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CareerKit Project (NYSED/CUNY)

The NYSED/CUNY CareerKit Project is a library of hundreds of contextualized high-quality lessons that instructors can pick and choose from to suit the needs of their learners and program. The kits were developed to introduce learners to careers in ten different sectors, while also building core reading, writing, research and math skills.

Math Snacks: Fractions

Online activities and videos for supporting students' understanding of math concepts such as ratios, scale factors, fractions, number lines, and so on. Some activities may need additional language learning supports (i.e. for beginning English learners). Videos are also available in Spanish and in a printable "comic book" form.

Math Snacks: Ratios

Online activities and videos for supporting students' understanding of math concepts such as ratios, scale factors, fractions, number lines, and so on. Some activities may need additional language learning supports (i.e. for beginning English learners). Videos are also available in Spanish and in a printable "comic book" form.

Geometric Subitizing: A Different Kind of Number Talk

The discussion cards posted on this site can be used to discuss counting and grouping strategies with students. This could be a great way to engage students using vocabulary around numbers and shapes. 

Our School Garden

This project-based unit of instruction leads students through a process of writing, filming, editing, and showcasing their own videos about a community garden they have tended all summer.

Memory Quilt Project

After learning about the history of quilts, students create their own family trees, discuss how stories and traditions are passed down in their cultures, write about a significant person or event they want to memorialize, and finally create related memory squares that are made into a quilt.

Academic Debate Unit

This project-based academic debate unit ends with a service field trip. Over several weeks, students effectively develop and refute arguments; analyze controversial issues; evaluate evidence; and recognize opportunities for leadership.

Additional Comprehension Resources

ESL Literacy Readers offers 40 theme-based stories, a learner page, and a teacher's guide with ideas for reading activities and extensions. ESL Yes! offers 1600 stories intended for Beginning and Intermediate level ESL students, supplemented with audios and various kinds of exercises.

Tiered Sentence Combining (TSC, 2014)

Explicit sentence combining instruction can help them write sentences that are longer, more complex or interesting, and varied in structure. This evidence-based resource provides a starting point that may ultimately improve ABE students' sentence composition, complexity, and comprehension.

Online Writing Lab (OWL)

This website offers resources for understanding and teaching prewriting, outlining, paragraphing, quoting, paraphrasing, summarizing, avoiding plagiarism, and many other writing skills for students at grade levels 7-12.

Making Sense of Decoding and Spelling

30 scripted lesson plans and related materials for teaching intermediate-level adult students how to accurately decode and spell multi-syllable words. It begins by reviewing short vowel syllables, continues with the most common and useful spelling patterns of English, and always applies taught skills to repeated readings of short passages.

Just Write! Guide

This resource from Teaching Excellence in Adult Literacy (TEAL) “aims to help adult education instructors improve the writing instruction they already use in their programs.” It is not a curriculum, but a guide to increase familiarity with evidence-based writing instruction and translate research findings into teaching practices.

In Their Own Words: Reading and Understanding Through Paraphrasing

Effective paraphrasing builds students' reading and writing skills and boosts comprehension of complex texts. Summarized here are materials and techniques for teaching paraphrasing in various ABE contexts, including addressing paraphrasing for the GED 2014 Extended Response.

In Common: Effective Writing for All Students

The writing samples included here are split into two types: on-demand writing and range of writing. The on-demand samples show progression of writing with one topic in K-5 and 6-12. The range of writing samples shows the possibilities for integrating writing tasks across content areas.

Grammar Bytes

A great resource for use with pre-GED, GED, diploma, college-prep learners and advanced ELLs. It can be used in the classroom with groups, during individual sessions with volunteers, or to help students build grammar skills at home or in an open lab.

Getting Started, Moving Forward with the CCRS Writing Standards

These two handouts provide nine reading-writing tasks that incorporate close readings of informative or narrative texts and writing production of sentences, paragraphs, or essays.

Every-Day Edits

This free website offers monthly sets of printable paragraphs for "everyday editing" by students at reading grade levels 3-8. All include ten errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation, or capitalization. All include an answer key for immediate feedback.

English Grammar 101

This free website has 15 modules of multiple lessons (and reviews) on nouns, pronouns, verbs, sentence parts, adjectives/adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions/interjections, verbals/phrases, clauses, capitalization, punctuation, and troublesome words.

ELL Toolbox: Words Their Way – Spelling

The recommended spelling resource on this site is appropriate for both ELLs and native English-speaking students. Based on a spelling inventory, students work with level-appropriate word sorts to improve their knowledge of letter-sound-syllable patterns. The series of texts provide sequential word sorts for five spelling stages.

Diana’s ELL Writing Practice

This website is used as a companion to classroom writing instruction for Low Intermediate ELLs. Each of the 3 sections (Parts of Speech, Verb Tenses, and Sentences) has multiple lessons; all include a voiced-over video (based on class handouts) and quiz (multiple choice or fill-in-the-blank) with immediate feedback.

New Resources

Scoreboost Writing Across the Tests: Sentence Structure, Usage, and Mechanics – Evaluation

The resource evaluated here for ELA CCRS alignment is Scoreboost Writing Across the Tests: Sentence Structure, Usage, and Mechanics.

Adding Money

This CCRS Level C Math Lesson Plan focuses on helping students add decimals using concrete models.

Smart Consuming

This CCRS Levels C & D Math Lesson Plan focuses on helping students learn tips and tricks for better managing money.

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MN ABE YouTube Channel

The MN ABE YouTube Channel is a free online PD resource that you can use to explore teaching techniques and classroom ideas in action! Find out more in this MN ABE Connect newsletter article.

Upcoming ABE Events

September 19, 2019 6:30 pm–8:30 pm
Minnesota Literacy Council
Minnesota Literacy Council – main office
700 Raymond Ave., Ste. 180
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States

Teaching Multi-Level Adult ESL Classes

Minnesota Literacy Council – main office
700 Raymond Ave., Ste. 180
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States

Registration Deadline: THU. 9/19/19 Multi-level groups in the ESL classroom offer their own rewards and challenges! In this workshop we will look at low prep differentiated instructional strategies that support the whole class, ones for students who are struggling, and ways to challenge higher level students. Learn More

Minnesota Literacy Council – main office
700 Raymond Ave., Ste. 180
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States
September 20, 2019 8:00 am–3:30 pm
ATLAS
Hamline University – Anderson Center
774 Snelling Ave. N.
Saint Paul, MN 55104 United States

2019 Math Institute

Hamline University – Anderson Center
774 Snelling Ave. N.
Saint Paul, MN 55104 United States

Registration Deadline: FRI. 9/13/19 (NOTE: Registrations after 9/13/19 will incur a $15 late fee) If you missed the registration deadline and would like to attend, please contact Gail Rutan, ATLAS Events Manager, to inquire if there is availability at  grutan01@hamline.edu This is a Math Institute you… Learn More

Hamline University – Anderson Center
774 Snelling Ave. N.
Saint Paul, MN 55104 United States
September 23, 2019 9:00 am–3:30 pm
Minnesota Department of Education
Minnesota Department of Education
1500 Commerce St
Roseville, MN 55113 United States

Adult Diploma Workgroup Meeting

Minnesota Department of Education
1500 Commerce St
Roseville, MN 55113 United States

Registration Deadline: TUE. 9/17/19 The quarterly Adult Diploma Workgroup meeting is for currently operating standard adult high school diploma program staff. Every approved program that has a standard adult diploma program is required to have representation at all workgroup meetings. If you have questions about the meeting, please… Learn More

Minnesota Department of Education
1500 Commerce St
Roseville, MN 55113 United States