September 28, 2021

Do you use Sentence Frames During Math Instruction

Hello teachers! 

Do you use math sentence frames during your math instruction?  

If you do, then you know how they can solidify comprehension not only with second language learners, but all students.  Let’s take a deeper look at using sentence frames in Math.

What is a sentence frame?

A sentence frame is a question or sentence with words removed to provide language or writing support for students.  Usually, the sentence frame consists of a subject and a predicate.  Examples of simple frames are I like___ or I can___.  
 

Why use sentence frames in Math instruction?

By using sentence frames in math, teachers can offer a method of scaffolding for students as they build and develop math skills.  Sentence frames give students an opportunity to access the math concepts and to engage in the classroom conversation of math by answering questions. Giving students part of the language of a sentence, or the structure of a sentence allows a focus on the concept, not the language.  A sentence frame helps students see what an answer might look like. Sentence frames give students a chance to use the new math vocabulary in a meaningful way.  Sentence frames support students' ability to produce language at a higher language level than they are at.
 

How to Use Math Frames During Instruction? 

Sentence frames during math:

Teacher models the use of the sentence frames including the new math vocabulary presented in the lesson.
Teacher practices with class.
Partners or small groups practice together.
During the rest of the lesson integrate this practice.
At the end of the instruction, students use the sentence frames to write about what they were learning.

Examples of sentence frames:
 




 
 
Happy Teaching, 
Lori 

September 14, 2021

πŸ‘€Learning and Literacy CentersπŸ’ƒ

Hello everyone! 

Welcome to a center-based classroom!

Imagine walking into your classroom and seeing students in small groups working cooperatively. One group sits at a center with the teacher for guided reading instruction. Another group of children works at a thematic center sequencing the life cycle of an insect. At the next center, students work together restructuring a story with sentence strips. The teacher signals for attention; the students are quiet for directions. Students clean up their centers and rotate to the next center, going right to work.  Centers can be done simply with the helpful hints we give you here. Read on and
make centers a reality in your classroom!

How is your school year starting off?  Are things running smoothly?  How are your literacy or math centers and stations working out?  Let's talk about centers!
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Let's start with the basics! πŸ…±

What does a center-based classroom look like?

A well-run center-based classroom will have small groups of children working independently at all of the centers, the teacher leading a small group at the guided reading center, and perhaps a parent facilitating another center.  The children will be engaged in the activities, well trained about the procedures, and involved in their own learning.

What's the rationale?

Learning centers facilitate growth and learning!
πŸ’­ Learning centers provide an opportunity for small-group
reading instruction.
πŸ’­  Learning centers enhance student learning.
πŸ’­  Learning centers teach students responsibility.
πŸ’­  Learning centers allow you to teach to a variety of
learning styles.
πŸ’­  Learning centers offer a wider variety of activities for
students to learn from.
πŸ’­  Learning centers allow students to work at their own level
while reviewing and practicing skills.
πŸ’­  Learning centers promote cooperative learning

What is a center?

A center is a physical area in a classroom set aside for a specific
learning purpose. The center has appropriate materials and supplies so students can work individually or in cooperative groups.

How many students should I put in each group?

We recommend three to four students in each group at each center.

How long do students spend at each center?

Twenty to thirty minutes at each center is an adequate amount of time for students to complete most center activities.

How do students know where to go when it is time to rotate centers?

By teaching and practicing the routines and procedures you want to be followed at center time, your students will know what you want them to do. We suggest you follow a clockwise rotation pattern to rotate students through centers.

How do I group my students for centers?

To teach to the varied levels in all classrooms, we suggest you group your students by reading abilities. By grouping students this way, you can meet the instructional needs of all your students in language arts. Learning centers will allow you to teach to your low, medium, and high ability groups and move everyone forward.

How does a center-based classroom look?

Many teachers use tables and desks against the walls in
their classrooms. You can use student desks as a center, too.
During center time, the desks will be empty and small groups of children will be sitting at centers throughout the room. The teacher at guided reading will have her/his back to the wall in order to see all centers at a glance from where she/he sits.

How many adults do I need to run centers in my classroom?

 Just you! When you teach the routines and procedures of
your centers well, your students will learn how to work without supervision during center time.

How long is center time?

That depends on you and on how many centers you have
each day. If you have five groups of students rotating through five centers and spending 15 minutes at each center, then you will need 1 hour and 15 minutes for center time. Six groups of children rotating through six centers will need an hour and a half. Remember to add a little extra time for the rotation of
groups when determining the time you will allot for centers.

When it is time to change centers, how do I get my students’ attention?

Ringing a bell or calling out “freeze” or “give me five” are great ways to call your students to attention. Teach your students to “freeze” when the signal is given and to listen for instructions.

By providing a center-based environment in your classroom, you will be able to give your attention to small groups of children during “guided reading.” Research shows that this small-group instruction is one of the primary components that leads to strong readers.  Centers are perfect for differentiation and making sure you are reaching and teaching your
English learners
. Centers also allow you to teach to all the student levels that are in your classroom. Your choice to run centers in your classroom will also teach your students how to work cooperatively in small groups. Learning centers allow you to teach “responsibility” as students work independently, practicing and
reviewing skills and concepts at each center. 
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Happy Teaching,
Lori

For more in-depth information on running centers in an elementary classroom Click Here! 





