Students need many opportunities to work hands-on with content and language to practice working with and applying the new knowledge and language. Research says working with hands-on materials can increase achievement and English acquisition. There is a lot of research that shows practice helps students master skills (Jensen, 2005; Marzano, Pickering, & Pollock, 2001).
There are so many flexible, free or affordable hands-on materials. Here are just a few ideas to get you started:
graphic organizers made of string
index cards w/words & images
individual science experiment materials
models with clay and objects for social science
costumes and props for drama/reenactments
playmobile, lego people and town
laminated text; text in plastic sleeves
signs students hold up to display concept recognition
games; game pieces (e.g. dice)
Get active and hands-on and watch engagement and learning soar!
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