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Fifth graders conduct research. They explore how to give an oral presentation with visual aids. Students have the opportunity to create a proposal which could help alleviate world hunger. They brainstorm different ways children could help fight hunger throughout the world. Students have the opportunity to try an informal presentation with their small group.
For younger grammar learners, or as part of an ELD lesson for older kids, a word scramble activity provides a fun way to practice food-related vocabulary and spelling. Learners unscramble letters to form 11 food-related words. The definitions are found next to the words; first and last letters are correct.
Learners complete 10 multiple choice items in which they choose the correct word to complete a sentence. Most items relate to subject-verb agreement and correct use of prepositions. For those reasons, I'd use this with ELD classes as well as elementary native speakers of English.
Investigate articles from the daily news and share opinions with classmates. Using current events, learners view a news program without sound and predict what news is being discussed by analyzing the visuals. Then they read news articles and discuss the Five W's in groups. Groups present to the class what they learned from their article. Great for social studies, language arts, intermediate or advanced ELD, or any foreign language course.
Whether you're teaching ELD or language arts, young learners can always use a tip or two on writing with description. They discuss adjectives as a class and read Many Luscious Lollipops by Ruth Heller. They get into groups where each kid takes a picture and describes it with an adjective-heavy sentence. This picture will be used in a class book.
A simple exercise in close reading of informational text that may be useful in a variety of classes including social studies, religion, and ELD. It includes 12 short passages about Chinese history, with a question immediately following each reading. The handout includes the answers and a couple of minor typos, so be sure to make corrections before distributing it.
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.
Young grammarians complete 20 interrogative sentences by adding formulaic question tags. They use the verbs could, would or should with an appropriate pronoun in question tags to complete each sentence. Example: They would listen, wouldn't they? I'd use it in my ELD classes or for elementary school learners.
Students investigate how rocks are modified into construction materials. In this building up and breaking down lesson plan, students explore what happens to building materials over time and how people modify natural materials. Students explore the building materials on their school campus and take a trip to a cemetery to observe weathering of rocks.
"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 lesson includes a chart with quotes from the book, an adjective-guessing game, and a prompt for an original short story.
Students view primary documents about the race for President in the time of Abraham Lincoln. In this election lesson, students prepare arguments for and against Lincoln using an analysis sheet. Students create a poster or cartoon to reinforce their point of view. Students write a letter answering unfavorable views as though they were Lincoln.
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.