After a very long break, here I am back with a fantastic recommendation for your preschool/elementary ESL classroom. SHAPE BY SHAPE by Suse MacDonald, is an exciting read-aloud that introduces children to the English names for basic shapes (circle, semi-circle, triangle, diamond, etc.) all while involving them in an exciting "guessing game" to guess the animal. The book begins with a nearly blank page with two small dots and the words...
"Do you know what I am? I lived a long, long time ago."
Page by page, cut-out circles, triangles, crescents, etc. are added to finally become a big green dinosaur.
My students LOVED this book. In fact, they asked me to read it not once, not twice, but THREE times before beginning our ESL games.
After reading the book, I introduced 4 basic shapes (3 for the smallest kids): square, circle, triangle, and diamond. As always, I got the kids actively involved forming the shapes with their arms and legs.
Afterward, we had a shapes scavenger hunt. The kids outdid themselves!
Finally, we finished with a shape cutting activity from ESL KidsStuff which the kids really enjoyed while practicing their fine-motor cutting and glueing skills.
In addition to being a writer, I have about the best job in the world. I teach 3-6 year olds English in an Italian preschool. I LOVE using picture books in my ESL lessons as introductions to my daily topics, and just because kids love books. My goal with this blog isn't to highlight the most "of-the-moment" picture books, but rather to present books that work well for ESL learners and that are accessible to teachers living all around the world. If you're an ESL teacher who loves books, then this blog is for you.