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CAL SIOP Bulletin
October 2013
Early Childhood Activities
Online Resources

Professional Development Solutions Using the SIOP Model

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CAL December Institutes

December 9-12, 2013

Research-Based Vocabulary Instruction for English Learners
December 13, 2013

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This issue is focused on SIOP in the early childhood education setting.

Early Childhood Activities

These new activities from CAL SIOP focus on promoting interaction and academic language development in the early childhood classroom.

Anticipation Guide Activity: Field Trip to the Farm
This anticipation guide fosters peer to peer interaction and provides a concrete way for students to make predictions as to what they will see on a field trip and develop oral language proficiency. It supports the Building Background and Strategies components of the SIOP Model. Included in this activity are materials for the teacher to cut out and use in a pocket chart.

Shapes Information Gap Activity
The information gap activity fosters meaningful interaction around key vocabulary and content concepts. It provides students with practice on oral language, shapes, and colors.

Sentences from Boxes Activity
The sentences from boxes activity provides students with scaffolding in order to write sentences.  It uses the same shapes and colors from the information gap and can be used as a follow up activity.

View the activities online or download the PDFs.


Online Resources

WIDA Early English Language Development Standards
WIDA has recently released the Early English Language Development Standards, which are designed to be used by early childhood practitioners working with children ages 2.5 to 5.5 in order to support, instruct, and assess dual language learners. The WIDA E-ELD standards can be a useful resource for child care providers, Head Start teachers, preschool/prekindergarten educators, and caregivers working with young English learners.

Visit the WIDA website to download the standards.



Connect With the CAL SIOP Team

This fall, CAL SIOP is represented at several national conferences.

The WIDA 2013 Annual National Conference
October 17-19, 2013
Milwaukee, WI

Roundtable Discussion: Promoting Content and Language Instruction for English Learners Through a Training of Trainers Model
This roundtable discussion will address promoting content and language instruction for English learners through a training of trainers model. Participants will have an opportunity to reflect on how to design and implement a train the trainers model aimed specifically at the needs of English learners and their teachers, and examine how to promote standards-based instruction for students still acquiring proficiency in academic English.

Facilitator: Jennifer Himmel
Friday, October 18, 2013, 3:15 - 4:30 pm

National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) 2013 Annual Convention
November 21 – 24, 2013
Boston, MA

Panel: Best Practices for English Learners: Exploring Standards-Based Instruction
The panel explores standards-based instruction for English learners (ELs). Topics include: implications of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for ELs; the SIOP Model for meeting the CCSS for ELs; definitions of academic language and literacy for ELs; and, EL science instruction using the CCSS and Next Generation Science Standards.

Presentations and presenters:

  • Academic Language and Literacy for English Learners in Secondary English Class - Annie Duguay
  • Supporting the Academic Language Demands of Common Core with SIOP - Jennifer Gisi Himmel
  • Common Questions about the Common Core and English Learners: Addressing Teachers' Concerns - Lindsey Massoud

Saturday, November 23, 2013, 4:15 – 5:30 pm
Sheraton/Beacon B Room, Third Floor


Using the SIOP Model with Pre-K and Kindergarten English Learners book coverUsing the SIOP Model with Pre-K and Kindergarten English Learners
This informative publication shows how to use the SIOP® Model with pre-K and kindergarten English learners so they can fully participate in all aspects of early schooling. The book shows how to create an effective and developmentally appropriate instructional setting for these young English language learners. The volume includes an overview of the SIOP Model and devotes four chapters to the eight components of the model. A sample lesson plan and highlights from three sample programs help educators see how to implement the framework in different settings and circumstances. Learn more.

SIOP in Action: Instructional Videos Featuring Complete SIOP Lessons at Three Grade Level
Three videos, available on one DVD with a companion viewers’ guide, illustrates three SIOP lessons at different grade levels: second grade, eighth grade, and high school/GED. Designed to deepen districts and schools’ understanding of SIOP Model implementation at the classroom level and to support professional development initiatives, these videos are also used in CAL SIOP professional development workshops and online learning offerings. Learn more.

Publication: Listening and Speaking: Oral Language and Vocabulary Development for English Language LearnersListening and Speaking: Oral Language and Vocabulary Development for English Language Learners
This teacher-oriented practical workbook provides research foundations for listening and speaking and principles of instruction for English language learners. It includes real-world examples, research-based principles of instruction, and a companion DVD with new authentic classroom videos. This practical tool is designed for classroom teachers in elementary and middle schools (Grades K-8). Learn more.

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