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Today’s skill challenge had to do with choosing resources for a specific purpose, evaluating resources, or coming up with a new list. The results are so fabulous, I had to share:

 

Richard found this very cool site on proverbs through boggle’s world:

Grade Ten

Proverbs/Idioms

I selected a puzzle for tenth-grade students.  I did so, because it is important for ELLs to learn that the meaning of word chunks in a proverb/idiom isn’t always conveyed by the literal definition of each word.   This puzzle would be used as a formative assessment, following explicit instruction and exploration of the proverbs.  It would measure the student’s ability to recall the proverbs, to master vocabulary, and to sharpen reasoning skills.  It will assist ELLS to understand these often used expressions.

 

http://bogglesworldesl.com/proverbs.htm

 

Nancy found one there too:

I choose the boggleseslworld  website for my worksheets. His site has activities that would appeal to the ELL,S that I teach I choose two worksheets on Reptiles.

These reptile worksheets would be appropriate for fourth grade intermediate level students. I recently taught a unit on reptiles and these worksheets would have been ideal.

The first worksheet is divided into eight fact cards about different reptiles. The second sheet is a table. The table has nine different headings about the life of the different reptiles. I would have students work in pairs. Each pair would have a fact card and a

Table worksheet. . The groups would have to interact with other groups to find out information about each different reptile. This exchanging of information is a great

Speaking and listening activity. It provides interaction with different students and

Everyone is participating.

 

The website :   www.bogglesworldesl.com

http://bogglesworldesl.com/reptile_activity.htm

Kristen gave a list of very cool sites:

1.) http://bit.ly/mQDc39  Here is a link to the new PBS sight that Larry Ferlazzo referred to in a recent post. I went and looked at it, and it seems to have lots of videos that could be used especially with adult learners to show cultural aspects of several different cultures.  I would not recommend it for beginners, but I do think that it could be useful in the right context.  There are a lot of documentaries there.

 

2.) http://www.youtube.com/user/brusspup this could be an interesting conversation starter. It could also have a tie in to math or science. This would be interesting and engaging for older learners.

 

3) http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/536/01/ this is a sight that I have used before for reference in explaining grammar. It may or may not be as useful to students, unless they are advanced, but it is a good resource for teachers.

 

4) http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=3753593 this is a good quick reference for classroom teachers. I have been giving this topic some thought lately, and maybe I will do my 1 minute video on this topic.

 

5) http://www.mathsolutions.com/documents/978-0-941355-84-1_L1.pdf this is another interesting site about ELLS and math. This one is about helping them understand word problems. There are some tips in here I never would have thought  of.

Sinyoung went WAY past the call of duty and did a couple of assignments:

Challenge B: Name the students’ grade level and proficiency level. Create a puzzle that you could use with your students on a specific topic.

 

ESL/EFL Class

 

  • Twenty-four ICU (International Christian University) students from Tokyo, Japan.  They have just arrived in Vermont for a six-week intensive English program.
  • Proficiency level:  intermediate to high-intermediate
  • Topic: Taste of Vermont: Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream

 

Rationale

Almost all the international students who come to Saint Michael’s College enjoy the tastes of Vermont such as apple cider, maple syrup, cheddar cheese, and Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream.  Since this group of students will participate in the field trip called Taste of Vermont and visit Ben and Jerry’s ice cream factory during the summer season, I created the word search puzzle based on the Ben and Jerry’s activism page (B&J activism).

 

Before the students try the puzzle, they will read the history of the company and watch the B&J Video to develop background knowledge about Ben and Jerry’s ice cream.  Since the reading content includes environmental issues and personnel issues, the puzzle could raise the students’ awareness about the world as well as connect their days in Vermont with their linguistic knowledge.

