Learning Exercise

ELL Literacy with NASA: Denali Explorers Among Us!

Solid listening and speaking activity for kindergarteners. See text of assignment.
Course: Kindergarten
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Exercise

Title: ELL Literacy with NASA: Denali Explorers Among Us!

Grade Level: Kindergarten

Objective: 1. Students will communicate observations orally and with drawings.
2. Students will describe common events and objects in written and/or spoken
words. 3. Students will ask and answer simple questions with simple methods.

CDE Language Arts: Vocabulary and Concept Development?1.18 Describe common
objects and events in both general and specific language.

CDE Science: Scientific progress is made by asking meaningful questions and
conducting careful investigations. Students will: 4e: Communicate observations
orally and through drawings.

CDE-ELL Literacy Component: Listening and Speaking (Beginner) Answer simple
questions with one to two word responses. Respond to simple directions and
questions using physical actions and other means of non-verbal communication
(e.g., matching objects, pointing to an answer, drawing pictures). Begin to
speak with a few words or sentences, using a few standard English grammatical
forms and sounds (e.g., single
words or phrases). Ask and answer questions using phrases or simple sentences.
Retell stories by using appropriate gestures, expressions and illustrative
objects.

BTSA Component: Use for Standard 19 compliance.

Anticipatory Website: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/mmgallery/index.html
(Denali explorer link).

Critical Tasks: (in any order) 1. Students should create visual images in order
to support their understanding. 2. Allow for one-on-one instruction as well as
group collaboration. 3. Model good English and habits. 4. Teacher guides through
website. 5. Possible pre-teaching of Denali and its location. 6. Students can
draw mountains/explorers. 7. Teacher must model fluent reading of the text. 8.
Use props or drawings to act out or illustrate. 9. Pre-teach any vocabulary
building possibility. 10. Practice own and student ORAL delivery of content.

Assessment: Informally through observation and formally through the rubric
building website located at http://rubistar.4teachers.org/index.php

Audience

Technical Notes

LCD AND LIVE INTERNET

Requirements

Social skills and reading/writing at or around grade level.

Topics

Science, ELD, Language Arts, Technology

Learning Objectives

1. Students will communicate observations orally and with drawings. 2. Students will describe common events and objects in written and/or spoken words. 3. Students will ask and answer simple questions with simple methods.