Be Safe! Elementary Writing Project 2022/23
Writing is often considered to be the most challenging of English language skills, but pupils who can write in English, certainly enjoy the benefits. These include a boost to their reading comprehension skills, improvement of organizational and study skills, enhancement of speaking abilities, enjoyment of production, interaction and mediation opportunities, and perhaps most importantly, increased confidence and academic success.
Be Safe! is a writing project designed to improve pupils' awareness of safety-related issues, from road safety to digital safety and much more! Far too many children in Israel today end up in the hospital emergency room as a result of accidents. As educators, we want to reinforce safety rules of all kinds and we can use English language instruction to do so.
Click here for the Teachers' Guide for the Be Safe! Writing Project and for information about the 6th grade Be Safe! National Writing Competition.
Readers' Theater is a strategy to combine the joy of developing reading fluency and accuracy with the enhancement of autonomy in learning to speak a foreign language. It involves students in shared reading by reading scripts aloud as part of a meaningful, learning experience. This enjoyable and entertaining teaching strategy helps teachers to differentiate their instruction while engaging their students and exposing them to literature.
To teachers in elementary and junior high schools
You can now access the banks of performance-based tasks for assessing pupils' achievement of the benchmarks at the foundation and intermediate levels directly from the Internet. The banks provide you with samples of tasks (including rubrics) that can be used in the classroom, either "as are" or through adaptation. They may also serve as models for designing your own tasks. Incorporating these tasks into existing assessment procedures enables you to widen the spectrum of methods of assessment and enhances feedback regarding both process and product of language learning.
Before working with the banks it is recommended you carefully read the introduction and general guidelines.
You will find links to both banks by clicking here.
- National Online Broadcast Lessons for Elementary School (posted April 2020)
- Materials from the Elementary Counselors' Conference from February 6th, 2018
Apps and Online Tools Presented at the Conference
Using YouTube Videos and Online Stories to Encourage Speaking and Listening
Integration of Technology to Promote Speaking
(posted February, 2018)
Turn the Page
Turn the Page is a resource for English teachers at elementary schools. It aims to assist teachers in creating innovative reading programs for their pupils. Teachers whose schools are participating in the English Libraries program, as well as any other teachers who are eager for fresh ideas for their schools' reading programs are encouraged to use it. Included are samples of plans for reading programs, spoken and written activities with which pupils can respond to reading and many other links and resources.