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What is SIOP?

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SIOP (The Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol) is a model used to address the academic needs of English Language Learners.  However, the model is effective for all learners.  This SIOP model consists of eight components including lesson preparation, building background, comprehensible input, strategies, interaction, practice/application, lesson delivery, and review & assessment. Learn more about SIOP and the eight areas by clicking here. ... Read More »

ESL Family Nights

This spring, ESL Family Nights were held at all three elementary schools. At South, there were performances by students themselves in addition to a guest performance by University Christian High School. At North, parents and children participated in Easter activities with a global twist. At Shuford, spring-themed, language development games were played with the children while the parents had a ... Read More »

Feliz dia de los muertos

The ESL department at North Newton has been following the Global Theme by studying about North America.  For the month of October the students in K-2 read and discussed clothing, location, the people, and celebrations in Mexico.  Each Friday is a culture day where the student make something from the topics covered for the week.  The first week w as sombreros, ... Read More »

Pinwheels for Peace at Shuford Elementary

Pinwheels for Peace

International Peace Day was recognized in 1981 and first celebrated on September 21st of that year. As a way to come together collectively to celebrate this day, the Pinwheels for Peace Project started in 2005.  During the first year approximately 500,000 pinwheels were made by school children and other groups throughout the nation and world. By 2014, the number of ... Read More »

NCDPI and WIDA Provide Training on Differentiation for English Learners

The NC Department of Public Instruction in collaboration with WIDA is providing training on Differentiation for English Learners. Differentiation for English Learners PD March 12-13, 2015  (CLAYTON, NC) ELD Standards in Action: Differentiation Workshop English language learners need instruction that is differentiated for their diverse proficiency levels. Participants will collaborate on how to customize instruction for ELLs utilizing WIDA tools ... Read More »

Readers’ Theatre Sets the Stage for Learning at N-CMS!

Mrs. Albano’s English Language Learner (ELL) classes, in conjunction with the 6th grade ancient civilization study of Mesopotamia, presented two scripts this past week in front of sixth grade classes. Readers’ Theatre is an excellent means to incorporate reading, speaking, and listening into an instructional framework. When participating in Readers’ Theatre, students have an opportunity to develop scripts, perform in ... Read More »

ESL Night at Shuford Elementary: A Piece of Cake!

On Thursday, October 9th, Shuford Elementary School’s English as a Second Language (ESL) families were treated to cake and ice cream on the school’s patio at their annual ESL night. Students and families also met in Shuford’s media center as the Media Coordinator, Mrs. Hopper, introduced a former Newton-Conover Middle School student, Linda Santellan, as the guest reader for their bi-lingual ... Read More »

Analogies are Powerful!

Vocabulary Strategy – Using Analogies   Why use it? – Use of this strategy will help students to… Student categories of words to understand new vocabulary Connect words and ideas to background knowledge Recognize connections between words Comprehend abstract words and phrases of grade-level content Compare previously learned words by concept-based categories Exchange information about academic topics Understand cultural nuances ... Read More »

40 Ways to Read Like a Detective: Supporting Text-Centered Instruction

Are you looking for new ways to work with your students in reading? Check out the 40 Ways to Read Like a Detective. Reading like a detective is about text-centered instruction.  The Common Core State Standards supports this type of reading instruction throughout the three literacy shifts: *Complex text worthy of rereading–close sustained reading *Range and complexity *Reading closely to ... Read More »

ESL Saturday Academy and Tutoring

Beginning on April 5th, ESL students in grades 2-5 will have the opportunity to attend ESL Saturday Academy.  The students will attend the academy at North Newton Elementary School on April 5th,  April 12th, May 3rd, May 10th, and May 17th.  Each Saturday session will last from 9:00 am to 11:00 am.  The focus of the five sessions will be science and general ... Read More »