ELL - Capitol Hill

Helen.Koster@burnabyschools.ca

The Elves and the Shoemaker

Below is a fairy tale your child may enjoy listening to this week. Please see the guidelines in the post dated April 28.

You can find them by clicking on Div 17-18K in the categories section on the right hand side of this page to read those instructions.

The picture prompts for before and after viewing ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker’ are attached.  click here: The Elves and the Shoemaker.

 

Enjoy this language activity.

Readworks assignments for the week June 15 – 19

This will be the last Readworks assignment for this school year. Keep reading in the holidays.

When you log on as a student www.readworks.org and enter your class code and password you will see one new assignment posted for this week. It will have the following title for your division.

Purpose of Article a Day

Words are where humans store knowledge. Students will build their knowledge by reading these articles. They will also increase their vocabulary, improve their reading stamina, and enjoy reading every day as they discover fascinating facts about their world.

Note: Challenging Articles are for students who enjoy higher level reading.

 

Division 11 and 12

Article a Day – Different Kinds of Mammals

Grade 2 – Read and/or listen to 2 articles and write 1 or 2 good sentences about the interesting facts that you learned in each article. Write your own sentences. You can use invented spelling. Of course, you can always do more reading and/or writing.

Grade 3 – Read and/or listen to 2 articles and write 2 good sentences about the interesting facts that you learned in each article. Write your own sentences. You can use invented spelling. Of course, you can always do more reading and/or writing.

 

Division 13

Article a Day – Transportation

Group 7 – Read and/or listen to 2 articles and write 1 or 2 good sentences about the interesting facts that you learned in each article. Write your own sentences. You can use invented spelling. Of course, you can always do more reading and/or writing.

Article a Day – Different Kinds of Mammals

Group 10 – Read and/or listen to 2 articles and write 2 good sentences about the interesting facts that you learned in each article. Write your own sentences. You can use invented spelling. Of course, you can always challenge yourself to do more reading and/or writing, e.g. You could write a paragraph.

 

Division 14 and 15

Article a Day – Transportation OR  Different Kinds of Mammals

Grade 1 – Read and/or listen to 1 article and write one good sentence about an interesting fact that you learned. If you can write your own sentence that would be great. You can use invented spelling. If sentence writing is a challenge then you can copy a fact from the text or copy some new words you have learned. Of course, you can always do more reading and/or writing.

Grade 2 – Read and/or listen to 2 articles and write 1 or 2 good sentences about the interesting facts that you learned in each article. Write your own sentences. You can use invented spelling. Of course, you can always do more reading and/or writing.

 

Division 16 

Transportation

Grade 1 – Read and/or listen to 1 article and write one good sentence about an interesting fact that you learned. If you can write your own sentence that would be great. You can use invented spelling. If sentence writing is a challenge then you can copy a fact from the text or copy some new words you have learned. Of course, you can always do more reading and/or writing.

 

 

 

 

 

Readworks

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As part of the ELL distance learning support I will be using the online platform ReadWorks, (www.readworks.org). ReadWorks is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving students’ reading comprehension. ReadWorks provides my groups with high quality and engaging nonfiction and literary texts, question sets, vocabulary practice, and other supports through their platform.

Here’s how it works:  

I have set up an account for all my groups and will be inviting your child to join the class using a unique group code. This is not intended to replace the classroom literacy program, but to supplement it, as time allows.

  • For my groups, your child will only have access to ReadWorks through the account that is linked to my class account. Your child will not have a separate, personal account on ReadWorks. quick_start_guide.roster
  • I will provide your child with assignments through ReadWorks. Assignments will include reading nonfiction and literary articles, learning vocabulary, answering multiple choice and written response questions, and engaging with other Readworks content and curriculum as assigned by me.
  • Your child and I will be able to view his or her assignments and results.
  • Your child is expected to act responsibly and honestly when using ReadWorks, engaging with ReadWorks content, and completing assignments on the ReadWorks website

ReadWorks wants you to know that they are as committed to your child’s privacy and online safety as they are to your child’s reading achievement. ReadWorks is dedicated to providing a safe and secure online experience. For more information, please see ReadWorks’ privacy policy at www.readworks.org/privacy.

The goals of the program are developing reading comprehension through:

  • Growth in background knowledge and vocabulary
  • Effective and engaged reading practice

There are 3 parts to the reading program.

