Have you ever asked yourself, “What to Teach Your ELL’s During the First Week of School?” Can you imagine walking into a classroom and only understanding a few words your teacher is saying, if any? How do you build a relationship and help your students feel at home especially during your ELLS first week of school?
We all have a universal understanding of body language. I try to always greet my English Language Learners with a big smile while looking into their sweet little faces.
Teaching kindergarten and first grade ELL’s is so much fun and I love to see my students look back at me with sweet little half grins or full faced bright, big smiles! Making my ELL students feel loved and welcomed is important to me.
Names Are Special For ELLS First Week In School
Everyone’s name is so special and important to them so I teach my students to say their name in a sentence. This is the one word that sounds familiar to them. I have the children echo read the question and the answer.
What is your name? My name is _________.
Below is an example of two of the sentence cards I have developed in my ESL Introductions unit.
Don’t we all feel more connected when we can share about our lives?
When helping your students get started in speaking English, sentences frames are very useful.
Some very simple questions and answers you can teach them are:
What is your name? My name is _____________.
Where are you from? I am from _____________.
How old are you? I am ______ years old.
Do you have any brothers or sisters? I have ____ brothers and _____
How are you today? I am __________.
Fun Flap Books for ELL’s First Week of School
Below is an example of a fun, interactive flap book that is also included in my introductions unit. This is fun to use when asking yourself, “What to teach my ELL’s during the first week of school.” It is so engaging for my students and they read it over and over to a partner.
Games are another fun way to make your new ELL students feel at ease while learning. I love playing the game, “Find My Match” with my students. I have written a blog post on how to play “Find My Match” here. Here’s how to play.
Write a question on one card and the answer in a frame on another card.
Pass out the questions and answers and have the children walk around saying the questions or answers on their cards until they Find the Match!. What fun way to make your ELL’s First Week of School special!
Included in Unit 1 Introductions are: 5 day lesson plans, 2 flap books,cut out printables and cards to help your little ones begin speaking!
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