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Teaching About Folktales to ELLs

Teaching About Folktales to ELLs

Teaching About Folktales to ELLs Folktales included fairy tales, fables, and legends. They were traditionally passed down by word of mouth. Folktales are great windows into the culture and values of the the group of people telling them. Fables have a lesson the the reader is meant to learn. Fairy tales and legends have more subtle lessons about good and evil. Cultures around the world often have their own version of a common folk tale. Here are some ideas for…

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How to Prepare ELLs for Language Testing

How to Prepare ELLs for Language Testing

How to Prepare ELLs for Language Testing Each year ELLs take an annual language assessment. In many states this is WIDA ACCESS. I am not an advocate of extensive test preparation, but I do think that students should be exposed to the language of a test beforehand so that they are better prepared. WIDA has some tips on how to prepare for the ACCESS assessment. Here are some additional ways to help student become familiar with the language and formatting…

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Phonics for ELLs

Phonics for ELLs

Teaching Phonics to ELLs Teaching phonics is an important aspect of a balanced literacy program for ELLs. Phonics is the relationship between sounds and the letter or letters used to write it. Phonics helps students learn the specific sounds in the English language. For newcomers that have a background in a language that does not use the Western alphabet, phonics is way to help them learn the letters and sounds of the alphabet. For older students it is important to…

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I am Thankful Writing and Books

I am Thankful Writing and Books

Integrating the themes of gratitude and being thankful is a common practice around Thanksgiving. These themes are great to teach about throughout the year as well. Here are some ideas for teaching ELLs how to express that they are thankful, including a FREE writing activity. I am Thankful Writing   Vocabulary This set comes with vocabulary words to help student tell what they are thankful for. This is a great opportunity to integrate basic vocabulary into a lesson for all…

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Diverse Leveled Readers

Diverse Leveled Readers

Diverse Leveled Readers for ELLs Guided reading is an important component of a balanced literacy program. Some teachers are lucky to teach in a school with a well stocked book room. In other cases many of the books at the lower levels are not age appropriate for older ESOL students, and do not reflect the diversity of younger ELLs. Here are some suggestions of diverse leveled readers for ELLs and other students. Disclosure: This section contains Amazon affiliate links, which…

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Summer Learning Tips for ELLs

Summer Learning Tips for ELLs

Whether you are a summer school session, your school year is still going/already started, or you are looking for ideas to give to families to continue learning over the summer here are some summer learning tips to help you out. Summer Learning Tip- STEM Activities The summer is a great time to incorporate more hands on learning. STEM activities are engaging and great for language development. Stick Fort Building– Try using twigs and having students build forts for dolls/action figures…

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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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Using Would You Rather Questions with English Language Learners

Using Would You Rather Questions with English Language Learners

Using Would You Rather Questions with English Language Learners Would You Rather Questions are fun ways for students to practice speaking and writing. Here are some ideas for using them with your English Language Learners. Speaking Warm Up When meeting with a small group of students read a Would You Rather Question. Each student answers the question.  Students can then tell why, which allows for practice giving details and speaking about a topic. If you have low level ELLs you…

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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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Integrating Speaking and Writing for English Language Learners

Integrating Speaking and Writing for English Language Learners

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 and then writing.  This is most likely due to the fact that all students at that age are learning writing while native English speakers have been practicing speaking English since they were babies. Integrating the two provides ELLs with additional speaking practice and helps improve their writing. Here…

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