Reflection: ELL Students Super Sleuths: Identifying 3D Shapes In Our World - Section 4: Independent Practice and Informal Assessment


This lesson provides wonderful opportunities to expand my English Language Learners’ vocabulary.  The academic words are complex.  I notice that the students’ receptive vocabulary has expanded a great deal during this unit.  (Can you show me the sphere?  Their expressive vocabulary has not developed as rapidly, but that is understandable.  I am hoping that this learning will be the foundation for the academic vocabulary in the future.

This unit provides reinforcement for Tier 1 words, those everyday words students will encounter frequently.  Words such as ball, box, can, etc. are reinforced with the activities of this unit, but exposure to the words is not enough to move the students toward mastery.  The teacher must play an active role in modeling and assisting the students in gaining this vocabulary.  After I set the video camera down, I am sitting with my English Language Learners modeling language.  You might hear the following:

What shape did you roll?  That is a cylinder.   Can you say cylinder?  Can you find something that is a cylinder?  That right.  Do you know what that is?  That is a can.  The can is a cylinder.  I want you to say, “The can is a cylinder.”  Great!

This type of exchange is quite natural now, but at one time, I really needed to focus on vocabulary expansion conversations.  It is easy to do, but challenging to find the uninterrupted time to work with students who need this attention in a busy classroom, so I often find myself having these exchanges with all of my students.  In reality, every kindergarten student is an English Language Learner.  They all are acquiring English.  Even if they do not need language reinforcement on a certain topic or vocabulary word, many times EL students are listening to the exchange and gaining important skills.

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Super Sleuths: Identifying 3D Shapes In Our World

Unit 7: Geometry
Lesson 13 of 14

Objective: Students will be able to identify 3D shapes in their world.

Big Idea: Students get to apply their knowledge of shapes to the world around them with this interactive lesson.

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Math, Geometry, SIOP, ELL, Critical Area, shapes
  50 minutes
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