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a hand tossing a yellow tennis ball

Purpose:  This activity focuses on phoneme isolation and helps learners to become more confident at “sounding out” words when they are writing.

Preparation Time:  None

Materials Needed:  A soft ball, list of vocabulary words

Procedure:

Kris Trelles has been volunteering at Centro Guadalupano in Minneapolis since she retired from her job teaching ESL in Minneapolis Public Schools. She started at Centro four years ago to fulfill the requirements of an Adult Basic Education teaching licensure program and has been volunteering there ever since. She decided to continue volunteering at Centro, rather than to take a paid position in a larger classroom, she says, because she likes the smaller classes and the informal and friendly structure.

crystal ball on a yellow background with the word predict in the middle

Purpose:  Fluent readers naturally make predictions about a text before reading. This activity guides learners through the process of making predictions prior to reading a text, and also helps learners to activate prior knowledge about the topic.

Preparation Time:  5 minutes

Materials Needed:  A reading text with 3 sentences from different parts of the text selected

Procedure:

hands in work gloves holding a trowel and building a brick wall

Purpose:  Saying final consonants and particularly final consonant clusters can be very difficult for learners who are not used to words ending in consonants. Oftentimes those learners struggle to hear the consonants because they are not familiar with those sound patterns. Starting with the sounds at the end of the word can make it much easier for learners to produce final consonants as they build onto them.

Preparation Time:  none

Materials Needed:  Vocabulary words from weekly unit

Procedure:

“I enjoy life.” That’s the philosophy of this month’s Literacy Leader, Grant Stabenow.

 

collage of multi-colored speech bubbles

Purpose:  To help learners build their familiarity with basic parts of speech and improve their writing skills.

Preparation Time:  5 minutes                    

Materials Needed:  Pictures from magazines or printed off from the computer. The pictures should be in color, and have multiple actions happening in them.

Procedure:

Small group pull-outs and one-to-one tutoring can make a world of difference for ESL learners, but preparing the activities and materials for these tutoring sessions can be time-consuming for teachers and volunteers. The new ESL Pull-Out Kits are designed to make preparation for tutoring sessions easier by providing volunteers with complete activity instructions and materials for small-group and one-on-one instruction. The kits also provide structured support for volunteers which helps to develop their confidence, build independence and strengthen their teaching skills.

Free Online PD Courses from IDEAL Consortium 

By Jen Vanek, Director

 

If you missed last month's Nonprofit Communications and Technology Conference have no fear, the session resources  and handouts have been posted on their website. While a great number of learning centers out there are K-12 based rather than a nonprofit, there were a large number of topics which can be utilized by anyone in education including:

Computer Network Management for Accidental Techies

Facebook Live for Nonprofits

The Minnesota Humanities Center is excited to offer resources that have been developed and created in partnership with community organizations from across the state. These resources have been carefully curated to help educators increase classroom engagement through the amplification of Absent Narratives. The Absent Narratives Resource Collection is a free, searchable database of over 1,000 resources, including ready-to-use videos, teacher guides, and readings.

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