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!