page has a link to several free clips with clear spoken
passages (Click on the "play" arrow) . After the student listens to the reading, she may
click to get the transcript and also click on questions and
other study materials for each passage. As a teacher, you can
print and develop activities from there, such a cloze exercises
often do you get your ESL students to work independently or in a
small group on math word problems? This is a great activity for multi-level classes. Go
and decide which are written at the correct level. Rewrite those
that are difficult and pass them out for an engaging activity.
group or paired independent activity for multi-level classes is game
playing, which also engages them in problem-solving. To access
some free resources, go to
http://www.manythings.org/ and let your students play while
they learn English and you get one-to-one time with each one.
People learn more when they are having fun. The page also has
links to many other resources, so explore and let your students
None of us wants to give adults information written for kids.
Having said that, check out Ben's Guide to US Government for
kids. The same topics are covered at different reading levels. I
checked out the K-2, and found lots of information for lower
level ESL students. The language is simple, but the content is
not childish. Go to
http://bensguide.gpo.gov/k-2/nation/index.html to check out
the lowest level on the Our Nation link. Use the red arrow to
move forward. Have students read the information and explain
what they have learned to a partner or group. The home site is
Sites for Sore Eyes (and tired teachers)
often, students fail math test, not because of the math, but
because of the reading. Word problem engage students in language
and math along with teaching them valuable workplace skills,
like collaboration and teamwork.
-You may access some K-12 resources free. I joined (between
US$19.99 and US$39.98/yr) to access a wide variety of
resources. Scroll down the page and create
your own problems by selecting level and operations. The answers
are also there. If you don't like the wording, copy/paste into
Word and modify the problem to suit your needs.
If you are creating problems and want a
fast check for answers, enter the info at
- I used the equations section, entered fractions with different
numerators and got quick answers. If you don't want to check
your students' answers, there's where you can send them. There
are other sites that do problem solving as well. Just Google
students have special interests. Why not let them explore?
http://www.leeric.lsu.edu/bgbb/toc.html - Black Gold Beneath
the Bayous has a number of fun science links about the earth.
The Louisiana link shows a short movie on how the ocean has
changed around Louisiana and Mississippi over the ages. Fun and
readable. The site also says, "Material may be copied and
distributed for formal educational purposes only."
Holland's career personality types is one
of my favorite tools for self-exploration and occupational
interests. My ESL students loved comparing and writing about
different types, developing dialogues that fit each one. I may
have included a link before, but it's worth doing it again:
Virtual tours can
also provide wonderful experiences online.
http://www.denvergov.org/virtual.asp - Check out a few
Denver virtual tours.
http://2k.si.edu/ - This is a virtual Smithsonian site that
is beautifully done. It takes a bit to download the technology
needed, but after that, you are free to wander. Click on the
sound button, and a clear voice reads the text that accompanies
each image. In fact, just go to
http://www.si.edu/ and browse the possibilities there for
students to enrich their cultural perspectives and lives.
http://www.vthawaii.com/ - Get to know Hawaii!
http://www.bahamasfilm.com/virtualtour.htm - or the Bahamas!
http://www.virtualfreesites.com/tours.html - List of several
tours, some better than others.
http://www.whitehouse.gov/history/whtour/ - Historical tour
of the White House.
http://www.medtropolis.com/VBody.asp - I love this tour of
the body. You will need to click around to get used to how to
access information, but it's worth it for anyone interested in
anatomy. In English and in Spanish!
http://www.egyptvoyager.com/virtualtours.htm - If Egypt is
of interest, these tours are fun. Once the 3600
images load, click on them and control the speed and direction
of the tour.
http://tdc-www.harvard.edu/mthopkins/obstours.html - These
are tours of observatories. I clicked on Gemini Observatory.
Once the image loads you can zoom in and out and enjoy the 3600
More in the December issue coming to you
soon and giving you Webquests to have students explore on their
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