English Language Learner Lesson Plans

Are you looking for specific instructional strategies to meet the needs of your newcomer students? Students who arrive in school speaking a language other than English, bring many skills and abilities to your classroom, they just can’t express their ideas in English. This can often result in frustration and anxiety.

Overcoming these challenges faced by students learning English as a second language can be facilitated by using strategic lessons that involve pictures. You don’t need to know how to read English to understand a picture. Teachers of ELL students understand and know that pictures, gestures, chants, and the use of “realia” can help lower the affective filter for English Language Learners and allow them to actively participate in their acquisition of English.

Try out our lessons for newcomer students as well as our closer looking lessons! Observe your student engagement increase while simultaneously improving their ability to speak, read and write English. A picture truly is worth a thousand words.

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Time Capsule Activity – Dear Future Me

1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, ELL, Kindergarten Grade • Mini Lessons with Activity
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Time Capsule Activity – Dear Future Me

1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, ELL, Kindergarten Grade • Mini Lessons with Activity

Type:
Mini Lessons with Activity

Skills: social-emotional learning, goal-setting, creativity, writing skills

Description: This time capsule activity is an opportunity for all K-5 students to learn about themselves through goal-setting and thinking about the future, while fostering social-emotional skills, writing, and creativity. It can also be used as an opportunity in class for students to share about themselves with other students in the classroom.

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Text Features Chart

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Text Features Chart

1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, ELL, Kindergarten Grade • Printables

Subject:
ELA, Informational

Type:
Printables

Skills: Nonfiction Text Features

Description: Use this printable to help your students to identify common features within a nonfiction text they are reading.

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Teacher’s Favorite Things FREE

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Teacher’s Favorite Things FREE

1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, ELL, Kindergarten Grade • Freebies, Printables

Subject:
Teacher Resources

Type:
Freebies, Printables

Description: Perfect resource to keep handy for the beginning of the school year!

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Student Engagement Checklist

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Student Engagement Checklist

1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, ELL, Kindergarten Grade • Freebies, Printables

Subject:
Teacher Resources

Type:
Freebies, Printables

Description: Here are some tips for identifying the differences between engaged and disengaged students, as well as ideas for creating greater engagement.

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Scientific Method Poster

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Scientific Method Poster

1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, ELL, Kindergarten Grade • Freebies, Printables

Subject:
Science

Type:
Freebies, Printables

Skills: Scientific Method

Description: Use our Scientific Method printable to help your students visually through the Scientific process.

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Positive Mindset & Trolls Photobooth Activity

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Positive Mindset & Trolls Photobooth Activity

1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, ELL, Kindergarten Grade • Mini Lessons with Activity

Type:
Mini Lessons with Activity

Skills: Social emotional learning, art and creativity, goal-setting, fostering a positive mindset

Description: Having a positive mindset is so important for your students' success throughout the school year and as they move forward in life. In this activity, K-5 students examine what it is to have a positive mindset through a video clip and song and utilizing the corresponding positive mindset statement matching worksheet. Students will also set goals and make their goals memorable by utilizing social emotional learning and creativity in an interactive photo booth using the Trolls cutouts as props.

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