English Language Development Teacher Resources
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How to Keep ELD Rewarding
The true success of English Learners won't always shine through in the form of perfect test scores.
ELD with Dr. Seuss Will Turn Their Creativity Loose!
Use the timeless story of Green Eggs and Ham to excite learners of all ages and proficiency levels.
Idioms for the ELD Learner
A variety of technological devices are used by English learners in order to create pages that go into a SmartBoard notebook. Idioms are the focus of the pages that are created. Creativity is encouraged. For example, the idiom "Putting their foot in their mouth," can be recorded with video, digital camera, or acted out. Each person creates a portrayal of an idiom for the notebook.
Oral Language Activity
Was Jose's tennis racket hanging over the fence, from the fence, or under the fence? Practice prepositions with your ELD pupils in this simple lesson, which provides 24 prepositions to be matched with sentences. They must use context clues to finish the sentence. This lesson would be a great group activity or a class game - who can finish first?
Using conjunctions and noting details are part of this 5-day Surprise plan. Beginning level students will sequence events by using the present progressive asking questions and formulating answers. For the final activity they will participate in a story structure sequence. This planner is missing components for a final product, however the sentence frames are helpful.
ELD Unit: Nature
Practice prepositional phrases against the backdrop of nature in this ELD lesson plan. Five days of the unit are detailed here, including the specific parts of speech addressed on each day (differentiated into five different skill levels). A final applications and assessment is noted on the fifth day.
ELD Lesson Plan: Habitats
Explore the biomes of the Earth with your ELD pupils. Explore the natural habitats of many animals and plants. After a discussion on different habitats and the animals which live there, individuals are prompted to create their own animal to live in a given habitat. The scripted nature of this lesson could be helpful or off-putting, depending on the teacher, but the information can be adapted to any class requirements.
ELD Lesson Plan: Five Senses
See, hear, touch, taste, and smell this instructional activity, which takes ELD pupils through the functions of the five senses. The instructional activity includes direct instruction that leads into a guided practice "sight and signal game," where they rehearse and reinforce how each sense works. The song "What Can I See?" and the book Puff, Flash, Bang are mentioned but not included, and can be replaced with any other song or book that has lots of sensory images.
ELD Lesson Plan: Building Vocabulary
Build wilderness vocabulary and teach sixth graders how to use the words in sentences! In this ELD vocabulary lesson plan, learners watch a film which includes all of the wilderness/forest vocabulary that is included in the instructional activity. They write the words and their definitions before using them in sentences.
ELD Lesson Plan
Take a trip to the outdoors with this ELD lesson. After watching a video about the forest (not included in the lesson), pupils practice defining a list of given words about the wilderness. Teachers can alter these words based on his or her needs, and can still use the process of creating vocabulary review cards. The lesson plan takes learners from direct teaching to guided practice, and eventually to independent practice and assessment.
April Fool's Day
Learners discover the meaning and history of April Fool's Day. In this holiday lesson, students are introduced to basic April Fool's Day vocabulary and visit suggested websites to find out the history behind April Fool's Day. Learners choose from various writing topics to write about in their journals.
Structuring English Language Development in the School Day
Making simple changes in the classroom will allow for effective, sheltered instruction for English Language Learners.
Using GPS units, small groups participate in a scavenger hunt to find an object that you have hidden. They use coordinates for stopping points along a pre-planned path to get to the final cache. This is a terrific activity to include in a geography, mapping, or technology lesson plan. It can be simplified or added to for almost any age group and several suggestions are made to help you accommodate your class. If you have access to global positioning system units, this would be a challenging and memorable lesson plan.
ELD Lesson Plan: Courage
What is true courage? Your class can explore the answer with these three Houghton-Mifflin stories ("Hatchet," "Passage to Freedom," "Climb or Die," and "The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle"), which feature courageous characters and acts of bravery. The activities include a list of vocabulary words and sentence frames that incorporate adjectives, conjunctions, and auxiliary verbs. The activities become more challenging in each differentiated level.
Salman Khan goes into yet more detail about the Calvin cycle (light independent reactions). This presentation brings the information up to college level.
Regular Field Day
This lesson contains a plethora of fun games for a field day extravaganza. The games have been organized by grade levels, but the teacher can adapt them to whatever age category is appropriate for creating a fun-filled activities day. Some of the games can also be used as warm-up games.
Where Does it Come From?...Where Does it Go?
Students summarize and illustrate how a water treatment plant and wastewater treatment plant work. Students describe the source of water for their community and the adequacy of groundwater to meet the community's needs. Students also identify and explain where the wastewater goes after it has been treated.
Find the Main Idea: O Pioneers! by Willa Cather
An excerpt from Willa Cather's O Pioneer's! provides learners with practice in finding the main idea and supporting details in a narrative. As readers record the bleak details on the included graphic organizer, they can conclude that winter in the Divide is indeed difficult. An answer key is provided.
Survivor Field Day
Survivor field day is based on challenges and games played in the TV show Survivor. Using everyday PE equipment that might be available at most elementary schools; here are some games of challenge and teamwork. With each one of these games, the teacher could adapt it to use the equipment available and the skill level of the group. While this lesson is set up as a field day, each of these activities could be done as stand-alone games.
Students divide into groups and read an article on cell division. In this mitosis lesson students create a PowerPoint presentation.