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Thanksgiving Activities for ELLs

Thanksgiving Activities for ELLs

Thanksgiving is an opportunity to integrate American culture into lessons. Some ELLs will have celebrated Thanksgiving their entire life.  These students will be able to share their family’s traditions around the holiday. Other students will have never experienced the holiday before and will benefit from a basic overview of what the holiday is. Here are some ideas for integrating the topic of Thanksgiving into your November lessons. Include Multiple Perspectives As you teach students about Thanksgiving, here are resources to…

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Lists of Diverse Books for ELLs

Lists of Diverse Books for ELLs

Diverse books are a vital part of any classroom. This is especially true when there are English Language Learners in the room. Students need access to books that have characters that look like them and come from similar backgrounds to them. They also need to read about places and characters that are different from them. Take a look at these lists of diverse books for ELLs. Students benefit when the books that teachers use as mentor texts and read alouds…

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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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10 Spring Books for English Language Learners

10 Spring Books for English Language Learners

Spring is a great time to read books about the environment, animal and plant life cycles, and other outdoor topics. For English Language Learners (along with all students) it is important to read books with characters from diverse backgrounds. Try and integrate characters with similar backgrounds as the students you work with so that they can see kids that are similar to themselves in the books that they are reading and listening to. Disclosure: This post contains Amazon affiliate links,…

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Spring Teaching Ideas for ELLs

Spring Teaching Ideas for ELLs

Integrating seasonal topics is a fun way to help ELLs learn about the environment around them.  Here are some fun spring teaching ideas for ELLs. Teach about Animal Life Cycles Life cycles are great for teaching transition words. One fun activity is to show students a video of an eagle or other animals with eggs or newborn babies. In the spring there are many live feeds available. Students can make predictions about when the eggs will hatch. You can also…

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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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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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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…

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