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Lorena Sanchez posted a blog post

English Language Learners and Literacy Connections

I admit, this week, I totally had a fangirl moment.  A fangirl, according to Urban Dictionary, is "a rabid breed of human female obsessed with a fictional character or an actor".   Now, my obsession is not with a fictional character or an actor, nor am I between the 12-19 year old demographic one finds most fangirls, but I do find…See More
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Kinder learning science AND literacy. on Vimeo

"The teachers I work with on a K-8 NGSS Early Implementation Initiative grant are teaching science using more inquiry, literacy, and NGSS-aligned 5E lessons more than most other teachers in our district. Here's an example of the writing a Kinder…"
Mar 21
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Mar 21
Brandy De Alba commented on Alejandra Herrera Ledesma's blog post Revisit
"Now, more than ever, we need more support and to rely on our resources to bridge what we know and love to what is now expected: new and scary! I do love Colorin, Colorado as a resource as well. Just as we need to find time to exercise, de-stress,…"
Mar 21
Brandy De Alba commented on Debra Schneider's blog post Teaching Science to ELLs
"The use of the 5E's is an amazing way to help support science exploration as well as build our ELs ability to participate in and grasp science concepts. Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate. I can see this strategy being used in other…"
Mar 21
Debra Schneider posted a blog post

Teaching Science to ELLs

I have been working with a small group of teachers in my district, the Core Leadership Team for a K-8 NGSS Early Implementation Initiative grant. We've done lesson study as we work to create NGSS-aligned science lessons. Two of our CLT teachers teach in a bilingual education program; five of the six teach classes in which a majority of students are ELLs. One reason we applied for this grant was to create ways to work with students and science that gave equal access to ELLs.In our understanding…See More
Mar 20
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Mar 17
Alejandra Herrera Ledesma posted a blog post

Revisit

After reading a story in Spanish, we have this saying to end the book, "Colorin, colorado, este cuento se acabado."  I was thinking of this and I realized it's been a while since I've been on the wonderful website Colorin, Colorado.  I went on and started going through their links again.  Revisiting, I was reminded of all the great materials for English Learners and their families.  Having tips and…See More
Mar 10
Tom O'Hara commented on Tom O'Hara's blog post Acculturation help needed!
"Thanks for the concrete, practical suggestions, Lorena."
Mar 8
Lorena Sanchez commented on Tom O'Hara's blog post Acculturation help needed!
"Tom, one strategy which I use with my third graders is to get another woman in their life on my side- their mother.  Sometimes, only one or two meetings with mom are necessary in order for her to become my best ally.  After that, regular…"
Mar 8
Lorena Sanchez posted a blog post

Argument Writing and ELLs

Recently, my class has started practicing for the district's writing assessment, which is an opinion paper this year.   My third grade bilingual students have been writing opinions and arguments since the first month of school, and one way I integrate argument into my writing instruction is by using science.  Students in my…See More
Mar 8
Tom O'Hara posted a blog post

Acculturation help needed!

I've been teaching high school "LEP" (school-designated term) history classes for the past four years. To be more clear, these are classes in which all of the students have not been redesignated, they range from the lowest CELDT levels to the highest, there are usually 3 or 4 different primary languages represented in the class, and the majority - about 75% - come from Mexico. The kids are wonderful, and even though I know that almost all of them want to do well here in school, too many boys…See More
Feb 22
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Feb 21
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Feb 10
Debra Schneider posted a status
"At Know ELLs, I can find colleagues, even if they work far away from my state."
Feb 10
Lorena Sanchez posted a blog post

Connecting English Learners to their Linguistic, Academic, and Writing Potential

      January's almost over, bringing with it February's many holidays- Black History Month, President's Day,  Valentine's Day, Ground Hog Day, Chinese New Year- the 27th is Polar Bear Day!!! With so many wonderful opportunities to expand my students' writing by offering them unique writing prompts, it hardly seems like the time to…See More
Feb 5

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English Language Learners and Literacy Connections

I admit, this week, I totally had a fangirl moment.  A fangirl, according to Urban Dictionary, is "a rabid breed of human female obsessed with a fictional character or an actor".   Now, my obsession is not with a fictional character or an actor, nor am I between the 12-19 year old demographic one…

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Posted by Lorena Sanchez on March 27, 2015 at 6:00am

Teaching Science to ELLs

I have been working with a small group of teachers in my district, the Core Leadership Team for a K-8 NGSS Early Implementation Initiative grant. We've done lesson study as we work to create NGSS-aligned science lessons. Two of our CLT teachers teach in a bilingual education program; five of the six teach classes in which a majority of students are ELLs. One reason we applied for this grant was to create ways to work with students and science that gave equal access to ELLs.

In our…

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Posted by Debra Schneider on March 20, 2015 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

Revisit

After reading a story in Spanish, we have this saying to end the book, "Colorin, colorado, este cuento se acabado."  I was thinking of this and I realized it's been a while since I've been on the wonderful website Colorin, Colorado.  I went on and started going through their links again.  Revisiting, I was reminded of all the great materials for English Learners and their families.  Having tips and…

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Posted by Alejandra Herrera Ledesma on March 10, 2015 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Argument Writing and ELLs

Recently, my class has started practicing for the district's writing assessment, which is an opinion paper this year.   My third grade bilingual students have been writing opinions and arguments since the first month of school, and one way I integrate argument into my writing instruction is by using science. …

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Posted by Lorena Sanchez on March 8, 2015 at 10:23am

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