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Challenge your 3rd grade ELD learners with this lesson, which works with three Houghton-Mifflin stories ("Across the Wide Dark Sea," "Yunmi and Halmoni's Trip," and "Trapped by Ice!"). They will apply these travel stories to their own lives, as well as making inferences, predicting outcomes, and sequencing events. Differentiated sentence frames help them practice their grammar and vocabulary as well.
Three coming-of-age Houghton-Mifflin stories (an excerpt from Where the Red Fern Grows, as well as "Last Summer with Maizon," and "The Challenge") show your ELD pupils the trials and tribulations of growing up. Differentiated sentence frames incorporate vocabulary and conventions, as well as practicing literary skills from ELD standards.
Help your 4th graders find their heroes in this ELD lesson. Using three stories from Houghton-Mifflin ("Happy Birthday, Dr. King!" "Gloria Estefan," and "Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man"), they will analyze the traits of a hero and relate these true stories to their own lives. They can also practice expressing cause and effect, making judgments, and stating fact versus opinion. The lesson is differentiated into Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced levels for developing learners.
Intended to pair with four stories from Houghton-Mifflin ("Mariah Keeps Cool," "Mama's Best Friend," "Yang the Second & Her Secret Admirer," and "Dear Mr. Henshaw,"), this lesson plan differentiates into beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. Learners identify the main points of the stories, state the problems, and then state the solutions. The lesson plan addresses several listening and speaking ELD standards, reading ELD standards, and writing ELD standards.
"Talent Show" is an ELD lesson planner that has beginning English language learners focus on expressing the author's viewpoint by using pronouns and noting details using adjectives. Additionally, 2nd graders will be asked to express problems and solutions a they write a script for a talent show. While the sentence frames are helpful there is not a lot of direction for putting together the final activity (the talent show). This definitely needs some expansion.
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?
In ELD the focus is on language acquisition and usage. This instructional activity focuses on having students use prepositions and adjectives to describe what something looks like and to understand positional concepts when spoken. Students will warm up by describing their rooms at home and then use the computer to create a PowerPoint based on the teacher's verbal instructions.
Eureka! Discover gold in this ELD history lesson, which provides both instruction and a number of activities. Teachers first engage the class in a "call and response" activity about people who came to California during the Gold Rush, and then guide them through application activities (creating cartoons and advertisements). Though the plan indicates an hour for completion, it could comfortably be split up over a few days.
Delve into the world of gerunds and infinitives with this detailed powerpoint. Each slide provides examples and corresponding images. Stopping throughout the presentation would allow for guided and individual practice. This could also be a great tool for English language development.
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.
An ambitious report-writing lesson for 1st graders is here for you. Learners are assigned a president to write a brief report about. They use picture books that have the basic facts about their president that can be found in most school libraries. The teacher models what information is expected to be included in each report. All of the reports are edited and word processed, then put into a class book of the presidents. I would imagine that a lot of parental helpers will be needed to implement the lesson plan.
Explore the Wild West with this lesson, which accompanies four Houghton-Mifflin stories ("A Boy Called Slow," "Pioneer Girl," "Black Cowboy, Wild Horses," and "Elena"). Learners practice making applications to the text, as well as drawing conclusions and persuading others. This includes three differentiated levels of vocabulary lists and sentence frames, which reinforce grammar skills.
If you or pupils are in a silly mood, use this lesson plan! It is based on three "silly" Houghton-Mifflin stories ("Dragon Gets By," "Julius," and "Mrs. Brown Went to Town"), which range from pet pigs to animals raiding the pantry. It is differentiated into Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced levels, with three different sets of vocabulary and sentence frames for practicing skills.
Help your third graders reinforce their literacy and grammar skills with this resource, which incorporates four Houghton-Mifflin stories ("The Keeping Quilt," "Anthony Reynoso: Born to Rope," "The Talking Cloth," and "Dancing Rainbows"). They practice comparing and contrasting, as well as noting details about characters, using possessive pronouns and comparative adjectives. The activity is differentiated into beginning, intermediate, and advanced skill levels.
Ease your first graders into the first few days of school with this lesson, which features four stories from Houghton-Mifflin ("Tomas and the Library Lady," Tanya's Reunion," "Boss of the Plains," and "A Very Important Day"). Learners practice making generalizations and inferences as they ready and work on sequencing events from the stories. The lesson is differentiated into three levels: beginning, intermediate, and advanced.
Three stories from Houghton-Mifflin ("Moving Day," "Me on the Map," and "The Kite") guide this lesson, which addresses comparing and contrasting details, making generalizations and inferences, and cause and effect. Pupils answer questions about maps, weather, and details about shells.
Excite the animal lovers in your 1st grade class with this lesson! After reading three animal stories from Houghton-Mifflin ("The Sleeping Pig," "EEK! There's a Mouse in the House," and "Red-Eyed Tree Frog"), learners practice sequencing events in past tense. Additionally, they use several prepositions to describe the locations of various items. The lesson is differentiated into Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced levels.
Three stories about nature and the outdoors from Houghton-Mifflin ("The Forest," "Butterfly," and "Johnny Appleseed") support this lesson, which focuses on description, summary, and drawing conclusions. The lesson is differentiated into three different skill levels with three different sets of vocabulary and sentence frames.