April 20, 2022
April 18, 2022
Helping English Language Learners with Math is so very important. We all know that ELLs struggle greatly with Math and that they consistently score lower than native speakers on Math state tests.
Teaching Math Prefixes
Math prefixes are one of the keys that will help unlock Math vocabulary. Let's take a look at one way to teach your ELLs about the meaning of number prefixes.
Prefixes and Math
A prefix is defined as a word, letter, or number that comes before another word. This “before” word, or prefix, changes the original meaning in some format. For example, if you use the prefix centi- before the word meter then you create a centimeter or one-hundredth of a meter. But without the prefix, a meter is a much larger measurement. Math has its own set of prefixes that are important to the operation. We need to understand how to teach number prefixes to our ESL students in a way that they can connect with so they can understand that number prefixes tell us how many of something, like the meter.
Knowing where to start when teaching any kind of vocabulary is one of the most challenging pieces for teachers. This is even more true when teaching ESL students and especially true when dealing with math vocabulary. So knowing how to teach number prefixes can feel overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be if we break it down into pieces. I like to start with a word tree.
Yep, using word trees is one of the best ways to teach number prefixes. We use them all the time with new vocabulary in English class and math should be no different. For this tree, you will want to have the prefixes in one section, some base words in the middle, and then the new words in the last section. Because there are multiple prefixes that can be used with each base word you can have lots of options.
Flashcards for the Middle
Sometimes knowing how to teach number prefixes is going back to the basics, which for me means flashcards. This is what I consider the middle section of my lessons on number prefixes. Students can spread them out and match them up in many different methods. Sometimes I will use flashcards with the whole group. When I do this I will hold the card up and each student will choose a matching card to hold up. I also like to use flashcards for independent practice. The key to this step of the lesson is repetition.
Playing Games for Review
Playing games is one of my favorite ways to review any skill that we are working on. This is no different when I am teaching number prefixes. I have done the work for you in my Math Games. There are several different practice games for number prefixes, just let your students play! The games serve as a great review of everything we just learned with our word tree and flashcards. It is the best end cap for my lesson.
Teaching Number Prefixes
There is no wrong way to teach prefixes. Any exposure that you give your students to the “before” words is excellent exposure. I hope that some of these ideas will help get you started though so that your students can expand their math vocabulary and start to feel confident in their math classes.
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April 7, 2022
Want to see an example lesson that you can implement with minimal prep for your newcomers? Keep reading to take a peek at a lesson from my ELL newcomers bundle. 👀
Hello teachers ~
We are back with the next installment of our newcomer unit: What to do when they are new. Today we will be taking a peek at a lesson from our bestselling ELL newcomer bundle. So often teachers’ hearts are in the right place with their newcomer students. They want to help them learn English, but they don’t know where to begin or when they will have time to make resources. The activity below is an example of a targeted lesson that teaches your newcomers language they need to know with minimal prep for you. The best of both worlds! Read on to take a peek. 😊
The main goal for our English Language Learner (ELL) students is to expose them to the language. That means that our lessons are rooted in teaching vocabulary words that will help students understand the words they are hearing, reading, and writing. Unfortunately, if we only teach students vocabulary words we are doing them a disservice. Why is that you ask? Well, we have to teach students how to use the words too. When we teach students vocabulary words we also need to give them a grammar point. This helps students be able to use the new words in context right away!
The lesson we are taking a peek at today focuses on school supply vocabulary and the verb “to have”. As I mentioned above, we always want to be sure we have a grammar point to go along with the vocabulary words we are teaching. Okay, let’s learn how to teach this lesson!
Start with the vocabulary words.
Show students picture cards for each school supply. (A picture of example picture cards is below).
Explain what each picture shows. Allow students to make connections by saying the word in their first language, if they want to.
Have students practice repeating each vocabulary word aloud and using body language to convey the meaning of the word.
Have students glue their picture cards onto a science board. Have students practice identifying what the pictures show and how to pronounce the words in English.
Now that students have been exposed to the vocabulary words, let’s teach them how to use them in context!
Teach students how to use the word “have” with each pronoun. Use motions to show students who you are talking about. Have students repeat each sentence with “have” to practice.
Introduce students to the question and sentence frame using “have”. Help students practice asking and answering the question aloud by using school supply vocabulary.
💧What do you have?
💧I have a ________. (eraser, pencil, crayon, etc.)
Give students the sentence flip sheet. Have them practice completing the sentence frame by using school supply vocabulary. Encourage students to write more than one example on the blanks on the bottom page of the flip sheet.
Have students practice reading the questions and answers on their flip sheet aloud and review the vocabulary words on their science board every day. Students can also take these home to practice as well! As we know, review and practice is the key to language acquisition.
This lesson showed how to teach targeted vocabulary and grammar to your students. It takes very little prep but is highly engaging and effective for your students!
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