Games To Learn English

These games focus on ESL students to include: Fast English, Perfect Tense, Monster Phrases, Questions, Speak Easy, Speaking Phrases, Fast Vocab, Jobs Game, Spelling Bee, The Future, Falling Clouds, Weather, Big Describer, Food, Vocab Game, Compare, Fast Phrases, Time, Concentration, Past Tense, Bubbles, Conditional Sentences, Clothes, Monster Numbers, Prepositions, Phrase Making, Animal Mystery, Phrasal Verbs, and Hangman. These games can also be used in any ELA class as well in both a whole group setting or individually for practice.

TeacherMade Converts Paper Files to Interactive Files

I have been asked many times, how can I make my pdf into a fillable form? Or, I have this worksheet that I want to scan and have my students digitally enter in their answers. How can I do that easily?

Well, Laura Bresko, a former K-12 school teacher has developed a free service for teachers that does that and even more. How about having those interactive, fillable forms be gradable? Yes, you heard right. These converted files can be graded for you. Imagine that! And all for free, too. Even after COVID.

Go to: and sign up with a Google account. Laura is currently working on having her service integrate with Google Classroom, therefore it is suggested you use a Google account to sign up. In 2021, Laura will likely be offering full integrations with LMS’s like Canvas, Schoology, itslearning, etc. Click features to compare TeacherMade to Google Slides.

Thanks Mel for sharing. This is a game changer!

Khan Academy for Kids (Grades PreK, K, 1)

Looking for a reputable resource for kids ages 2-7? Khan Academy for Kids offers both adaptive learning paths and independent learning with no ads or subscriptions. Teachers sign up and set up their classes for distance learning. This resource is worth a look especially now during our virtual start to this school year. Teachers get weekly planners, printables, daily circle time, and other tools to make learning fun and engaging.

Story Weaver

StoryWeaver is a digital repository of multilingual stories of thousands of richly illustrated, open-sourced children’s stories in mother tongue languages.

It is also a first-of-its-kind platform that provides easy-to-use tools to create, adapt, and translate new stories for children. It’s the ideal place for parents, educators, writers, translators, and illustrators to come together to weave new stories for children and help to create a pathway to nurture the next generation of readers!

Read, create, translate, download, and store stories offline. Story Weaver is open-sourced under the creative commons 4.0 license. Go ahead… browse the library for thousands of books at:

Storyline Online

Reading aloud to children has been shown to improve reading, writing and communication skills, logical thinking and concentration, and general academic aptitude, as well as inspire a lifelong love of reading. Teachers use Storyline Online in their classrooms, and doctors and nurses play Storyline Online in children’s hospitals.

Storyline Online is available 24 hours a day for children, parents, caregivers and educators worldwide. Each book includes supplemental curriculum developed by a credentialed elementary educator, aiming to strengthen comprehension and verbal and written skills for English-language learners.

Sample story with curricular activities. “Hey, That’s My Monster” read by Lily Tomlin.