Focus Words on a Sticky


Tip: Focus Words on a Sticky

How do I do it?
As students write what they learned, on a post-it write 1-5 content vocabulary words you want individuals to use and stick the sticky on their desk where they can refer to it when they are writing. 

Variations & Extensions
Make the list based on words you would like students to incorporate into their writing, for example, key vocabulary that is new terminology students need to practice.  Differentiate instruction by writing sentence starters, key phrases, or troublesome words as a reference for students.  Direct students to use the sticky note for adding terms and vocabulary to their personal dictionaries.

Common Core ELA Language Standard 6
Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.

Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen
Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen


1 Comment


February 09, 2013

I’m also not familiar with ESL cuiclrurum, but I can certainly see how it would be difficult to balance the education of the ESL students and mainstream students while also making sure that each student is being given the opportunity to reach their highest potential. I do think that total immersion is necessary in assisting ESL students in learning the language and in becoming familiarized in social acts that are common in the mainstream culture (NOT necessarily assimilating into the mainstream culture, but just being aware of social acts that they may experience that would otherwise be alien to them). However, I do think that there are ways for teachers to highlight these students cultures while simultaneously educating the mainstream students about their peers culture. One way to do this perhaps is by incorporating nursery rhymes or fables from an ESL student’s culture into Reading. By doing this the teachers can introduce a new culture to mainstream students, make the ESL student comfortable in the classroom and feel important and special, and also targeting components that show up on standardized tests such as comprehension.

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