Vocabulary Building File Folder Games

I have some newcomers that I just started working with.  They love games so I came up with some file folder games to help them practice basic vocabulary.  The students are at two different levels: some are able to read the others has some basic letter sound knowledge.  All have low expressive vocabulary.

We are practicing nouns and where to find them.  The game board are different rooms either in a house or school.  The cards are nouns or verbs.  There are two different levels.  The lower level just has the picture.  The more advanced cards have a sentence frame and picture.  The two sets of cards allow the newcomers to play together, simply choosing from their own deck of cards.  They pick a card read it and then cover the room that the item is found in.  For my nonverbal students they do this all silently but to hear the names of the items.

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Mood and Tone

My 5th graders are studying author’s tone, and mood.  These are complex concepts for my ESOL students to understand.  To start off I adapted a great Author’s Tone and Mood lesson. Before having student write, I they took turns talking about their stories this really helped my lower ones generate ideas, and gave all of them practice using the vocabulary. I created a visual list of words that they could use to describe the tone.

Then we used task cards to practice identifying tone in a passage.  They also practiced identifying the mood that a setting can create using task cards.

Word Walls & Vocabulary Folder

ESOL students benefit from easy access to words.  A movable or portable word wall is one way to increase students exposure to sight words.

In my classroom I have a magnetic word wall.  Sometimes, when students ask for help finding words I will take down two or three words and have them identify the word they are looking for.  Then they have the word at eye level to copy. I have a magnetic chalkboard.  I used sports tape to separate the letters.

When I travel to other classrooms, or work with students that need fewer words to choose from I use a portable word wall. This is made from three file folders glued together. Each word it attached with velcro.

To help students with writing, I have vocabulary folders. They are made with sheet protectors in folders with brads.  These pages are available in my TPT store.