## Reflection: ELL Students Shape Detectives: Plane Shapes in Our World - Section 4: Independent Practice and Informal Assessment

This lesson is a wonderful lesson for enhancing English skills.  Students get the opportunity to practice their geometry vocabulary.  They are using the words circle, square, rectangle, etc. multiple times during the lesson.  In addition, the students are getting the opportunity to expand and reinforce tier 1 words--house, bed, wheel, etc.

It is so important that the students get the opportunity to practice their vocabulary.  They need to use the words in a sentence or at a minimum, say the word themselves.  Many times we resort to saying, "point to the circle" etc. instead of having the students say the words themselves.  Yes, it is faster, but unless students are saying the words themselves, they do not own them.  Prompts like, "Tell me what shape this is" force the students to say the words and in turn, have the words become their own.  With this sort of question, students can also be taught in this way to echo the question, and thus build fluency.

We can always cue the students if they do not know the vocabulary by saying things like, "Is that a circle or a square?".  We must remember, that expressive vocabulary growth cannot occur unless the student speaks the words him or herself.

Shape Detectives--Plane Shapes in Our World
ELL Students: Shape Detectives--Plane Shapes in Our World

# Shape Detectives: Plane Shapes in Our World

Unit 7: Geometry
Lesson 4 of 14

## Big Idea: Shapes are everywhere!! This lesson will open your students' eyes to look for the shapes around them.

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Math, Geometry, SIOP, ELL, Critical Area, Literacy in Math, shapes
45 minutes

### Joyce Baumann

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