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Meaningful Activities for Open House

If you’re anything like me, you get stressed out when Open House starts lurking around the corner. The projects, the cleaning, the ANTICIPATION! This year was extra stressful for my team and me because Open House fell right smack dab in the middle of our grade level’s statewide testing. Call me crazy, but I would rather focus on teaching standards and getting my students prepared for testing than work on a shoebox diorama for Open House. With that said, this year’s Open House got me thinking. How can I take what we’re learning in our classroom and actually make it meaningful and purposeful for Open House? I wanted to get rid of the fluff and add in some more purpose. With the help of my awesome administrators, we came up with some great Open House ideas that definitely WOWed our students and parents.

Speaking and Listening Activities

The English Language Arts/English Language Development Framework in California call for Designated ELD instructional time. It's a protected time in the school day where teachers use the California ELD standards to teach critical English language skills. The state of California has left it up to districts to determine the amount of time for this designated block. My district has chosen for our schools to have 30 minutes of designated ELD instruction. Our English Learners go to a different classroom (from their homeroom) for ELD instruction at their level. English Only students stay in their homeroom classroom and teachers teach lessons using Speaking and Listening standards. If you're not teaching ELD during this designated time, it is your obligation to teach the Speaking and Listening standards to the EO students.

This year my EL students go to another classroom to receive designated instruction with the ELD standards at their level, so my EO students stay with me. I have come up with different ideas to incorporate the Speaking and Listening standards during our 30 minutes of Speaking and Listening instruction, to make the most out of the standards and the 30-minute block.

Classroom Management via Oriental Trading

I was looking for some more supplies to help me with my classroom management now that we're in this midyear crunch. Oriental Trading was there to help me out with my plans.

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