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Purpose: to practice vocabulary or grammar using a model sentence Prep Time: five minutes Materials:a ball or small stuffed animal Prep: Obtain a ball or stuffed animal for students to toss. Choose the model sentence(s) that the students will say during the activiy. Procedure:

Purpose:  to review vocabulary and practice asking and answering questions

Prep time:  10-15 minutes

Materials:  sets of index cards, each with a question and answer (see attached handout for examples)

Prep:  You’ll need an even number of people to do this activity.  Each person needs one card, so prepare the cards accordingly.

Procedure:

(Many thanks to Jennifer Boe Mesojedec, teacher, for sharing these templates and activity ideas.)

These activities are intended to be used by students working with a volunteer or teacher.  Teachers or tutors need to model the activity first and observe to insure that students understand how to proceed.

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These activities are intended to be used by students working with a volunteer or teacher. Teachers or tutors need to model the activity first and observe to insure that students understand how to proceed.

Purpose:  

  • gives students practice with reading comprehension and using prior knowledge to make sense of a text
  • helps with vocabulary development
  • provides opportunities for one-to-one interaction and cooperative learning.

Prep time: 10-15 minutes once story has been selected; longer if you need to type up the story

Purpose:  Students practice asking others for help, as well as responding to requests for help, as they fill in appointment calendars.

Prep time:  5-10 minutes

Materials:  copies of the appointment calendar, white board, marker, pens, pencils

Prep:  Before class, make a copy of the appointment calendar for each student. 

Procedure:

Purpose:  To help students review and assess their own learning and provide feedback to the instructor

Prep time:  5 minutes to make copies

Materials:  copies of entrance or exit tickets, one per student

Purpose: Encouraging learners to speak English at all times can be challenging.  Here are some ways to encourage the use of English during class.

1. Ask students to raise their hands to show who in the class speaks Somali, Hmong, Oromo, Spanish, etc.  Help students understand that talking to each other in English helps them understand people they will encounter outside the classroom, too. 

Purpose:  To help learners become familiar with the state of Minnesota and to work on map-reading skills.

Prep time:  variable

Materials:  Each student or small group of students will need a fairly current highway map of Minnesota; other examples of maps might also be useful, e.g. city or neighborhood maps to show; a U.S. map is also required

Purpose: This writing activity gives learners a built-in audience and a way to share personal experiences through writing.  It can be a fluency activity, so you won’t focus on grammar, syntax or spelling, and instead focus on meaning.  Or it can be an accuracy activity, with a focus on the past tense or other forms.

Preparation Time: 5 minutes to assemble materials, assuming you have everything on

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