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I Like to Move It: Motor Skills in the ESL classroom

This collection is a series of activities/ideas that teachers can implement in any beginning level ESL classroom. The collection includes a PDF which lists a variety of materials teachers should have in the classroom which helps develop fine motor skills and four different engaging, fun, and academically enriching activities that will have students motivated to learn!
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I Like to Move It: Motor Skills in the ESL classroom
  • Ambar Paulino says:
    This 2-minute YouTube video is a demonstration of an activity teachers can use in the ESL classroom which also addresses the development of fine-motor skills and memory. The playset (materials for playset) can be assembled using resources found in the classroom or ordered online. I highly recommend implementing this activity!
  • Ambar Paulino says:
    An in-hand manipulation activity, that like the previous task, helps improve fine motor skills and encourages the memorization of the alphabet. I highly recommend repeating this activity using different materials which fit into the letter tray (while teaching students about the different textures.
  • Ambar Paulino says:
    This engaging activity is a hands-on sensory alphabet game which encourages letter and word recognition. The sensory bin engages student in exercising their motor skills and apprehension of new words/letters in the alphabet. This activity is excellent for beginning students!
  • Ambar Paulino says:
    Another 4-minute YouTube video which can be a highly effective tool for students during a food-unit. Teachers can incorporate this video towards the end of a lesson/unit plan. Teachers can ask children to repeat and "cut" the vegetables if there are similar toys found in the classroom. Children are encouraged to use fake knifes to cut the vegetables to develop their fine motor skills.
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    Ambar Paulino says:
    This is an excellent resource for new teachers thinking about implementing lessons which address the mastering of fine-motor skills. This eight-page PDF file highlights different strategies that support fine-motor skills and lists a number of "diverse" materials for "diverse interests. It also describes a number of small activities/tasks teachers can assign to their students (using existing resources) for their motor skills.
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BloomBoard Asks:What activities do you recommend implementing in the ESL classroom that might benefit ESL students? How do we as educators, combine ESL instruction-teaching of motor skills?