I teach a charismatic set of 4th graders from Hempstead, New York. My students come from America, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Honduras. There are 14 girls and 11 boys in my class. The one thing I must say is that they are most excited about learning new 4th grade standards. They know that at times new concepts can be a little more difficult than others but they are eager and up for the challenge. Since the first day, they have been asking lots of questions and trying to gain as much new knowledge as they can.
The class has looped for the last 2 years and have managed to get along with one another as well any new students that been placed in my class.
Watching them work together and share during group time is rewarding. When there is a problem they seem to jump in to try and help one another solve the problem. They are super honest and caring. I am so excited to work for this class because they genuinely seemed interested in learning.
Dictionaries and headsets are what my students need to learn new vocabulary words! These are just two of the basic tools that I am confident that will get the students on the path to understanding the many new terms that I plan on introducing to them this year. My goal is to create a useful ring of vocabulary terms with definitions, parts of speech and sentences. The student will use their rings as a reference throughout the year. The activity will be a daily routine to discover new words. We plan to discover them in literature, then research the meaning through dictionaries and then finally going online to listen to the correct pronunciation. I know this will help not only English Language Learners but also English speaking students will benefit from these tools.
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