Reflection: ELL Students Sage Knows Her reSearch! - Section 2: Focus & Motivation


Tier Two vocabulary words are those highly generalizable academic vocabulary words that can be found across multiple kinds of texts.  They are also the kinds of words that many of our second language learners have difficulty comprehending.  They are often multi-meaning words and can have subtly different meanings in different contexts.

Tier Two words aren't as frequently taught as Tier Three words (words that are specific to a content or domain).  For that reason, these types of vocabulary words end up being "gate keeper" words.  They either open the gates for learning, or shut students out.  Each year, I continue to find new ways to add these words to my instruction.  I know that vocabulary is a powerful indicator of academic and career success for my students.

I am always on the lookout for new ideas for teaching Tier Two words.  Here is a list of Vocabulary Activities Using Tier Two Words from the Santa Maria-Bonita School District. 

  Tier Two Vocabulary
  ELL Students: Tier Two Vocabulary
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Sage Knows Her reSearch!

Unit 3: Plaid Pete Engineers A Solution
Lesson 7 of 10

Objective: SWBAT research a problem using internet search strategies, before beginning to design a solution.

Big Idea: How do engineers research to help them develop their ideas? What strategies are necessary to do internet research? Students learn internet strategies that will assist them in researching a design problem.

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