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Literacy Instruction for English Language Learners
Literacy Instruction for English Language Learners
By: Nancy Cloud, Fred Genesee , Else V. Hamayan
Heinemann
(2009)

In this must-read guide, experts Nancy Cloud, Fred Genesee, and Else Hamayan lay out a research-based yet practical and accessible approach to reading and writing instruction for ELLs. Designed for ELL teachers, mainstream teachers, and reading specialists, the book offers an excellent foundation on what we know about literacy development in ELLs before offering numerous classroom strategies on topics such as: emergent literacy in a second language; helping ELLs become biliterate; academic language and literacy; connecting reading and writing; and assessment. The book is full of classroom examples, extra tips and research questions, recommended resources, and useful skill charts, presented by the authors in a thoughtful, comprehensive, and clear format.

Literature-Based Reading Activities
Literature-Based Reading Activities
By: Ruth Yopp Edwards, Hallie Yopp Slowick
Allyn and Bacon
(2005)

This text presents a series of activities and ideas for implementing a literature-based reading program. Theoretically supported exercises for grades K-8 are included, as well as universal activities applicable to books of all levels. In addition, the book discusses practical, decision-making guidelines for literature instruction.

Made in America: Immigrant Students in Our Public Schools
Made in America: Immigrant Students in Our Public Schools
By: Laurie Olsen
New Press
(2008)

Product Description: As the United States reexamines its borders and immigration policies, the debate over educating immigrant students in our public schools has divided Americans. What can teachers and immigrant students expect from each other? Laurie Olsen, co-director of Californians Together, describes what it looks and feels like to go to school and to teach in a culturally diverse environment. With a new introduction by Olsen, this timely reissue probes the challenges facing teachers and immigrant students in our public schools.

Magic Trees of the Mind: How to Nurture Your Child's Intelligence, Creativity, and Healthy Emotions from Birth Through Adolescence
Magic Trees of the Mind: How to Nurture Your Child's Intelligence, Creativity, and Healthy Emotions from Birth Through Adolescence
By: Marian Diamond, Janet Hopson

Cutting edge scientific research has shown that exposure to the right kind of environment during the first years of life actually affects the physical structure of a child's brain, vastly increasing the number of neuron branches—the "magic trees of the mind"—that help us to learn, think, and remember.

Making a Place for Kids With Disabilities
Making a Place for Kids With Disabilities
By: Dale Borman Fink, Ph.D.

Dale Borman Fink, the author of the only book on inclusion of youth with special needs in after school child care, now presents the first book to examine the experiences of children with disabilities participating in youth programs alongside their typical peers. Using a case study technique, he probes into the issues and dynamics that influence the increasing participation of kids with disabilities in such activities as Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and park and recreation programs.

Making Mathematics Accessible to English Learners: A Guidebook for Teachers
Making Mathematics Accessible to English Learners: A Guidebook for Teachers
By: John Carr, Cathy Caroll , Sarah Cremer , Mardi Gale , Rachel Lagunoff
WestEd

Product Description: This practical book helps upper elementary, middle, and high school mathematics teachers effectively reach English learners in their classrooms. Designed for teachers who have had limited preparation for teaching mathematics to English learners, the guide offers an integrated approach to teaching mathematics content and English language skills, including guidance on best instructional practices from the field, powerful and concrete strategies for teaching mathematics content along with academic language, and sample lesson scenarios that can be implemented immediately in any mathematics class.

Making Science Accessible to English Learners: A Guidebook for Teachers, Updated Edition
Making Science Accessible to English Learners: A Guidebook for Teachers, Updated Edition
By: John Carr, Ursula Sexton , Rachel Lagunoff
WestEd

Product Description: This updated edition of the bestselling guidebook helps middle and high school science teachers reach English learners in their classrooms. The guide offers practical guidance, powerful and concrete strategies, and sample lesson scenarios that can be implemented immediately in any science class.

Managing Diverse Classrooms: How to Build on Students' Cultural Strengths
Managing Diverse Classrooms: How to Build on Students' Cultural Strengths
By: Carrie Rothstein-Fisch, Elise Trumbull
ASCD
(2008)

This groundbreaking book examines the impact of culture and individual/collective orientation on classroom management and family outreach. The authors present the results of Bridging Cultures, a longitudinal five-year action research project focused on immigrant students in the U.S. school system. The result was a transformational approach to classroom management in areas such as instruction, behavior, assessment, and parent relationships.

Many Languages, Building Connections: Supporting Infants and Toddlers Who Are Dual Language Learners
Many Languages, Building Connections: Supporting Infants and Toddlers Who Are Dual Language Learners
By: Karen Nemeth
Gryphon House
(2012)

Product Description: Many Languages, Building Connections outlines adaptable strategies that caregivers of children younger than the age of three can use to feel confident that they know how language develops, how cultural differences can come into play, and how to assess an individual child's situation to provide appropriate support.

Many Languages, One Classroom: Teaching Dual and English Language Learners
Many Languages, One Classroom: Teaching Dual and English Language Learners
By: Karen Nemeth

Product Description: Even the most experienced teacher can feel a bit unsure about meeting the unique needs of children from different language backgrounds. Organized by interest areas and times of the day, you'll find everything you need to open the doors of literacy and learning for young English language learners during dramatic play, outdoor play, reading, science, blocks, and circle time.

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