Reflection: ELL Students What Do Marine Biologists Do? - Section 4: Explain/Evaluate



I dare say that the same protocol that is used for students who are learning English as a second language is the same protocol that must be used with urban students.  It takes great effort to get the students to communicate.  I have come to realize that while video taping the students during science lessons, I must stay focused.  In most cases, the student and I are not having a conversation but, I am probing and attempting to get them to freely express what they are experiencing during an investigation.  Once the conversation begins, many students lack the vocabulary necessary to fully express themselves.  Therefore, I treat them as students learning to speak English for the first time.  While planning lessons, I consider both content objectives, language objectives, and key vocabulary.  As a former student of the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP), I keep the SIOP practices as part of my teaching repertoire.

  Communicating is Work
  ELL Students: Communicating is Work
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What Do Marine Biologists Do?

Unit 2: Types of Scientists, You May or May Not Know
Lesson 3 of 9

Objective: Students will explore like marine biologists by observing sea animals, recording their data, and sharing with others.

Big Idea: Marine biologists make a contribute to our world by using their expertise to help humans understanding living things in the ocean.

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