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Discuss the work of Matthew Henson, an African American who traveled to the North Pole with Robert Peary. After reading the story "Matthew Henson" by Maryann N. Weidt, learners answer questions by drawing inferences and conclusions, paraphrasing, and identifying figurative language such as similes. This is an excellent activity.
Discover seven of the most historic aircraft and spacecraft in the collections of the National Air and Space Museum. By research into the major milestones of aviation history your students will recognize features that enable flight, identify major technological advances in aviation and spaceflight, and describe how advances have affected the lives of people.
Students explore astronomy through the Starry Night Constellation Adventure software. They print star charts and identify constellations. They sketch the Big Dipper and describe the Milky Way. They list the five most visible planets and sketch the moon
Students examine how natural selection creates antibiotic-resistant bacteria, recognize applications of evolutionary principles for medicine, agriculture, and conservation, and discuss how science contributes to decisions in context of society.
Students view a video about Galileo's discoveries. They work together to create graphs showing the current sunspot cycle. They discuss how sunspots can cause communication devices problems.
"How can a few good words save a pig's life?" Posed with this question, your ELD students explore E.B. White's Charlotte's Web in a meaningful, valuable way. By analyzing specific word choice from the book, especially the excerpts describing Charlotte's silken praise for Wilber, young readers can extend their vocabulary and context clue skills. The activity includes a chart with quotes from the book, an adjective-guessing game, and a prompt for an original short story.
This natural resources worksheet includes discussion activities about natural resources, 2 word searches, and a list of related books and videos.
Use this online interactive worksheet in an ELD class or for younger native speakers. They practice using simple past tense verbs in the passive voice. Many of the constructions are not straightforward, nor often used by early speakers, so it might be best to go through this exercise as a class. Fill in the blanks in 20 sentences using the verb form indicated. Click done to get instant feedback.
In this chemistry unit activity, students study the energy involved in chemical reactions. They solve 7 exercise sections on chemical equations.
Practice English vocabulary and dialogue. An ELD class completes a true/false worksheet about aging and wrinkles, then read an article entitled "Wrinkles Give Clues to Bone Condition" using context clues to determine vocabulary definitions. They participate in a variety of English language activities including matching phrases, filling in a clues activity, sharing opinions with a partner, and answering comprehension questions.
If you are considering reading Esperanza Rising with your class, this fine packet of worksheets may be what you're looking for. Students read the book in groups, utilize the packet to keep on track with their reading, and respond to what they've read with meaningful activities. Activities include prediction, character analysis, and vocabulary.
Practice comprehension skills using the story, The Man Who Went to the Far Side of the Moon by Bea Uusma Schyffert. Learners answer questions, fill out graphic organizers, and engage in extension activities involving writing and research. They will identify the main idea and make inferences about the story.
Use this resource, which focuses on the story The Dragon Prince by Laurence Yep, to inspire your class. There are a series of comprehension questions, graphic organizers, and ideas for extensions, such as an activity involving a talk show interview.
Have your class explore the life of Roberto Clemente using this lesson. After reading the story Roberto Clemente by Jonah Winter, learners answer cause and effect questions, classify ideas, make comparisons, and write a news article.
Everyone loves the tales involving King Arthur and his knights. After reading Knights of the Round Table by Gwen Gross, learners draw inferences and conclusions, analyze story elements, and discuss figurative language, including hyperbole and metaphor.
Elmo interviews Jack Black. He asks him about his favorite snack, pet, and book. This could be a nice way to show youngsters how to start a friendly conversation. It is also appropriate for ELD.
Elmo sings the song, “Twinkle, Twinkle Litter Star” with Jenny McCarthy. Elmo asks Jenny about her favorite instrument and what makes her happy. This video could be helpful when introducing friendly questions to young ELD students.
Use the magic of music to engage the senses and bring new life to your writing curriculum.
Examine the written similarities in the words used to describe the water cycle. The focus is on suffixes and prefixes as a way to gain understanding of the new vocabulary terms. Some of the words included are evaporation, transpiration, precipitation, accumulation, and condensation.
Students identify the basic parts of a generator. In this physical science lesson, students compare each component with auroras. They construct a continuity tester using materials and instructions provided.