Have you ever noticed how expensive flash cards and other trademarked teaching materials can be in the ESL specialty shops? Well, there is an alternative to emptying your wallet. Teachers Pay Teachers is an amazing site that was established by Paul Edelman and functions as a marketplace where teachers can market and sell their teaching materials. There is a huge variety of high quality material to choose from at very reasonable prices.
Let’s say you need activities to study cvc words (consonant vowel consonant) in a phonics class. Just type “cvc” into the search bar and more than four thousand items will come up for you to choose from. There is some really fantastic material like this, this, and this, all super cheap.
Even if you are not up to spending any money, there are a lot of freebies as well. For example if you are teaching sight words you could download this fantastic uno game with the pre-primer Dolch sight words printed on them from “A Turn To Learn”, a top selling shop run by Ms. Jessica. You can also purchase the other six levels for two dollars each, a fraction of what you’d have to pay at a physical teacher supply store.
And the best part about buying a digital product is that it doesn’t really matter if one of the kids chews on the cards, or rips them, or throws them in the trash, or any of the other imaginative ways kids find to destroy expensive things -you can also make as many sets as you need.