Great Graphic Organizer Websites:
• http://community.learnnc.org/dpi/esl This is the NC Department of Public Instruction’s ESL website. It is a great website for accessing information regarding the laws, the ESL Standard Course of Study, ESL Certification and a listserve for classroom teachers. There are numerous ESL links.
• http://www.ncela.gwu.edu This is the National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition & Language Instruction Educational Programs. