Reflection: ELL Students Plaid Pete Gets Treated! - Section 5: Team Activity


The strategy you see used in the video clip in this section is typical of Guided Language Acquisition Design (GLAD) "input strategies."  These are strategies designed to provide input, or content information to students who are English Language Learners.  However, I find that these strategies are effective for many of my students who struggle, including those who have learning disabilities, and low levels of academic language due to poverty and other factors.  This strategy is based on brain research that supports the idea that presenting information in color, as students are watching provides for neurological imprinting.

With this particular graphic organizer, I added a second "layer" by going back and adding pictures or visuals to support the text.  With other graphic organizers, I will often "process" them by going back and defining words, adding diagrams, pictures, labels, and additional text over multiple days.  These charts become a way for students to anchor their learning in time and space.  They are co-creations of the learning we have done together.  Look for more input charts, as I will be using different types throughout the next two units.

  Guided Language Acquisition Design - Graphic Organizer Input Charts
  ELL Students: Guided Language Acquisition Design - Graphic Organizer Input Charts
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Plaid Pete Gets Treated!

Unit 3: Plaid Pete Engineers A Solution
Lesson 3 of 10

Objective: SWBAT list and describe the steps of the water treatment process.

Big Idea: Where does our drinking water come from? How is it treated? Students play "Plaid Pete Gets Treated - The Board Game of the Water Treatment Process" and are introduced to the engineering tool of flow charts.

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Science, Design (Tech and Eng), design process, research and development, Science Vocabulary, engineering, resources
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