English Language Development Teacher Resources

Encourage confidence in English language skills with materials designed for language learners.
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Movie Stars (ELD Lesson)

For Students 7th - 12th
Reinforce conversational skills in your ELD class with this worksheet. Pairs of partners ask questions about twelve famous movie star based on a given example (Julia Roberts and Brad Pitt). Questions address given names, birthdays,...
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Cinco De Mayo: ELD Reading and Language-Building

For Students 5th - 10th
A brief passage about the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo is accompanied by an array of language activities for ELD: cloze exercise, phrase matching, word jumble, multiple choice, sequencing, interview, group presentation, fluency writing,...
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International Dance Day: Reading and Activities for ELD

For Students 3rd - 8th
A brief passage about International Dance Day, April 29, is accompanied by an array of language activities based in sound ELD practice: cloze exercise, phrase matching, word jumble, multiple choice, sequencing, interview, group...
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Building ELD Confidence Through Games

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Fun ways to get your English Learner's involved in the classroom.
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How to Keep ELD Rewarding

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
The true success of English Learners won't always shine through in the form of perfect test scores.
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ELD with Dr. Seuss Will Turn Their Creativity Loose!

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Use the timeless story of Green Eggs and Ham to excite learners of all ages and proficiency levels.
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ELD Lesson Plan: Courage

For Teachers 6th
What is true courage? Your class can explore the answer with these three Houghton-Mifflin stories ("Hatchet," "Passage to Freedom," "Climb or Die," and "The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle"), which feature courageous characters and...
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Question Tags Practice

For Students 3rd - 6th Standards
Young grammarians complete 20 interrogative sentences by adding formulaic question tags. They use the verbs could, would or should with an appropriate pronoun in question tags to complete each sentence. Example: They would listen,...
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High-Frequency Phrases: First 100 Words

For Teachers Higher Ed
ELD or elementary students can use this presentation to practice recognizing and saying common English phrases. Each slide contains a two to four word phrase. Have the class recite to practice proper pronunciation.
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English Grammar & Writing - Capitalization

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Go over the basics of capitalization and when to use upper-case letters. A young woman with a whiteboard writes examples and explains. This is a good resource for ELL or ELD students due to its simplicity. One grammatical mistake is made...
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Passive Voice

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Passive voice and participial adjectives are the focus of an 11-page resource packet designed for ESL/ELD classes. Language learners engage in activities and complete exercises that give them lots of practice with these constructs.
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Verb Tense Packet

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
How do you word questions? Word order in questions is the focus of a 23-page grammar packet designed for ESL/ELD classes. Yes/no questions, information questions, and tag questions are all examined.
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ESL/ELD: Learning about Ash Wednesday

For Students 5th - 10th
An overview of the history and tradition of Ash Wednesday in 2 paragraphs is accompanied by an array of language activities: cloze exercise, phrase matching, word jumble, multiple choice, sequencing, interview, group presentation,...
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The Power of Words in Charlotte's Web

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
"How can a few good words save a pig's life?" Posed with this question, your ELD students explore E.B. White's Charlotte's Web in a meaningful, valuable way. By analyzing specific word choice from the book, especially the excerpts...
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Structure Practice: The Passive Voice

For Students 3rd - 6th
Use this online interactive worksheet in an ELD class or for younger native speakers. They practice using simple past tense verbs in the passive voice. Many of the constructions are not straightforward, nor often used by early speakers,...
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Wrinkles ESL Lesson

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Practice English vocabulary and dialogue. An ELD class completes a true/false worksheet about aging and wrinkles, then read an article entitled "Wrinkles Give Clues to Bone Condition" using context clues to determine vocabulary...
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Backstage With Elmo: Jenny McCarthy

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Elmo sings the song, “Twinkle, Twinkle Litter Star” with Jenny McCarthy. Elmo asks Jenny about her favorite instrument and what makes her happy. This video could be helpful when introducing friendly questions to young ELD students.
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What Did You Do?

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
English learners practice using the past tense by participating in a time description activity. They identify the differences between verbs when they are used to describe current events or past events. Students answer questions using...
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"So, What Do You Think?"

For Teachers 5th - 9th
Take a stand! Even the most reluctant speakers find their voices if the topics are engaging. Use pictures, photos, or word prompts (I think pizza is the best lunch on the school menu. What do you think?) to stir responses. Encourage...
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Shed Style

For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed
Originally designed for adults learning English in Vietnam, this plan can easily be used with your middle and high school ELD classrooms with little adaptation needed! Although the article "Shed Style" is not attached, learners will...
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Beginning Spelling: Time to Eat

For Students 3rd - Higher Ed
For younger grammar learners, or as part of an ELD lesson for older kids, a word scramble activity provides a fun way to practice food-related vocabulary and spelling. Learners unscramble letters to form 11 food-related words. The...
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Verbs: Past

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
The focus of this 38-page packet is on past tense verbs. Packed with games, activities, exercises, and drills that can be adapted to any level, the resource deserves a place in your ESL/ELD curriculum library.
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Let's Discuss Current Events

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Investigate articles from the daily news and share opinions with classmates. Using current events, learners view a news program without sound and predict what news is being discussed by analyzing the visuals. Then they read news articles...
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ESL English Grammar Lesson: The Royal Wedding

For Teachers 9th
Have your ESL learners practice their written and oral English grammar skills, with this highly engaging ESL Lesson. Budding grammarians mingle across the room discovering what they each know about the Royal Wedding between Kate and...

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