Showing posts from October, 2013

Story Retelling Literacy Center

One of the things we have to teach the students is sequencing of a story. As I teach ELL or second language learners, using visual aids or whole body teaching really benefits their learning and ability to understand the concept. We use a large story road for doing whole group retells.

Please see photos Here from another post.

This was such a big success that I have now implemented independent story road retell in the literacy centers. Each student gets a laminated road and story character (whatever story we are working on), to practice retelling the story as they move the character along the road. This is great practice for Speaking and Listening in English, but in time we will add a recording sheet.

Here is a look at the roads the kiddos use!

To get your own story road retell activity  click here

Rolling for Ten Frames

So this morning I was doing a simple lesson on using ten frames to do counting, as well as adding to 10. It was also the first try out of the LARGE dice. These were made from large cardboard boxes wrapped in butcher paper. Then I took plastic sleeves, cut them in half, and taped them to the 6 faces of the box. I originally wanted my dice to look like traditional dice with dots, but this way they can be more versatile and can be used for different subjects. The kids really enjoyed the lesson and were 100% engaged. We started by doing a few practice rolls in the classroom, and practicing counting how many were in the ten frame. Then we took our papers, pencils and dice out into the hall so we had more room to throw.

Student Self Assessment

Assessment, self assessment, checklists, documentation, observation...and the list goes on. It seems to be quite a common trend now that schools are quite demanding in the area relating to types of assessment. More to the point, administrators want to see proof that students are active in their knowledge and learning in the classroom. It was a tricky skill in the beginning of my teaching was I going to get 4-6 year olds to tell me what they thought of their work? And now that I am teaching complete English Language Learners, how would they understand the concepts let alone be able to explain their opinions on their work in the class?

After much research, perusing the internet, and conferencing with other teachers, it began to dawn on me that this was Early Childhood, not college. Early Childhood is all about keeping things simple and to the point for young learners; simplicity is key!

My team and I decided at the end of last year that we wanted to have one book for writi…

Opinions on Brown Bear, Class 10 Frame Scavenger Hunt, and M&Ms

What a way to end the first book study. The students had such fun with all the Brown Bear activities that we worked on. I feel they really learned a lot both academically and socially, by working together and helping each other with some of the activities and centers. To finish our unit we did several review lessons, as well as some "up and moving" activities that were really engaging to my second language learners.

First the students helped recall all the names of the characters from the story. Next we made a two lists on our whiteboard, one of different colors, and one of animals. Then we practiced matching color words to animal names, to make some new animals that weren't in our story Brown Bear. Finally students made their own book pages with their new animals for our class book. 

After completing our pages, all the students brought their papers back to the carpet and we shared our writing with the Magic Microphone, and displayed our drawings. This is really importa…

Catching a Rainbow: Science with Brown Bear

Every week I am responsible for contributing Science to our lesson plans. Since the English teachers only have 2 hours and 15 minutes to teach English, Math and Science to each of our two classes, it's sometimes best to integrate the subjects. Currently we have been reading "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" and the kids are really loving it. I found a great science experiment on  Make Learning Fun which involves mixing colors in either heavy cream or whole milk.  See directions below:
Supplies needed: 1 clear plastic or glass bowl Heavy cream or whole milk (small container) Red, yellow, and blue food coloring Dish soap Catch a Rainbow science recording sheet
Explain to students that we will be doing an experiment with colors that we have read about in our story "Brown Bear". Pour the heavy cream or whole milk into the bowl and discuss the color we see *white*. Then explain that we are going to add some drops of the different colors to the white and the…