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ELD Lesson Plan: Amazing Animals
Explore anthills, bat and bird baseball, and the world of safety with these three Houghton-Mifflin stories ("Officer Buckle and Gloria," "ANTS," and "The Great Ball Game"). Your 2nd grade ELD learners will enjoy the lively animals in the stories as they practice their prepositions and conjunctions, as well as drawing conclusions and cause and effect, in several sentence frames.
2nd English Language Arts
ELD Lesson Planner: Friend and Foe
From fishing to forest fires, this lesson plan includes all kinds of scenarios for you to discuss with your ELD students. Three stories from Houghton-Mifflin ("Salmon Summer," "Wildfires," and "Skylark") help beginning, intermediate, and advanced pupils to practice their vocabulary and writing.
4th English Language Arts
ELD Lesson Plan: Nature Walk
Take a calming walk through nature in this ELD lesson. With three Houghton-Mifflin stories ("Henry and Mudge and the Starry Night," "Exploring Parks with Ranger Dockett," "Around the Pond"), readers compare and contrast details, as well as separate fact from opinion.
2nd English Language Arts
ELD Lesson Planner: Family and Friends
Animal friends and families help your 1st graders with their ELD and literacy skills in three Houghton-Mifflin stories ("The Secret Code," Bud's Day Out," and "An Egg Is An Egg, or, Who's in a Family?"). They can practice drawing conclusions, comparing and contrasting, and sequencing events in the stories.
1st English Language Arts
ELD Lesson Plan: Journeys
From the Titanic to the Iditarod, your ELD pupils will be on a whirlwind adventure with these four Houghton-Mifflin stories ("Akiak," "Grandfather's Journey," "Finding the Titanic," and "By the Shore of Silver Lake"). By practicing their conventions and vocabulary in differentiated sentence frames, they can also reinforce their literacy skills, such as expressing the author's viewpoint and finding the main idea.
4th English Language Arts
ELD Lesson Planner: Smart Solution
Access your beginning, intermediate, and advanced learners' needs with this thorough lesson plan. The Houghton-Mifflin stories ("Pepita Talks Twice," "Poppa's New Pants," and "Ramona Quimby, Age 8") address vocabulary, grammatical forms, and and increasingly independent writing activities.
3rd English Language Arts
ELD Lesson Planner: Growing Up
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.
6th English Language Arts
Learners participate in several Valentine's Day activities that are geared towards ESL learners. In this holiday lesson, students visit several websites such as acbteach.com to complete several reading comprehension activities. Learners also complete journal questions that are focused on Valentine's Day.
K - 3rd English Language Arts
ELD Five Senses Lesson Plan
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.
3rd - 5th ESL & ELD
Thanksgiving Lesson Plan
A great ESL lesson focuses on Thanksgiving, the Pilgrims, and the Mayflower. Printable versions of the Mayflower, a Thanksgiving booklet, a Pilgrim house pattern, and links to other free sites that offer all sorts of Thanksgiving activities make this a valuable resource.
1st - 4th Social Studies & History
Picture This - Stars Over Hoke
The classroom becomes a safe and inclusive place for your ELLs as they create documents about their lives. Learners create, read, and present story books based on their own personal experiences. They will utilize digital cameras to take photographs of their lives growing up in a culturally diverse family, then narrate their story and define popular bilingual vocabulary.
5th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
ELD: Talent Show
"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.
2nd ESL & ELD
EFL/ESL: Using Dictation to Improve Your Students' Listening, Spelling and Grammar Skills
ESL students explore English by participating in an ESL grammar activity. In this dictation lesson, students discuss the purpose of transcribing English into their native language by improving their reading comprehension. Students read children's stories such as Harry Potter or Green Eggs and Ham and practice transcribing them.
3rd - 8th English Language Arts
Hyperbole Lesson Plans: Ideas for the Art of Exaggeration
Hyperbole lesson plans and ideas that make figurative language instruction relevant to students' lives. Discover how to help learners better understand the figurative concept of hyperbole. A fantastic article which includes multiple web links and related lessons.
4th - 8th English Language Arts