September 5, 2021

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August 28, 2021

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    All in one bundle of year-long ESL Curriculum that provides ELD resources for all English Language Learner (ELL) levels. The activities in this month-by-month ELD bundle provide your English Language Learners the opportunity to acquire and practice English to improve fluency, parts of speech, vocabulary, and grammar.
     

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    The Language Strand of the Common Core Standards and English Language Learners

    The Language Strand of the Common Core Standards
    and
    English Language Learners

    Hi everyone,
    We are off and running with a brand new school year.  As we head back to school we are all looking for fun and fresh ideas for the new year.  With this in mind, don't forget to review the Language Domain of the Common Core English Language Arts (ELA) standards?  This great domain elevates the importance of English grammar, conventions, vocabulary in the classroom.  

    It is essential for classroom and ESL teachers to understand this important strand.

    As you know, the strands or domains of the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts include:

    o  Reading Foundational Skills

    o Reading

    o  Literature

    o  Informational Text

    o  Writing

    o  Language

    o  Speaking and Listening

    Let’s take a closer look at this important language domain.  The broad Language standards for K-5 are comprised of 3 subcategories:  


    1.    Conventions of Standard English


    2.    Knowledge of Language

    3.    Vocabulary Acquisition and Use


    Furthermore, each grade level has specific standards under these three categories, which are hierarchical in nature. These standards define what a student should know or be able to do at the end of each grade level.  

    Here is a glimpse of the Language skills that I found of particular interest in each subcategory.  Many of these require continued attention over grade levels.

    πŸ’₯Conventions of Standard English

    •    Plurals: Regular and Irregular
    •    Nouns:  Possessive Nouns, Collective Nouns, Abstract Nouns
    •    Pronouns: Possessive, Indefinite, Reflexive Pronouns
    •    Verbs; Past, Present, Future Verbs.  Irregular past tense verbs. Perfect tense verbs
    •    Complete Sentences

    πŸ’₯Knowledge of Language

    •    Formal and informal uses of English
    •    Choosing words and phrases for effect and to convey ideas

    πŸ’₯Vocabulary Acquisition and Use

    •    Root words, prefixes, and suffixes
    •    Connect words to categories
    •    Antonyms, synonyms, and homographs
    •    Shades of meanings of related words
    •    Figurative Language: similes, metaphors, idioms

    It is great to see language as one of the domains of the ELA Common Core Standards.  We all know that language is interwoven with speaking, listening, reading, and writing.  Language now has elevated importance in the classroom with this Standard of the ELA Common Core.

    Happy Teaching!πŸ’•



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    August 27, 2021

    5 Essential Things You Gotta Do For Back to School!

    Hello everyone,

    August has arrived and one way or another we will be back to school!  

    Here are 5 essential things you gotta do before school starts!


    1.) Take a look at your ESL pacing guide for the year.  

    Gather the supplies, resources, and materials you will be needing for at least the first month.  Organize your files and your grade book so you have a clear path forward.

    Whether in the classroom or distance learning it is time to think about classroom rules and consequences.  

    2.)  Make and share the rules you and your students come up with and post them for all to see.  


    Once you have created your classroom rules and consequences make sure you are consistent with them.  Think about the consequences and make sure they are something you can live with!

    3.)  Assemble your substitute plans.  


    It is not too early.  Once you have your sub plans created you won't have to think twice about them until and unless you need them.


    4.)  Get your grade book ready.  


    Don't wait, this is one of those overlooked things.  Then when you are ready to record your first assignments it becomes a big chore.  Do it now and you will be grateful later.

    5.) Get a letter ready for parents and students.  


    Make sure that your families know what to expect.  Welcome them to school and talk about your routines and procedures.  Ask for their volunteer help and create a 'team' attitude right from the start of the year.

    These 5 things will give you a head start to the school year!

    Happy Teaching,


    Need an ESL ELD pacing guide?

    This one is free!

    As many of you know, I am a K-5 ELD teacher in Ashland, Oregon.  For many years I did workshops throughout my state for ESL ELD teachers.  Many ELD teachers asked me for a pacing guide so I made this. 

     

    Each month has a combination of ELD units and/or grammar components essential for English learners. Again choose some or all of what I have here. Feel free to mix it up to suit you!

     

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    πŸ’œEvery classroom is different!

    πŸ’œEvery teacher teaches differently, and I tried to create this year-long curriculum map with many different types of classrooms and teachers in mind. 

    I know you may need to tweak this to the needs of your students, classroom, and district.

     

    DO IT! Make it work for you. 


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    August 8, 2021

    Sentence Frames & Sentence Starters - Language frames work!

    Hello everyone!  πŸ’œπŸ’›πŸ’š

      Sentence Frames & Sentence Starters 

    Language frames work!

    A sentence frame (also called a language frame) is a fantastic teaching tool that offers oral and written language support to English Language Learners (ELLs).  Sentence frames can be used for any subject, ELA, science, history, pullouts (Speech, ELD, and Reading and Math intervention).

    Sentence frames or starters should be used as a scaffold, intended to support students in using language that they would not be able to produce on their own.  
     
     As the language becomes more familiar these scaffolds are gradually removed or replaced with new language the student does not use.  

    Sentence frames shift the focus of informal language to higher academic language.

    Below is an example of different language frames.  

    Classroom teachers or ESL teachers can use.  They are listed by language function with examples at 3 different language levels.



    πŸ’œπŸ’›πŸ’š Happy Teaching,  πŸ’œπŸ’›πŸ’š

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