Unit Plan

Down on the Farm: English Language Development Lessons (Theme 8)

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Down on the Farm is the theme of this series of ESL lessons designed to support reading, speaking, and listening skills. Over three weeks, your learners will have the opportunity to sing songs, play guessing games, create masks, role play a visit to the farmer's market, and take part in grand conversations about farming while working toward proficiency in phonemic awareness, reading comprehension, concepts of print, and reading high-frequency words. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • After discussing what makes the Half-Chicken special, invite your scholars to share what they think makes them or their classmates special
  • Take a field trip to the local farmer's market or bring in and sample fruits and vegetables that can be found there 
  • Grow a favorite fruit or vegetable in class. Observe the growing process and chart their findings in a class journal 
Classroom Considerations
  • This unit was created to work alongside Houghton Mifflin curriculum; however, it can be implemented independently or adjoining another curriculum 
  • Craft supplies and copies are required
  • Sample responses are provided for multi-leveled language proficiencies
  • Common challenges with tips for extra support are noted for Spanish and Vietnamese speakers
  • Teacher instructions are thoroughly and well written, allowing for quick and easy implementation
  • Literature and social studies link is not included, making certain activities challenging to complete unless supported by outside resources of a similar topic