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Organizing a Newcomers Group in Your School: 5 Easy Steps

Newcomer Groups provide an opportunity for your students to learn from each other in small groups and student pairs, within a fun, stress-free environment!

Introduce Essential Literacy Skills and Key Content Ideas about America

5 Easy Steps to Organizing a Newcomers Group

5 Steps to Organizing a Newcomers Group in Your School

Step 1: Teacher Introduction

Take a few minutes to tell the students about yourself--your name, interests and hobbies, and where you are from. Be sure to allow time for students to ask questions. This will give you a chance to gain a sense of how well your students can pose questions.

Step 2: Student Introductions

Organize the students into pairs or small groups and give them 5 to 10 minutes to get to know each other. Students should be encouraged to ask and answer questions, and afterwards they can share with the group what they learned about each other.

Step 3: Meeting Introduction

Discuss the goals with the entire group. Let them know that the meetings are a special time and place for students to learn more about life in the United States. Explain the topics that will be discussed, and encourage them to share their ideas, experiences, and questions openly.

Step 4: Establish Rules

As a class, decide on rules that the group will follow so that the meetings can be a place where everyone can learn from one another. You may want to record the rules agreed upon on a poster and display them where everyone can see.

Step 5: Distribute Journals

Ask students to write their names in their journals, and explain that these journals are for them to use whenever they like--at school or at home. Students may write and draw about their ideas and experiences, giving them a place to refer back to when they want to recall an idea or concept.

--Excerpted from the Sundance/Newbridge Newcomers Kit Teacher Guide.

For more information about establishing a Newcomers Group, download a complimentary Newcomers Kit Teacher Guide Sampler!


Sundance/Newbridge Newcomers Kits

Newcomers Kits Introduce Essential Literacy Skills and Key Content Ideas about America!

The Sundance/Newbridge Newcomers Kits provide teachers with Conversation Zones that help enrich the social and cultural experiences of students who are newcomers to the United States.

The Newcomers Kits are organized into themes focused on Social Studies and Science content, and enable teachers to cultivate the curiosity and enthusiasm that newcomers have about their new home, while at the same time, building students' literacy skills.

Packed with discussion prompts, graphic organizers, journal ideas, and hands-on activities!

Take a closer look at Sundance/Newbridge Newcomers Kits!


 

If you need help with choosing materials for your ELL students, contact your local rep, email us, or give us a call at 800-343-8204.

Free Teacher Guide Sampler!

Newcomers Kit Teacher Guide Sampler 
For more on establishing a Newcomers Group,
download a complimentary Newcomers Kit Teacher Guide Sampler!


Provide Conversation Zones that build and enrich the emotional, social, and cultural experiences of students who are newcomers in the
United States.
 
Includes sample journal and hands-on activities.
 
Take a closer look at Sundance/Newbridge Newcomers Kits
 


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