One of my teacher colleagues asked me to be a guest reader at the ESOL summer camp where she is teaching. I jumped at the chance. One, I love to read books to children and two, I would get to see some of our ESOL (or ELL-English Language Learner) students.
Their theme was underwater things, so that opened up all sorts of possibilities. I had to plan for two groups, K-Grade 2 and Gr. 3-5. So many books to choose from!
I am rarely in any photos as I’m usually the one taking them!
A House for Hermit Crab and More
I settled on A House for Hermit Crab for both groups and filled in a couple extra books depending on the age group. I designed an activity for the K-Gr. 2 group to go along with the theme in Eric Carle’s book about the hermit crab. His house is too plain.
Showing my example of my decorated shell.
So after reading the book, I asked the children to decorate their shell with things they liked or however they wanted to make it less plain and boring. I drew a shell resembling Hermit Crab’s and made copies for everyone. I also asked them to add themselves inside the shell.
I also read, Somewhere in the Ocean by Jennifer Ward and T. J. Marsh. I love Kenneth J. Spengler’s illustrations (as did the children) and it was good for this age group because of the rhyming words.
Shark Lady and Plankton is Pushy-Grades 3-5
I wanted to hook this older group right away so I started with Jonathan Fenske’s Plankton is Pushy. I thought they would enjoy the humor and they did!
I followed up with Jess Keating’s biography of Eugenie Clark, Shark Lady. This short, but engaging story of Clark’s passion for sharks was just right for this age group and setting.
I ended with A House for Hermit Crab, which was also a hit. I had planned to have them build a house with LEGOS, but time did not permit.
I am definitely going to use these books and activities in the upcoming school year.