Unit Plan

Special Friends: English Language Development Lessons (Theme 9)

This Special Friends: English Language Development Lessons (Theme 9) unit plan also includes:

Enhance language proficiency with a Special Friends themed English language development unit. Each lesson follows a listen, speak, move, and/or look routine that is guaranteed to get your scholars discussing topics such as animal helpers, friendship rules, good deeds, home life, what makes us special, habits, and surprises. Concepts reinforced include letter sounds, directional words, high frequency words, comparisons, multiple meaning words, using is or are, prefixes, suffixes, ordinal numbers, complete sentences, descriptions, opposites, vowel pairs, and question words.  


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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Display family pictures at Open House or Back to School Night
  • Pair learners together and invite them to share what makes the other person special 
  • Post friendship rules in the classroom for scholars to reference throughout the school year
Classroom Considerations
  • Modifications are necessary for ESL lessons missing curriculum-specific materials 
  • Although the unit was designed to work alongside the Houghton Mifflin English language arts curriculum, it can also be used on its own or with another curriculum of similar topics 
  • The lesson plan is written clearly and in detail for easy implementation
  • Multi-level response suggestions, tips for beginner levels, and language transfer support is provided to aid learners' language proficiency 
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