Teacher Tip Tuesday: English Learner Series Tip #6

English Learners thrive in classrooms that are asset-based. Asset-based pedagogy views the diversity that students bring to the classroom as strengths and assets, not weaknesses or deficits. English Learners bring cultural and linguistic diversity to your classroom. Creating an environment that celebrates and honors those assets will help your English Learners–and the rest of your class–thrive. Learn how to create that environment in this week’s Teacher Tip Tuesday. 

How to create an asset-based classroom environment for your English Learners to thrive in

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Shapes Everywhere

This week’s Family Friday will put your creativity to the test. After reading Shapes Everywhere, you will create a park scene using shapes you see every day. Have fun!

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Teacher Tip Tuesday: English Learner Series Tip #5

Language learning, like many things, is easiest when you start with what you know. English Learners bring a rich understanding of their home language to your classroom. Read on for strategies and resources for using the valuable knowledge students already have to facilitate English language acquisition.

How to leverage English Learners' home language for effective instruction

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Family Friday Jimmy the Jellyfish

For this week’s Family Friday you will make some beautiful ocean friends, the jellyfish! Read our step-by-step guide on how to create your very own jellyfish decorations. Have fun!

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Teacher Tip Tuesday: English Learner Series Tip #4

Fostering a love of writing is a great way to help your English Learners express themselves! In this week’s Teacher Tip Tuesday, we talk about ways to scaffold writing to make it accessible to all students. We use a social-emotional learning (SEL) connection to encourage self-expression. You can incorporate these strategies into any writing unit to make writing less daunting and more fun! Read through the example lesson below and extend your learning about teaching writing at the end of the post. 

How to encourage English Learners to be excellent writers

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Sorting Zoo Animals

For this week’s Family Friday, we will play a science sorting game. Children will read about zoo animals in the book Wishes and then have fun sorting the animals by where they live or spend most of their time – in the sky, on the land, or in the water. Read our step-by-step guide on how you can play this interactive activity with your child at home!

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Clasificando a los animales del zoológico

Para este Viernes en familia haremos un juego de ciencia. Los niños leerán sobre los animales del zoológico en el libro Deseos y luego se divertirán clasificando los animales según dónde viven o pasan la mayoría del tiempo: en el cielo, en la tierra o en el agua.

¡Lea nuestra guía paso a paso sobre cómo puede jugar esta actividad interactiva con su hijo en casa!

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