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[All profits from this work go to the Homeless ("A Hand Up" Organization).] This a lesson plan that will accommodate English Learners, and it is based upon a Fourth Grade Social Science lesson, but can be accommodated for other grades as well.
Our fourth grade social science involves the study of California and the west. Weather was a very important factor as pioneers walked across the Oregon Trail (this learning comes from the Houghton-Mifflin Reader Story, "Boss of the Plains"). This weather selection is a very important part of our everyday experience, and it is also an important part of the Fourth Grade Reading and Science Standards (Earth Science 5.0; Reading: 1.1; Writing: 1.4, 1.1; Comprehension:1.1, 1.2, 1.9).
I am going to exaggerate the use of nonverbal cues as I cover new concepts. As appropriate (and I am able), I will use some Spanish to clarify new vocabulary and concepts in the learner's L1. I will presume that the learner does not have academic language, nor do they necessarily have common understanding of our culture that English L1 students would be expected to have. I will extensively use cooperative learning groups to research new vocabulary and concepts. Assessments will based more upon the oral presentation and discussions that I observe within the cooperative learning groups. I will go slower over new vocabulary- particularly academic vocabulary. ["Aids Orphans Remembered"]