STEM

STEM in an ELL Classroom

I would like to know how I would be able to implement more STEM activities in a way that will make science for ELL's more engaging and for them to be able to understand the content better regardless of the language barrier. 

Jennifer Rodriguez
Jennifer Rodriguez
270 Activity Points

Hi Jennifer,

Great question! The Learning Center has a large amount of articles and other items to help teaching science in an ELL setting. To locate them, I went to "Explore All Resources" and typed "ELL" into the search bar (see link below):

http://common.nsta.org/search/?action=browse&text=ELL

From here, you can filter by the grade level you are looking for, or by the specific resource type that best fits what you need!

Also, if you would like, please let me know what grade level you are teaching and I can create a list of specific resources for you!

-Megan

Megan Doty
Megan Doty
6832 Activity Points

The great thing about science is that it can be easily incorporated regardless of language. I taught in a bilingual kindergarten class and was able to do a lot of hands on experiments with my students. Which grade do you teach? Are there a variety if different languages in your classroom? I have a few lesson from my bilingual days that my district put together in Science. They have a huge science department. If you let me know your grade level I can share them with you. (They are all in English.)

Brenda Velasco
Brenda Velasco
2010 Activity Points

I was just schleduled a class of students where the percentage of EL is at 85% in 6th grade. Would it be too lower level if I utilized materials that had more diagrams and simple pictures in them like foldables all the time? And if so, what would be the best way to assess the outcome of their understanding?

Shontell Davis
Shontell Davis
400 Activity Points

Hi Shontell,

Thanks for your questions! I've found some articles that may be of help - I'll post them here. Let me know what you think!

This article strategies to assist ELL students, and give some assessment ideas at the end:
http://common.nsta.org/resource/?id=10.2505/4/sc06_043_04_22

This article explains a lesson on pendulums, which may give some strategies you can use with your students for other topics as well:
http://common.nsta.org/resource/default.aspx?id=10.2505%2f4%2fss16_039_08_10

Can anyone else add some strategies or ideas for Shontell?
-Megan

Megan Doty
Megan Doty
6832 Activity Points

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