Reflection: ELL Students Pythagorean Theorem Converse - Section 4: Generalization


Generalizing or summarizing at the closing of a lesson is particularly important for English Language Learners (EEL). As students summarize their thinking, it gives me, as their teacher, the opportunity to highlight important aspects of the content or to rephrase wording.

Students that are struggling with learning English and acquiring a larger vocabulary tend to focus a lot of their energy on these issues. This makes it more difficult for them to evaluate and discriminate between important and not so important aspects of the information given or discovered in class activities.

For some students, everything is new and everything is important. Therefore, the sharing and discussing of the main and most important ideas of the lesson during closure is more crucial to these students. Better yet, these students can be given questions like:

  • What did you learn today?
  • What do you think the main idea was?
  • What do you have questions about?

This re-assessing of their understanding can be greatly appreciated by ELL students. 

  Lesson Closure for ELL students
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Pythagorean Theorem Converse

Unit 9: The Pythagorean Theorem
Lesson 7 of 10

Objective: SWBAT apply the Pythagorean Theorem converse to determine if a triangle is a Right triangle.

Big Idea: Students use Geogebra to explore and find if given side lengths form right triangles or not.

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Math, Pythagoras, Pythagorean Theroem, geogebra, pythagorean theorem converse, ELL students, Open questions, right triangle, hypotenuse, Pythagorean Triples
  60 minutes
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