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ESL Galaxy Lesson Plan

Instructor: Suzanne Rose

Suzanne has taught all levels PK-graduate school and has a PhD in Instructional Systems Design. She currently teachers literacy courses to preservice and inservice teachers.

Through activities in this lesson plan, your students will learn about objects found in our galaxy. With a focus on learning vocabulary and oral speech, students will participate in a variety of activities that encourage them to use the new vocabulary during interactions with peers.

Learning Objectives

As a result of this lesson, students will:

  • Identify vocabulary terms related to objects in the galaxy.
  • Use new vocabulary terms correctly when speaking and writing.
  • Identify images of objects in the galaxy.
  • Represent the vocabulary terms using images.

Length

45-60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

ELP 3.2

English Language Learners will participate in grade-appropriate oral and written exchanges of information, ideas, and analyses, responding to peer, audience, or reader comments and questions.

ELP 3.8

English Language Learners will determine the meaning of words and phrases in oral presentations and literary and informational text.

ELP 3.9

English language learners will create clear and coherent grade-appropriate speech and text.

Materials Needed

  • Projector or SMART Board
  • Vocabulary presentation with images and terms
  • Vocabulary handout (1 per student)
  • Roll of paper for a mural
  • Paint and paintbrushes for making the mural

Vocabulary

  • Constellation
  • Earth
  • Galaxy
  • Jupiter
  • Mars
  • Mercury
  • Meteor
  • Milky Way
  • Moon
  • Neptune
  • Orbit
  • Planet
  • Pluto
  • Saturn
  • Solar System
  • Star
  • Sun
  • Uranus
  • Venus

Instructions

  • Using a projector or SMART Board, show a presentation, such as a PowerPoint, that incorporates images, vocabulary terms, and definitions. Explain each term to the students.
  • Give each student a vocabulary handout, set up so that when the words are cut out, they make vocabulary review cards with the vocabulary term and definition on the front and the image on the back. Have the students cut up the handout into individual vocabulary cards.
  • Have the students practice the vocabulary by playing a game called, 'What's my word?'
    • Students arrange the vocabulary cards in front of them with the words showing.
    • One student holds up a card, showing the image, not the word.
    • The other students have to find the correct word that matches the image and hold it up.
    • Have all the students say the word and repeat the definition.
    • Repeat the process until all the words have been practiced and each student has had a turn to hold up one of the images.
  • When the students seem familiar with the vocabulary, move on to the activity.

Activity

  • Using a projector or SMART Board, show students images of the galaxy and solar system.
  • Use vocabulary terms when pointing out each individual item in the images.
  • Have students create a mural of the solar system, incorporating as many of the items represented by the vocabulary terms as they can.
  • When the mural is dry, use it for the follow-up activity.

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