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By choosing to use this product, you are helping both English Language Learners (ELLs) and native English speakers alike. Thank you for dedicating your time and energy towards increasing your students' academic language and content skills by using sheltered language teaching strategies. Best wishes for you and your students!
Sheltered language strategies are teaching strategies that focus on teaching academic vocabulary at the same time as academic content. These types of strategies have been researched and shown to improve student learning, especially for ELLs. This 4 square vocabulary template (also known as a Frayer model) can help your students build academic vocabulary and can also spark worthwhile discussions about examples, non-examples, and images to represent a word. This product contains three templates.
No labels-you can write in or have students write in labels.
Labels for word, image, meaning, examples, and non-examples are included.
Labels and small images that relate to the labels are included.
Suggested ways to use:
•Select the template that is appropriate for your students and lead them through the completion of the template with selected vocabulary word(s).
•Ask students to share what they included in the boxes.
•Avoid information overload: one to two words in a given day might be a reasonable amount.
•Use the blank template to write in your own prompts. Other commonly used ideas include:
Use the word in a sentence.
Parts of speech
•Use with interactive notebooks.
•Use as an interactive study tool; cover up the word in the middle and have students quiz each other to guess the word using information from the form.
•Use as a quiz or formative assessment; provide a student with a blank version with only the word in the center and have the student fill in the rest.
•Scaffold the activity for different learners; fill in some or all of the information and provide to students instead of having them fill in all the boxes.
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