Monday, November 26, 2012

Holidays Around the World - Ramadan / Eid


So, tonight I tried making some clipart for my FREE Ramadan mini-book that I created for my Holidays Around the World unit. I drew a Muslim girl who is wearing a hijab (head covering). I made two versions of the child - one holding a gift for Eid, the celebration at the end of Ramadan and one standing. You are welcome to use them in your documents to help represent your multi-cultural classroom. At my school we have a very diverse population that is under-represented in children's literature. I made these pieces of clipart to honor my diverse range of students while we learn about different family traditions that classmates celebrate. I hope you can enjoy them.

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I credit this sight for the "eating dates" clipart.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Bean Count - Numbers to 10

Here is a new math game I made to use during math stations. The focus of it is one-to-one correspondence and number writing. I plan on having my students put 10 double-sided bean counters in a cup, shake them out, and then count and write the number of red beans.

If you could use this game - feel free to download it here by clicking this FREEBIE LINK!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Systematic ELD Sentence Frames for Kindergarten

I have been working extra hard this year figuring out how to teach all of my ELL students now that our district has eliminated ESL teachers. We do a walk-to-ELD model now and sort students by their English proficiency levels. I keep the Beginners and Early Intermediate students (or level 1s and 2s). This ends up being 20 of my students. I have 7 more students who leave the room for a more advanced group.

We practice oral language through the I do, We do, You do gradual release model. Here are some of my charts that we've worked on so far.

During the first few weeks of Kindergarten we worked on asking for school supplies. This gave students language to make requests and start using adjectives (color words). I love how this also helped students learn to take turns and share materials.

Our next unit had a focus on using a variety of verbs to describe events. Pairs of students learned to ask and answer questions using the sentence frames listed.

Using action verbs was tricky for my students. However after lots of acting things out (pantomime) and using picture cards for support - my students could make requests using these language structures. 

Eventually I started tying oral language practice to the stories that I read for the week. Using the story of How the Birds Got Their Colors, my students learned to use the time words: First, next, and last to talk about when actions happened. I paired this activity with an oversized 3-square sequence graphic organizer. I put clipart pictures in each box labeled first, next, and last. Then students used the graphic organizer to retell the story in the correct sequence. I modeled the sentence structure with me acting things out before we brought the story to life. 

 I read the story In the Big Blue Sea to my class. It has great pictures of realistic fish. Then I introduced how to compare two things (in this case fish) using the comparative language "both." 

For example, I'd ask, Do both fish swim? Students would answer either, Yes, or Yes, They both swim. We brought this to life using students - I'd have 2 students stand up and ask questions like, Do both boys have green shirts, Do both boys have brown eyes, etc.

My next unit was about family members. I introduced families using pictures of family member posters that I printed from Sparklebox. I labeled them with family member's names. Using free clipart images of individual family members engaged in different actions, I displayed pictures and asked questions like, What is the mother doing? Students answered, The mother is sweeping, or the mother is washing, etc. 

I am really excited about how these ELD units are coming along. My students are feeling very successful and the language is carrying over into retelling stories. When do guided reading stories, I ask similar questions about characters and students are using complete sentences to answer. 

How do your ELL students get their required services? My ELD time lasts for 30 minutes every day.