Reflection: ELL Students What does a scientist do? - Section 3: Warm-up


When students drew their scientists, I had them work independently.  Many times, ELL students use cues from neighboring students to make sure they are on the right track.  I have one ELL student this year, and I did not anticipate that she would not know the word scientist and not remember learning science last year in kindergarten.  Poor thing teared right up!  

In hindsight, I will keep ELL students with me in a small group while we complete the first drawing. That way, I can relate it and give them examples from pop culture or from their kindergarten curriculum.  By the end of the lesson, she was absolutely certain that she was a scientist, however, she needed more vocabulary support during the opening.

  Reflection-- an unexpected ELL challenge
  ELL Students: Reflection-- an unexpected ELL challenge
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What does a scientist do?

Unit 1: Wiggly Scientists and Wiggly Worms
Lesson 1 of 13

Objective: SWBAT build on prior experiences and information from a text to answer the question, "What does a scientist do?."

Big Idea: Are your students scientists? Do they see themselves as scientists? What makes you a scientist anyhow? By the end of this lesson, students will be able to say, "I am a scientist!"

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