Thursday, October 10, 2013

EAL Science Blog

This is just a quick post to share yet another one of my many blogs.  I know there are tons of ways to share information online and a multitude of different websites and apps but I'm well versed in Blogger and just find it the easiest way to post information for students.  I have been using blogs for years to post online lessons for students in all subject areas.  I have also used them to communicate with students and families online.  Currently, I'm attempting to use and for that instead but there's still something to be said for a really solid website that's consistent and easy to navigate to.

Today, I updated my EAL Science blog as I have just begun teaching an EAL Science class and am excited to have the students do an excellent Webquest I found.  Yes, Webquests still exist and there are some good ones out there.  My challenge was always finding ones that were 100% relevant to what I wanted to accomplish and I found the perfect one for teaching about biomes and animals adaptations.  Here's a screen shot of my EAL Science Blog. 


I should also mention that I will be introducing students to Google Docs through this project as well as a yet-to-be-determined Scrapbooking program (suggestions are welcome!) and Fotobabble.  I considered Three Ring but it's really more for publishing already existing projects.  I hope to add some of their work to Three Ring, however, and begin creating an online portfolio for students.  There are so many possibilities..I just wish I had more time in the day.

Also, I am hoping to blog about our fun pumpkin tart making that we will be doing tomorrow morning.  A great way to teach English is by just doing things and I love incorporating our local culture and traditions into student learning.  It's my first time making pumpkin tarts so it should be an interesting experience!

Thanks for reading,

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Quizlet: Flashcards, quizzes, games, and more!

Today, I was helping a student
who's reading The Hunger Games
and wanted to find her some
additional vocabulary practice.  Unfortunately, the first thing I found was basically the cheat sheet for her actual assignment.  Oops!  I quickly took that back and thought about how in sync I must be with her English teacher.

After that, I looked for websites where students can practice the vocabulary and came across the wonderful world of  It's got a ton of potential to use as a teaching and learning tool for all students and it's FREE.  Since this is an EAL-themed blog, I'll focus on the language learning aspect.

A great way to learn and reinforce English vocabulary is by using index cards in which students write the word, its meaning, and draw a picture.   They can also write a synonym, antonym, and even write a sentence using that word.  This website allows students to either create their own set of flash cards or use sets already available on the website. There are already thousands of existing sets of vocabulary words for every possible subject at a variety of grade levels.  In exploring the website, my student and I also discovered that there were many bilingual vocabulary cards in which students would be able to view words in their own language along with English.

Here's an example of a set of EAL oriented words.  These are rooms and chores around the house. Students can read through the words, listen to them using the audio tool, and then proceed to practice using the quizzes or games available.

Another possibility for the program is to have students create their own vocabulary sets along with definitions and photos.  For example, provide students with the word list and it's up to them to create the index cards with definitions and photos.  You can add more required information as mentioned such as synonyms, antonyms, or writing a sentence using the word.

As you can probably tell, I was very excited about this website.  I see tons of potential and am excited to use it in my next Science unit on biomes, food chains, and sustainability.