Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Learning a second language can be frustrating and difficult. As elementary age children are faced with this challenge they often find themselves disconnected from the learning and unable to relate to the concepts being taught. My project consists of a Science and Language Arts-based curriculum surrounding a life cycle and hands on gardening unit. English-Language Learners observed the stages of a beetle's life cycle: egg, larva (mealworm), pupa, and adult as well as grew their own garden of various flowers and vegetables, beginning with the first stage of a plant's life cycle, seed. Focusing on key English Language Arts standards and aligning with the English Language Development standards, students became engaged while learning and developing their English skills. Showing increased interest and progress through real-life experiences most can make some connection to, students worked on oral and written skills through prediction writing, logging observations with details, and developing paragraphs about information gathered. The goal was to engage English-Language Learners by providing real-life learning experiences to draw upon in their English-Language development.
Nelson, Dustin L., "Engaging English-language learners through hands-on experience" (2010). Capstone Projects and Master's Theses. 420.