ESL Word Walls for ELLs - Middle School Academic Core Content-Area Vocabulary
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Help your English Language Learners and other students in Grades 5 - 8 learn essential content-area vocabulary words! The words cover commonly-taught English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies topics and come in 3 sizes. Words are organized by academic subject and by grade level for ease of use. When your ELLs understand these core vocabulary words, they will better comprehend your lessons, the texts they read, and will be more successful in school as a result. Other students will also benefit from seeing these vocabulary words on a word wall.
Resource at a Glance:
* Academic vocabulary words for English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies that are used in Grades 5, 6, 7, and 8.
* English Language Learners in regular ed or sheltered English classes.
* ELLs learning Content-Based ESL.
* Other students who need to learn these words.
* By using these posters, flashcards and/or word wall words with your students, you are helping them learn and understand academic vocabulary, which will enable them to better comprehend your lessons.
* They save you time because you don't have to create them yourself.
What educators who have used this resource say about it:
♥ "Excellent for ESL students learning these concepts on the secondary level!" -- Kirsten K.
♥ "Quick and easy resource - thanks for the blank cards, for additional words!" -- Ellen P.
♥ "These cards have been an excellent resource for my ESL classroom! Thank you!" -- Jamie M.
What you get in this product for English Learners:
★ Table of contents for easy reference (1 page)
★ Notes to the Teacher with background information (2 pages)
★ List of ELA Common Core standards (1 page)
★ 2 vocabulary templates (2 pages)
★ Vocabulary words organized by grade level (4 pages)
★ Vocabulary words organized by academic subject (4 pages)
★ Flash cards for Grade 8, four per page (6 pages + 1 blank template page)
★ Flash cards for Grade 7, four per page (5 1/2 pages + 1 1/2 blank template pages)
★ Flash cards for Grade 6, four per page (7 pages + 1 blank template page)
★ Flash cards for Grade 5, four per page (7 pages + 1 blank template page)
★ Word wall cards for Grade 8, two per page (12 pages + 1 blank template page)
★ Word wall cards for Grade 7, two per page (11 pages + 1 blank template page)
★ Word wall cards for Grade 6, two per page (15 pages + 1 blank template page)
★ Word wall cards for Grade 5, two per page (14 pages + 1 blank template page)
★ Photograph showing the word walls in use in a classroom (1 page)
All the vocabulary words were compiled by asking middle school academic subject teachers which 3 - 5 words in their content areas they consider the most important for students to know. The vocabulary words are available in different sizes:
* Poster size (8.5" x 11")
* Flashcard size (4 words per page)
* Word wall size (2 words per page)
The flashcard sized words are color-coded to match the color on each grade level poster. The words can be used for review or test prep, in vocabulary games such as charades and matching the words with student-written definitions, or as references during classes. Copy, cut and distribute them to your students for their own personal reference. Or cut, laminate and keep them in class as a resource in centers or for reference. Blank template pages are also included if you would like to add your own vocabulary words.
The word wall formatted words, which are also color-coded to match the color on each grade level poster, can be cut apart and are ideal for use as a bulletin board display if you want to choose which words to display. Laminate them so they last longer. You can create word walls for each academic subject differentiated by grade level, or you can create word walls for each grade level that include vocabulary words in all 4 academic subjects for each individual grade. There are blank template pages in this size, too, so you can add your own vocabulary words.
The posters are an easy way to show all the grade-level or core subject area words that are mentioned in this resource. They can also be displayed on a bulletin board in your classroom or in a hallway. A photo showing how I displayed the vocabulary words in this size in my classroom is included at the end of the product.
The lists below show how many words are included for each content subject and for each grade level. However, since some words are repeated by more than one grade level, in the lists below they are not counted twice in the academic subject word walls but they are listed every time in the word walls for each grade.
Here is how each academic subject breaks down:
The English Language Arts word wall contains 24 words
The Math word wall contains 27 words
The Science word wall contains 24 words
The Social Studies word wall contains 27 words
Here is how each grade breaks down:
The Grade 8 word wall contains 24 words
The Grade 7 word wall contains 22 words
The Grade 6 word wall contains 28 words
The Grade 5 word wall contains 28 words
Please note that illustrations of the words are not included in this resource because by having students draw their own pictures, you can asses how well your students understand what the words mean. To help students develop their comprehension of these academic words, 2 templates for vocabulary work are included in the resource. Both templates have spaces for students to draw a picture to illustrate a word. The templates also ask students to write about the word in a few ways and to use it in a sentence.
Learning content-area vocabulary can be difficult for English Language Learners because not only do they have to learn new words, they simultaneously have to learn the academic concepts associated with those words. Display the posters or word wall vocabulary words where all students can easily see them and use the flashcards to support your students' acquisition of key vocabulary!
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