ELL K-5: More Opinion Work, Sight Words, Phonics, and Halloween Vocabulary!

Another busy couple weeks for Grades K-5! Grades 2-5 continued their opinion work, adding reasons to support and strengthen their opinions, and then providing a conclusion to sum it all up. Students initially worked collaboratively to practice the organization of their opinion writing, but gradually made their way towards independent writing.  

Grades 3-5 Collaborating on Opinion Paragraphs

Grade 2 also continued their work on expressing their opinions. This week they also did some collaborative work, and started using sentence starters First, second, and finally to produce reasons.  

Grade 2 Students Sorting and Expressing Opinions About The Favorite Animals

Along with all this opinion work, it’s important to present students with independent reading time. This week, students of all grades cozied up in the classroom and spent a bit of time reading on their own. The flexible seating and iPads made the classroom an inviting space for students to read. 

Grade 1 continued building their vocabulary by exploring sight words, and building their vocabulary notebooks. This week we focused on occupations in the community as we read « I can See. » Students vocabulary included: teacher, nurse, carpenter, pilot, plumber, doctor, police officer, and fire fighter.

Grade 1’s Read Aloud

Grade 1 also practiced their spelling and use of sight words with guided dictation this week. We explored sight words that used S, but where the S made a /z/ sound.

Grade 1 Sight Word Dictation


Grade 1 Sight Words

Finally kindergarten continued the long journey of phonic exploration, but also picked up some Halloween vocabulary. We focused primarily on different costumes, but also explored common phrases and decorations associated with Halloween.

Kindergarten Getting Into Some Halloween Vocabulary!

K-5 ELL: Opinions, My Day, and Setting the Table

Grades 2-5

Over the past couple weeks, grades two through five have begun work concerning their opinions. Specifically, we have worked on the differences between facts and opinions, different ways we can express our opinions (including « In my opinion, and I prefer »).

Slide from a Opinion Lesson Grades 2-5

Grades 2-5 Sorting Through Opinions and Facts

Once we knew the differences between facts and opinions, we started to find different ways to express them. This was the first time we had several starters, and then some practice on whiteboards and in writing.

Grades 2-5 Expressing Their Opinions Using Different Sentence Starters

Finally, we are looking for ways to make better use of our views, including combing both facts and opinions. Different grades will see different endpoints as explores opinions, but will continue for the next few weeks. I promised to keep you posted in the next blog I post.

K-1 grades

Our two other grades worked on building vocabulary. For Kindergarten we were exploring « My Day » vocabulary. Many of the concepts were introduced using this video.

Both grades 1 and K were shown this video, but Kindergarten worked on it extensively. Including a great game of charades. Students were shown flashcards of other daily activities and asked for their peers. This resulted in some hilarious fun.

Kindergarten Playing « My Day » Charades

Meanwhile, Grade 1 started to learn « Setting the Table » vocabulary. This includes such a fork, flat, spoon, knife, and various other objects you would use during a meal. We combined this with the sight word « The, » and added our new vocabulary to our vocabulary notebooks.

Students Adding « Setting the Table » Vocabulary to Their Notebooks

More sight words, and vocabulary headed grade 1 in the next few weeks. As for Kindergarten we’ll continue to work on some basic vocabulary, but also really focus on on phonics to build literacy skills.

That’s it for this addition of K-5 ELL blog. Look for the next update in two weeks!

Sounds, Nouns, and Adjectives

This week we continued working on segmenting words. Kindergarten took on their second group of sounds including – c, k, e, h, r, m, and d. We combined these with previously learned sounds to create short words such as cat.

Students Identified Sounds, practiced their hand writing, and found meaning in short consonant-vowel-consonant words

Meanwhile Grade one focused on the phonograms: Qu, ee, ck, and reviewed previously learned sounds to create new words.  Including Queen, Quilt, Quit, and Quick.

Grade one testing their knowledge of sounds, and building words with Qu

Grade 2 practiced blending sounds together and identifying words. This week we conducted several classroom treasure hunts, and also played some charades with single syllable words. Mainly identifying animals and classroom objects.

Grade 2 listening to segmented words and finding them around the classroom

Grade 3 categorizing nouns, and working on their spelling lists

Grades 3,4, and 5 continued blending sounds as well, but also started to focus on different parts of speech such as nouns and adjectives.  We played a variety of games to build our vocabularies,  differentiated  between  singular  and  plural  nouns,  and  learned  how  we  can modify  nouns  to  add  more  detail.

Back to School, Back to English!

Welcome Back to English!

The first few weeks back are always a mix of nerves and having fun for students. Many of students have used much English during their summer vacation, and so they can be a bit hesitant to begin using it again.  Thus the first week is filled with fun ways to welcome back students. We read stories, sing songs, and play games to learn about one another.

Students express themselves in a variety of ways to start the school year.

Read Alouds Help Generate Genuine Conversations Between Learners and Instructor

   Phonemic Awareness

Once we’ve settled into a groove, we begin building our English by honing in our literacy skills. Collectively the past few weeks all grades have been tackling the sounds of English in different ways. Kindergarten has started the long road of building a strong foundation of letter sounds, while grades 1 & 2 have been reviewing and practicing literacy fluency.

What Sound Did You Hear?

Grade 1 working towards independent reading in English

Letter Identification and Hand Writing Practice

Grades 3-5 have also been tacking phonemic awareness as well. They’ve been learning about the different sounds letters can make, and when they make them.  Sound exploration for these grades is important for developing stronger literacy skills, but also to strengthen pronunciation as well.

Collaboration and Competition in Grades 4&5

We’ll continue phonemic lessons throughout the year, as it helps learners of all levels. These lessons develop multiple English skills, and increase their understanding on how this difficult language works.