Subject: ESL/ELL (English Language Learning)
Lesson Length: 30 - 45 mins
Topic: Answering “How” Questions
Brief Description: Students will explain a phenomenon by answering “how” or “why" questions.
Know Before You Start: This lesson is intended to help students respond to “how” questions by providing a clear explanation about a familiar topic.
Read and discuss the sample comic about the water cycle. How does the water cycle work?
Tell students that when someone begins a question with “how” we need to provide a clear explanation. We need to explain the steps in order starting from the beginning to end so our listener will understand.
Have students turn and talk and practice explaining their ideas. Walk around to support students.
Learn more about the water cycle by watching a video, reading a book, or researching in class.
Activity: Using the sample comic as a guide, have students create a Pixton comic that answers one of the following questions:
- How does the water cycle work?
- How are clouds formed?
- How does water change state as it travels through the water cycle?
- Why is the water cycle important to our planet?
- How does energy from the sun affect the weather?
- How does the water cycle impact the environment?
Support student language structure and provide sentence starters as needed.
Closure: Have students share their comics with a partner or present to the whole class. Display student comics around the classroom to reinforce this lesson.
Differentiation: Allow students to use speech-to-text for additional oral language practice.
Comic to print or display: Comic.
- Adapt this lesson for your class by using a recent unit of study.