff for printable language arts pages to use for extra practice. Share this link with parents via your teacher web page so they can help struggling readers enjoy learning.
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Spoken Skills - InSpot Development

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3 to 10
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At this site, ESL and ELL (or speech/language) students can listen to spoken English, record their voices, and compare the two. Topics include basic vowel and consonant sounds, idioms...more
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At this site, ESL and ELL (or speech/language) students can listen to spoken English, record their voices, and compare the two. Topics include basic vowel and consonant sounds, idioms and other fun topics, and variations on English for Special Purposes. An interesting component is the section on Oscar nominations and winners: students view videos of what other students have to say about movies. Students can then record their own videos and add to the site. Of course, you should have written permission to load video of students online, and make sure you are within your school policies! As of this review, the Oscars area is free.

Be aware: only the activities listed on the reviewed page are free. If you come to a link that requires a log in, this activity will require you to pay a fee. Although the student recordings of their own voices are not saved with the free part of the page, students can record voices and listen after they have heard the native speaker's pronunciation. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): business (58), idioms (44), pronunciation (44), sound (100), sounds (68)

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Share this website on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students listen to the words and phrases and repeat them together. Or allow students to do these activities on individual computers or with a partner, each student making suggestions for the other student's pronunciation improvement. Perhaps you want to create your own class podcast with an Oscar-type pronunciation game!
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English Interactive - A. Gil and H. Massingham

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2 to 10
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This wonderful, highly interactive ESL site includes survival topics, grammar, culture, and vocabulary at three levels for English learners. The BIG caveat is that the explanation for...more
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This wonderful, highly interactive ESL site includes survival topics, grammar, culture, and vocabulary at three levels for English learners. The BIG caveat is that the explanation for the teachers and students and a lot of the metalanguage is in Spanish. Click on menu, though, and all the topics come up in English. The intermediate and advanced levels are still under construction, but the highly interactive quality of the beginning sites offers a promise of continued excellent material. Click on the "P" on the left side of the interface to see printable reviews of many topics, especially grammar, all in English. The most in-depth portions are survival vocabulary and grammar.

Be sure to turn off your pop-up blocker so you can "see" all the site content. Although the pronunciation is in British English, this is a great, high-content site. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): grammar (216), vocabulary (324)

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Save this site to your favorites so you (and your students) can easily find this site. Include this site on your teacher web page for students and parents to access as a reference and for engaging extra practice.
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Hello World - Hello World Publications

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1 to 8
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This site offers beginning level language lessons in eight languages: Spanish, English, French, Russian, Indonesian, German, Chinese, and Italian. Students can start by learning to...more
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This site offers beginning level language lessons in eight languages: Spanish, English, French, Russian, Indonesian, German, Chinese, and Italian. Students can start by learning to pronounce the alphabet in the target language. Other activities include dialogs which range from very simple to those using more complex grammatical construction. Students can hear the sentences in the dialogs line by line and repeat them as many times as they like; the pronunciation is very clear. In addition to the dialogs, there are delightful songs in all the languages as well as other language games like Memory and Bingo. Clicking on the letters of the alphabet opens the corresponding page of a picture dictionary with pronunciation. Complete verb forms, vocabulary with articles, and works by major writers are just some of the features of the picture dictionary. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): alphabet (92), chinese (48), french (88), german (64), italian (33), russia (38), russian (26), spanish (108)

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Use this tool to review beginning language lessons, to provide extra practice, and to offer an online picture dictionary/reference. This site is especially useful in world language classes. Use an interactive whiteboard or projector to share the language with your students, and then pair the students up with a partner to explore the site on their own. Include this site on your teacher web page for students and parents to access as a reference.
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Mike's Math Club - Milken Family Foundation

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K to 7
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This website presents math activities in a clever format. Although this math link is mainly PDF files that are printable, many of the activities could be projected on a screen ...more
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This website presents math activities in a clever format. Although this math link is mainly PDF files that are printable, many of the activities could be projected on a screen or interactive whiteboard while students work independently at their seats. This website offers "ready to print," motivating practice pages in vibrant color. Activities are also available in Spanish. Topics include addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, algebra, coding, puzzles, fractions, factors, and many more. This site requires Adobe Acrobat. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): addition (251), division (172), factors (42), fractions (239), multiplication (227), puzzles (208), subtraction (208), vision (87)

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Project the activity on an interactive whiteboard or projector while students work independently (or in pairs) at their seats. There is also a Teachers Corner with many lesson ideas - check it out!
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Clifford - Play Sound Match - Scholastic

