Reflection: ELL Students Animal Report - Presentation and Evaluation - Section 3: Explain


This ELL student really wanted to study horses for his project so he found the few books available at our school library and I printed a few myths for him.  He completed the note-taking and comparison completely independently.  While the comparisons he makes between horses in myth and reality are obvious (horses don't talk), he was able to really elaborate given a few prompting questions.  For example, from the myth of Pegasus he determined that horses are important to people, that we rely on them for transportation, and that we horses and humans have been together for a long time.  Another interesting aspect of this child's presentation is that he made several connections across content areas.  When I asked him what he meant, specifically, when he said, "Most horses lived at the time of the American Revolution," he talked about all the horses that were used both in battle and for transportation in that era.  He was very impressed by how absolutely vital they were to the European settlers.  It is very important to ask students like this prompting questions instead of just assuming that they don't understand.  One might have interpreted his comment about the American Revolution as a misunderstanding that this is the time when horses were most numerous but that is not what he intended at all, he is just didn't have his English words positioned completely accurately. Finally, he also drew some buried fossils in his picture on his poster, and he also added some details about how living in social groups is important for horse herds.  He is a shy but extremely capable student and he has many ideas in his head at once, it is just a matter of providing him with the English support to share those ideas out loud or on paper.


  Oral Presentations and Tiered Products in a Differentiated Classroom
  ELL Students: Oral Presentations and Tiered Products in a Differentiated Classroom
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Animal Report - Presentation and Evaluation

Unit 15: Writing, Reading and Science
Lesson 2 of 4

Objective: SWBAT research a specific animal and take notes from 3 sources on that animal's behavior, important characteristics, habitat, and other relevant facts.

Big Idea: Students use reading to decipher expository text.

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