 

Word Search with hidden message    Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream

Y C F P R O G R E S S M S Y A

D E I F I T R E C E D A R T I

O R N P S N R S T T M K S I I

W T T R F E V P M I O I O N N

N I E O U I U O R S V N U U O

A F N D A O R N L I E G R M I

V I S U B F J S I V M P C M T

A E I C O M M I T T E D I O I

I D V T U N E B E O N D N C S

L E E S T E C I P S T O G F N

A T H G N I Y L P P U S C A A

B R T S T N E I D E R G N I R

L A U N D E R T A K E N A R T

E T W H E N O Y R E V E R O M

A S D G N I R E B M E M E R E

Word Search with hidden message

ABOUT

ARE

AVAILABLE

BEN

CERTIFIED

COMMITTED

COMMUNITY

CONTINUES

DOWN

EVER

EVERYONE

FAIR

FIRST

FROM

ICE

INGREDIENTS

INTENSIVE

INVOLVED

ITS

JOURNEY

MAKING

MORE

MOVEMENT

PEOPLE

PRODUCT

PRODUCTS

PROGRESS

REMEMBERING

RESPONSIBILITY

SOURCING

STARTED

SUPPLYING

THE

TRADE

TRADE-CERTIFIED

TRANSITION

UNDERTAKEN

USE

VISIT

WHEN

__ __ __ __   __ __ __ __ __

Solution

(Over,Down,Direction)

ABOUT(5,6,S)

ARE(13,13,S)

AVAILABLE(1,6,S)

BEN(8,9,W)

CERTIFIED(2,1,S)

COMMITTED(4,8,E)

COMMUNITY(14,9,N)

CONTINUES(13,11,NW)

DOWN(1,2,S)

EVER(12,14,W)

EVERYONE(12,14,W)

FAIR(14,10,S)

FIRST(5,4,SE)

FROM(6,7,NE)

ICE(8,10,W)

INGREDIENTS(14,12,W)

INTENSIVE(3,2,S)

INVOLVED(5,2,SE)

ITS(15,3,NW)

JOURNEY(7,7,NW)

MAKING(12,1,S)

MORE(15,14,W)

MOVEMENT(11,3,S)

PEOPLE(12,7,SW)

PRODUCT(4,3,S)

PRODUCTS(4,3,S)

PROGRESS(4,1,E)

REMEMBERING(14,15,W)

RESPONSIBILITY(8,1,S)

SOURCING(13,3,S)

STARTED(2,15,N)

SUPPLYING(12,11,W)

THE(3,12,N)

TRADE(14,2,W)

TRADE-CERTIFIED(14,2,W)

TRANSITION(15,13,N)

UNDERTAKEN(3,13,E)

USE(11,11,NW)

VISIT(10,7,N)

WHEN(3,14,E)

 

 

Hidden message:  Fair trade

by puzzle maker

 

 

 

Challenge D: Add to this list of websites and programs that help students develop their language proficiency. Include the name of the website or program, include the link, and write a short description of what one can expect to find at the site or program. Include at 5 or more items that we have not yet mentioned.

 

JFL websites:  These sites are useful to encourage teenage students to study on their own pace.   They also help to raise cultural awareness of the students’ target language.  Some technique they provide are flash cards for kanji,  using photographs for essay writing,  and simple stick figures for showing characteristics of the students’ target language culture as compared to their own culture.

 

  1. http://genki.japantimes.co.jp/     This is an on-line self-study site.   It is based on the Japanese textbookげんき.  It includes interactive vocabulary, listening, and writing activities.  It also includes video clips to watch and listen to with a variety of subtitles and captions.

 

  1. https://www.erin.ne.jp/jp/  This site is focused on studying abroad.  It consists of an exchange high school student’s short dialogues based on the daily activities in Japan.

 

  1. http://www.tjf.or.jp/photophotophoto/   This site introduces life in Japan with photographs taken by the Japanese high school students.  It also includes a short essay for each photograph.

 

 

  1. http://nuthatch.com/java/kanjicards/ This site shows how to create flash cards to study kanji and meaning of the words with step-by-step descriptions.

 

 

  1. http://tell.fll.purdue.edu/JapanProj//FLClipart/default.html  This site contains free clip art. It is especially helpful to introduce Japanese culture and gestures with simple stick figure cartoons.

 

I feel so blessed to have such smarty-pants students!


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