Saturday, January 21, 2012


Oral Language Development:

I thought I would post some activities that our students have done in Spanish and English oral language development. My dual-language partner and I have our homeroom class (L1) for 2 hours in the morning, this is the time when we do our ELA in their home language. Then we have 30 minutes of "Oral Language Development" which was built into our schedule for our mixed groups. We switch classes at 10:00 where we have a BLUE & RED group. They alternate every other day between the two of us. 

Each group is mixed with English and Spanish speakers and we spend the rest of our day mixed groups with both of us teaching Math. I teach Science (English) and my partner teachers Social Studies (Spanish). So those subjects are taught in that language only. I do expose both groups to Social Studies (English) during "Oral Language" development because the group I have for 3 days that week do a read aloud and a writing craftivity. I usually plan lessons according to what my 1st grade team is doing in Social Studies. 

Vocabulary is KEY so I really do try to incorporate as much as I can during this time. The group I have 2x that week do what we call "Bilingual Buddy Centers" we pair the students with a buddy (1-English & 1-Spanish pair) that way there is support provided and students get the opportunity to be the "EXPERT" when they are in their native language of the day. I am ESL Certified, but I do have the privilege of speaking, reading and writing some Spanish...I believe it helps with communication with my students and their parents. So, I really have "40 students" each year, that I have the privilege to have a part in their educational journey. I just LOVE our dual group! 

Here is a walk through last semester's activities that we have done in our "Oral Language Block". These are products from both groups mixed. If anything I post was your original idea please let me know & I will surely give you the credit you deserve!

Apple Unit: 
I could kick myself now...we had some great craftivities for this unit BUT I didn't get pictures. I thought about getting a blog together after I took my stuff down...my partner had her stuff up on her wall, so I happen to get a picture of what they did in her room. I change my displays VERY OFTEN! YES, I forget to take pictures.... but not NO MORE (:! This sequencing activity came from the FABULOUS Deanna Jump over at Mrs. Jump's Class blog...LOVE her! Her units are super fun.... you can purchase her Apples! Math and Literacy Activities here
This was done during Oral Language Development (Mixed Group) each pair created a Flow Map

English & Spanish pairs Flow Map writing
I can't remember where the original idea came from...but I do know this was PINTEREST inspired! This craftivity was created in Spanish Oral Language development. If this cute idea is yours PLEASE let me know!
Christopher Columbus Craftivity-L1(English) writing in L2 (Spanish)
L1-English writing in L2-Spanish
October Oral Language Activities:
We totally jumped on this cuuuute bottom portion of the little "Witch Skirt" that was blowing it up on PINTEREST during October. We decided to teach adjectives in oral language development and this was the perfect project for us to use. 

I borrowed the adjective idea from a DARLIN' lil’ blog over at Step into 2nd Grade with Mrs. Lemons.... another one of my FAVS!!! You should totally check her blog out if you haven't yet! My partner did this activity during oral language development. Check it out! 

Some cool happenings in DUAL...my homeroom writing in Spanish!
We are a "Thinking Map" school...Bubble Map (adjectives that describe a Witch-La Bruja!)
Our kiddos wrote a sentence in Spanish using adjectives about their witch
Spanish Bulletin Board Display


In my neck of the woods we loved the craftivity in Deanna Jump's Halloween Math and Literacy Activities. Super cool "Frankie Glyph" from her unit...she always has the cutest glyphs!

 I also BORROWED from another blog that I just HEART over at Kinderglynn . She has an ADORABLE “Bride of Frankenstein” glyph that I used with this activity. A MUST stalk blog!

We created a Bubble and Double Bubble Map describing and compare & contrasting Frankie and his bride. Great fun...they also decided, as a class that the name “Frankie” was not gender specific... so I went with it! HA! Made good sense to me...these cuties are SMARTIES I tell ya!

 Frankenstein Glyphs

L1-Spanish writing in L2 English (fill in adjectives)
Bride of Frankenstein (Frankie) L1-Spanish writing in L2-English
English Dual Project Wall
50th Day Celebration


God Bless that BEAUTIFUL woman over at that life changing blog "The First Grade Parade"! Geezzzz that girlie can CREATE! 


I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE.... did I mention I LOVE her 50th Day Mini Unit {Math & Literacy Activities}...GO and buy your copy! It's a MUST have! 


We were the only grade level that celebrated the 50th day of school! It was a big hit with our kiddos. I received so MANY complements from my colleagues about all the cute craftivities my Firsties made! So THANK YOU Cara!

We made root beer floats- I have the SWEETest parents ever!


We wrote a "How To" on making a root beer float

L1-Spanish writing in L2-English

Display outside my room...My Homeroom did the other writing activity in this awesome unit in ELA

Display inside my room :)

Homeroom writings...my FAVS!

Super CUUUTE!

They ALWAYS seem to keep me smiling!

FINALLY! Just some of my FAVS that we did before Christmas break...which seems so LONG ago. The snow globe art writing activity and the snow globe anchor chart belongs to 2 different sources that I HEART. 

Deanna Jump's unit Snowman Math and Literacy Fun is another MUST have get yours here! 


I borrowed the CUTE snow globe anchor chart from Abby over at another life changing blog The Inspired Apple.... a MUST check out RoCkIn' BLOG! Here is another FABULOUS woman with a GIFT to create! 


I'm pretty sure the "Christmas Tree" measurement was something I saw on Pinterest. My sweeties LOVED it! Not sure where exactly it came from because there were so many floating around. Just let me know if it was your brainchild so I can give you the credit you deserve! Thanks for all your wonderful ideas ladies! You ROCK!!

Tree Map -Shapes


Christmas Tree Measurement

Snow Globe Anchor Chart-After we read "The Snow Globe Family"




Art Writing Activity by Deanna Jump


I PROMISE my post will NEVER be this long AGAIN!!! Geezzzzz...it took me forever...please let me know if anything on here was your original idea! I am all about giving credit when credit is due!






6 comments:

Candis said...

Love all of these oral language ideas! Your firsties are doing amazingly well! That oral language is so important and can get easily pushed aside. Love that you have not only made it a priority but made it fun!
www.iteachduallanguage.blogspot.com

~Jessica Hubble~ said...

Thank you for stopping by :)

Kimberly said...

Wow! An amazing post with so many great ideas! I'm in love with the witchy legs. :) I'm a new follower. Looking forward to checking out your blog.
Kimberly
Funky First Grade Fun

Mrs. Cupcake said...

Girl, you have great stuff!! Glad you visited me, so I could find you :)

A Cupcake for the Teacher

travelingteacher said...

Wow! Love all the pictures!

I'm your newest follower!

Keep up the with photos......can't wait to learn more about your dual program.

Kelli
www.talesfromatravelingteacher.blogspot.com

Primary Junction said...

Wow! Thanks for sharing your kiddo's adorable work. I love your Rock Star Wall of Fame! The stars are so cute. I loved reading about your dual language program. Such a fabulous way of teaching. Thanks for visiting my blog. Looking forward to your future posts!

Kayla
Primary Junction