8 Wordless Picture Books for ELLs

8 Wordless Picture Books for ELLs

Wordless picture books are a great tool to use with English Language Learners. They allow students to practice making inferences and think critically without the language demands of reading text. Students can make up their own stories orally and using writing. Wordless picture books are also a helpful tool for vocabulary development. Students can label the picture, either using sticky notes or writing on a projected image of the book. Another idea is to write a story as a class…

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5 Easy Back to School Activities for ELLs

5 Easy Back to School Activities for ELLs

The beginning of the school year is an important time for creating a classroom community. It is also important to help students feel comfortable in the classroom. Here are some simple back to school activities that will help you support your ELLs and help them to get ready for a new school year. Art Collage The project can be as simple or complex as you wish, depending on the age of the students and materials that you have available. The…

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Asking & Answering Questions with ELLs

Asking & Answering Questions with ELLs

One important critical thinking skill is asking and answering questions. This is also an important way that students deepen their understanding of what they are reading. Additionally, this is also one component of language development. Students may need assistance with the syntax and sentence structure of asking and answering questions. Here are some tips to support asking and answering questions for ELLs. Supporting ELLs in Formatting Questions Depending on a students language level, they will require different amounts of language…

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Books about Schools Around the World

Books about Schools Around the World

Help students learn about schools around the world with this selection of books. Students can use the information that they learn to compare and contrast the similarities and differences between their own school and those that they read about. It is also a great opportunity for students that have attended school in other countries to share some of their own experiences. Disclosure: This post contains Amazon affiliate links, which means I may receive a commission if you click on an…

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5 Tips for Teaching Grammar to ELLs

5 Tips for Teaching Grammar to ELLs

Grammar instruction is one component of learning a language. For students, it is often beneficial to use a mixture of direct grammar instruction and indirect and in context activities. This is particularly true when there is little time available to devote to direct grammar instruction. Here are some activities that are easily integrated into other content areas. They still allow students to practice new grammar skills. Teach Basic Parts of Speech In elementary school learning about the basic parts of…

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Co-teaching to Support ELLs

Co-teaching to Support ELLs

Co-teaching is when educators work together to support a group or whole class of students in a general education classroom. There are a number of different models of co-teaching between a classroom teacher and ESOL or ESL teacher. Some of the co-teaching models involve two teachers working with the whole group of student in different capacities. Teachers can also split students into small groups during a co-teaching partnership. Finally, students can be working independently with both teachers supporting them. Benefits…

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Sight Word Building

Sight Word Building

Sight words are words that students are exposed to frequently when they are reading. When a student can read and spell these words automatically it will significantly speed up their reading comprehension.  I use sight word building activities as a simple and engaging way to give students practice spelling and writing common sight words. With my students, I did not spend a large amount of time focusing on sight words. I liked to use short and simple activities that are…

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Teaching Myths to ELLs

Teaching Myths to ELLs

Myths can be exciting stories for students to learn about. A myth is a story that plays a fundamental role in society. They often tell the origins of why something is set up the way that it is. The main characters often are gods or have supernatural powers. For ELLs, myths can be both exciting stories and challenging. One of the challenges is that the events take place in the past and might contain references that the student is unfamiliar…

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Camping Books for ELLs

Camping Books for ELLs

One of my favorite vacations as a child…and today was to go camping. Some of your students may also enjoy camping. Others have never had to opportunity to go.  Here are some camping books to introduce camping to students or just some fun stories for them to enjoy. 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…

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Integrating Speaking and Writing for ELLs

Integrating Speaking and Writing for ELLs

Speaking and writing are two components of language development. With elementary-aged students, the typical progression I see is that they progress more quickly in speaking than in writing.  This is most likely due to the fact that all students at that age are learning writing, while speaking is a natural way that children socialize. Integrating the two provides English Language Learners with additional speaking practice and helps improve their writing. Here are some strategies for integrating speaking and writing. Start…

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