Dem Bones

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In keeping with the Halloween season and the body/health posts of recent here on Web 2.0 for ESL, the link below is to a nice little video about “Dem Bones,” which identifies and explains the purposes of the bones and joints. The English will be somewhat difficult for beginning ESL students, but see what “body” vocabulary the students do recognize. You can then sing or play the song and have the students point to the bones. Later, they can sing along with you while pointing to the appropriate bones. Enjoy, and happy Halloween!

Aches and Pains

Aches and Pains, another Nearpod presentation with audio and interactive activities, is to help your beginning-level ESL students learn to say what hurts. It requires minimal computer experience and will give the students practice using a computer mouse, mouse pad, or tablet/iPad. I suggest that this lesson be presented by the teacher first to demonstrate how to advance the slides, use the audio, and complete the interactive activities, and then assigned to the students to use either individually or in pairs as a study tool.

For additional practice for your students on describing how they feel and responding to others’ feelings, take a look at these online resources: ESL Health Unit, Aches and Pains, Injuries/Parts of the Body, Expressing Pain, Showing Sympathy/Injuries.

Many thanks to the producer of the Body-Parts presentation.

Wisdom from Mr. Rogers

Mr. Rogers

“Often, when you think you are at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else,” Mister Rogers.

I’m so glad he was in my neighborhood.

Winter Weather – A Vocabulary Lesson


Winter weather always gives us something to talk about especially here in Wisconsin. This Prezi elaborates on some of the important vocabulary needed to facilitate that conversation for our English language learners and points out a few driving hazards and parking laws during the snowy months.

An Outstanding Internet Safety Cheat Sheet

An Outstanding internet Safety Cheat SheetMany thanks to Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

“Decoding Your Kids”

ImageFrom the Katie Couric Show (

Here are some popular texting codes that are, unfortunately, becoming common among young people.  If you see this on a computer or phone screen, it is dangerous and needs to be addressed immediately.

XTC      (Ecstasy)

GNOC     (Get naked on camera)

CU46    (See you for sex.)

WYRN:  (What’s  your real name?)

LMIRL:   (Let’s meet in real life.)

ASL:  (age, sex, location)

For more information regarding children’s online safety, go to

For more information:  Texting Slang All Parents Should Know

13 Miracles of 2013 to Be…for Me


My life in 2013.

  • I enjoy a balanced life.
  • I maintain organized and manageable email accounts.
  • I eliminate paper files and keep digital copies.
  • I enjoy each day as a gift.
  • I stop trying to do “more” when it is to my detriment.
  • I worry less about my appearance and enjoy who I am.
  • I accept getting older gracefully instead of with a snarl.
  • I wake up feeling refreshed.
  • I read novels again instead of only work-related journals.
  • I play physical games just for fun.
  • I breathe in the clean, fresh air a few minutes each day.
  • I remember to be thankful for what I have.
  • I look forward to the future instead of fearing it.
  • These are the 13 miracles of 2013 yet to be…for me.

    Thanks to Hugh @gapingvoid