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K to 2
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This kid-friendly phonics activity challenges students to match up letter sounds. Students are presented with a picture of an object; they may click on the object to hear it read ...more
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This kid-friendly phonics activity challenges students to match up letter sounds. Students are presented with a picture of an object; they may click on the object to hear it read aloud. Then several pictures are shown below the original picture. Students click and drag the objects with the same sound into a "word box." A word list is created that can be printed upon completion. This game continues with new word lists provided. The best part of this website is that non-readers can easily navigate this site by clicking on the sound buttons to hear the words read to them. Of course, they will need to turn up the sound or use headphones! This website would also be useful with young ESL and ELL students. The website requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): alphabet (92), phonics (75), sound (100), sounds (68)

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Use this website as a learning center at a computer cluster or on individual computers. You might want to demonstrate the activity on an interactive whiteboard or projector before sending the students off to explore on their own. Provide this link in your class newsletter and list the site on your class webpage so students can practice their phonics skills at home.
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ESL Podcasts - Internet TESL Journal

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5 to 12
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This site offers a continually updated variety of podcasts on news subjects at a level appropriate for ESL and ELL students. A short description tells the subject of the podcast ...more
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This site offers a continually updated variety of podcasts on news subjects at a level appropriate for ESL and ELL students. A short description tells the subject of the podcast as well as other extras like quizzes, speakers, and creators or originators. Students and teachers can listen from the Internet or download to an MP3 player or local computer. A "Read the Web Page" link takes viewers to the news article or other special feature mentioned in the broadcast. Be certain to preview the podcasts that you plan to use in your class. Some are not appropriate for elementary students and young adolescents. This website requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): listening (91), podcasts (52), stars (61), vocabulary (324), vocabulary development (126)

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Use this page to listen to current events news in simple English. Play them on your speakers for an entire class or provide headphones for individual listening. Have the students try to write the main points of the podcast they listen to and then check their listening against the webpage with the original article. Special education teachers may want to use this resource as an adapted way for students to read and submit weekly current events articles. Mark this site as a favorite on your classroom computer so students can use it during their free time with headphones. Share the link on your teacher web pages for parents and students to access quickly from home, but be sure to suggest that parents of younger students monitor the topics for appropriateness.
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Digital Dialects - Craig Gibson

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2 to 12
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Want to learn just a little or a lot of a new language? This is a great place to start learning vocabulary and basic phrases. The reviews and games are ...more
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Want to learn just a little or a lot of a new language? This is a great place to start learning vocabulary and basic phrases. The reviews and games are in cute interfaces, but there aren't many sound files. Since the description says the developer is adding more to the site each day, hopefully there will be more pronunciation added. The scope of the site is amazing: 44 languages. The languages include Albanian, Bosnian, English, Filipino, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and MANY others. The sound files, few as they are, feature native speakers pronouncing the basics. The games allow the student learner to guess and practice as much as possible by presenting the same words several times. The advanced feature provides more advanced vocabulary and the geography features the geography of the language group. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): arab (18), arabic (20), chinese (48), french (88), german (64), greek (41), hebrew (14), italian (33)

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Try a few words in another language with your class as you study world geography and history! This site is especially useful in ESL, ELL, and world language classrooms. Have your students plan a pretend vacation and study a few words of the target language before they go. Ask students to go beyond the games by guessing the answers before they appear on the screen.
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Look Way Up Dictionary/Thesaurus - RES Inc.

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3 to 12
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This online dictionary claims to correct misspelled entries, so ESL and ELL students might want to try it. The spelling correction is a bit quirky, however, often suggesting an alternate...more
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This online dictionary claims to correct misspelled entries, so ESL and ELL students might want to try it. The spelling correction is a bit quirky, however, often suggesting an alternate word that is NOT the intended word. Students can download it to any web browser including those on cell phones. The dictionary itself is extensive; each item shows a series of definitions. Students can then click to see the word used in a sentence, synonyms, and related terms. There is also information on homonyms. Finally, definitions sometimes include a link to more information on the subject, including links to outside sources. The site can translate to and from German, Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Dutch. Note that there are Google ads on the page, so you will want to be sure that students know to avoid these. The necessary plug-ins for installation on other web browsers are included on the web page.

tag(s): homonyms (12), thesaurus (24)

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Mark his site as a favorite on your classroom computer for ESL and ELL students who have problems looking up words in the dictionary. Make a game with this site: have students deliberately misspell words and see what they come up with. Give prizes to those who can find the worst guesses in the dictionary. Have them calculate how many times the dictionary actually finds the words they were looking for. This will help students understand how important context clues and contextual "does this make sense" strategies are. Students can also opt to sign up for "word of the second."

