When addressing the needs of English Language Learners, we are required to cover content areas, such as science....biology, earth science, physics, and chemistry. Our ELLs require strong visuals, especially when faced with this technical vocabulary. I often use childrens literature, with vivid illustrations, to engage students in conversation about science content.
One of my favorite books is - Q is for Quark - by David M. Schwartz. It is an "abc" book about science vocabulary...covering all areas.
I have attached a sample from the power point, that I created for middle school students...It helps to demonstrate ways that we can introduce new vocabulary.
Another favorite resource that students enjoy, is Thinkfinity's http://www.sciencenetlinks.com/interactives/systems.htm
It is a clever way to reinforce biology and body systems...
What do you do when teaching science? Please share your ideas and resources...
I recently searched for science activities related to Tropical Rainforests...
National Geographic has a great site...Rainforest at Night
It includes visuals, sounds and details about species and habitat...
Check out this link...the kids loved it!
I do not have ESL kids, but teach a grade level that has most below reading level. Like your students, they need strong visuals and interactives to succeed. I create a lot of my own activities using the smart notebook software (assuming and hoping that you have a smart board). My students had to learn the 8 basic moon phases, their order of occurance, and their names. I created an interactive sort that students had to manipulate in order to place the illustrations and names in the correct order. I see that you teach chemistry. You could create a page where students had to build the atoms and match them by name. Smartboard notebook software has an infinite cloner feature and auto shapes, where you could create a picture of an electron and infinite clone it. Then, when students start building the particular atom, they can just drag electrons and orbital circles,etc. that you created. Activities can make them construct, or categorize, or can simply be a matching of vocabulary to definition. You can even go as simply as taking a matching worksheet and using the "camera feature" to photo copy the worksheeet, lock it in, and have kids use the pen feature or typing feature to practice their vocabulary and definitions. I won't write more because if you don't have a smart board, then my info. won't be helpful to you. It would be something to really "push for" if you do not have one. I would be lost if I didn't have mine. I depend on the interactive activities that I create for practice and assessment.
I noticed you mentioned an activity you created on the moon phases. Have you seen the ScienceNetlinks interactive Lunar Cycles Moon Challenge? It's a great way for students to learn the monthly views of the moon.
I had a SMARTBoard in my classroom and using the Notebook Software is indeed a wonderful tool to create hands-on lessons. Using any type of interactive whiteboard helps captivate students and focus their attention.
Thanks, Cdicenza, yes I do have access to smartboards as well as individual laptops for my students. Your activity sounds great I would love to hear more.
I also teach phases of the moon to second graders. Perhaps you can send us a sample of your notebook activity...
It would be a great resource that others may enjoy, also...
We can add it to our group's documents section...
I can help you with the process, if you need...
Thanks and keep sharing...It is the best way for all of us to help our students succeed!
I have just finished uploading the moon phase smart board interactive into our groups documents. Thanks for asking. I'm glad that I could share. Also, thanks for offering to help me figure out how to do that (upload and share). I managed to figure it out myself; it wasn't difficult. The Thinkfinity site makes things pretty easy to do.
THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH...cdicenza
FANTASTIC WORK, THE ACTIVITY WILL BE SO MUCH FUN FOR MY STUDENTS...
YOU ARE NOW AN EXPERT IN SHARING DOCUMENTS! IT IS TRUE, THINKFINITY DOES MAKE DISCUSSIONS AND SHARING EASY FOR US.
PLEASE CONTINUE TO SHARE WHENEVER YOU HAVE A GOOD IDEA...WE LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU...
If you are looking for space exploration and wonderful visuals, check out Celestia , a free space simulation that lets you explore the universe in three dimensions. You can travel throughout the solar system, to any of over 100,000 stars, or even beyond the galaxy.
In addition, the companion website Celestia Motherlode features add-ons to Celestia and educational activities that teachers can use in their classrooms.
The program can be operated by children as young as six or seven.
One of our Community members, leslie, was looking for a good lesson on hydroponics.
One possibility is a Science Netlinks lesson on Space Food. The students are challenged with determining appropriate ways to handle the food needs of astronauts who journey to Mars. Since a manned-mission to Mars will take at least 2 years round-trip, what will the astronauts eat. There are some related links from that lesson to planning how to sustain life on the space station.
I found a web site Hydroponics Online that may offer some assistance also.