Reflection: ELL Students Observing the World Around Us - Section 3: Explain


I am deliberate in building in opportunities for students to talk in a meaningful manner in every lesson I teach.  Children need to speak a language before they can read and write it well and just letting them talk isn't enough.  The opportunities for discussions need to be intentional, planned, supported, and frequent.  That is why I have a list of questions to use as prompts for each lesson or lesson segment.  Additionally, I carry around a notebook in which I make anecdotal notes about the differing needs of individual children in regards to language development.  Language is a part of every subject and every lesson.  Equally important to note, it is just as important that I extend vocabulary for my strong English speakers as it is for my amazing dual-language students.  In my classroom of gifted, ELL students, I frequently have both!

  Developing Oral Language
  ELL Students: Developing Oral Language
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Observing the World Around Us

Unit 8: Animal Guests
Lesson 3 of 4

Objective: Students will make specific and detailed observations about an easily obtained local insect or invertebrate and will theorize about how it survives in the environment.

Big Idea: Animals have characteristics which help them to survive in their environment. If they don't, they will slowly die off.

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Science, survival, observation, desert animals
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