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Purpose:  A simple kinesthetic way to help learners count syllables and practice word stress  

Preparation Time:  none

Materials Needed:  a list of weekly vocabulary words

Procedure:

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Wondering how to get started with phonics instruction? The Orton-Gillingham Approach to phonics instruction is a multisensory method that incorporates listening, speaking, images, writing and movement into basic phonics instruction. This approach was originally developed to support dyslexic students improve their reading ability, but it has also proved to be successful with adult ESL learners who are learning to read and write for the first time as adults.

What is your name? Audrey Dombro

Where do you volunteer? I work as a community outreach intern [at the Minnesota Literacy Council] and I volunteer at Cedar Riverside Adult Education Collaborative.

What is your volunteer role? Classroom assistant in a low-level literacy class.

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Purpose:  An important reading skill that fluent readers possess is the ability to make predictions about the text. Predictions may be based on prior knowledge and experience around the topic, information from the unit content or established learning structure, or clues from the text itself, such as the title, subtitles, graphics, and/or highlighted key words.

Preparation Time:  10 minutes

Materials Needed:  A reading text with 3 pictures or objects which are connected to the text

Procedure:

What is your name? Annie Schoonover

Where do you volunteer? The Minnesota Literacy Council main office and the Beginning ESL class at the Harmony Learning Center in Maplewood.

What is your volunteer role? I am a Community Outreach Intern for the Minnesota Literacy Council, as well as a one-on-one classroom tutor at Harmony.

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Purpose:  K-W-L is an instructional strategy that helps guide learners through a reading text. This activity helps to activate prior knowledge, sets a purpose for reading, and helps learners to monitor their reading comprehension.

Preparation Time:  5 minutes

Materials Needed:  copies of the K-W-L chart (attached below)

Procedure:

Purpose: To help students build fluency in recognizing mathematical equivalencies

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Materials needed: blank flashcards

Prep:

1.  Create pairs of flash cards that represent equivalencies at the math level your students are working at.

For example:

2 + 2                    4

100/4                  25

2(7 + 3 - 4)         12

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Purpose:  A fun and energetic game to practice counting coin amounts

Preparation Time:  10 minutes

Materials Needed:  sets of index cards with the words More, Less, and Same written on them (one word per card), a list of coin amounts

Procedure:

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The College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) were created by the U.S. Department of Education to align adult basic education and ESL instruction across the states. They also provide learners attending ABE and ESL classes with the academic and critical thinking skills to be able to be successful in careers or higher education once they leave those programs.

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For many teachers, finding an appropriate reading text for your adult ESL or GED class is a time-consuming endeavor, particularly if you are looking to align the text with the new College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS).  The following three articles from the ATLAS (ABE Teaching & Learning Advancement System) website provide a wide variety of resources where teachers can access free high-quality texts for GED, ESL, and lower-level learners. 

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