Hello - If your caseload is anything like mine, planning can be quite challenging. Here are five lessons I will be using during the week of Earth Day, April 22nd, with my students to develop their language skills. The lessons are described as follows:
The first lesson covers six Earth Day thematic stories that I wrote that require the student to make inferences! ***** This lesson was designed specifically for my students who are from fourth to sixth grade. For this lesson, an adorable Earth Day Boston Terrier How to Inference poster is included that you can use for other inference lessons. Students will read or be read a short story about an Earth Day activity, for example, cleaning up the beach, carpooling, creating an Earth Day video, etc. The students will be required to respond to at least two questions requiring them to inference. Then, the students will respond to questions on the corresponding page to determine the definition of a word in context, answer a problem solving scenario and respond to a social question - "What would you say?" in this situation.
The second lesson is for the students to develop their basic expressive and receptive language skills in the following areas, and was targeted for my students on a kindergarten through third grade cognitive level: Complete directions which contain a variety of linguistic concepts, Increase expressive and receptive vocabulary in thematic categories, Produce sentences containing necessary morphologic markers, Demonstrate comprehension and understanding of a variety of concepts, Problem solving and eliciting specific pragmatic language verbal responses.
The entire lesson contains black and white pictures for easy photocopying and so that the students can color when completed, or color to complete one of the directives. Directions for each activity page are included. 10 directives for each page.
There are three lesson pages for Earth Day and three pages for Gardening / Spring theme.
The fourth lesson is for my 'range of grade students'. I like my students to take home mini-books to read and review with their parents, so here it is - 'Boston Terrier Benny on Earth Day'. For this lesson, students are required to respond to varied 'wh' questions after they read what Benny needs while learning about Earth Day. Students will have a cut out page and request necessary items from each other or teacher to complete the pages. The mini-book will end up to be six pages and if you know students, you know how much they LOVE taking home mini-books to showcase what they have learned!
And the fifth lesson was designed to develop expressive language skills, specifically to perspective take by taking the perspective of one of the characters, interpreting the word bubble or what is being said by the other character and then writing a response of what the character would say in that situation.
Of course, if you have any questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I love hearing from you!