Learning Focus: Creating a bar graph from data
During our whole class focus, students spread out into a circle and began to create a large bar graph in the middle of the circle. All the labels for the graph were pre-written by the teacher and students had to take turns placing all the labels onto the graph.
The EAL strategy used is called Matching and Labelling. This activity caters to EAL students in your class as it scaffolds the task for them. Instead of giving students a blank canvas to create a graph, students are given the labels to assist them in beginning to create their graph. This also allows teachers to observe students understanding of how data is displayed on a graph (ex. what information goes on what axis). Also, by allowing students to work in a mixed ability group, EAL students get a chance to observe 5 star work and input their own opinions and ideas without feeling intimidated to get the wrong answer.
Although this was an EAL strategy that I used, all students were focussed and thoroughly enjoyed the activity. This maths activity was SO engaging for the students as they did not want to stop. One student asked if we can do this every day.