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ESL Reading Lessons - 5 Minute English

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4 to 10
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This teaching site has a variety of short readings at various levels that could be useful in an ESL, ELL, special education, or regular ed classroom. Some of the topics ...more
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This teaching site has a variety of short readings at various levels that could be useful in an ESL, ELL, special education, or regular ed classroom. Some of the topics include sentences with grammar errors, students must figure out what is wrong with each sentence. This is excellent practice for any student learning proper grammar. True/ false comprehension questions follow the reading in most cases. Most of the answers are provided at the bottom of the website - so don't scroll too quickly. Before the reading begins, students can study difficult vocabulary words presented in an attractive format. There are full units (with many mini-lessons): grammar, reading, vocabulary, listening, pronunciation, and writing. This site does have unobtrusive advertisements, but watch out for the audio announcements when you open the site. Some of the listening activities require Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): grammar (216), listening (91), pronunciation (44), reading comprehension (116), short stories (25), vocabulary (324)

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Use this site if you want your students to do additional reading. Project the topic, story, and questions on an interactive whiteboard or projector for group discussion. Have your students make up their own questions to go with the site. Have your students write up a similar subject relevant to their own culture and present it, along with questions to check for comprehension. This is a fabulous site to list on your class website for students to use for at-home practice.
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Word Power - English Portal

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8 to 12
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This is a great site to use for in-context vocabulary acquisition for ELL and ESL students. The site has over twenty general topics with banks of words and examples of ...more
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This is a great site to use for in-context vocabulary acquisition for ELL and ESL students. The site has over twenty general topics with banks of words and examples of how they are used in different situations, phrases, and idioms. Some of the topics include Cars and Driving, Family and Relationships, Soccer, Personal Finance, The Body, Shopping, Air Travel, and several others. Definitions and pronunciation of some expressions as well as their definitions precede examples of the expressions in a variety of sentences. After taking a look at the definition/pronunciation page, students can select a variety of checkups, including drag and drop, true/false, and fill in the blank. This site requires Media Player. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): idioms (44), phrases (6), vocabulary (324)

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Check this page to see if any of the general topics has relevance to your lessons. Students can work on their own to increase their vocabulary knowledge of specific expressions used containing the topic focus word.

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Talking About - English Portal

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8 to 12
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This English language site is great to use for in-context vocabulary acquisition for ELL and ESL students. The site has twenty-five general topics with banks of commonly used words...more
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This English language site is great to use for in-context vocabulary acquisition for ELL and ESL students. The site has twenty-five general topics with banks of commonly used words and examples of how they are used in different situations, phrases, and idioms. Some of the topics include weather, telling the time, lies, cars, trips, letters, vacations, Christmas, and numerous others. Definitions and pronunciation (British) of some of the expressions are provided. There are also examples of the expressions used in a variety of sentences. After taking a look at the definition/pronunciation page, students can select a variety of checkups, including drag and drop, true/false, and fill in the blank. This site requires Media Player or Quicktime. You can get this plug-in from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): idioms (44), vocabulary (324)

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Check this page to see if any of the general topics has relevance to your lessons. Students can work on their own to increase their vocabulary knowledge of specific expressions used containing the topic focus word. For example, at Christmas time, ESL and ELL students can add to their cultural knowledge as well as language usage by using the Christmas pages.

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English Listening Practice - English the International Language

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5 to 8
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This site contains six short recorded clips students can listen to (see the short list near the TOP of the page). Following listening, there are comprehension questions to answer. Students...more
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This site contains six short recorded clips students can listen to (see the short list near the TOP of the page). Following listening, there are comprehension questions to answer. Students can select "text" to see the full text. Students can select answers to the questions while they are listening. They also have the choice of familiarizing themselves with the questions before listening. Getting immediate feedback on their answers is a useful feature. Although the speaker uses British English with a British accent, the recordings are clear. Most of the subjects relate to life in Britain. Students can download the stories to a computer or an MP3 player. If the stories are downloaded onto a computer, Flash is required. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): listening (91)

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Encourage students to build vocabulary by listening to these short pieces. Share the stories with groups on an interactive whiteboard or projector (turn up the speakers). Students could also write and record their own similar talks on closely related subjects or on similar occurrences in other locations. Learning support teachers will find the option of offering a written text along with audio a good option for comprehension practice with weaker readers.
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