Department of Education site for parents, including those home-schooling their children. It has bilingual materials with tips for helping your child learn English, history, mathematics, etc.; and more resources related to cultural education.
After you listen to and read the story, print out the activities to practice reading comprehension skills. Work on character identification, details, and sequence of events.
Listen to and read along with this story about a princess and a dragon. You can choose the ending to the story. Then print off activities to go along with the story.
Designed by American Memory Fellows Linda Hamel and Linda Hedrirck, this site explores the settlements of French Canadians in New England in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It provides teachers complete lesson plans for 8 45-minute lessons, with handouts and other resources; it also includes ideas for incorporating French language into the lesson.
Help Spanish-speaking English-language learners unlock the mysteries of their new language by using a bilingual book to recognize unfamiliar words and construct meaning from the text.
A brief article suggesting a "getting to know you" activity. Discusses the different aspects of respect and learning from our differences. SL.9-10.1d Possitive Communication Stratagies
Creepy crawlers, hoppers, and fliers are the focus of this lesson in which students chorally read poems about insects and use the Internet to locate facts about their assigned insects.
The tutorial explores the native Chinese flowering plant species. Some topics include rock's peony, dove tree, and fortune's rhododendron. The activity consists of a printable version and ian nteractive version.
Students whose first language is not English reflect on nature through readings, a visit to a green area, and bookmaking using the writing process and peer feedback.
The Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) identifies major issues affecting the education of English language learners and publishes research and statistical reports on those issues. It serves as a clearinghouse for information, news, training, and best practices for educators and educational administrators with the goal of supporting state and local efforts to improve the academic success of their limited English proficient students.
Using their drama series "American Family" as a kick-off point, PBS explores Latino family issues and what it means to be Latino. In addition to extensive information about the series itself, they have articles on mural art and East LA, while interactive pages help users learn about developing a family tree or healthy living. Teacher guides help teachers use the series in the classroom.
Useful articles about how to support children's bilingual language development. Includes different models and tips for ESL classrooms. Part of a larger site with loads of tips and resources for "launching young readers."
The home on the web for a television program about the nature of American English, which originally aired on PBS in January 2005. "Do You Speak American?" examines the differences in the ways American speak across age groups, ethnic groups, and regions. An interesting way to launch a study of language, especially of the American habit for creating new words and expressions. Includes audio (requires Adobe Flash).
A companion site to the PBS show, In the Mix. Gives an overview and transcripts from an episode featuring five teens from Russia, the Dominican Republic, Guinea, and Tanzania. Also features a timeline of immigration history and an article dispelling myths about US immigrants.
Make connections across genres and across cultures to engage students in the study of literary voice and themes. Comprehension skills and vocabulary also come into play, especially for English language learners, as students read a novel and related poems, then write and perform original poems related to the novel.