Browsed by
Category: Reading

5 Strategies for Teaching Sight Words to English Language Learners

5 Strategies for Teaching Sight Words to English Language Learners

Sight words are one tool for helping students learn how to be fluent readers. The challenge for English Language Learners (and all students) in learning these words because the majority of sight words do not have visuals that are easily associated with them. This can make it more challenge to give meaning to these words. In summary teaching sight words in the context of a phrase or sentence allows students to better remember them. Here are some specific strategies for teaching…

Read More Read More

Goal Setting with English Language Learners

Goal Setting with English Language Learners

Goal setting is helpful for students to reflect on their learning. They can set goals at any point in the year. This can be done at any point in the year, but can be particularly beneficial at the beginning of the school year, at the beginning of the calendar year, and before beginning WIDA or other language testing. For English Language Learners this includes being aware of how they are progressing learning the English Language. This can look different depending…

Read More Read More

10 Winter Books with Diverse Characters by Diverse Authors

10 Winter Books with Diverse Characters by Diverse Authors

Exposing students to diverse books is important for building a classroom community where all children feel welcome and valued. Seeing themselves in the books they are reading is extremely important. Additionally students benefit from reading about characters that are different from them. Reading books that are written by authors of diverse backgrounds is also important for students. Picture book authors can be role models for students, especially when students do author studies and read multiple books by the same author….

Read More Read More

The Benefits of Diverse Graphic Novels for ELLs & 10 Books to Check Out

The Benefits of Diverse Graphic Novels for ELLs & 10 Books to Check Out

Benefits of Graphic Novels Graphic novels are a category a books that can be highly engaging for students. This is particularly true for English Language Learners and struggling readers. Graphic novels have a large amount of picture support. This helps create context and gives meaning to unfamiliar vocabulary words.  Older students are drawn to graphic novels since even students reading below grade level can enjoy these books. Importance of Diverse Graphic Novels Having a diverse set of books available is…

Read More Read More

10 Thanksgiving Read Alouds for English Language Learners

10 Thanksgiving Read Alouds for English Language Learners

10 Thanksgiving Read Alouds You can use read alouds as a way to build students background knowledge of the history of Thanksgiving and learn about how people celebrate the holiday today. Many of these books can be integrated into language arts lessons on main idea, vocabulary development, story elements, sequencing, compare and contrast, and point of view. *This post contains affiliate links. Thanksgiving Read Alouds- Books About Being Thankful I am Thankful– This is a simple to read book that…

Read More Read More

5 Tips for Organizing an ESOL Classroom Library

5 Tips for Organizing an ESOL Classroom Library

5 Tips for Organizing an ESOL Classroom Library I love having my classroom library.  As an ESOL teacher I see students in all different settings, both in my office and in their classrooms. Having a well organized library allows me to quickly grab books to use for read alouds and help guide them towards independent reading books they will find interesting and are close to their reading levels. I find it helpful to know the reading levels of books especially…

Read More Read More

5 Ways to Get Free Books for a Classroom Library

5 Ways to Get Free Books for a Classroom Library

Having a Well Stocked Classroom Library New books are expensive. Students benefit from a wide range of reading material to choose from. What should a teacher do? Find free books! In my ESOL room I had a fairly large classroom library. It didn’t always fit into the daily lessons, since I would typically only see students for 30 minutes and they have independent reading time in their classroom. It was great for students that finished an activity early and I…

Read More Read More

Describing Characters & a Freebie

Describing Characters & a Freebie

I’ve been working with my first grades on using adjectives to describe characters.  They did a great job of using evidence from the books to describe their answers.  Even my lower language students were able to participate. We read two books: Llama Lama mad at mama & Yoko.           First I showed students pictures of character emotions.  They shared examples of when they felt various emotions.  Then as I read the books they would identify how the…

Read More Read More

Building a Classroom Library

Building a Classroom Library

  I love reading and hope to pass on this love to my students.  One way I try and do this is by having a large classroom library with a variety of books.  Currently I have over 500 titles.  I know this because my books are organized using Classroom Book Organizer It may seem daunting if you are just starting out, but it is possible to build up an engaging classroom library for relatively little money. Donors Choose:  I have…

Read More Read More