Arkansas: SPELL Common Core

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AR SPELL Podcasting in the ELL Classroom

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Podcasting can be a great way to get students, parents, and community members involved with classroom activities and information. ELL students can use podcasting as a way to demonstrate the skills they are developing as well as provide a way to reach other ELL students who may be encountering similar (difficulties).

Material Type: Assessment, Homework/Assignment, Lecture

Author: David Henderson

Doodle Splash

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Doodle Splash combines the process of drawing with analytical thinking by pairing online drawing with writing prompts that encourage students to make connections between their visual designs and the text.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Interactive

Mathematics, the Common Core, and Language

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This paper makes recommendations for developing mathematics instruction for English Language Learners (ELLs) aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The recommendations can guide teachers, curriculum developers, and teacher educators as they develop their own ways of supporting mathematical reasoning and sense-making for ELLs.Some instructional recommendations discussed in the paper include: Focus on ELL students' mathematical reasoning, not the correctness of their mathematical language use. Shift to a focus on mathematical discourse practices; move away from simplified views of language. Support ELL students as they engage in complex mathematical language. Use ELL students' language and experiences as resources. Provide professional development to enhance teachers' awareness of ways to support ELs as they develop both language and mathematical knowledge.

Material Type: Reading, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Judit Moschkovich

Word Wizard

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Word Wizard uses themes from four popular U.S. childrenĺĺs books to create word puzzles that students solve by unscrambling letters and considering related clues.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Interactive

Text Talk: Julius, the Baby of the World

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The importance of reading aloud to children is an established tenet of reading instruction. This lesson supports the language development and reading comprehension of kindergarten through second graders. Through the use of the text talk strategy, students explain, develop, and expand story ideas. This lesson is designed to help students learn how to gain meaning from words that are taken out of their original context.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Taking Photos of Curious George: Exploring Character Through Images

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What would Curious George do if he visited your school? What crazy adventures would he have? These and many other questions provide the framework for students to create a digital class book about Curious George‰ŰŞs adventures in their school. In this lesson, students begin by exploring a familiar character (Curious George) by using books, a website, and a graphic organizer. Students extend what they have learned by imagining what George would do if he visited their school. Students work in pairs to discuss locations in the school George might visit and what he might do in each location. Next, students take George on a trip to each location and take a photo of him posed in a humorous way. After taking pictures of the funny monkey in a variety of poses and locations, students work together to create a storyboard and then a digital "book" that tells their story.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Deborah Kozdras, Ph.D.

Magic E: Decoding/Encoding With Cvc and Cvce

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Students will participate in two activities involving the consonant-vowel-consonant-silent e (CVCE) pattern: a decoding activity involving attaching a clothes pin with the letter e printed on it to consonant-vowel-consonant words (CVC) and sounding the new CVCE words; and an encoding activity involving dictation of CVC and CVCE words from the first activity which students are to write using auditory and tactile strategies. These activities require that students have prior knowledge of consonant and long and short vowel sounds as well as blending of these sounds in CVC pattern words.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Julia Huff Jerome

Vocabulary With Franklin: Helping Students Become Word Wizards

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This lesson teaches students in first and second grade new oral vocabulary, increased word recognition, and correct spelling of words. Students engage in games and fun activities-all with true learning objectives-to gain an awareness and knowledge of new words. They also develop writing skills. Each session is designed to enhance comprehension of the words so students may increase their vocabulary. This lesson uses Franklin in the Dark by Paulette Bourgeois as an example text, but similar books can also be used.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Candice Wells

Using Folk Tales: Vowel Influences on the Letter G

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Folk tales and fairy tales are of interest to and part of the language arts curriculum for young learners. This lesson supports the study of this genre and the study of irregular patterns and letter-sound relationships related to decoding and spelling. After reading the folk tale Jack and the Beanstalk, students discuss the word giant and its beginning sound. Students then create their own lists of words that begin with the same sound. Then, students are introduced to words with the soft g sound and create a new list of words with this beginning sound. As a culminating activity, students work individually or in groups to categorize animal names into groups according to their beginning g sound.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson Plan

Author: Rebecca L. Olness

Common Core Curriculum Grade 1 ELA: Listening and Learning Strand

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The goal of the Listening and Learning Strand is for students to acquire language competence through listening, specifically building a rich vocabulary, and broad knowledge in history and science by being exposed to carefully selected, sequenced, and coherent read-alouds. The 9 units (or domains) provide lessons (including images and texts), as well as instructional objectives, core vocabulary, and assessment materials. The domain topics include: Different Lands, Similar Stories; Fables and Stories; The Human Body; Early World Civilizations; Early American Civilizations; Astronomy; Animals & Habitats; Fairy Tales; and History of the Earth.

Material Type: Diagram/Illustration, Reading, Teaching/Learning Strategy, Unit of Study

Problems of the Month: Digging Dinosaurs

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These algebra problems of the month are designed to be used schoolwide to promote a problem-solving theme at your school. Each problem is divided into five levels, Level A through Level E, to allow access and scaffolding for the students into different aspects of the problem and to stretch students to go deeper into mathematical complexity. Algebra problems cover number functions and algebraic reasoning.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Measure Me!

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In this task students work with partners to measure themselves by laying multiple copies of a shorter object that represents the length unit end to end. It gives students the opportunity to discuss the need to be careful when measuring.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Illustrative Mathematics