  • Article-A-Day
  • The student library
  • Reading passages and questions

Article a Day builds vocabulary and background knowledge. This is a 10-minute Article-A-Day routine.

Step 1: Set the purpose for reading (at the top of the page)

Step 2: Students read or listen to an article

Step 3: Students complete their “Book of Knowledge”

Step 4: Students share knowledge with the teacher.

*In just 10 minutes a day it has been shown that 3rd graders for example read an additional 49 500 words in a school year.

The Student Library

A place for independent reading

There are 1000s of passages on topics from science to history to art

No assessments are involved—just reading for the joy of learning.

Reading Passages and Text-Dependent Questions

This section will develop reading skills. There are thousands of nonfiction and fiction reading passages at levels appropriate for Kindergarten through 12th grade. Your children can dig into the texts I assign with the help of high-quality question sets! I can directly track and assess their reading development from their responses that they submit to me. Also, I can try to find reading material that will relate to their classroom learning.

On the website about.readworks.org/parents_remote  there are many more resources created specifically to support parents and others educating children at home.   

On this website you can find

  • Live and on-demand webinars
  • Tips and Ideas
  • Videos

I am looking forward to using ReadWorks .

Welcome

To the parents/guardians of my ELL students

By way of introduction, my name is Helen Koster and I am one of your child’s ELL support teachers at Capitol Hill Elementary School.  This is my ninth year at Capitol Hill and so I have met many of you. I want you to know that I will continue to work with your child during these very different learning circumstances. Having experienced immigration three times in my lifetime, I do understand the some of the challenges of arriving and living in a different country/culture where another language is spoken, Also, I know how hard it is to not have extended family to support you during this time. Further, I have had the experience of home schooling 3 of my 4 children during the 8 years we lived in Indonesia. I know how difficult it is to be mom and teacher, even when you are supervising another teacher’s program. However, we did not have to endure social distancing as well. So, I can only begin to imagine the stresses and strains you may be currently experiencing. I want you to know that I am here to support your child with English language skills and academic learning in English as best I can. However, my technology learning curve is steep so it may be through emails and attachments to start with.

During this school year I have been working with 82 of the 120 ELL students. Some students I work with for 45 minutes per week and some students I work with for 3 or 4 blocks of 45 minutes per week. The time varies according to the language skills and needs of each student. Therefore, my current role is to focus my support on the newcomers, beginners and developing ELL students in terms of English Language Acquisition. I will also support the other ELL students who need help or guidance to complete the classroom teacher’s assignments. These students are usually able to access the classroom curriculum and can speak and understand everyday English but need support with academic reading and writing. I am communicating and collaborating with classroom teachers on an ongoing basis, but please reach out to me by email helen.koster@burnabyschools.ca. You can click the translate button for translation.

My best wishes to you

Helen

Arabic – يمكنك النقر فوق زر الترجمة للترجمة.

Cantonese – 你可以单击翻譯按鈕進行翻譯。

Chinese – 您可以单击翻译按钮进行翻译。

Serbian – Možete da kliknete na dugme “Prevedi” za prevođenje.

Korean – 번역을 위해 번역 버튼을 클릭할 수 있습니다.

Spanish – Puede hacer clic en el botón de traducción para la traducción.

Persian – شما می توانید با کلیک بر روی ترجمه دکمه برای ترجمه.

Filipino – Maaari mong i-click ang isalin button para sa pagsasalin.

Hindi – आप अनुवाद के लिए अनुवाद बटन पर क्लिक कर सकते हैं।

Punjabi – ਤੁਸੀਂ ਅਨੁਵਾਦ ਲਈ ਅਨੁਵਾਦ ਬਟਨ ‘ਤੇ ਕਲਿੱਕ ਕਰ ਸਕਦੇ ਹੋ।

Kannada – ಭಾಷಾಂತರಕ್ಕೆ ಭಾಷಾಂತರ ಬಟನ್ ಕ್ಲಿಕ್ ಮಾಡಬಹುದು.

Gujarati – તમે ભાષાંતર માટે અનુવાદ બટન પર ક્લિક કરી શકો છો.

Ukrainian – Ви можете натиснути кнопку перекласти на переклад.

Bulgarian – Можете да щракнете върху бутона за превод за превод.

Japanese – 翻訳ボタンをクリックすると翻訳ができます。