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Prefixes and Suffixes with ELLs

Prefixes and Suffixes with ELLs

Teaching students the meaning of prefixes and suffixes is a great way to increase their vocabulary. When they know basic prefixes and suffixes they are better able to use context clues to determine the meaning of unknown words. This is true for all students, but it is particularly helpful for English Language Learners, as they may not be familiar with some of the words that have affixes from past exposure. Some suffixes can make changes to words such as tense, number,…

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Sorting with ELLs

Sorting with ELLs

Sorting with English Language Learners A hands on way to help ELLs learn new vocabulary is through sorts. This allows ELLs to show their knowledge even if they are not yet able to produce the vocabulary on their own. It is relatively simple to scaffold for students at different language proficiency levels. Students can sort pictures, words, phrases, or sentences. Here are some different ways to use sorting with ELLs. Open Sort Students are given words in an open sort…

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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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Using Games to Build ELL Vocabulary

Using Games to Build ELL Vocabulary

Using Games to Build ELLs Vocabulary Games are a great way to help students practice vocabulary. For newcomers that are just learning English they are a fun way to practice basic Tier 1 terms. For students at higher language levels and native speakers they are great ways to practice content specific vocabulary. It is important to review vocabulary words with ELLs before they begin playing.  This is particularly important for students with lower language levels and those that are not…

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Using Scavenger Hunts With English Language Learners

Using Scavenger Hunts With English Language Learners

Using Scavenger Hunts with English Language Learners A scavenger hunt is a great way to teach vocabulary terms to ELLs. They also get students up and moving and can give them some control over what terms they choose to find. If students work with a partner or in small groups a scavenger hunt is a natural way for them to practice speaking skills as well. Students can discuss whether objects fit with the topic they are hunting for. Alphabet Scavenger…

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Strategies for Teaching Sight Words to English Language Learners

Strategies for Teaching Sight Words to English Language Learners

Strategies for Teaching Sight Words to ELLs 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….

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Words Words Everywhere for English Language Learners

Words Words Everywhere for English Language Learners

Words Words Everywhere for English Language Learners ESOL students benefit from easy access to sight words and seeing vocabulary words in many places.  Referring to these reference tools and placing them in areas that students have access to are ways to increase their use. Word Walls Disclosure: This post contains Amazon affiliate links, which means I may receive a commission if you click on an Amazon link and make a purchase. This does not cost you any extra money. In…

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Sight Word Building

Sight Word Building

As a part of my guided reading groups students do short word work activities. For my lowest group that includes a lot of sight word practice. One activity my students enjoy is a pocket chart sight word center I got from lakeshore. They place a word card in the chard and then find letter cards to build the word. It is simple but a hands on way for them to practice. I like that fact that all of the materials…

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