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!

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.