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Elementary Resources
ABCYa

Reading, Math... / Lectura, Matemáticas y otros tópicos


Activities for ESL Students: A Project of the Internet ESL Journal

A collection of quizzes, tests, exercises, and puzzles created by teachers.  Resources available in multiple languages.


Alabama Virtual Library

Public Library Resources Online / Recursos de la Biblioteca Pública


Colorin Colorado

Student and Family Resources / Recursos para Estudiantes y Familias


Cool Math Games

Mathematics / Matemáticas


Dictionary.com

Dictionary, Thesaurus, Translator and much more... / Diccionario, Diccionario de sinónimos, Traductor y mucho más...


E-Z Tales

Over 900 interactive books (some available in Spanish).  You must subscribe to access all content, but several resources are free.


Fun Brain

Math and Reading Games / Juegos de Matemáticas y Lectura


Grammar Bytes!

This site contains detailed definitions and examples of English grammar terms, grammar exercises, grammar tips, and rules.  Handouts and PowerPoints are available.


Idiom Site

Idioms/Dichos


IXL Math and Language Arts

Math and Language Arts / Matemáticas y Lenguaje


Lil' Fingers

Storybooks, Coloring, Games.../ Cuentos, Coloreando y Juegos


Math Drills

Math Drills and Practice / Práctica en Matemáticas


Math Fact Drills

Math Practice / Práctica en Matemáticas


Merriam Webster Dictionary

English Dictionary / Diccionario de Inglés


Minimal Pairs

This website provides practices with minimal pairs.  Great for someone wanting to work on pronunciation.


Mrs. Perkins' Dolch Words

Sight Words / Palabras Frecuentemente Utilizadas


PBS Kids

Reading, Math... / Lecturas, Matemáticas y otros tópicos


Picture Dictionary

Picture Dictionary / Diccionario visual


Scholastic Reading Program

Reading Resources and Games / Recursos de Lectura y Juegos


Spanish Dictionary

English/Spanish Translator.  Traductor del Inglés al Español y vice versa.


Starfall

Alphabet letters, sounds, reading, and math

Letras del alfabeto, sonidos, lectura y matematica


The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)

Over 200 free resources including teaching writing, style guides, and extensive ESL resources.


Vocabulary / Spelling City

Spelling / Ortografía


Word Families

Word Families / Familias de Palabras


Word Reference

Allows you to translate from English to 15 other languages and back. / Le permite traducir palabras del inglés a 15 otros idiomas, y vice versa.


Secondary Resources
ALEKS

Online site that provides targeted math instruction that correlates to Alabama's College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS).


Julius Ceasar in Spanish

Julius Caesar in Spanish


Teacher Resources
"I Learn America" One High School, One School Year, Five New Americans (NewDay films)

In America, nearly one in four children is an immigrant or was born to immigrant parents. Our classrooms are meeting a growing influx of students who speak little to no English, who are unfamiliar with American culture, and, in some cases, who lack formal education. The fate of these young immigrants is at the core of America’s continually emerging identity.


A New Orleans High School Adapts to Unaccompanied Minors

This article on NPR explains how a high school in New Orleans has adapted to meet the needs of students in their school.


Academic Language and ELLs: What Teachers Need to Know

This article provides teachers with valuable information regarding academic languages and discourse in the classroom. 


ALEKS

Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces is a Web-based, artificially intelligent assessment and learning system. ALEKS uses adaptive questioning to quickly and accurately determine exactly what a student knows and doesn't know in a course. ALEKS then instructs the student on the topics she is most ready to learn. As a student works through a course, ALEKS periodically reassesses the student to ensure that topics learned are also retained. ALEKS courses are very complete in their topic coverage and ALEKS avoids multiple-choice questions. A student who shows a high level of mastery of an ALEKS course will be successful in the actual course she is taking.


All about Languages

A comprehensive catalog of language-related internet resources with over 2400 links.


BRYCS- Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services:

Strengthens the capacity of refugee-serving and mainstream organizations across the U.S. to ensure the successful development of refugee children, youth, and their families by increasing information sharing and promoting collaboration at the local, state, regional, and national levels.


Busy Teacher

Free worksheets and lesson plans that are ESL friendly.


Common Core and ELLs

Ever wonder what the Common Core standards mean for the English Language Learner?


