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Mrs. Dyk from Platte SD is requesting Reading Nooks, Desks & Storage through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Enhancing Academic Language Through Collaborative Conversations

Help me give my students the Carry All Teacher Caddy to organize all manipulatives needed to enhance collaborative conversations.

  • $373 goal

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My Students

My students enjoy the opportunity to go to school, love to read and are interested in learning about everything. They have a love for learning and for the heritage and culture they are growing up in. These EL learners come from homes where the primary language is German. The families at the colony are very supportive of education.

My multi-grade Hutterite students live in a colony setting and begin their early years of schooling not knowing the English language.

With the opportunities offered to them through collaboration, these students develop oral communication which increases their understanding of a second language and allows them to become more proficient.

What I love about my multi-aged students is the tremendous work ethic they have outside of the school day. This work ethic follows them into the school through daily activities. They begin their day learning German and continue the day learning the English language while attending school.

My Project

Utilizing the Teacher Caddy, all materials needed for a task will be placed in the middle of a circular table which creates a safe collaborative learning experience. Having all materials with-in a hands reach is ideal for students to be on task and to begin having conversation utilizing academic vocabulary without loosing classroom time to gather items needed. Time will be spent discussing.

Utilizing sentence starters will assist students in focusing and organizing their thoughts before they have the conversation.

EL learners grow in vocabulary when they have good modeling and repetition through collaborative conversations. Examples of sentence starters include: "I agree because", "I disagree because", "I Wonder" "I notice" and "Could you tell me more" Students will also pick up on correct English grammar and sentence structures to use in the future when sentence starters are used.

The timers will be used to keep students focused while working in collaborative tasks. Tasks will be focued around all content areas. Each student will have a role, one-being time keeper.

The large clear containers will be used to store the manipulatives with the small containers used to give each student their own manipulative to solve problems. The manipulatives will be used to drive the academic discussion.

Mrs. Dyk
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
LL169 CarryAll Teachers Caddy • Lakeshore Learning Materials $24.99 6 $149.94
HH828 Childrens Timer Set of 6 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $39.99 1 $39.99
PP228 HeavyDuty Supply Cups Set of 4 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $7.99 4 $31.96
LC91 Lakeshore ClearView Storage Box • Lakeshore Learning Materials $6.99 4 $27.96
LC93 Lid for Lakeshore ClearView Storage Box • Lakeshore Learning Materials $2.99 4 $11.96
NF9765 Rainbow Sentence Strips • Lakeshore Learning Materials $5.99 1 $5.99

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