Have you ever tried using pictures with your at risk learners to see if that helps? It certainly won’t hurt, especially when I have done all of the work for you!
Time concepts can be tricky, but Thanksgiving is a great time to get students building sentences using both past and present tenses, or even comparing Thanksgiving now versus Thanksgiving then!
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