Countries and Their Cultures

Articles about world cultures, languages, and multicultural America. 


Cross Cultured

This website is full of apps and links for teachers to use with English langauge learners.  Dr.Collier is the author of the website and wrote the book "Separating Differences from Disabilities".  The book is a wonderful resource for anyone interested in learning more about ELLs. 


Factors Affecting Second Language Acquisition

There are many factors affecting second language acquisition.  As an educator, understanding these barriers empowers you to make content accessible to the English Language Learner.


Julius Casear

The following link will take you to libro.com where you will automatically have access to Julius Caesar in Spanish.


Kahoot

Kahoot is a fun interactive website for you to assess your student's comprehension in your classroom.  Kahoot is free and there are already teacher made games established for the content classrooms.  Just create your free account and select a game.  You can add to any of them or create your own! Students will need some form of technology to play along. 


Kwintessential: Country Profiles - Guides to Culture, Customs and Etiquette

Discover language and culture information on almost 100 countries.


Language Development for Beginner English Language Learners

When students first start school, they need to know key phrases and expressions that they can use to communicate with teachers and classmates during the school day. Being able to communicate effectively with others is key for learning to take place. Through meaningful and fun interactions, students can develop the type of everyday communication skills that facilitate learning.


Language Objectives: The Key to Effective Content Area Instruction for English Learners

In this article written for Colorín Colorado, Jennifer Himmel of the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) provides an overview of how to use language objectives in content-area instruction for English learners. Her overview includes:

  • what a language objective is
  • steps that teachers can take to create language objectives
  • how to implement language objectives in a general education classroom
  • how to align objectives to content and language standards
  • ideas and resources on how to support teachers as they become familiar with this practice.

Laws and Policies Guiding ESL public schoolprograms

Mexican-American Toddlers: Understanding the Achievement Gap

This link connects you to a story on NPR about recent studies that analyze the achievement gap for Mexican-Americans.


Mother Jones

Insightful news articles found by searching ‘refugee children” on news site.


News in Levels

News in levels is a great resource.  The website provides current events and is broken down by reading levels.  When you pull up the site, make sure you know your student's ACCESS report for reading.  There are worksheets tha accompany some of the articles and can be utilized for reading comprehension.


NYSED:Bilingual Ed:Bilingual Gloassaries

 This website is specific to the math classroom.  If you are a math teacher and have a student who has limited English proficiency, then this is the website for you!  The website explains different academic vocabulary in different topics in multiple languages.

 


Omniglot-Writing systems of the World

A guide to writing systems and languages of the world. Contains a large collection of useful phrases in many languages, multilingual texts, and a multilingual book store.


Reading Comprehension Strategies for Content Learning

In this article, teachers will find multiple resources for incorporating reading in the content classroom.


Resources for Migrant Student Success

This link to Colorin Colorado provides a plethora of resources for teachers to utilize for migrant students.


Rosetta Stone Classroom

Online resource for learning a second language.


Second Language Acquisition

This article explains second language acquisition (SLA) and the factors that affect it.  The article is in english and spanish.


Teacher Compass

Teacher Compass is a great online tool for teachers to find English Language learner activities to incorporate into their content classrooms.  Strategies are categorized by content area and grade level as well as connected to common core standards. 


Technology Tools in the Classroom

These articles offer specific strategy and activity ideas for different tools, including tips for bringing students up to speed and activities like "digital storytelling."


Transact

This online database is provided to employees using their jefcoed email address.  The database has school forms that are downloadable in many different languages.


Unaccompanied Students in schools: What you need to know

This article equips you with information that will empower teachers to meet the diverse needs of students in their classroom.


UNHCR- the United Nations Refugee Agency

Offers protection and assistance to tens of millions of refugees.

"Children on the Run" : An Analysis of First-Hand Accounts from Children Fleeing Central America.


What's the Difference between Academic and Social Language?

This article explains why you see your EL in the hallway speaking English to their friends, but comes into your classroom and doesn't understand what you say.  Great read for teachers with active ESL's in their classroom.


WIDA

WIDA advances academic language development and academic achievement for linguistically diverse students through high quality standards, assessments, research, and professional development for educators.


Parent Resources
Laws and Policies Guiding ESL public school programs

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