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For your English Learners, and any young mathematicians, a learning exercise to develop academic vocabulary: "more" and "fewer." Pictures convey the definition of each word; learners compare sets of objects and circle the one that shows "more" or "fewer." Six practice problems in all. 
Students explore the history of the United States and slavery. In this slavery lesson plan, students view primary sources, complete journal writing, view videos, and answer short answer questions.
English language learners read "When I Taste Salt" and complete the questions that accompany the poem. After completing the basic reading comprehension questions, they make a personal connection to the story by writing about one of their own memories. The lesson suggests that they fill out a sensory detail chart (not included) while reading the poem. Consider having them create a sensory detail chart for their own writing as well!
English learners ask and answer questions about the five senses. They participate in sight and sound signal reading, singing songs, and creating sense charts. They make cross curricular connections by reading books and by focusing on specific social studies areas. They complete activity sheets and work together in groups to practice verbal communication.
Explore consonants with this letter "b" activity, the learner will complete various activities to reinforce the sound associated with the letter "b". He/she will work one on one with a teacher to identify words that begin with "b" and will be assessed upon completion of the activity.
What will happen next? Your kindergarteners will be experts at making predictions in stories after this lesson. Using three books (My Balloon by K. Davis and W. Oldfield, The Berenstain Bears: Big Bear, Small Bear by J. and J. Berenstain, and Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree by Eileen Christelow), guide your learners into literacy as they guess what will happen next. The lesson would also work with books other than the ones listed.
Be the best with this basic "B" review lesson plan. Early Intermediate learners can practice their knowledge of words that start with "B" in various activities, including a Memory card game with different words and images that begin with "B." The lesson plan is designed for one-on-one instruction, but can be used in small groups as well.
Celebrate Thanksgiving. Given a list of vocabulary words, pupils read "Albert's Thanksgiving" by Leslie Tryon. The lesson continues through direct teaching (copying down vocabulary from the story), guided practice (writing one sentence per vocabulary word, creating a summary of the story), and independent practice (illustrating the summary). This is designed for one-on-one instruction, but could easily work for a whole class.
Transition young English language learners back to school with this set of vocabulary cards. Addressing common classroom vocabulary like teacherbackpack, and crayons, this set of cards is perfect for developing the language children need to communicate with their classmates and teachers.
Students write paragraphs about their New Year's resolutions following a format given. In this ESL New Year's lesson, students write short paragraphs about the New Year's customs in their countries and discuss their feelings about New Year's in general.
Four examples written on a whiteboard are reviewed in reference to comma use. Commas to link independent clauses, serial lists, two adjectives, and a dependent clause before an independent clause are all shown. The presenter walks away and four more examples show up on the board dealing with quotations, transitions, adjective clauses, and getting someone's attention.
Can literacy get any more fun than this? Learners not only have fun, but gain confidence as well when presented with familiar text in another language. Select books, songs, poems, even recipes written in another language, and using the many techniques, games, and exercises presented here, engage your pupils in literacy strategies that help them decode in any language. 
Practice reading comprehension by having your class read a factual passage about World Teachers' Day and mach phrases, fill in the blanks, identify correct grammar usage, unscramble vocabulary words, sequence sentences from the passage, sequence words to create complete sentences, create questions and interview other students, and write an essay. They will answer 120 questions.
Have your students practice their best happy face while presenting this PowerPoint about feelings. Large font, accompanied by drawings and photos of different emotions, including: happy, sad, angry, surprised, afraid, and worried are presented on separate slides. This is an excellent presentation for English Language Learners learning new vocabulary, as well as students with autism.
Using an incredibly engaging activity and detailed lesson plan, your learners will serve as advisors to President Madison on whether to participate in what would become the War of 1812! Utilize a variety of effective instructional strategies to acquaint your class with the causes of the war. There are opportunities for group work and independent practice, analysis of primary sources, and written or performance assessments.
A thorough resource for intermediate English learners addresses reading comprehension of informational texts, adjective forms, vocabulary acquisition, and writing in a journalistic style. Specifically, the class reads about stem cell research, studies related vocabulary, participates in discussion on the topic, and writes a news story related to the topic. Includes several worksheets that address reading comprehension, vocabulary, and grammar.
Technology brings to life the study of other countries and cultures! It also demonstrates to high schoolers how important information literacy is to individuals today. In this lesson small groups or individuals plan a trip to a country of their choice. This plan includes several topics they must cover in their research, like weather and foreign embassies. It also includes numerous websites for student use. The final assessment is a choice of authentic learning tasks such as a travel journal.
Time for a story! Learners of all ages enjoy listening to stories, so read them some common fables and have them work cooperatively to create a fable.  Differentiate for varying ability levels by providing sentence frames, graphic organizers, or strategic pairing of your learners. 
This worksheet explores the triple blend, 'scr'. First, learners use the given word dial to create different words starting with 'scr'. Next, they copy and complete 8 different sentences. Lastly, the class copies 4 yes or no questions and underlines the 'scr' word. There are two extension activities at the end if they have more time. This worksheet is appropriate in an English Language Development class.
Young learners will read a short story about a six year old getting ready to start first grade. Then they answer 10 multiple choice questions.

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