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Free Printable Math Worksheets

There are many websites that offer free printable worksheets or worksheet generators. I have found the following particularly useful in my very multi-level math It’s simple and quick to choose a specific skill and then print out longer or shorter worksheets on different levels. I often turn these worksheets into lessons or activities that get students working together and enrich the class. These sites are also useful to generate homework for students.

www.worksheetworks.com

Customize worksheets using a worksheet generator and create PDF worksheets with answers

Some topics include good problem solving worksheets

www.math-drills.com

Generate hundreds of worksheets on different topics including algebra, geometry, order of operations and integers with answers included

Because the difficulty of each worksheet can be controlled, this site would be especially useful for multilevel classrooms

www.math-aids.com

This site contains 90+ different math topics

The math worksheets are randomly generated. This allows you to make and customize an unlimited number of printable math worksheets to your specifications instantly

www.CommonCoreSheets.com  

Printable multi-level worksheets aligned with common core standards

Tip from Denise Reddington

By |May 19th, 2016|Math, Teacher Resources, Technology|Comments Off on Free Printable Math Worksheets

Project Based Learning

There are many things that we want our ESL students to know about their community, the United States, and the culture that they now live in. So many new “How do I…?” “Where can I find…?” “What is the best..?” If we think of the old saying, “Give a man a fish and he eats for a day, teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime.”

What do the students want and need to know about their community? If they have lived there for a while, when they first arrived what did they want/need to know right away?

This activity can incorporate all levels and talents. Have the class work on a Community Guide for ESL students in (name of your program or class) 20xx-20xx.

Students can include local hospitals, clinics, physicians, dentists, schools, parks, libraries, bus schedules, grocery stores, restaurants (with reviews) and much more. The list of what would be included should be developed by the class. Pictures can be found on the internet, in old books or magazines or drawn by students. Students with computer skills could gather the information and put it into a Word document to be copied and shared by the class. If new things are found throughout the year they could be added to the list. Each year going forward the guide could be updated with changes in the community.

Tip from Chris Powers

By |May 12th, 2016|Adult Education, ESOL, Projects|Comments Off on Project Based Learning

Game-Based Learning

Looking to create some fun and engagement in your classroom? Try one of these game-based learning websites:

FlipQuiz – http://flipquiz.me/ Free tool to create Jeopardy-style quiz games to use with your class. Try out this FlipQuiz on the topic of President’s Day – http://flipquiz.me/u/mnussbaum/presidents-day-quiz Browse the page to see the questions, and click “Presentation View” to run the game.

Kahoot https://getkahoot.com- Create game-show type quizzes that students can play with their mobile phones/tablets. Sign up for a free account and check out the Public Kahoots link at the top for Kahoot games created by others. Try this ESOL Kahoot – https://play.kahoot.it/#/k/a0db155a-a426-4a70-8a27-fa0e96be3c31

These websites are great to use with students in teams sharing a mobile device or laptop with the game projected for the class to see.

Tip from Tiffany Brand

By |May 5th, 2016|Adult Education, Games, Technology|Comments Off on Game-Based Learning

MyScript MathPad Equation Editor

Equation editors to create typed math equations can sometimes be cumbersome to use, but with the free MyScript MathPad app for the iPad, it’s as easy as handwriting! Just use your finger or a stylus, draw your math expression or equation in the app, and it will render it as text. Then copy and paste it into a word processing or note taking app (I like Notability) to create worksheets that can be projected or printed.

Watch a video demonstration of the app here: https://youtu.be/g49BGbxViu0

Find a link to the app in the iOS app store here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/myscript-mathpad-handwriting/id674996719?mt=8

Tip from Tiffany Brand

By |April 27th, 2016|Math, Teacher Resources, Technology|Comments Off on MyScript MathPad Equation Editor

A fast track to language learning?

We all wish we knew the fastest track to help our learners become competent in English. In Scott Thornbury’s How to Teach Vocabulary, he uses an example of the incredible language acquisition of nineteen-century explorer Sir Richard Burton who claimed to have mastered 30 languages and also asserted that he could learn a language in two months!

Here is an excerpt from Burton’s account of his method of language learning:

I got a simple grammar and vocabulary, marked out the forms and words which I knew were absolutely necessary, and learnt them by heart by carrying them in my pocket and looking over them at spare moments during the day. I never worked for more than a quarter of an hour at a time, for after that the brain lost its freshness. After learning some three hundred words, easily done in a week. I stumbled through some easy book-work (one of the Gospels is the most come-atable), and I underlined every word that I wished to recollect, in order to read over my pencillings at least once a day…If I came across a new sound like the Arabic “Ghayn”, I trained my tongue to it by repeating it so many thousand times a day. When I read, I invariably read out loud, so that the ear might aid memory…whenever I conversed with anybody in a language I was learning, I took the trouble to repeat their words inaudibly after them, and so to learn the trick of pronunciation and emphasis.

