Teacher Friendly Modifications for ESL

About a month ago, I was honored to guest post at Minds in Bloom, where I shared some tips for accommodating the English Language Learners you may have in your classes.  I also shared a document the teachers at my school use to make their planning a little bit easier.  The one I posted was only for grades 3-5.  I received a few requests afterward to add one for 6-8; I did and am posting both here for you to use.

Just click on either picture to go to the document.  Now, WIDA is not aligned to any of the state or country-wide standards, so be conscious of the standards you are teaching while going through these documents.   Here is the link for the WIDA site- you may find the original PDF's useful as well when you're looking to modify your plans or assessments.  

If you're a Language Arts/English teacher, you may want to check this out as well- the NJDOE has created a model curriculum that ties WIDA proficiency levels to the Common Core.  I have been piloting the program since January in my classes, and both myself and my teaching partner will be implementing it (adjusted to suit our students' needs and abilities of course) in September.  

Above is an example of the NJDOE Model Curriculum, which would work for any state using Common Core, and any classroom with ELL's. You can see the CCSS standard, all the objectives for that standard, then the correlation to the WIDA proficiency levels (in blue) which make it so easy to plan for the ESL students in your class!

I hope this was helpful for anyone planning modifications! Send me an email if you have questions and I'll do my best to help out.


  1. Very informative post! Thank you for the great resources. I really enjoyed the 3-5 document. You did a great job breaking things down. Very helpful!

    Eclectic Educating

  2. Any chance you have the Can Do modifiers for grades 1st and 2nd? I’ll gladly purchase! Thank you!


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