Eeny, Meeny….educational tip day

I did this assignment with beginning ESL students who on the average were probably 15 years old, and, of course, they were in high school. We used a Big Book called Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Mouse, and the first objective was what I mentioned last week: For every student to read the book. A second task was for the students to create their own book while combining the rhyming of “Eeny, Meeny” with the classroom vocabulary words (as well as the verbs that went with them) we were studying too. The books were very Dr. Suess-type books, and the students really seemed to enjoy making them. Let me give you an excerpt from one of the books I saved. Remember, the real vocabulary words were for “items in the classroom”.

 “Eeny, meeny, miney, mesk, who is sitting in the desk?

Eeny, meeny, miney, mencil, who is sharpening the pencil?”

Have a great Monday, and a great week!

8 thoughts on “Eeny, Meeny….educational tip day

  1. That seems like a great idea. I am sure ESL students of all ages would enjoy this strategy. Big books are such a great tool and they are also super fun. Not only are the students learning how to read, they are also learning how to rhyme! Great idea 🙂 I will definitely use this, when appropriate, with my ESL students.

  2. I really enjooyed the book one of your students created. It was original and creative. I never thought about using big books or books with simple verses. I enjoy this post because students can take a simple book and create their own version as they get a handle on the English language and boost their own confidence. Thanks for the idea. I will definately remember this one!

  3. I really enjoyed reading this particular post today! Like I mentioned last week, big books happen to be one of my favorite parts of education. I can’t wait to use my big books that my aunt gave me. Knowing that I will hopefully obtain my ESL endorsement, there is a good chance that I will have ESL students in my classroom in the future.
    When I think about ESL students I think about labeling. However, with older ESL students labeling is efficient but can also make the older student feel that he/she is being babied. I love this idea of incorporating vocabulary words of the items in a classroom like desk and pencil in a writing a personal book. This is a great way to learn the items of the classroom in a fun and great way! I most likely will not be teaching older ESL students but you never know. If I ever get the chance to I will definitely use this idea for sure!

  4. This is a great idea. It works on student’s phonological and phonemic awareness, which are building blocks to literacy. This idea would be just as great for a kindergartner learning to read, as it would a 15 year old ELL students learning to read.

  5. Big books play an integral part of my kindergarten curriculum. I use them for every unit. This activity would help with their phonological and phonemic awareness. It would be very interesting to see what the students would come up with!

  6. I love this activity because it really hits on rhyming words. I have found that rhyming is a very challenging skill for students to grasp. The more methods I try to teach it is usually the best way to meet the needs of my different types of learners. I will definitely be trying this as a new method. Thank you!!

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