Reflection: ELL Students Tools of the Trade-Tools that Scientists Use - Section 4: Independent Practice and Informal Assessment


This lesson was a challenging one for my English Language Learners.  As we talked about "science tools", it became very obvious that few of them had experience with these tools.  Even with picture support (like those found in the SmartBoard lesson), my EL students were not making connections to the different tools we were talking about. 

When we took out the actual tools (realia) and worked with them at the tables, I immediately saw connections being made.  It was at this point that I realized that I should have brought the real tools out immediately.  The learning became much more meaningful for the students when they could hold and touch each of the tools.  Not only would this simple modification to the lesson be beneficial for my EL students, but for all of my students. 

  The Use of Realia
  ELL Students: The Use of Realia
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Tools of the Trade-Tools that Scientists Use

Unit 1: What Is Science?
Lesson 3 of 4

Objective: Students will be able to identify tools used by kindergarten scientists and develop explanations for how they are used.

Big Idea: Science is so much fun! It is even more fun when we know what tools to use and why they are the best tools for the job.

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