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winter memory game with pictures and words of winter items

Winter is a huge part of life in Minnesota, and the snow and cold is everyone’s favorite topic of conversation. Help your students learn how to talk about winter and have fun doing it! Follow the links to the resources below to find hundreds of classroom resources about winter in Minnesota.

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Smiling Ethiopian woman sitting at a table

In the wake of the recent executive order that was recently passed that severely restricts immigration from seven Muslim countries, suspends all refugee admission for 120 days, and bars all Syrian refugees indefinitely, there have been numerous online and in-person conversations around this topic. When looking for information regarding refugee resettlement, it can be frustrating and time-consuming to sift through the massive amount of information that is available to us online.

Green grid with examples of pronunciation of -ed endings

Purpose:  To help learners correctly pronounce the final –ed at the end of past tense regular verbs.

Preparation Time:  15 mins

Materials Needed:  Class copies of Pronunciation of Past Tense Regular Verbs handout, a list of past tense regular verbs that the learners are familiar with (e.g. walk, stop, wash, clean, want, etc.

two silhouettes of running figures passing a relay baton

Adapted from www.teachingenglishgames.com. Check out their website to find other great suggestions for games for the ESL classroom!

Purpose:  Review grammar, vocabulary, or sentence structures and practice writing by using fill-in-the-blank worksheets to create a dynamic team game.

Preparation Time:  5 minutes

Materials Needed:  Several copies of a worksheet, blank pieces of paper

Procedure:

picture of a paper with sentences and pictures written on it

Purpose:  A super fun game that is guaranteed to generate a lot of laughter and gives learners a chance to practice writing in a low pressure setting.

Preparation Time:  None

Materials Needed:  1 piece of blank paper per learner

Procedure:

hand crossing off the i n at the front of the word incorrect with a red marker

Error correction and feedback is an essential part of the learning process, but it can be difficult to provide each individual learner with targeted corrections and feedback during writing assignments, particularly if the class is large.

A simple way to involve the whole class while giving corrections and feedback is to use class writing time as an opportunity to gather data regarding writing errors, and then write them on the board to correct as a class, rather than speaking to each individual learner.

multi-colored board game

Playing board games in English class is a great way to make speaking and grammar practice fun and engaging, while making sure that everyone has an equal opportunity to speak. The American English website has a series of board games that are free to download and print. The board games are part of the Activate: Games for Learning American English collection.

Stick figure holding a large blank sign

New resource for teachers and tutors! Now you can watch a video of this activity and print a PDF of the instructions at http://mnliteracy.org/classroomvideos. If you are unable to click on this link from your email, view this tutor tip on the Minnesota Literacy Council website to access this link.

Purpose:  To verbally reinforce vocabulary and sentence structures

Preparation Time:  5 minutes                    

Materials Needed:  Pictures and/or appropriate props

Group of human figures talking in partners

New resource for teachers and tutors! Now you can watch a video of this activity and print a PDF of the instructions at http://mnliteracy.org/classroomvideos. If you are unable to click on this link from your email, view this tutor tip on the Minnesota Literacy Council website to access this link.

Thanks to Meghan Boyle for sharing this activity!

Purpose:  To reinforce the students’ familiarity with vocabulary through interactions with classmates

Preparation Time:  10 minutes

multi-colored theater tickets

New resource for teachers and tutors! Now you can watch a video of this activity and print a PDF of the instructions at http://mnliteracy.org/classroomvideos. If you are unable to click on this link from your email, view this tutor tip on the Minnesota Literacy Council website to access this link.

Purpose:  To get a quick assessment of student learning and help learners apply skills outside the classroom

Preparation Time:  5 minutes (to decide on task)

Materials Needed:  None

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