Reflection: ELL Students Birds Help Their Young Survive (Puffins) - Section 4: Landing (Closing)


Many of the ELL students that I have worked with have difficulty with reading comprehension, even when they can read every word I put in front of them!  This year, I have only one ELL student that receives services.  

To help my ELL learners in science, I make sure I state both the science vocabulary (offspring, survive) and common words (babies, not die) together.  I also refer them back to the picture clues, as many can pull details from pictures that they are unable to access in text.  On this day, I had only the digital copy of the article, which means that students could not go back to the text to cite their evidence.  Ideally, I would have at least one copy of the text per table grouping.  My ELL student was struggling to make sense of the work and came to my desk for help.

Here is how I supported her formulation of a written response:

Puffins ELL support

  ELL Students: Supporting an ELL student
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Birds Help Their Young Survive (Puffins)

Unit 2: Birds of a Feather Flock Together
Lesson 13 of 16

Objective: SWBAT determine patterns in puffins' behavior that help their offspring survive.

Big Idea: Birds protect their young in some cool ways! See how puffins dig holes to build their nests, and how mom and dad help the chicks survive.

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