Thursday, March 10, 2016

Transportation Review Unit for ELL

I read about Teacher Talking Time that can lower the quality of learning. Try to reduce your excessive talking time and give students more time to practice the language in class. Think about how many times you do all the talking. Just  meditate on that.
 Worksheet 1
 Have students point to each transportation item.
Teacher: Point to the car.
Students: (point) Car!
Teacher: Color the car green
When everything is colored.
Teacher: What color is the car ?
Students: green!
Teacher: It´s a green car.
Students:  It´s a green car.
Teacher: Point to yellow! What´s that ?
Students: a car !

Have the students cut the cards and make puppets by gluing them to toilet paper tubes. Use them as puppets. Puppets can be used with students of all ages. Children are less inhibited to speak English using them.

Worksheet pocket sorting: Word sorting increases vocabulary and for older kids, spelling. It also helps with critical thinking. The students can do the sorting individually or in groups of two or four. For handling purpose I turned each vehicle into a puppet by gluing a craft stick, but the cutouts can be put inside the pockets as they are.

I made two kinds of sorting, one is a vocabulary sort and the other is sorting the vehicles by characteristics: old, new, big, small, long, short.

It is a good practice to recycle the language and enlarge what is known with new vocabulary.

Encourage the students to use the adjectives orally. 
Place all the cutouts on the board in random order. Write 4 big headings on the board. Long, short, new, old. Point to all the headings and read them one by one.

Read the first heading: long. Pick a long item and place it under the heading. Continue with all the headings. Students can help organize all the cutouts under each category.

Adjectives worksheets.  After students have finished the worksheets, have them cut all the vehicles.

Give each table group a big construction paper. Make  4 columns: new, old, long, short. Either write the word or use the words on the top of the big cardboard.  Students glue the vehicles in the corresponding column.
Go to each table and check their work.

Teacher: new! What color are they ?
Students: blue, green, pink.

Car road. Make roads out of black construction paper, make the lines with white crayon. Cut the car cutouts. Have the students sort the long cars and the short cars or the new cars and the old cars from the worksheets. Have the students glue the cars in a pattern. When done, they come to the front and explain their pattern. This can be done with cars cut out from magazines.

Now with the cutouts. Display all the car cutouts on the board.
Point to a car cutout and show it to the class.
Teacher: What is it ?
Students: It´s a car.
Teacher: What color is the car ?
Students: It´s yellow.

Display the big and small cutouts on the board.
Teacher: What is this ?
Students: a train.

Teacher: Is it big or small ?
Students: It´s big. 

Place all the cutouts one next to the other making a big/small pattern.

Teacher: Big car, small car, big train, small train, big bike, small bike

Introduce long and short using the cutouts.
Point to the long car cutout
Teacher: What´s this ?
Students: It´s a car.
Teacher: Look ! It´s a long car. ( stretch your arms to mime long)
Point to the short car cutout
Teacher: What´s this ?
Students: It´s a car.
Teacher: Look ! It´s a short car. ( put your hands almost together  to mime short)

Point to the next cutouts, the trains.
Teacher: Is it long or short ?
Students: It´s long. ( Have the students mime long)
Continue with all the other cutouts.
Say the color and students say long or short.
Teacher: red!
Students: Long train!

Make two columns on the board. Have two students come up and match the vehicles and place them together on the board.
Student 1: old car.
Student 2: new car.

Place several cutouts together.
Teacher: How many cars ?
Students: one, two, three, four, five, six, seven. Seven cars!

Flashcards are wonderful for visual students. Play games instead of flapping the cards. Show a flashcard and have the students mime the vehicles.

Two students come to the front with the thumb up for Yes/ Correct Puppet and the thumb down for No/incorrect Puppet. Point to a transportation flashcard on the board.
Teacher:  It´s a pink car.
Class: NO!!! (Student shows the thumbs down  puppet.)  All the students puts their thumbs down.

Class:  It´s a yellow car. (Student shows the thumbs up  puppet.) All the students puts their thumbs up.

Transportation bag. Decorate a bag. Place all the cutouts in the bag. Have a student come to the front and pull out a cutout.
Teacher: What´s this ?
Student: It´s a car.
Teacher: Is it long or short ?
Student and class: It´s long.
 Teacher: Is it new or old ?
Student and class: It´s old.
Teacher: What color is it ?
Student and class: It´s yellow.

Make necklaces with the cutouts and have each student wear the one they wish. Display the map signs around the classroom. Have the students go to their destinations.
Teacher: Airplanes, fly to the airport.
Teacher: Buses, drive to the bus stop.
Teacher: cars, drive to the parking.
Teacher: Trains, stop at the train station.
Teacher: bikes, go to the bike symbol.
Teacher: Boats, sails to symbol.
Then count how many students are at each map sign.

Three books for the theme.

Have children make each page of their book to take home to read to their parents. First have the students read the book in class in groups and then individually. Make your own version  by enlarging it in a copier. I punched a hole in the middle and placed a butterfly binder.

And another book. Children can find a great audience at home to read the book. They will practice reading the new language.

As always a read aloud picture book .First, read the book several times in class. Encourage students to mime big, small, long, short as you read.

Include a math activity in your lesson planning. Math involves language.

Reinforce the letters through an art and craft project.

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  1. Love your ideas! So nice and helpful!!! THANKS!

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