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The article that stood out to me was on vocabulary development for English Language Learners through a science unit. The authors say, "Through the inquiry-oriented, activity-based science lesson, new language emerges as students discuss the concept being studied." For a science unit or activity, figure out which words will be new to your students. Vocabulary can be difficult for all students, especially ELL students. Thinking about vocabulary instruction through the 5R Model could help.
Here's the basics from my understanding of the article:
Reveal- Some content vocabulary doesn't have a comparable everyday word. Reveal the word to your students.
Replace- Replace everyday words or descriptions with the new term.
Reposition- Teach students to use formal science talk rather than informal language through modeling.
Repeat- Throughout the lesson, repeat the term in context.
Reload- After the lesson, continue to use the new vocabulary term.
Source: Methods and Strategies: A Science Lesson or a Language Lesson?
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