These articles, websites, and books provide a great way for students to learn about the environment through language-rich activities.
Science can provide exciting opportunities for students to make discoveries and use their language skills, especially through inquiry-based lessons. This section offers strategies, resources, and guidance for helping ELLs succeed in science, as well information about the Next Generation Science Standards.
Kids are natural scientists. What makes a rainbow? Why do bananas get brown? These activities help kids explore the big, wild world and think about what scientists do through processes like observation and conducting experiments. Don't worry - you don't have to be a scientist yourself to try them!
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.
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?"
These websites include student-friendly ideas and activities, as well as environmental lessons targeting language development.