Thursday, March 5, 2015

ELL Strategy: Sentence Builders

This quick ELL strategy is effective at helping students use academic language in context while reinforcing their understanding of content concepts. This strategy assists students in linking related content words to construct sentences that are complete and correct content-wise.

How to:
1. Write 4-9 content-related words on sticky notes and create a grid (2X2 for four words; 3X3 for nine words)
2. Have students work in pairs to select three words across, down, or diagonally and construct a sentence.
3. Remind students to check that the sentence is complete, the information is factually correct, and if writing, have used conventions correctly.

See the examples below:

I would love to hear how you use this in your classroom!

1 comment:

  1. I can see this activity working well for all my students when learning about relationships between several terms. I know some teachers love concept maps, but I find this would work even better. it is a great idea to have them write relationships in sentences.