Academic Langauge

29 02 2012

We are beginning to study our science Garden Unit in KG.  Some of our big learning ideas include:

  • Living v. Non-Living (How do you know?)
  • Concept of Change
  • Elements of respect for living things

Students in our EAL program are learning language through academic content.  Even if a student’s grammar and speaking is not yet fluent, it is important for students to be cognitively stimulated and thinking.  New vocabulary is acquired through experiencing the language.  Students are expected to use the new academic vocabulary to best explain and share their understanding of the concepts and big ideas we explore in class.  These kiddos continue to absolutely amaze me with their motivation to take risks and include new language patterns as they develop their speaking skills.  So proud!

Thinking Big

11 01 2012

For the New Year, our EAL kiddos did some BIG thinking. After experiencing Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s “I Wish You More”, students were asked, “What do you wish our World had more of?”  Here is a video response to their thinking…..

Big Green Monster

23 11 2011

Our English class read the book The Big Green Monster and we then made our own monsters!  We used a similar rhythm and pattern to the book when we practiced talking about our monsters.  Our goal for this lesson aimed for students to practice correct sentence structure in English, (e.g. adjectives before nouns) and to build vocabulary (e.g. body parts).  As every student is in a different place with their English level, this was a great activity for all to feel successful and proud of what they CAN do!

Wood and Words

18 11 2011

Our English Class is having such fun these days!  We are exploring wood and having lots of tactile experiences to talk about.  Last week we glued popsicle sticks together and make Plywood.  This week, we mixed sawdust and glue together to make Particle Board.  Then, we compared & contrasted the two types of wood to expose their similarities and differences.

Just sharing ways to experience, to acquire and to add academic vocabulary .

E-Learning part II

1 11 2011

Hi Everyone,

Here is another suggestion for an e-learning activity.  Try to use both your home language and your English to connect vocabulary!  Go around the house, (kitchen, bedroom, or use a picture book) and touch an object, name it in your home language, then try to name it in English.  For example, (let’s practice with Dutch):  touch a plate and say the word for it out loud “Bord”, then name it in English “Plate“…next: vork, lepel, mes = fork, spoon, knife!  See how many things YOU can recall two languages!  (Parents–let them try their best, you do not have to teach them the words in English.  We are aiming at getting their languages connecting.)  Have fun!

E-Learning Oct 31-Nov 7

29 10 2011

Hi Everyone!  This is a post for Moms & Dads to help with our KG EAP kids.

I know we have an extra week out of school, but let the learning continue!  You job EAL kiddos, is to bring back “one something” from your fall break.  You will share a story with the class what your “something” means.  Perhaps you went to the beach and want to bring back a little sand to talk about the sand castle you built?  Or maybe you went to Disneyland Hong Kong and you have a picture of you and Mickey Mouse?  Whatever you did, be ready to share something in EAP class!  Practice telling your mom or dad what story you are going to share first.

I am going to bring in some “Sea Glass”.  During my holiday, I was at the beach and found some colored glass along the shore.

See you all soon. ~~Ms. Pucci


ps.  There are great games to play on the “Literacy Games” tab on the blog.  Have fun!


14 10 2011

Our English class took the opportunity to collect frog eggs, and observe the cycle of tadpole to frog.  Our big concept question we asked during class, “Do living things change?”  We had a good time observing these little creatures!  Parents–you have homework:  Please watch the video together and have some conversations about how things change in your home language!  Thanks and enjoy!

Describing Words

30 09 2011

After learning to re-tell the story of Goldilocks, we practice our speaking!  For our EAL learners, a great way to get them to practice talking is using the new story vocabulary they have just learned.

Another great way to get our speakers to talk, is to provide an authentic experience like trying porridge, then exposing them to new vocabulary.  Here, our learners described how the porridge (oatmeal) tasted.

Comparing Words

28 09 2011

Comparing and contrasting are used to help us understand similarities and differences between things.  The process of classification is practiced in every content area.  We compare in math, science, reading and writing.  In our English class we are just learning how English has words, which need to be used accurately.  This lesson may appear simple, but it is the beginning to a foundation for making informed decisions, and being able to explain ideas clearly.

Where are you From?

31 08 2011

Here is a way to help students verbalize some beginning English!  With lots of scaffolding, the students practice basic syntax and say their name and tell which area of the world they come from.  The kiddos think it is such a HOOT to see themselves and see their new friends on camera!