These descriptors are designed to help classroom teachers understand what students at different levels of English proficiency should be able to do in a regular content area classroom. The tasks are separated into four domains: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. The descriptors can help you look at an activity you plan to do with your English-speaking students, then scale it back for ELL students so that they are still interacting with the academic content, just at a simplified level.
Storybooks Canada is designed specifically for teachers, parents, and community members. It makes 40 stories from the African Storybook available with text and audio in English and French, as well as the most widely spoken immigrant and refugee languages of Canada. We also celebrate Indigenous stories in Indigenous languages. Share and enjoy!
Another site suggested by Annie at CKES where a number of lessons have been shared. It is necessary to sign up, but lessons are free.
Rewordify is a free online software that can simply English texts. As seen above, you can enter text and Rewordify will change the challenging words to make it easier for language learners. Thank you to Annie at CKES for sharing.
A long list of ideas to implementing games in the ELL classroom. Larry Ferlazzo's site is full of information and worth checking out.
How can a wordless book build a child’s vocabulary? Research led by professors Sandra Gilliam, Ph. D. and Lisa Boyce, Ph. D. from the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services at Utah State University showed that mothers used more complex language when sharing a wordless book with their children than they did when they made comments while reading a book with words. (Utah State University Study Shows Parents Are More Engaged With Their Children When Reading Books Without Text June 07, 2011, http://www.Businesswire.com retrieved June 15, 2012)
Sharing wordless books is a terrific way to build important literacy skills, including listening skills, vocabulary, comprehension and an increased awareness of how stories are structured.