Teaching ELLs Context Clues + FREE Context Clue Task Cards

Teaching ELLs Context Clues + FREE Context Clue Task Cards

Teaching ELLs Context Clues English Language Learners often read text without fully comprehending all of the words that they are reading. Using context clues are one way to help ELLs increase their overall comprehension of the text that they are reading. Many of the strategies of teaching context clues to ELLs is similar as when a native English speaker learns this strategy. There are some differences though. Think about what would make sense This is one of the first context…

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Strategies for Helping ELLs that were Born in the US

Strategies for Helping ELLs that were Born in the US

English Language Learners come from a diverse set of backgrounds. There is a large segment of ELLs that were born in the United States. US-born ELLs come from a wide range of backgrounds. Some of them are the children of recent immigrants, some grow up in poverty, some quickly acquire bilingual literacy skills. The linguistic, cultural, and economic background of an ELL impacts how quickly they acquire English. One misconception is that those that are bilingual have equal proficiency in…

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Gift Card Giveaway + TPT Sitewide Sale

Gift Card Giveaway + TPT Sitewide Sale

Teachers Pay Teachers is having a sitewide sale on February 14 & 15th. Use the code XOXO to save up to 25% off. I have some bundles that I am in the process of adding spring resources to. These are growing bundles so they will help you save even more during the sale:         Here is your chance to win a $10 TPT gift card. Follow the directions on the Rafflecopter to enter.        …

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Improving the Speaking Skills of English Language Learners

Improving the Speaking Skills of English Language Learners

Speaking in a new language can be a frightening experience.  English Language Learners often feel embarrassed that they will make mistakes or are nervous about being misunderstood. This can result in newcomers going through a silent period (when they do not speak but are learning a large amount of language).  Even ELLs that have a higher language level can become intimidated during whole class discussions.  Brain science can help explain this response. The emotional system of our brain does not…

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Multicultural Children’s Book Day & If You Were Me and Lived In… Book Review

Multicultural Children’s Book Day & If You Were Me and Lived In… Book Review

I am excited to take part in the 2018 Multicultural Children’s Book Day #ReadYourWorld. Exposing students to books that have characters from multicultural backgrounds is extremely important.  For English Language Learners it allows them to see characters like themselves in the books that they read. This includes characters navigating living in a new culture and characters that speak more than one language. As a part of this celebration I am reviewing a set of books by Carole P. Roman. I…

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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….

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Teaching Parts of Speech to ELLs

Teaching Parts of Speech to ELLs

Knowing basic parts of speech can be helpful for English Language Learners. It helps give them structure in their speaking and writing. It is a great way to introduce new vocabulary words and lends itself well to sorting activities. Many language standards in the Common Core cover parts of speech. Here are some strategies for teaching parts of speech. Highlight parts of speech in different colors In a reading passage or on a worksheet assign each part of speech students…

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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…

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STEM With English Language Learners

STEM With English Language Learners

STEM with ELLs STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) activities are highly engaging for students.  This is particularly true for English Language Learners. A key component is that the disciplines are integrated. Students typically have a real world problem to solve or project to create. Here are some overviews of using STEM in the elementary classroom: what-is-stem the-benefits-of-stem-activities STEM Overview from WIDA Reasons to use STEM with ELLs Builds Background Knowledge- Having students take part in or observe an experiment, engineering…

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