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Purpose: to practice vocabulary while following directions

Prep Time: 2 to 20 minutes

Materials: a set of vocabulary cards, picture cards or objects that are related to today’s lesson

Prep: obtain the materials

Purpose: to ask students to apply ideas they are learning while using creativity and improving map reading skills

Prep Time: 5 to 25 minutes, depending on whether you need to create your own template

Materials: floor plan or map template and a projector

Prep: if necessary, design a template that fits well with the lesson topic or use the one provided below; make copies of the floor plan or map template

Procedure:

Purpose: to use grammar or vocabulary in sentences

Prep Time: 2 to 5 minutes

Materials: a board, pens and paper

Prep: Decide on a topic for the sentences that the students will write or say. The topic is quite flexible and can be almost anything related to the lesson. For example: childhood memories, winter weather preparation, qualities of an apartment, or personal finance advice.

Procedure:

table and chairs

Purpose: to practice describing vocabulary words

Prep Time: 5 to 10 minutes

Materials: a set of word cards with vocabulary to review

Prep: create the set of word cards and place a chair in the front of the room, facing the class

Procedure:

1.      Divide the class in to two teams.

2.      A student from team A sits in the chair in the front of the room and chooses a word card.

Purpose:  to improve the ability to sound out new words by identifying sound patterns

Preparation time: 10-15 minutes

Materials needed:  copies of Rhyming Practice Worksheet (see attached)

A big thank you to Sheri Lear at Open Door Learning Center- Lake Street for sharing this teaching idea!

3 women discussing

Source: http://www.teachingchannel.org

Purpose: to use verbal and nonverbal communication signals to acknowledge and affirm others and their contributions

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Purpose: to use the learning strategy of predicting and storytelling in order to increase reading comprehension

Making predictions before reading is an important transitions skill. For more information about this skill please see the Transitions Integration Framework, page 14.

Source: Based on an activity in Zero Prep by Laurel Pollard and Natalie Hess

Man thinking

Purpose: to increase listening comprehension by making inferences and giving evidence to support answers to questions about a text. 

Making inferences is an important transitions skill. For more information about this skill please see the Transitions Integration Framework, page 15.

Prep Time: 5 to 10 minutes

goals

Purpose: to use self-management skills to identify obstacles to good attendance and set realistic attendance goals

Self-management is an important transitions skill that includes goal setting. For more information about this skill, please refer to the Transitions Integration Framework, page 50.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Materials: Obstacles to Good Attendance and Attendance Goals handout (see link below), last weeks’ attendance records, and a projector

Students come to Adult Basic Education (ABE) programs to improve their lives. Often an ABE class is a step towards a long term goal such as getting a certificate or degree, obtaining employment or getting a raise. Students with these types of goals wish to transition from ABE to post-secondary education or employment. 

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