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Website Planning in a Bilingual Classroom

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Website Planning in a Bilingual Classroom

Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Three 60-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Lucy K. Spence, Ph.D.

Lucy K. Spence, Ph.D.

Columbia, South Carolina


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology






  • Computers with Internet access

  • Whiteboard or chart paper

  • One lined notebook per student

  • Various books, magazines, and encyclopedias on topics recently covered in class or familiar to your students

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1. Review the Kidsnetsoft and Wikis in Education websites. These sites give examples of websites created by students. In this lesson, students will review and list topics from these websites in their notebook as they begin to envision their own websites. On the sites, take a quick tour of how to build a website using predesigned templates. Some school districts may provide a service for teachers to help them build a classroom website; check with your administrator.

2. Make one copy for each student of the Student and Family Interest Survey and the Flow Chart Template. If you have students who speak languages other than English or Spanish, you will need to obtain the necessary translations for the Student and Family Interest Survey.

3. Plan your grouping arrangements. This lesson will work best with four or five students to a group, with each group composed of both fluent English speakers and English-language learners.

4. Bookmark the websites listed in the Web resources on your classroom computer or lab computers. If you do not have classroom computers with Internet access, reserve time in your school's computer lab for each session.

5. For the assessment portion of the lesson, create a list of students with room for notes beside each one. Attach this list to a clipboard and write down anecdotal notes about each student as you circulate during group work time.

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