Math help for ELL

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  1. Touchthefuture

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    Hi,
    I need any help that I can get here. I have 3-4 ELL students that are struggling with counting forward, backwards, skip-counting, and place value. I have tried many strategies. When I work with them in a small group they seem to et it. As soon as we have a test they fail. HELP!:help:
     
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  3. MrsC

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    Is it the math or the language that is causing them trouble? Do they have these skills in their first language? Can they demonstrate the concepts using manipulatives or a number line?
     
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    I think it is the Math not the language. I have never questioned them about counting in the 1st language so I am not sure. I have seen them use manipulatives and a number line with success. They are even allowed to use them during an assessment. They are having difficulty with number patterns like this:

    490, 489, ____, 487, 486, ____
    24, 26 ____, 30, ____ 34

    They cannot fill in the blank.

    As for place value when you ask them what place a digit is in they are always guessing. And they do not know what a 4 in the 10s place is 40.
     
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    I have the place values poster on the board at all times. Maybe if it's hanging you can show them exactly where to look when they need help or place a smaller copy on their desk for tests. Some of my ELL and LD students have mini charts, or a number line, or a place value chart on their desk to refer to at all times. They need a lot of modeling. Maybe you can give them modified tests? You can have them explain it to you and show them how to write the answers? Good Luck!
     

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