Reflection: ELL Students Meet Lolly the Land Snail - Section 1: Elicit


I have a very diverse groups of learners in my class. My class is made up of ELLs, speech, resource, gifted, and special needs kids. The diversity is challenging, but exciting! To offset the challenges faced in such a diverse classroom, I provide a variety of ways to support my students in learning new information.

In this lesson, I am aware that some of my students have had very limited experience with snails. In fact, of few of my kids have never seen a live snail. To support them in learning about snails, I have the kids think about what they already know about snails and I put it in a poster for the kids to use throughout the unit. In this way they have access to key terms and ideas about snails that supports the new learning they will encounter. 

This strategy is always successful because it provides kids with the support they need to successfully learn about unknown topics. It provides them a format to not only learn from me, but also their peers, which is sometimes more effective.

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Meet Lolly the Land Snail

Unit 11: S-cargo! All about snails!
Lesson 1 of 5

Objective: SWBAT identify a snail and the parts of a snail by creating a diagram.

Big Idea: Many young children have never seen a live snail. This lesson introduces the kids to what a snail is and how they get from place to place.

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