Burton had stumbled upon many principles that research validates in vocabulary acquisition such as concentrating on what is necessary at first; using memorization at early stages rather than learning rules; reviewing frequently but only in short intervals; acquiring […]

By |April 20th, 2016|Reading, Vocabulary|Comments Off on A fast track to language learning?

Math Videos – TV 411

After a lot of trial and error, I have finally found math videos, interactives, and handouts to use in class that students really enjoy, and I like because they are designed for adult education students. This is a nonprofit and ad free site that also includes videos, interactives, and resources for reading, writing, vocabulary, science, and finance.

www.tv411.org

TV 411 is an excellent website designed for adult education students. Short and interesting videos as well as interactive web lessons and worksheets on a variety of math topics are available for free. The videos really help students see how math is applied to real life in a fun way. Highly recommended!

Tip from Denise Reddington

By |April 13th, 2016|Math, Technology|Comments Off on Math Videos – TV 411

Person of Interest

This is a fun activity to work on describing people. In a beginning level class picture dictionaries are helpful in finding the vocabulary. In higher levels, or a multilevel class, have students build vocabulary by finding synonyms for basic words such as short (petite) fat (heavy, robust) etc.

Draw or cut out a picture of a person.

Describe the person in words.

Give the person a name, age, family, job, favorite book, TV show, food, hobby (endless list depending on level of student/class).

Students can share their Person of Interest with each other or give a class presentation (oral speaking before a group with something they created).

Randomly put 2 or 3 of these Persons in a group and have the students decide how these Persons know each other. What is there connection?

Have students save these in a folder and date them. You could have them add a new person each month, or quarter throughout the year. This is one way in which they can see their progress in vocabulary choice, writing skills and comfort in “public speaking.” As the class changes during the year, this activity can easily be taken over by the students to bring new students into the activity. It will build their confidence in using English and describing people is something we may not realize but do often when talking with others.

Tip from Chris Powers

By |April 6th, 2016|All Levels, Speaking, Vocabulary, Writing|Comments Off on Person of Interest

MyScript MathPad Equation Editor

Equation editors to create typed math equations can sometimes be cumbersome to use, but with the free MyScript MathPad app for the iPad, it’s as easy as handwriting! Just use your finger or a stylus, draw your math expression or equation in the app, and it will render it as text. Then copy and paste it into a word processing or note taking app (I like Notability) to create worksheets that can be projected or printed.

Watch a video demonstration of the app here:

Find a link to the app in the iOS app store here:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/myscript-mathpad-handwriting/id674996719?mt=8

Tip from Tiffany Brand

By |February 19th, 2016|All Levels, Math, Technology|Comments Off on MyScript MathPad Equation Editor

Developing depth in vocabulary

Developing depth in vocabulary is essential for all our students. It is not possible to directly teach students all the vocabulary they will need; therefore, teaching students strategies for learning new vocabulary is essential so they can acquire new vocabulary on their own. However, we know that learning a new word is more complex than just hearing, reading or saying the word once or twice. Although the importance of plain old-fashioned memorizing cannot be underplayed, research points to the fact that teaching students how to organize words to best fit into their own personal lexicons helps to make words move from their short-term memory into their long-term memory. So helping each student understand that he/she must sort out a way of finding his own connections, mnemonic devices and associations for new words is paramount for putting words into the “never forgotten” category. Another time-honored and research-backed way of helping to acquire a larger vocabulary is to insist that students write new words in their own sentences. It appears that the more decisions a learner makes about a new word such as it’s part of speech, how it’s commonly used, or how to use the correct form of the word in speaking or writing, the better the word will be remembered.

Tip from Susan Bubp

By |February 12th, 2016|Uncategorized, Vocabulary|Comments Off on Developing depth in vocabulary

Math Websites for Students

Students often ask for math websites they can use to review, learn, and practice. Following are some sites that I often recommend and students have used in class and at home.

www.aaamath.com

Select a math SUBJECT (not grade) and find instruction, practice, and games on many different math topics and levels

www.aplusmath.com

This site has flashcards and games for whole numbers, fractions, geometry and algebra
Create your own worksheets to complete on line

www.ixl.com/math

Provides unlimited interactive practice on a lot of math topics
If you get a question wrong, an explanation is provided
Ignore the listed grade levels and focus on the skill you want to practice

www.mathisfun.com

Be sure to choose a math SUBJECT and not a grade
Good explanations are provided followed by practice and answers
Practice skills using puzzles and games

www.gcflearnfree.org

An ad free nonprofit learning website designed for adults
Click on math and choose from topics such as percent and algebra
Includes instruction, videos, games, and interactive practice

www.mathplayground.com

Provides math instruction on many different topics
Practice math skills through a variety of games without ads
Videos and interactive activities included

www.khanacademy.org

Video instruction on all math topics

Tip from Denise Reddington

By |February 5th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Math Websites for Students