To get started, you may want to take a look at our section on Science Instruction for ELLs (which includes information about the Next Generation Science Standards), as well as our bilingual parent tips for science activities at home!
David Royal has been teaching ESL for over thirteen years. He has taught in Taiwan, Hawaii and China, and is currently an Associate Director of the University of South Florida's English Language Program. His website, ESLetc.com, pulls together resources for ESL teachers interested in bringing global and environmental issues into their classes. In this article written for Colorín Colorado, he describes the ways he ties environmental awareness into his language instruction.
Recommended Books and Websites
Whether it's Earth Day or any other day, young readers will find themselves drawn to the stunning environments and creatures portrayed in these books. From the waterfalls and hummingbirds of the Iguazú to the Truffula Tress of The Lorax, these bilingual books will get kids thinking about the Earth and their place on it.
These science titles for kids introduce exciting topics across a range of subjects — from hurricanes to popcorn to bugs! Many of the titles are bilingual and are part of a series published in both English and Spanish.
These websites include student-friendly ideas and activities, as well as environmental lessons targeting language development.
With both Earth Day and Arbor Day this month, The New York Times' Learning Network dedicates this edition of "Ideas for ELLs" to the environment. Compiled by Larry Ferlazzo, the resources include videos, classroom activities, and a recent student opinion survey, "What's the Coolest Thing You've Ever Seen in Nature?"