Strategies for Teaching Sight Words to English Language Learners

Sight words are one tool for helping students learn how to be fluent readers. The challenge for English Language Learners (and all students) is that the majority of these words do not have visuals that are easily associated with them. This can make it more challenge to give meaning to these words. In summary teaching …

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Using Would You Rather Questions with English Language Learners

Would You Rather Questions are fun ways for students to practice speaking and writing. Here are some ideas for using them with your English Language Learners. Speaking Warm Up When meeting with a small group of students read a Would You Rather Question. Each student answers the question.  Students can then tell why, which allows …

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Goal Setting with English Language Learners

Goal setting is helpful for students to reflect on their learning. It can be done at any point in the year. This can be done at any point in the year, but can be particularly beneficial at the beginning of the school year, at the beginning of the calendar year, and before beginning WIDA or …

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10 Winter Books with Diverse Characters by Diverse Authors

Exposing students to diverse books is important for building a classroom community where all children feel welcome and valued. Seeing themselves in the books they are reading is extremely important. Additionally students benefit from reading about characters that are different from them. Reading books that are written by authors of diverse backgrounds is also important …

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Ideas for Teaching Parts of Speech to English Language Learners

  Knowing basic parts of speech can be helpful for English Language Learners. It helps give them structure in their speaking and writing. It is a great way to introduce new vocabulary words, and lends itself well to sorting activities. Many language standards in the Common Core cover parts of speech. Here are some strategies …

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Teaching about Holidays in the Winter to English Language Learners

Holidays are a great opportunity to teach students about different traditions and infuse fun into learning. For some English Language Learners they might now be familiar with holidays that their classmates have celebrated for years. It can be helpful to go over basic holiday traditions and facts before the holiday begins. For American holidays such …

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The Benefits of Diverse Graphic Novels for ELLs & 10 Books to Check Out

Graphic novels are a category a books that can be highly engaging for students. This is particularly true for English Language Learners and struggling readers. Graphic novels have a large amount of picture support. This helps create context and gives meaning to unfamiliar vocabulary words.  Older students are drawn to graphic novels since even students …

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