Reflection: ELL Students What is a Fossil? - Section 1: Opening Question


I firmly believe that the more accustomed students become talking with peers in complete sentences, the more adept they will become at writing.  Speaking is not the easy way out, it is an integral part of language development and somehow I think we forget that once we are in upper elementary.  Whether students are English Language Learners, reluctant writers, shy speakers, or need academic enrichment, the habit of verbally expressing their ideas and justifying their answers develops positive language habits.  It is easier and more effective to subtly restate a student's grammatically flipped sentence than have them rewrite it on paper.  Verbal modeling can happen constantly and most students will be listening.  Written or 1-1 "correction" have a limited range.  Shy students are more likely to overcome their reticence when they are given positive and consistent messages that they can speak effectively, and that it is expected of them.  Advanced students can use their enriched vocabulary in conversation without getting bogged down with 8 year-old stumbling blocks such as spelling and handwriting difficulties.  Verbal conversations embedded into lessons are integral in a 3rd grade classroom of any composition!

  Language Development Through Conversation
  ELL Students: Language Development Through Conversation
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What is a Fossil?

Unit 4: Fossil Evidence
Lesson 2 of 8

Objective: SWBAT use precise scientific vocabulary to define and explain fossils.

Big Idea: An initial understanding of fossils is enhanced by further reading and viewing and increased vocabulary.

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