I teach the lowest level of ELD speakers. The students are a mix of native English speakers and non-native English speakers. They are also some of the most fragile learners at our grade level. Many of these students are frequently in trouble, have home issues, and are struggling in their classes academically. They are a high need group who is yearning for attention. I must admit, that at times, we had our moments but overall, I enjoyed these kids. I also admit, I have a lot of admiration for their teachers. Boy, they are a handful!
Here is a glimpse of our learning during ELD.
We made rainbows, watched raisins dance, made oobleck; all in the name of science. The kids kept asking to watch something explode. I kept saying no for fear that they might try it at home.
|Translation: #1 spicy, #2 candy, #3 coffee, #4 chocolate, #5 Mrs. Parker for perfume|
We discovered our senses. Students had a blast rotating through our senses centers. Great vocabulary building activity.
This led to our learning of adjectives using a familiar story.
We wrote our own version of the story.
Lastly, we used all our knowledge about describing people, places and things to become superheroes. Students had to read their writing using Superhero voices.
Happy Teaching and Learning!