Sheltered Instruction

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Micaela McCutcheon
SIOP Lesson Plan
EDU 321: Introduction to Serving English Language Learners
Allison Castro
February 28, 2011

Sheltered instruction is an approach to teaching English language learners by integrating language and content instruction by making mainstream grade level content such as science, social studies, and math more accessible (Echevarria & Graves, 2007, p 56). One of the main concepts of sheltered instruction is to center the lesson around the students, and provide them with various opportunities for learning reading comprehension and expanding upon their writing skills. The use of this method of instruction has become extremely popular due to the fact that it successfully addresses the many needs of English Language Learners while providing the necessary education in subject matter that is important for the student’s academic success. This is achieved through the use of language and context integration in an effort to make the information more comprehensible for the students (Echevarria & Graves, 2007, p 56). Educators who use the sheltered instructional method incorporate second language acquisition strategies with content area instruction to teach English language learners academic subject matter, including vocabulary, concepts, and skills. As teachers, we are required to develop lesson plans that an easily adapted to the needs of English Language Learners, while still maintaining academic quality by using features unique to sheltered education. This paper provides an example of a lesson plan for English Language Learners in a fifth grade mathematics class studying the components of a balanced meal. 

Lesson Plan for: 5th grade Mathematics class
Theme: The student how to relate math equations to real world applications. Topic: Practical applications of math equations through the use of school lunch in the cafeteria. Lesson Background: Student will have previously explored various math concepts including...
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