As a teacher of English Language Learners, I have found the use of chants or songs that use and define academic vocabulary to be the best means of teaching language and content. Perhaps because so often, especially among K-3 students, the kids LOVE to sing the songs again and again.
Last year, I had a favorite writing chant, which I used every day, and now thanks to my bilingual coach I have a great reading chant to share with you all! (She gave me permission to post it.) She even typed up a great series of lessons to teach the chant, vocabulary and content. I'll post these soon too under lesson plans!