Speak Up

3rd - 4th

Bring back some of your favorite kids for this lesson. Emerging speakers observe older learners making effective and ineffective oral presentations. They discuss each presentation and then prepare a speech of their own to deliver to the class.

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Scientific Advances Could Bring Back the Dodo & Mammoth

Pupils reflect on the possibility of bringing extinct species back to life.  In this ESL lesson, students debate the pros and cons of extinction reversal then complete several activities centered around the topic.

The Present Is Perfect: Using Present Perfect Tense

Your developing language users rewrite 10 sentences by changing the underlined verbs to present perfect tense verbs with one of the helping verbs: have, has, or had. Resource contains explanatory material as well as a practice worksheet.

Language Arts Skills: Listening and Speaking Strategies

Your class can practice communicating clearly. They practice listening and speaking through games such asTelephone and a social scavenger hunt. This is a solid lesson that helps apply good communication skills.

Improve Public Speaking and Story Elements

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Simply Speaking

Emerging orators distinguish between effective and ineffective public speaking strategies. They read a text that fits in with a Native Americans unit and speak about the text with both ineffective and effective volume, tone, phrasing, eye contact, and gestures. It's a silly way to illustrate how important effective speaking skills are, and it will definitely get your kids interested in the instructional activity! 

Mapping Your Identity: A Back-To-School Ice Breaker

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Class Ketchup

Students describe statistics by conducting a class cooking activity. In this ketchup lesson, students conduct a class survey based on ketchup consumption habits by students. Students utilize tomatoes, water and a bottle to create their own in class and create a graph based on the ketchup data.

Listening and Speaking Strategies

Everyone needs help being a good listener! Play a round of "Have You Ever?" with your youngsters, letting them walk around the room and find others who have or haven't done things on your self-created sheet. This game can get really exciting though, so make sure everyone is still being a good listener instead of racing around the room trying to finish their sheets. 

A Special Present

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Going Back in Time Using “George Washington’s Socks”

After reading Elvira Woodruff's George Washington's Socks, young readers and writers embark upon writing their own historically based story, with a focus on developing ideas and details throughout the piece. In small groups, class members begin by reviewing student examples of the assignment and discussing idea development. Then, equipped with a prewriting worksheet and graphic organizer, they draft their own story about an adventure back in time!

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