Nature Walk: English Language Development Lessons (Theme 2)

Walking in nature is the theme of a unit designed to support English language development lessons. Scholars look, write, speak, and move to explore topics such as camping, woodland animals, instruments, bodies of water, things found at a park, and community helpers. While discovering topics, class members play games, read and write high frequency words, draw and label pictures, review reading comprehension strategies, categorize, make models, and write a paragraph. Moreover, pupils gain support in using compound words, concepts webs, antonyms, words that show position, bar graphs, and multiple meaning words, as well as how to write different types of sentences and add more detail to their writing. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Prompt learners to bring in pictures of camping, or search images and books to bring real-world examples to the lesson
  • Invite a park ranger or camping enthusiast to speak to the class about his or her adventures
  • If a specific grade at your school attends a camping field trip, ask the teachers and/or class members to speak to your scholars about their experience 
Classroom Considerations

  • The unit of ESL lessons was designed as part of the Houghton Mifflin English language arts curriculum, but you can implement the unit on its own or along with another curriculum of similar nature 
  • Curriculum-specific materials are not provided, but learners can complete the lessons with modifications  
Pros

  • Multi-level response suggestions are provided to meet the needs of all learners
  • Language transfer support is available for specific language challenges 
  • Lessons encourage pupils to respond in both English and their primary language 
Cons

  • None
Included Materials - Join to Access

  • Resources for Grade 2
  • Teaching English Language Learners
  • Tips for Assessment