Reflection: ELL Students Soil Secrets-Different Dirts - Section 2: Whole Group Instruction


Curiosity is the most amazing thing.  We need to make sure that all students can access this type of curiosity, including English Language Learners (ELLs).  Our students think all their ideas are it should be.  By giving ELLs the strategy of repeating new vocabulary, it gives them new words in context.  When I planned this simple lesson, I wanted to make sure that they not only had a way to better understand the new material, but also a way to practice it.  That’s where the observation piece entered into the picture.  I introduced new material, practiced the vocabulary, gave them a way to have a direct connection to it..all while minimizing the communication piece.  These steps help scaffold them and develop confidence until they reach a point when they can take a more active role in the collaboration.  Repetition of new vocabulary, combined with a way to see it in action is a simple way to learn communication skills.  Sometimes, that’s all it takes.

  Good Communication Starts with the Eyes
  ELL Students: Good Communication Starts with the Eyes
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Soil Secrets-Different Dirts

Unit 8: Guardians of the Ground
Lesson 3 of 8

Objective: Students will be able to build a model to observe the different layers of soil.

Big Idea: What are the function of different soil layers?

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