EL Civics for ESL Students
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These ESL lessons cover a variety of subjects that are taught in ESL classrooms. They include bold images with simple vocabulary words and can be shown on interactive whiteboards. Each lesson includes at least one PowerPoint slideshow to reinforce learning. At the bottom of the pages, you'll find free worksheets and crossword puzzles. I'll be adding new material to this section several times each week, so check back often. Teachers are welcome to send requests for new lessons.

Airports - Pilots fly airplanes and flight attendants greet passengers as they board the plane.

Alphabet Lesson - Students need to master the 26 letters of the alphabet before they learn to read and write in English. Beginning level students should practice spelling their first and last names.

Apartments - This ESL lesson teaches students vocabulary words related to finding, renting, and living in an apartment. It includes a PowerPoint presentation.

April Fool's Day - Lesson about tricks students can play on April 1.

Art and Art Museums - Artists are creative people who create art. Art museums display artwork.

Babies - ESL Lesson about babies and supplies for newborn infants.

Banks - Banks are a safe place to keep money.

Beaches - People go to the beach in the summer to swim, build sandcastles, and get a tan.

Bicycles - Bicycles are also called bikes. Riding a bike is good exercise.

Birthday Party - We eat birthday cake at birthday parties.

Buildings in the Community - Communities have libraries, schools, post offices, police stations, pizzerias, and motels.

Calendars - Calendars help us organize our time. They show the months of the year and the days of the week. They also show holidays. Using a calendar is an important lifeskill.

Charts and Graphs - Charts and graphs contain information. This lesson covers: pie charts, picture charts, tables, graphs.

Cinco de Mayo - Cinco de May means May 5th in English. It is a day to celebrate Mexican culture and history. On Cinco de Mayo, people eat Mexican food, listen to Mexican music, and learn about Mexico's history.

Classroom Items - Beginning level ESL students need to learn basic vocabulary words about items in the classroom. This is a great lesson for the first or second day of class.

Clocks and Watches - Clocks and watches are called timepieces. This lesson identifies various types of timepieces.

Clothes - Clothes come in different colors and sizes. This ESL lesson includes a downloadable PowerPoint presentation with basic vocabulary words. The ppt link is at the bottom of the webpages.

Clothes - Sewing Vocabulary - Some people make their clothes at home. Others have their clothes altered or repair by a tailor or seamstress.

Clothes - Uniforms - Some workers wear uniforms to work. Uniforms help people identify the type of job someone has.

Clothes from Around the World - Pictures of native outfits from various countries. International unit.

Colors - Colors are used to describe things. In English, we usually say the color before we name the item. For example: the red apple. This lesson uses basic vocabulary words to teach colors. It includes a PowerPoint.

Common Activities - Common activities are things people do often. For example: cook, sing, listen to music, watch television, etc.

Computers - Most ESL schools have a computer lab for students who are learning English.

Containers - Containers hold things. Jars, bottles, boxes, etc.

Count by Tens - It's easy to count by tens. This basic ESL lesson teaches ESL students how to count by 10's.

Coupons - Learn how to read coupon expiration dates and discounts.

Days of the Week - There are seven days in a week. Saturday and Sunday are called the weekend. The other days are weekdays.

Dentists - Dentists check your teeth for cavities and gum disease.

Dogs - Dogs are good pets, but you need to walk them, feed them, and give them a bath.

Easter - Easter egg hunt, basket, Easter bunny, new clothes, etc.

Employment - Types of Jobs - Jobs have titles. This ESL lesson teaches students to identify various types of jobs.

Envelopes and Addresses - How to write mailing addresses and return addresses on envelopes.

Envelopes - Writing Addresses - Review on how to format and write addresses.

Environment - Smog, air pollution, water pollution, global warming, and other environmental problems.

Exercise - Exercise is good for our health. It helps us maintain a healthy weight and a healthy heart.

Fast Food - Fast food includes hamburgers, hot dogs, tacos, pizza, and more. Fast food is usually high in fat and high in calories.

Father's Day - Children give their father a card and a gift on Father's Day.

Food - Grocery Stores - Shoppers go to the grocery store to buy food.

Flowers - Flowers have blooms, stems, leaves, and roots.

Fractions - Fractions are part of a whole. This ESL lesson on fractions shows fourths of a circle.

Fruits - Fruits have vitamins, minerals, and fiber. This lesson reviews the names of common fruits.

Funerals - Funerals honor the lives of people who have passed away.

Furniture - Furniture includes couches, armchairs, cabinets, beds, dressers, and TVs.

Garages - Garages can be attached or unattached. Some garages are large enough for two cars.

Gardening - Put the seeds in the soil and water them. Plants need soil, sunlight, and water to grow.

Geography - Mountains, hills, lakes, rivers, forests, etc.

Grandparents - Lesson and images about grandmothers and grandfathers.

Greetings - There are many ways to say "hello" in English: hi, howdy, what's up, how are ya, good morning, good afternoon.

Healthy Habits - Eating vegetables and exercising help us live longer.

Hobbies - Hobbies are fun. Fishing, dollmaking, sewing, and playing video games are popular hobbies.

Houses - Houses have a roof, doors, windows, and yards.

House Repairs - Plumbers, construction workers, electricians, bricklayers, and repairmen fix houses.

Household Chores - Household chores are tasks we do to keep our homes clean.

Jewelry - Jewelry is worn by both men and women. Gold jewelry is popular.

Kitchens - We prepare meals in kitchens. Kitchens have refrigerators, stoves, cabinets, and counters.

Kitchenware - Kitchenware includes silverware, plates, cups and saucers, pots, pans, and measuring cups.

Literacy for Work - These workplace lessons will help students gain the vocabulary needed to get, hold onto, and advance in a career.

Makeup - Makeup includes foundation, eye shadow, and mascara.

Meats and Fish - Meat and fish are sold in the meat section of supermarkets. They are sold by the pound.

Morning Routines - Most people follow a regular morning schedule on weekdays. They wake up, eat breakfast, leave the house, drive to work, and arrive at work.

Mother's Day - Lesson on ways to celebrate Mother's Day.

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