SIOP Lessons and Resources

Whether a new literacy resource, a differentiated resource, a resource for inclusive classrooms, or one focused specifically on cross-cultural communication, let’s share a resource that supports SIOP, along with your own lesson design (optional), and talk about it in this blog.

  1. First, tell us why you chose the resource.
  2. Next, provide us with a link to the resource and a brief description of it.
  3. Explain how the resource works effectively, or has the potential to work effectively, with ELLs.


  1. Summer Reed

    A great resource that I use in my classroom to help my ELLs is I had a student who came into my second grade classroom last year and he didn’t know any English. I used this site to help him learn his letters and sounds. This was a great, fun way for him to learn. I was able to see tremendous growth through with the help of this website.

  2. Summer Reed

    A great resource that I use in my classroom to help my ELLs is this website helps with phonics. It is really great in helping students with letter recognition and letter sounds. This website was a huge help to me when I had a student enter my second classroom and he didn’t speak any English.

  3. Stacey McLain

    I found a website: This website was setup by a teacher who created the site so teachers could have easy access to ELL and SIOP resources. There are resources on lesson planning, building background and vocabulary, assessment resources. This website has many awesome resources for a teacher just starting out.

  4. Cassie McCammon

    Brain Pop is a website that I use to help teach my students, but especially when trying to make content accessible to my my ELLs. For the age group that I teach, second grade, I like Brain Pop Jr.
    This website is full of short videos to compliment many content areas being taught. I especially love this resource for science and social studies topics. The videos introduce vocabulary terms and use great example pictures. The videos also include quizzes that can be read aloud to the students just by clicking a button. THis makes the questions accessible and understandable for all students.

  5. Deborah Dillon

    I use is a wonderful resource for ELL, and all learners. It is very interactive and engaging for my students. The videos are great.

  6. Anthony Shore

    The Siop model is best used with the resources that are tied to the Iready toolbox. many of them help nominal growth all the way to advanced ideas and text decoding. This can be used to get out of the basic level of instruction and get away from simple phonics to test the kids as they go in a constructive way.

  7. Michele Urda

    SIOP- explains how having a second language environment puts students at a disadvantage against peers their own age. The students seem to already be aware of these disadvantages. This video also spoke about why the way in which we instruct second language learners has typically been ineffective since we have been trying to teach at the same pace and the same way we would if English was the student’s first language. This obviously would not work.

    They then developed a plan after a lot of field research.

    They developed siop which is broken up into these 8 sections:

    Preparation-a meaningful assignment for the students
    building background- teachers use students’ prior knowledge and connect it to new information in order to continue building schema.
    comprehensible input-making tasks and activities as clear as possible.
    strategies- teachers use learning and organizational strategies to help improve with learning.
    Interaction- teachers develop multiple forms of small group, individual and whole group activities.
    practice and application- teachers include hands on activities where students can apply what they have learned.
    lesson deliver- this is about pacing, and about student participation.
    review and assessment- this is for allowing students to get feedback and also to show how much progress they have made.

    Siop is highly successful because is builds on prior knowledge, builds confidence, builds vocabulary, and rewards learning through a shared experience in a shared and sheltered (safe) environment.

    The video showed how this was a successful strategy to use at all ages and in all different disciplines.

  8. Michele Urda

    – Siop is a program that was developed by teachers from multiple different areas of teaching and at multiple different levels. They started by watching teachers teach in order to determine effective ways of teaching second language learners.
    They knew that current methods were not working because the pacing was too fast and teachers were teaching 2nd language learners the same way that they were teaching 1st language learners.
    The video went through 8 different parts to the Siop method in order to be an effective teacher in helping students who are second language learners. These methods help with building on prior knowledge, building confidence, reinforcing with positive comments, giving students positive feedback and assessments frequently, giving them opportunities to work individually, in small groups and in large groups and also giving them hands on activities to be able to test out their theories and ideas.
    It showed that this method was effective with students as young as kindergarten all the way through high school. It was extremely effective and would be a beneficial teaching method for any student, not just second language learners.

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