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Diverse Back to School Books for ELLs

Diverse Back to School Books for ELLs

The beginning of the school year is a great time to read books about starting at a new school, culture, respect, names, and identity. Books with a diverse range of characters allow students to see their own and other cultures represented. It is especially important for ELLs to read and listen to books where they see characters similar to themselves represented. Here are some great books to use a read aloud at the beginning of the school year. Many of…

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Sight Word Puzzles

Sight Word Puzzles

Sight Word Puzzles Sight words are incredibly important for students to learn how to read, yet can be challenging to learn. Many of them do not follow phonics patterns and do not have a picture associated with them. One of the best ways for students to learn them is in context. My sight word puzzles do just that. Learn additional Strategies for Teaching Sight Words to ELLs. I am introducing a new set of Sight Word Puzzles to help students…

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Benefits of Using Task Cards with ELLs

Benefits of Using Task Cards with ELLs

Benefits of Using Task Cards with English Language Learners Task cards are a great tool for teaching English Language Learners. They present information in small chunks and increase student engagement. Task cards are easy to provide diferientian and target skills. They are also ideal for partner activity. Task Card Benefit- Student Engagement Task cards help students to stay engaged. My students loved using task cards, especially when they got to work with a classmate. You can use them in many…

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Comparing Adjectives File Folder Games

Comparing Adjectives File Folder Games

COMPARING ADJECTIVES FILE FOLDER GAMES File folder games are a fun way for students to practice vocabulary concepts. They are a simple way to store game pieces and allow students to independently practice skills. Once students learn how to play a file folder game they can become part of a center. My Comparing Adjectives File Folder Games offer two levels of puzzles for students to practice with. They are a fun way for students to practice vocabulary and learn about…

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Tips for Starting the School Year with ELLs

Tips for Starting the School Year with ELLs

Tips for Starting the School Year with ELLs All students have a range of emotions when they start a new school year. Often they are excited to meet their teacher and see old friends. They can also be nervous about having a new teaching, learn new classroom procedures, and having to get to know new classmates. This is especially true for English Language Learners. These students can also have the added stress of not entirely understanding the instructions from their…

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Speak then Write: Supporting ELLs Writing through Listening and Speaking

Speak then Write: Supporting ELLs Writing through Listening and Speaking

Speak then Write: Supporting ELLs Writing through Listening and Speaking For many children learning a new language they go through a similar progression of language acquisition. Listening skills come first, then speaking, then reading, finally writing. With this information in mind, I find it helpful to integrate language skills. This also has the added benefit of helping students generate ideas in multiple ways and helping children that learn in different ways to be successful. Here are some ideas to help…

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Summer Learning Tips for ELLs

Summer Learning Tips for ELLs

Whether you are a summer school session, your school year is still going/already started, or you are looking for ideas to give to families to continue learning over the summer here are some summer learning tips to help you out. Summer Learning Tip- STEM Activities The summer is a great time to incorporate more hands on learning. STEM activities are engaging and great for language development. Stick Fort Building– Try using twigs and having students build forts for dolls/action figures…

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Summer Reading Tips for ELLs

Summer Reading Tips for ELLs

Summer Reading Tips for English Language Learners One of the best ways to improve reading comprehension and vocabulary development is to READ. The summer is the perfect time for students to read for pleasure. The challenge is convincing reluctant readers to pick up a book when they are not in school. Library Summer Reading Program Many public libraries have a summer reading program. Children record the title of the books that they read and then turn in the list for…

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Academic Language Teaching Ideas for ELLs

Academic Language Teaching Ideas for ELLs

Academic Language Teaching Ideas for English Language Learners Academic language is the language of school. Tier 2 vocabulary words that are found across different subject areas are components of academic language. For English language Learners it is particularly important to develop their academic language. For English Language Learners that are new to the country, it can take from seven to ten years for them to learn academic language. Johnson (2012) stats that “for ELL’s Academic language is a third language…

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Comparing and Contrasting with ELLs

Comparing and Contrasting with ELLs

Comparing and Contrasting with ELLs Comparing and contrasting is a higher order thinking skill and an important component of reading comprehension. It is also a great way for students to practice language skills and build academic language. When students compare they look for things that are the same. When they contrast they looks for items that are different. Doing these activities helps to expand their vocabulary and gives them practice using academic vocabulary. Comparing and Contrasting with Pictures Show students…

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