Friday (Fri-yay) Boggle Challenge

This was a fun way to start the first Friday of state testing. Within 5 minutes my 4th grade ESL class had come up with 25 English words and 3 Spanish words. I’ll admit… I let them use 1-2 letter words, too. Rumor has it that there are at least 35 English and 9 Spanish words in this Boggle board. How many can you find? 

This Small Classroom: Dollar Store Vocabulary Activity Books

One of the best instructional strategies for ELs is using lots and lots of pictures.  I found these books at the Dollar Tree that included 100 vocabulary words with activities.  Add in the cost of page protectors and three-pronged folders and the cost was less than $2 per book.  I’m excited to use these books in small group activities — especially with my kindergarteners, first graders, and newcomers. After going through 700 stickers, however, I’m not sure I’ll be making more in the near future.  But there you have it, cheap, fun, re-usable activity books to help with vocabulary development.

sticker books

sticker books

page protectors and 3-pronged folders (I'd recommend plastic)

page protectors and 3-pronged folders (I’d recommend plastic)

Cut apart pages, position stickers, slip into the sleeves and glue the original covers to the front of the folders and there you have it - the finished products!

Cut apart pages, position stickers, slip into the sleeves and glue the original covers to the front of the folders and there you have it – the finished products!

Such cute stickers!  Now all I need is a dry eraser marker to complete the crossword puzzle...

Such cute stickers! Now all I need is a dry eraser marker to complete the crossword puzzle…