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English-Language Arts and English Language Development

Welcome to the TUSD ELA/ELD Elementary Site

Guides for Supporting English Learners and the 5 Key Themes in the ELA/ELD Framework
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Resources for Parents and Students

Below are a few resources and other information for parents in order to better assist English Learners.

California State Standards Resources for Parents and Guardians in Multiple Languages

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Contact Megan Bernard  Megan Bernard Instructional Coach
Contact Natalie Hayes  Natalie Hayes Instructional Coach

Help Your Child Learn at Home in Kindergarten

  • Read with your child every day, books like Are You My Mother by P.D. Eastman or Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss. Ask your child to explain his or her favorite parts of the story. Share your own ideas. 
  • Encourage your child to tell you about his or her day at school. Keep paper, markers, or crayons around the house for your child to write letters or words or draw a picture about his or her day. Have your child describe the picture to you.
  • Play word games like I Spy, sing songs like Itsy Bitsy Spider, and make silly rhymes together.

Help Your Child Learn at Home in 1st Grade

  • Encourage your child to read to you books such as Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik. Help him or her sound out difficult words. 
  • Act out stories together from books, television, or your child’s imagination.
  • Pick a “word of the day” each day starting with a different letter. Have your child write the word and look for other things beginning with the same letter.
  • Visit the library with your child every week. Have your child sign up for a library card.

Help Your Child Learn at Home in 2nd Grade

  • Read at home every day and assist your child by reading every other paragraph. Encourage your child to read to younger siblings, cousins, or other children you know. 
  • Have your child write a thank you note or letter to family members or friends.
  • Ask your librarian to suggest books about people or places that are important to your child or family that you can read together. Encourage your child to explain what he or she has just read.

Help Your Child Learn at Home in 3rd Grade

  • Make reading for fun a part of your child’s daily routine. Set aside quiet time, with no phones, computers, or other distractions, when your child can read for pleasure, books such as Amos & Boris by William Steig or The Fire Cat by Esther Averill. 
  • Encourage your child to find a picture from a newspaper or magazine, cut it out, paste it on paper, and write a story about it.
  • Start a family vocabulary box or jar. Have everyone write down new words they discover, add them to the box, and use the words in conversation.  

Help Your Child Learn at Home in 4th Grade

  • Urge your child to use logical arguments to defend his or her opinion. If your child wants a raise in allowance, ask him or her to research commonsense allowance systems and, based on that research, explain reasons why, supported by facts and details.
  • Talk about the news together. Pick one story in the news, read it together, and discuss with your child what it means.
  • Keep books, magazines, and newspapers at home. Make sure your child sees you reading. 

Help Your Child Learn at Home in 5th Grade

  • Invite your child to read his or her writing out loud to other family members. Ask questions about your child’s word choices and ideas.
  • Discuss your family stories and history. Encourage your child to ask relatives questions about their lives. Put the information together in an album or brainstorm different ways to tell family tales, such as poems or short stories.
  • Go to a play or musical with your child. Discuss the way the actors bring the words to life.  

Help Your Child Learn at Home in 6th Grade

  • Listen with your child to a television reporter, politician, or other speaker. Ask your child to tell you the speaker’s main points. Was the speaker trying to convince the audience of something? How?
  • Visit a library or book store together and ask the librarian or bookseller to recommend young adult books, such as Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor. 
  • Invite your child to participate in an adult gathering, such as a meal with friends, to practice listening skills and making conversation.
  • Encourage your child to learn at the library or on the Internet what life in your community was like 100 years ago. Have your child write a story, poem, or play about that time.