Student Resources

Primary School Students

Sites for Grades 1-2

(Taken from Elementary Web Sites for English Language Learners and from my professional development workshops( put together and updated occasionally by Zhaneta Liti)

http://www.everythingesl.net/ Grades k-12

http://www.uni.edu/becker/TESOL_ESL2.html Grades k-12

http://www.uni.edu/becker/TESOL_ESL2.html#games Grades K-12

http://www.englishclub.com/grammar/ Grammar grades 3-12

http://www.dailyesl.com/ Daily ESL Vocabulary/Dictionary Grades 3-12

http://www.ezslang.com/ Idioms Grades 4-12

http://www.esl-lab.com/ (Listening and Reading (Grades 1-12)

http://owl.english.purdue.edu/ (writing Grades 7-12 and adults)

http://www.englishpage.com/ Advanced Adults

http://esl.about.com/?once=true& Advanced Adults

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/july4/ Grades K-5 Excellent for teachers of ELL students

Downloadable activity sheets. Dozens of subjects, articles, crafts ideas and links to online activities. There's a picture dictionary for English and about a dozen other languages. You can explore the site for free. In order to get printable lessons, though, you have to join ($20.00/year). This site is very colorful, friendly and easy to navigate.

http://www.eslkidstuff.com/

                      ESL Kids' Stuff

Printable flashcards, games, songs and worksheets for parents and teachers of primary level students. There are also lots of links to specific instructional categories. For example, the "Thanksgiving Link" offered 14 different sites.

·         Starfall.com- Reading instruction and reading games for students in Pre-K-1. It's hard to believe this site is free.

·         Reading is Fundamental.This site has many stories for Pre-K-2 students.*

·         Kid's Lab -Great site with tons of terrific activities. Try the reading comprehension section.*

·         Storyplace.org -a site with online stories and activities. Grades pre-K-Kindergarten.*

·         Online Story Time-This site is more for teachers but has many online stories. It is advertised as a pre-school site but the stories are suitable forK-1 students.

·         British Council Stories -This site has many stories that are read aloud. Check for spelling and pronunciation differences.

·         Games on PBS Kids - Games for K-2. "WordPlay" can be used for students in grades 3-4.

·         Arthur -Sequencing activity where students hear a story and put pictures in order.

·         Printable Games -For readers in Grades 1-2.

·         Storyline Online -A terrific site with stories read by actors from the ScreenActors' Guild. Grades 1-4.*

·         Reading-A-To-Z - This is a commercial site with free books that you can download and print. Grades 1-4.

·         Raz-kids.com-Reading and listening activities for elementary age students.*

·         Tumblebook Library - Click on "stories." A large collection of stories from the Los Angeles Public Library. All grades.

·         Clifford - Activities pre-K-2.Try the reading and writing section with students in grades 2-3.

·         Videos - Short Clifford videos. Click on "See and Hear." Grades K-2.

·         Berenstain Bears Games and Songs - Great activities for young children including word games, songs and puzzles. Grades K-2.

·         Game Goo - Learning that sticks - Great learning games for young children. Grades K-2.

·         The Reading Lady Includes short plays for students in grades 1-2.*

·         Calgary Public Library. See Children's Talking Tales for Grades 1-2.*

·         Enchanted learning Printable books and for students in grades K-4.

·         Kiz Club Printable books and for students in grades K-1.

Sites for Grades 3-5

(Taken from Elementary Web Sites for English Language Learners

        *MadLibs for Advanced Beginners in Grades 3-5

·         Reading is Fundemental. Look at the writing activities for students in Grades 2-5.

·         Grammar Gorillas for Advanced Beginners in Grades 3-5

·         Stories for Kids for Advanced Beginners in Grades 3-5

·         Bookhive.com -This site has multicultural children's stories told by famous storytellers. Be sure to click on "Listen to a story." For Grades 2-5

·         Songs for Kids - Grammar songs for students in Grades 2-5.

·         Postcards from Buster - See Buster’s adventures from various places in the U.S. Each city has video, audio, map skills and games. Grades 3-5.*

·         Kid's Lab -Terrific site with many great activities. Try the Science vocabulary section.

·         Arthur -Games from Arthur. Grades 2-5.

·         Captain Underpants - Make a comic. Grades 2-4

·         Scholastic - A program for kids to make flashcards. Grades 3-8.

·         Surfing the Net with KidsSite with games and puzzles in different subject areas.

·         Write a book report - Students make a book report sandwich. Grades 4-8.

·         Spelling Wizard - Use spelling words to make a word search or sentence scramble. Grades 3-6.

·         Tumblebook Library - Online stories read from the Los Angeles Public Library. All grades.

·         Poetry - Gives examples of different types of Poetry.

·         Science vocabulary - Label pictures using science vocabulary. Grades 4-8.*

·         Songs and Rhymes- Songs for students in all grades.

·         Owl online This is a good grammar site for 6-12

·         FunBrain reading Intermediate students in grades 5-8.

·         Zoom - Games, activities and science experiments from the TV Show Zoom. Grades 4-6.

·         U.S. Symbols - U.S. Government information from Ben's Guide. Grades 3-5.

·         Social Studies Vocabulary Games - Vocabulary from U.S. government. Grades 3-5.

·         Spiders. Spider activities for kids. Gr. 3-6.

