This program is about houses and how people
build them, and how they become homes. It explores different types
of homes and how the environment effects what types of houses people
construct. It uses visuals, repetitive verses, poems, songs, and
hands-on projects to involve the students in building vocabulary and
exploring the reasons why people in different environments have
different needs. In this regard it touches on multiculturalism, and
creates an avenue where other aspects such as food and clothing can be
further explored at a later time. Students are required to use the
computer (Kid Pix) to create their own "dream house."
students read, write, listen, and speak for information and
understanding, and interpret information represented in pictures,
illustrations, and simple charts and webs.
They use a picture dictionary as a resource for vocabulary, and match
spoken word to print by pointing to words in text on a chart when read
aloud. They also use computer software to support early reading
development and writing skills.
least one computer will be needed, along with Kid Pix (published by Broderbund)
and SuperPrint (published by Scholastic) software.
Various texts, such as The Big Orange Splot by Daniel Manus
Pinkwater and How A House Is Built by Gail Gibbons; other charts,
graphic organizers, and magnets are listed as well.
The students are in kindergarten and first
grade with limited English proficiency and limited computer and writing skills. They are grouped
according to the scores achieved on the LAB. Those who score under 24% receive double
periods of ESL on a daily basis.
This program will build self-confidence in
students with limited English proficiency by increasing their vocabulary, appreciation of literature, and
writing and computer skills. Improved motivation to
learn English is another outcome of this project. The activities
in Homes can be adapted for teaching vocabulary in any classroom setting.
for the teacher:
There are several books and poems listed in each lesson. You
may choose to use these materials, or substitute other appropriate texts
on the theme of homes.
About the teacher:
Margaret McQuade has been teaching since l970. She is a
graduate of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield,
Connecticut. She received her Masters in Elementary
Education from The College of Staten Island, and recently has received a
Masters in English As A Second Language from The College of New
Rochelle. She is presently teaching ESL to kindergarten and
first grade students at P.S. l0lK.
Grade Level: K-1