In this, the first of a series of e-Bulletins, we have outlined some resources and activities which may be used to enrich language learning experiences.
This e-Bulletin will have a focus on Oral Language, Learning Outcome 12. Description, Prediction and Reflection, with a particular emphasis on the skills and language of describing.
There is scope for these activities and resources to be used or adapted when addressing other Learning Outcomes. Some examples are included on the task cards below.
Task Card 1: Using a Describing Bubble to engage with Learning Outcome 12. Description, Prediction and Reflection
Teaching children about the skill of description and providing them with opportunities to enhance their description skills is critically important to their overall literacy development. Effective description skills will facilitate pupils to convey in words the characteristics, attributes, appearance, etc., of something. Modelling and sharing descriptive oral pieces will assist pupils to identify description, exercise their own describing skills, enrich their own oral and written pieces and recognise how description adds vibrancy, colour and life to their work and the work of others. With regard to description, Stephen Graham’s work may be valuable to assist children to develop their describing skills at all class levels.
Task Card 3: Describing Characters
This matching game can be adapted to suit several of the Learning Outcomes e.g. describing vocabulary for characters or settings (L.O. 12), and reminds us of the power of illustration in the acquisition of language.
Is féidir é a úsáid i mBéarla nó i nGaeilge, agus cabhraíonn sé chun forbairt a dhéanamh ar an dteanga.
Task Card 4: Cluichí Foclóra chun treisiú ar Chur Síos
Is suíomh gréasáin iontach é StudyStack (www.studystack.com) chun cluichí ar líne simplí a chumadh, chun treisiú ar an bhfoclóir atá múinte. Is fiú go mór an dua saor-chuntas a chruthú, é sin nó a mhúineadh dos na páistí conas na "study stacks" a chruthú dóibh féin.
Learning Outcomes for Oral Language: https://curriculumonline.ie/Primary/Curriculum-Areas/Primary-Language/Oral-Language/
Explorify Website: https://explorify.wellcome.ac.uk
Study Stack Website: www.studystack.com
Video on Team Teaching, Vocabulary Acquisition: https://pdst.ie/node/7241
Newspaper (Picture) Detective: https://www.flocabulary.com/vocabulary-mini-games/
Support Material: “Wordless Picture Books”: https://curriculumonline.ie/getmedia/76ce314c-b2fc-42e1-b5a3-8bcafc203f2c/Reading-PLC-Support-Materials.pdf
Vobackulary: Bromley, K. (2002) Stretching Child's Vocabulary. Scholastic, NY, NY
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