ELL Strategies are helpful to all students! I thought it would be fun to begin a blog series on different strategies to use with your English Language Learners. Of course the ELL strategies are fun with all students.!
Share A Pizza ELL Strategy
Purpose: To teach how parts make up a whole.
- After a jigsaw reading activity during which each group of students has been given a section of a chapter or article to read.
- Teaching a concept or idea that has many parts.
- Cut a large circle into desired parts. Groups decorate the pizza slice with information from their reading or learning.
- It can be words or pictures.
- Come back and put the pieces together to make a whole pizza which can be used as a summary.
Here are some examples of ways to use this ELL strategy. I tried this in my first grade classes to teach Science Vocabulary.
The children were divided into groups of two and three to show their learning of a science vocabulary word. It was fun watching them use all four domains (listening, speaking, reading, & writing ) in their learning.
Another way to use Slice of Pizza ELL Strategy is in math. To solve a three digit subtraction problem, the students pair up to discuss different strategies to solve the problem.
To explain to rotating students the steps and strategies they used to solve the problem, one partner stayed with the “pizza” slice. Students then rotate to a different problem. Next, student “listeners” would restate the steps with “What I think I heard you say was…”
There are endless ways to use this strategy. Also it can be used across all subjects. I hope that you will have fun trying this with your ELL students!