Reading A-Z or RAZ- Plus is a resource a lot of schools offer but it can be overwhelming to navigate! There are so many great books, activities, and lessons that it is hard to pick what will work best for our ELL students. I have explored it for the past few years and am here to tell you what works for me!
I have a subscription to RAZ- Plus ELL edition. When I enter it, I go under ELL Leveled Reader Packs and see what topic I want my book to be about.
My favorite feature of the ELL Leveled Readers is the vocabulary folder and the vocabulary cards. I print these out and the students use them throughout the week to study with and to play games with. As you can see, they are under day 1. I use the attached lesson plans or graphic organizers sometimes, but even if I do not use them, I glance at them to see what skills could be taught using these books!
Here are some ideas of how I actually use these in my room with the unit I am working on with my newcomers now.
- Students take them home to study their vocabulary
- Students categorize them (as seen in picture below)
- Students use them as flash cards to quiz each other by showing the person the visual while covering the word
- Students form sentences using the words
- Students with higher language proficiency can connect two words together by saying ______ and ______ are connected because ________________.
These are just some ways I like to use these vocabulary cards! Let me know if you have any other ideas of how you would use them.
Thanks for reading,