Friday, March 30, 2012

A Twist On Graphing

We test our children on their language level if English is not their primary language. Often these students struggle with past tense and it reminds me that I need to provide more opportunities for them to practice this language structure. Even are fluent English speakers can be challenged by this. So, this is a simple graphing activity that I do to give them additional practice. Students sit in a circle and I join them to model what I expect. I turn to the child next to me and say something like: "Crystal, what was your favorite animal at the farm?" I want her to respond with: "I liked the _________."  They need to practice this whenever you can make it work for you! You can get this little freebie here
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Mrs. Tolbert said...

Love thi idea! Thanks for sharing. =)
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Rhonda said...

Thanks for sharing. I love your work, Fran.
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FirstGradeBlueSkies (Jennifer) said...

This is great! I find the same thing is true, for my ELL's...they struggle with all endings but especially -s and the variations of sound for -ed. This will be great for them and all my kids! Thanks!!
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Melissa said...

So true that they need us to explicitly model for them and I forget that so often. Thanks! I'm teaching ESL summer camp for upcoming kinders again this summer. I think this little idea will be wonderful for whatever unit we're doing and age appropriate for 4 and 5 year olds(but really for any age that needs language supprt). Love you Fran!!

We Teach Like A Rockstar said...

You sure have been a busy lady! Thanks for sharing all your great posts and freebies. I love them! Amber

Lori Rosenberg said...

This is just a perfect activity! Thank you so much!

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SC Teacher 28 said...

Love this! Thanks for sharing!


Ms.Trinh said...

Great idea on working with past tense. Thanks!

Ms. Trinh
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