ELL Content Picture Packs are designed to effectively and efficiently help your K-5 English language learners
develop vocabulary, language, and critical thinking skills. The research-based lessons incorporate strategies
for differentiating language development in the areas of writing, speaking, and grammar. These comprehensive
resources have been developed and organized by grade range and content area to correlate to WIDA, TESOL, and
Common Core State Standards.
The accompanying digital resources for grades 1-5, called Interactivities, have been developed to offer
flexibility of use. Integrate them into your instruction for a blended learning experience by creating an
assignment, or have students explore them independently in the Kids A-Z Reading Room.
Designed for teachers who are instructors of English language learners (ELLs), ELL Content Picture Packs provide content and research-based materials.
Each lesson focuses on five skills (vocabulary, writing, speaking, grammar, and critical thinking) within the content areas of language arts, math, science, social studies, and basic social and instructional language.
The packs' instructional strategies and accompanying Interactivities enable teachers to differentiate instruction for K-5 ELLs of all language proficiency levels.
Each pack features a two-page lesson plan that is accompanied by four projectable images as well as vocabulary and comparison charts. The Interactivities accompanying the Content Picture Packs are designed to support a blended learning experience and can be assigned to students or made available in the Reading Room so students can explore at their own pace. Together, these materials provide a foundation for scaffolding language development and critical thinking activities.
The two-page lesson plan serves as four lessons in one package. It provides an instructional model that can be used repeatedly with each of the four included images. To support classroom and time management, each lesson is organized into a series of thoughtfully timed steps, which are clearly illustrated by clock icons. The ELL Content Picture Pack Interactivity Guide offers suggestions and tips for incorporating the Interactivities into the existing structure of the lesson plan.
The Interactivity that accompanies each grade 1-5 Content Picture Pack comes in two versions to facilitate differentiation for students at different language proficiency levels. Within each language levelís Interactivity, students learn about the topic, practice grammar skills, and complete activities associated with the vocabulary in each of the four images. Each Interactivity follows and complements the structure of the lesson plan. Animations, engaging images, and audio offer scaffolding for English language learners as they learn vocabulary and grammar and practice reading, listening, and writing skills.
Lesson Plan Sequence (to use with first image projectable) and Interactivity (to use with grades 1-5)
Step 1: Building Background
Introduce the overall topic and have students discuss and generate vocabulary related to the first image.
Part 1: Learn About the Topic (2 activities)
Students watch a short animation and practice identifying the names of each image.
Part 2: Learn About the Grammar (4 activities)
Students watch two short animations explaining the grammar point from the lesson plan and complete two activities to demonstrate comprehension of the grammar point.
Part 3: Learn About Each Image/Identify and Label Vocabulary (6-9 activities)
Students progress through a sequence of vocabulary activities that reuse vocabulary from each image in the print product. Activities build in complexity and guide students to identify and label vocabulary.
Step 2: Classify Vocabulary
Guide students in sorting and classifying the words generated about the image as well as orally explaining their decisions with differentiated dialogue frames.
Part 3: Learn About Each Image/Classify the Vocabulary (1 activity)
Students practice classifying the vocabulary associated with each image.
Step 3: Shared Writing and Grammar
Guide students in practicing a specific grammatical structure by writing sentences together.
Step 4: Independent Writing
Have students complete one of the three differentiated writing activities.
Step 5: Critical Thinking Discussion
Guide students in discussing their writing and the image with differentiated dialogue frames.
Part 3: Learn About Each Image/Write Using the Grammar and Vocabulary (1-3 activities)
Students complete a differentiated writing activity that incorporates both the vocabulary and grammar. Students may review the Learn About the Grammar animations as needed.
Repeat the lesson with the other three images with the additional three image projectables.
Parts 4-6: Students complete the same activities found in Set 3 for the additional three images.
Culminating Assessment: Use the Comparison Chart to help students synthesize their learning and to check for student understanding.
Part 7: Make Comparisons (3 activities)
Students demonstrate comprehension of the content learned from all four images by comparing and contrasting words and how they apply to a given image.
ELL Content Picture Packs lessons include strategies for differentiating instruction for students at varying language proficiency levels. These strategies are included for speaking and writing activities in many steps of the lesson plan. Within the Interactivity accompanying each Content Picture Pack for grade 1-5, specific activities are differentiated for students at varying language proficiency levels.
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