Students learn basic classroom language skills, such as following instructions, using a dictionary, and building vocabulary.
Foundational Skills unit contains 4 learning experiences.
Learning Experiences (Lessons) in Foundational Skills Each learning experience takes about 45 minutes to teach in the device-enabled classroom.
Following and Giving Instructions
Students listen actively and interpret messages. Then, they ask relevant questions that build on the ideas of others. Next, they improve their skills at following complex instructions. Finally, they practice giving clear, multi-step oral instructions.
Dictionary Usage Skills
Students use a dictionary to find meaning, syllabication, pronunciation, word origin, and parts of speech of familiar and unfamiliar words. Then they work in groups to go on a dictionary scavenger hunt. Finally, they use their new vocabulary in original writing.
Using Context for Meaning
Students learn how to use context to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words and words with multiple meanings. Then they write some of their own sentences to use context to give meaning.
Building Vocabulary: Greek and Latin Roots
Students learn the influence of Greek and Latin on the English language. They build and decode words using Greek and Latin roots and apply their new vocabulary words in writing. Then they learn about oxymorons.