Sites for Grades 4-8

(Taken from Elementary Web Sites for English Language Learners

Jamestown Adventure.Students become colonists and make decisions about how to run their colony. Grades 5-12.*

·         Listening Activities - Designed for older students but pronunciation and listening activities could be used for students grades 4 and up.*

·         BrainPop-This site has some free sections to teach grammar. Look up "nouns" and watch the video. Grades 5-8.

·         ESLbears-A site for beginning students. Exercises in pronunciation, reading and vocabulary. Grades 3-8. *

·         Multicultural Stories -Stories from around the world by Nick Jr. Grades 3-8

·         Brainteasers, Puzzles and Riddles - Kids' page from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Grades 5-8

·         Translation Site - Students can bookmark this site to translate words from English to their native language. Grades 3-12.

·         Interactive games and activities- Social Studies Games from Ben's Guide to the U.S Government. Grades 5-8.

·         Audio Comprehension - An audio concentration game for Grades 4-12.*

·         Homophone game - Match homophones in this concentration game.* Grades 4-8.

·         Wordsearches - Wordsearches on U.S. Presidents. Grades 4-8.

·         Movie Trailers Listening activities using movie trailers for Grades 5-12.

·         ESL and Archie Comics - Lesson plans and comic strips for Grades 5-12.

·         Vocabulary Vocabulary games - From Interesting Things For ESL Students, aa collection of vocaabulary games for Grades 6-12.

Other Educational Sites

·         Fun Brain, Kids Center - Check out Flash Games: Words and find fabulous interactive games for ELLs.

·         Learning Planet, Kids Page - This site has many great choices of games with audio to pratice listening comprehension. And, you can choose games by grade level.

·         Children's Folklore - Wonderful site where children have written and posted about the games, folktales, customs and more from their countries.

·         Starfall - Amazing site for emergent readers.

·         PBS Kids - PBS Kids has many games ELLs would benefit from. Check out games on Between the Lions, Arthur, and even Barney.

·         Learning Vocabulary - Vocabulary games like matching, word search, crosswords and more!

·         Traditional Children's Games - Read about children's games from around the world with a special photo gallery.

·         Scholastic Games - Lots and lots of educational, interactive games. Check out Captain Underpants to make your own comic.

·         Gamequarium-Language Arts Games - Awesome games for ELLs. The sentence structure games are great.

·         Internet Picture Dictionary - An internet picture dictionary with online games.

·         Easy Vocab Quizzes - Great for beginners.

·         Activities for ESL Students - Many activities for ELLs divided by level.

·         Story Place, Preschool Library - I love this site. Listen to a short story and follow-up with an online activity and a take home activity. Great for beginning ELLs of any age.

·         Reading is Fundamental, Online Activities - Creative online activities. Students can write a poem, a story, create of word puzzle, publish a book review and more...all online.

·         Word Reference - User-friendly online bilingual dictionary. English to French, Spanish, Italian, German, Russian.

·         Wacky Web Tales - Fill in different words and click to make a story.

·         Grammar Blast - Tons of grammar activities divided by grade level.

·         Sentence Sorting - Great sentence sorting activity.

·         Monkey Business - Great visual sentence building game.


Secondary School Students

College Related Websites

 

TOEFL- TOEFL stands for Test of English as a Foreign Language.  Most students who immigrate to the U.S. in high school usually take this test in addition to the SAT for college entrance.

 

SAT-  SAT stands for Scholastic Aptitude Test and is one of the required tests for entrance into U.S. colleges/universities.  It consists of a math/verbal component.  Most students take the test during their junior/senior year of high school.  The PSAT is a practice test that can be taken during sophomore year. There are also subject tests known as the SAT II test.


ACT- The ACT test is similar to the SAT test and is widely accepted by most colleges in the United States.

 

 

ELL Resources

 

Online Dictionary/Thesaurus- If you need to look up a word, try this online resource. It includes pronunciation symbols and automated pronunciation of words.  

 

Dave’s ESL Cafe- You can find phrasal verbs, quizzes, a hint of the day, etc. 

 

Linguistic Differences- This website explains differences between English and other languages, including information about which sounds exist in English that do not exist in other languages, grammatical structures that are difficult for English learners with different native languages, etc.

 

Grammar Quizes

Sites for a Range of Grades

(Taken from Elementary Web Sites for English Language Learners

Jamestown Adventure.Students become colonists and make decisions about how to run their colony. Grades 5-12.*

·         Listening Activities - Designed for older students but pronunciation and listening activities could be used for students grades 4 and up.*

·         BrainPop-This site has some free sections to teach grammar. Look up "nouns" and watch the video. Grades 5-8.

·         ESLbears-A site for beginning students. Exercises in pronunciation, reading and vocabulary. Grades 3-8. *

·         Multicultural Stories -Stories from around the world by Nick Jr. Grades 3-8

·         Brainteasers, Puzzles and Riddles - Kids' page from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Grades 5-8

·         Translation Site - Students can bookmark this site to translate words from English to their native language. Grades 3-12.

·         Interactive games and activities- Social Studies Games from Ben's Guide to the U.S Government. Grades 5-8.

·         Audio Comprehension - An audio concentration game for Grades 4-12.*

·         Homophone game - Match homophones in this concentration game.* Grades 4-8.

·         Wordsearches - Wordsearches on U.S. Presidents. Grades 4-8.

·         Movie Trailers Listening activities using movie trailers for Grades 5-12.

·         ESL and Archie Comics - Lesson plans and comic strips for Grades 5-12.

·         Vocabulary Vocabulary games - From Interesting Things For ESL Students, aa collection of vocaabulary games for Grades 6-12.

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