Reflection: ELL Students Plaid Pete's At Home in the Hydrosphere! - Section 2: Focus & Motivation

 

Each year I have a growing number of English Language Learners.  In addition, they come to me functioning at a variety of levels - all the way from Beginning to Advanced.  Typically, I will choose a language objective that addresses the majority of my students, which this year happens to be at the Intermediate level.

However, I also keep in mind that I have students at differing levels.  This year, I have a number of students that are also at a level above this.  While they no longer "qualify" for services, they are still being followed because their skills in Written Language and Vocabulary still are not at academic proficiency.

Although I am working with my Intermediate ELL students on simple and compound sentences today, I am also working with these students on identifying compound and complex sentences.  In order for these students to write using complex sentence structure, they must be able to produce them first in spoken language.  As I stop by teams, I am ever aware of this need to work on language.  I squeeze it in wherever I can, as seen in this Video Clip.

  ELL Students: Working on Language Objectives in Science
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Plaid Pete's At Home in the Hydrosphere!

Unit 4: Plaid Pete is Modeling Earth's Systems
Lesson 13 of 15

Objective: SWBAT describe the distribution of water on Earth, and the role of water in Earth's processes.

Big Idea: How is water distributed on Earth? How do waves interact with the geosphere? Students construct a pie chart and investigate wave action.

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