Practice and Application

English Language Learners need hands-on materials, opportunities to practice and to apply concepts learned, and opportunities to integrate reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.

  • Activities

    • Bingo – provides students a hands-on opportunity to review vocabulary or math facts. BeanGo Cards Small and BeanGo Cards Large – students can review Spanish and English vocabulary words or mat families, or other basic content by completing their own bingo cards. Dried beans can be used as playing pieces.
    • Concept Webs – Mindmaps or Brainstorms to help build ideas
    • Fishbone Maps – used to identify causes and effect or main idea and supporting details
    • Jigsaw – Put students into groups and assign different parts of reading to different students in the group. Have them read their piece and take notes. Have the members of the group report about their section of the reading.
    • Pizza Pieces – parts of stories or events over time are assigned o individuals or small groups which must write summaries of the assigned part of the story. Students or groups share their part as the pizza pieces are reassembled to make a whole.
    • Pyramid Game – Major facts and concepts from a unit are written on 6 papers which are taped to the wall in a pyramid shape face down. First students form pairs to play the first round of pyramid. One student (Clue Giver) is given a review sheet and one minute to see how many of the vocabulary terms or concept the Clue Receiver can accurately name. Play continues with the Giver and Receiver changing roles and passing the review sheet. After several rounds, the two players with the highest scores move to the final round. The Clue Caller faces the wall with the pyramid-shaped pages on it. The Clue Receiver faces the classroom. The teacher begins play by turning over the bottom left-hand card. The Caller gives clues and the Receiver guesses. After a correct answer, the teacher turns over the next page and play continues until all pages have been revealed or time runs out.
    • Treasure Hunt – Use the book to have students work in groups to skim and scan to look for answers. The group completes a graphic organizer or sheet of questions. This will teach the layout format of different texts. All groups share out with each other.
  • Graphic Organizers

    Every content class includes writing and graphic organizers are a way to assist your ELL students (and others) access the material and begin writing.

    • The Academic Language Functions Toolkit should be in every teacher’s resource folder. It breaks the genres of writing into actual functions. It includes sentence stems, graphic organizers, and tips to support learners.
    • This Graphic Organizer Booklet has multiple graphic organizers that can be printed, projected, or shared using Onedrive for students to use.

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