This kindergarten classroom at Lafayette Elementary in San Francisco has both native English speakers and students who are still learning English. As teacher Elizabeth Iwaszewicz works to help her students understand the difference between fact and opinion she makes sure that students have multiple opportunities to talk with a “rug partner” so¬†they can practice skills like listening and paraphrasing. Iwaszewicz has intentionally paired students so that English learners speak at least once with native English speakers.

“Having an academic conversation in kindergarten is very challenging, but breaking it down, they’re able to do it. And that’s very rewarding,” Iwaszewicz said. Watch these little ones explain why they think different statements are fact or opinion in this Teaching Channel video focused on how teachers in San Francisco support English language learners.

Just the Facts, A Social Studies Lesson from Teaching Channel on Vimeo.

Making Social Studies More Social for All Kindergarteners 22 September,2017Katrina Schwartz


Katrina Schwartz

Katrina Schwartz is a journalist based in San Francisco. She’s worked at KPCC public radio in LA and has reported on air and online for KQED since 2010. She’s a staff writer for KQED’s education blog MindShift.

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