Thursday, January 26, 2006

ESL/IEI: Everything ESL/ Lesson Plans Everything ESL

44 content based ESL lesson plans for beginning through intermediate students, including topics such as:
How Weather Affects Our Lives Cold winter weather in the Northeast region of the United States provides an excellent opportunity to teach a unit on weather to my ESL students. Includes classroom resource picks.
Lincoln's Birthday: February 12th Introduce the concepts of slavery and the Civil War when studying this famous American President. Includes downloadable activities and classroom resource picks.
President's Day: George Washington Have students celebrate George Washington's on President's Day, February 21st. This is also a good time to teach about the first U.S. flag and the American colonies. Teach students to sing Yankee Doodle Dandy. Includes downloadable activities and classroom resource picks.
Snow Similes Understanding how poets use words to paint pictures is a concept that can be taught to young students. The key is to start with an easy simile that is very visual. The combination of a big snowstorm and hands-on materials made this lesson successful. Includes downloadable activities and classroom resource picks.
Valentine's Day Hearts Have a heart! Use Valentine's Day to give your students an interesting opportunity to learn and use figurative language in English. Includes downloadable activities

Activities downloads requires Acrobat Reader to be installed. These lesson plans can be used and adapted for a variety of situations, and offer good academic projects. When I taught ESL, I learned that the concept of Valentine's Day was foreign to most students. The lesson plan included on this site addresses many of the heart related idioms that confuse students year round. Imagine an ESL student trying to make sense of idioms such as:
to cry your heart out - to cry a lot and feel really badly about something
to eat your heart out - to be jealous of someone
from the bottom of your heart - to really mean something
to have a change of heart -to change your mind
to have a heart - to be compassionate, to care about other people