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    Show and Tell
    By Ca Teach

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    I taught first grade at a school with a very high ESL population, and part of our LA standards included listening and speaking skills. I tied "sharing" in with the letter blends were discussed each week. Students had to bring in an item that began with our sound for the week. They had to write 3 clues about their item, and read the clues in front of the class. The other students tried to guess what the mystery item was. I had 4-5 students bring in "sharing" each day. The whole process took maybe 15 minutes. It was a great filler after lunch or the last 15 minutes of the day. Students had to identify the letter sounds we worked on for the week, match the sound to something in their hourse (or something they could draw a picture of), write 3 sentences about the mystery object, and then share out loud with the class. I covered 4 different standard strands with one simple activity. I didn't have enough time in my day to allow students to bring in things from home just to shares, but I found this system to be a happy medium. And the kids loved it

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