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CAL SIOP Bulletin
September 2011
Lesson Plans and Activities

SIOP Professional Development Services

The CAL SIOP team collaborates with schools, states, and districts to design and conduct SIOP professional development programs that meet their particular needs.CAL has developed SIOP workshops designed for specific content areas and our research into the area of science instruction for English language learners has informed CAL SIOP’s workshop content development.

Learn more about the range of research-based services available.

This issue of SIOP Bulletin focuses on the theme of science instruction for English language learners. Among other features, the SIOP Model highlights the importance of addressing language objectives when teaching content, in particular science concepts and procedures.

Lesson Plans and Activities

CAL is expanding its collection of teacher-developed SIOP materials with updates of lesson plans and activities from our current research and professional development projects. The following resources dedicated to the instruction of science are posted on the CAL SIOP website for your use.

Science Lesson Plan: 8th Grade Science - Chemical Reactions
Our new science lesson plan on chemical reactions provides specific examples of how SIOP features can be implemented in a middle school classroom to meet the language needs of English language learners.

Elementary-level Assessment Activity: Elementary Science - Floating and Sinking
An elementary-level assessment activity, titled Floating and Sinking, demonstrates how the students’ understanding of science content can be measured using visuals and text adaptations.

Read and download lesson plans and activities from our website.


Incorporating the Review and Assessment SIOP Component Into an Adult Ed Health Activity
Developed in collaboration with Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School

Educators and practitioners working with high school and adult English learners may find the following professional development resource informative. This new resource demonstrates how the SIOP component of Review/Assessment can be adapted to nursing assistant courses. This review and assessment teacher resource provides a template for creating language and content objectives with the goal of the lesson in mind and includes an example of an assessment activity testing mastery of both language and content knowledge.

Read and download this new resource.



CREATE Briefs Focus on Science Instruction

Improving Science and Vocabulary Learning of English Language Learners
This brief provides an overview of research on effective science instruction, the role of various factors (e.g., proficiency in first and second language) in science learning for English learners, and shares findings from two intervention studies conducted in the context of science instruction.

Using the SIOP Model to Improve Middle School Science Instruction
This brief provides information about how teachers can develop content and language objectives, emphasize key vocabulary, promote interaction, and incorporate effective review and assessment techniques in middle school science classrooms.

Registration is Now Open for the 2011 CREATE Capstone Conference

Educating Middle School English Language Learners for College and Career Readiness
November 3 - 4, 2011, Austin, TX

The 2011 CREATE capstone conference will highlight current research on methods for building the literacy skills and oral language development of English language learners across the content areas. Join prominent researchers to learn about a school-wide intervention targeting the needs of seventh grade English language learners in key subject areas.


Resources from the Center for Research on the Educational Achievement and
Teaching of English Language Learners (CREATE) Project.
Visit the CREATE website.


Featured Publication

Publication: Using the SIOP ModelUsing the SIOP Model: Professional Development Manual for Sheltered Instruction
This manual is designed for teacher educators and professional development specialists who wish to teach others to use the SIOP Model in their classrooms. It offers strategies, tools, and activities for instruction in the use of the SIOP components and provides reproducible masters for presentations and workshops. Learn more.

Making Content Comprehensible for English learnersMaking Content Comprehensible for English Learners: The SIOP® Model, 3rd edition
The third edition of this widely-used publication presents the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) Model, a research-based and validated model of sheltered instruction that allows educators to plan and implement high-quality sheltered lessons for English language learners that integrate English language and academic content instruction. Written by the researchers and developers of the Model, the book contains a comprehensive discussion of the SIOP Model's eight components, teaching scenarios, the SIOP observation protocol, and lesson plan templates. Now also available in versions for elementary or secondary educators. Learn more.

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