ESL/ELL Resources and ELPA Practice Materials

ELPA Practice Ideas and Website Links



Elementary level Appropriate Practice Sites

Children's Storybook Online Great site for listening practice; it comes with ready made online quizzes.
Free Audio Books to practice listening Includes both short and longer stories
Reading Comprehension This one has comprehension stories for 2nd-5th grade

Reading Comprehension Practice--Elementary

Reading Comprehension Short Stories Shows you how many words are in the story-->you choose the level
Student Practice Test from Oregon
Use the Student Interface Training Site; Sign-in as a GUEST. You could do this with the whole class. You get to choose grade level. The format looks very much like Michigan ELPA.
Remember: It ONLY works with Firefox!!!
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Combining Sentences Worksheet on how to combine sentences with coordinating conjunctions. ELPA always has a question on this skill!!!!!!
Language Arts Grammar Worksheets
2nd grade audio books
Audio Readings by famous people
Students Reading Books Aloud
Classic Authors Audio Books
Sparklebox from UK Great resources for all elementary grades--here you can find great picture stories in color
Pictures to Use with many different situations You could use these larger pictures to do a longer writing piece with your students--think about creating a task for your students (see packet for a sample)

4th Grade Reading Practice with questions
More 4th grade Reading Practice Stories with questions (Would be suitable for 3rd and 5th grade as well)

Scholastic News Either the print copies that you get or online.

K and 1st grade practice: writing a correct letter and word on the line
Writing practice: write about a picture as much as you can.




Lower elementary lined paper (1st-2nd grade)

Middle School level Appropriate Practice Sites

Story Corps--Great Listening Practice Site Write a few multiple choice questions for whichever story you want students to listen to (This is great as a supplementary material for your anchor text in literature)
This I Believe--from NPR Again, great listening practice. Write a few multiple choice questions based on story. This can be done in other content areas besides ELA. You choose what is appropriate for your students.
CNN Student News Great listening practice, or with transcript, this could also turn into reading practice.
Reading and Comprehension Practice Site They give you the Flesch-Kincaid level for each story or reading practice
Worksheets and Handouts for 7th grade Appropriate for all middle school

Student Practice Test from Oregon Use the Student Interface Training Site; I used GUEST to fill in the blank spots in the sign in form. You could do this with the whole class or only with a certain students.You get to choose grade level. The format looks very much like Michigan ELPA.

Reading Comprehension Short Stories Shows you how many words are in the story-->you choose the level (choose advanced for middle school)
Language Arts Grammar Worksheets Many worksheets are appropriate for middle school
7th grade grammar practice worksheets and handouts Great for Middle School and others to practice writing rules for the ELPA.
Pictures to Use with many different situations You could use these larger pictures to do a longer writing piece with your students--think about creating a task for your students (see packet for a sample)


Includes: contractions (1st grade-maybe, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade); coordinating conjunctions practice for many grade levels (maybe not for 1st grade)




High School level Appropriate Practice Sites

Coordinating Conjunctions Practice

Parallelism and Coordinating Conjunctions

Tons of grammar practices--you choose which ones
Student Practice Test from Oregon Use the Student Interface Training Site; I used GUEST to fill in the blank spots in the sign in form. You could do this with the whole class or only with a certain students. You get to choose grade level. The format looks very much like Michigan ELPA.
CNN Student News Great listening practice, or with transcript, this could also turn into reading practice.
Story Corps--Great Listening Practice Site Write a few multiple choice questions for whichever story you want students to listen to (This is great as a supplementary material for your anchor text in literature)
This I Believe--from NPR Again, great listening practice. Write a few multiple choice questions based on story. This can be done in other content areas besides ELA. You choose what is appropriate for your students.


PHONICS Resources for Beginners

Speak and Spell NEW NEW NEW
http://www.btinternet.com/~eptotd/vm/vowelmachine/vowelmachine.htm
http://www.eduree.com/phonics/fullscreen_main.asp?step2=6&step3=6&step4=0 Korean website but still very nicehttp://www.eduplace.com/kids/hmsv/smg/index.html Spelling Match gamehttp://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/picturematch/ really nicehttp://www.childu.com/sample_act/reading1_2/LA1RA01b_phonics.swfhttp://www.readingkey.com/demo/index.htm free reading materials at different grade levelshttp://www.tampareads.com/phonics/phondesk/index-pd.htm really nice worksheets ready to print



ELA Linking Document
Social Studies Linking Document
Math Linking Document
Science Linking Document

Adaptations for content area classes!!!!!!!!!!!





can be used in any content area for learning vocabulary!
Great reference for all teachers!



Pic Lits
Great Phonics site for a bit older students
Five card stories Great website to use with students to write from pictures!
Foldables Directions
ESL Images
Picture Cards
English Place
ESL Resources mega site
English Games Online--suitable for younger students
Games--especially games dealing with pronunciation
Games and other activities (also bilingual)
Online Games
Rong-chang website for kids
English Learning Games Online
Phonics games online
ABC game
Tons of English elearnign websites--separated by grade levels
Free Stories Online
Michigan ELL Standards
Activities for ESL Students
ELL Checklist for Content Areas
Sites to help teach ELLs in content areas

This is an example of how you can modify a test for ELL students that can follow regular classroom lessons, but still need some extra help and assistance. Open the document and then read these bullet points:
  • Question #2 is UNCLEAR --> change it so that the students can understand what you are asking them to do
  • take away one multiple choice
  • highlight key words in the questions or directions
  • provide lines to write sentences
  • question #9 is UNCLEAR --> change it or fix it
  • if you give regular students a 2-3 part question --> write that as 2-3 DIFFERENT questions for ELLs --> your point value is still the same


Great website for news with audio
Yahoo Kids Learning English
Dolch Games
Beginner English Activities
Parts of Speech Simplified
Parts of Speech Packet

50 of the World's Best Breakfasts Great site about the culture of eating!

2011 in pics