Reflection: ELL Students Exploring More Shapes in Our World: Rhombuses and Ovals - Section 3: Guided Practice


When I was passing out the cards for the guided practice element of this lesson, one of my students who is an English Language Learner (EL) became very excited.  I asked him what he was excited about and he said "pictures".  At first I thought that was an unusual response, but then I thought about it some more.  I realized that he is most likely excited about the photographs of real world objects on the sorting cards because it allows him to connect something that is familiar to something that is extremely abstract, something that he doesn't even have language for.

It is a lot of work to find pictures to go with many of the activities, but when the students make real world connections because of those pictures, it is really worth the effort.  In addition, it's a great way to help build my students' vocabulary.

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Exploring More Shapes in Our World: Rhombuses and Ovals

Unit 7: Geometry
Lesson 3 of 14

Objective: Students will be able to identify characteristics of rhombuses and ovals and classify real world shapes as rhombuses and ovals.

Big Idea: Most kindergarten students have some knowledge of basic shapes. This lesson expands this knowledge by acquainting them with two shapes they may not be as familiar with.

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Math, Geometry, Critical Area, plane shapes, SIOP, ELL, shapes
  45 minutes
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