Activity 1: KWL

This second part of the KWL chart asks you to write what you want know about the presented vocabulary and concepts  in the textbook chapter. For example:

  • Biology include anything that has life...plants, fungi and animals (we are animals)
  • Reproduction can occur one of two ways Asexual and Sexual (more details later)
  • To an extent, Darwin's theory has some merit but there are also flaws (more details later)
  • This is dependent on the animal (more details later) humans gestate for 36-40 weeks to fully develop but humans are also developing over ones life time

When students discuss what they learn it reenforces knowledge and understanding.

How does this activity helpful for ESOL/ESE students?

This task has students write information that they learned in our lesson.  This is where you see if students have learned the information during the lesson and this gives teacher a gauge of how much help a student know improve in knowledge.

Activity 2: Venn-Diagram 

The value of the Venn diagram is in the "doing" of it. They are for us simply a graphic organizer, in this case one whose purpose is to help structure the way students think about the similarities and differences between concepts. They work best when we have the students completing them, not when the teachers are doing it for them. Students are already able to compare things, because they do it all the time: they compare clothes, they compare movies and TV shows, they compare musical artists, they compare parents, they compare boyfriends and girlfriends. It's not that they lack the capacity to compare. What we want to do as teachers is to channel and support their thoughtful consideration of important similarities and differences.

How does this activity helpful for ESOL/ESE students?
This task gives students a visual way of looking at a concept so they are able break it down in a simpler manor.

Activity 3: Chapter Notes

To Complete a Chapter Outline you must work through the Reading Preview for each section in that chapter. The Reading Preview is found on the first page of each section of each chapter. There may be up to as many as four sections and four Reading Previews for each Chapter.

First you will need to answer all of the Essential Questions for each section, remember there is more than one section per chapter. You must write out the questions and answer them in complete sentences. Make sure to label each group of questions with Chapter, Section, and Question number. Every effort should be made to complete these with your group during class time. Each group member should have a similar answer to each question that is explained fully.

Once you have completed the Essential Questions you will need to Define 3 terms, in each Vocabulary Section of the reading previews. So if the Chapter has 3 sections you will have 9 definitions (2 sections = 6 definitions, 4 sections = 12 definitions). Make Sure to label each group of terms with a Chapter and Section number. Every effort should be made to complete these in class however if you don’t finish they must be completed that night for homework as they will be due the next day. If you do not have access to your book write down the terms you have yet to complete so you can define them using another resource.

A completed Chapter Outline will include “All of the” Essential Questions Labeled with complete answers and “All Required Vocabulary” defined and labeled for every section of that Chapter, which is 3 per section of your choice.

How does this activity helpful for ESOL/ESE students?

This helps students have a clear outline of information to study for their exam and activities.