Reflection: ELL Students Introduction to Scientific Investigation: Plaid Pete is in a Pickle! - Section 5: Team Activity


Students in our state that qualify for services as an English Language Learner are required to have an ELL Support Plan.  This support plan has a list of recommended instructional strategies, one of which is, explicit vocabulary instruction and practice (frontloading, repetition).  It is difficult to find time to sneak in the extra minutes of practice that these students need, but I know it is a "must-do" if they are ever to reach grade level standard, particularly in a content area like Science that is heavily laden with concept bearing vocabulary..

I use frequent "turn-and-talk" moments, where students are talking in pairs, to focus in on students who need this extra practice, as seen in Video Clip 1.  Peers can be of assistance, and sometimes too much assistance!  So, the "coaching" goes both ways.  You have to coach the student who needs to practice the language/language structures, and coach their peers to be helpful, but not too helpful.  

When students have a difficult time even pronouncing a word, there is little likelihood that they will even practice it in pairs, much less in a whole classroom setting.  This student will need much more practice to be comfortable with this vocabulary, before she will use it.  In a case like this, I will consult with the other specialists that she works with, and ask for their support.  Some of our students "take a village" and this teaming can make all the difference in the world for them.

  ELL Students: Supporting Use of Precise Language with English Language Learners
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Introduction to Scientific Investigation: Plaid Pete is in a Pickle!

Unit 1: What's The Matter Plaid Pete?
Lesson 7 of 22

Objective: SWBAT identify the characteristics of different types of scientific investigations.

Big Idea: What types of scientific study do scientists engage in? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each. Students meet "mentor scientists" and learn about the different ways that scientists explore the world around them.

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