Being a dual language classroom, only about an hour a day is in English in the classroom. Most of the year we focused on extending the previous content unit studied in Spanish. We took a break from that to do an author study and even the normally quiet students became active participants. All four language domains were being used and their language took off. I started by spending a few days on a book, but quickly ditched that idea and went to a new book a day when possible. I did this so we could get through more books (think of all the new language!) and to keep their interest since they could not get enough of Froggy.
Some days we focused more on oral activities like sharing a prediction, retelling the story, sharing our favorite part or a talking about text connections (text-to-text and text-to-self). Other days I read a new story and they did a quick partner share before writing on some of the worksheets I made to go along with their books. I do not teach writing in English, so keep that in mind when you read their examples. :)
|Worksheet to go along with Froggy Bakes a Cake|
|Worksheet for favorite Froggy book - Their reasons were so funny!|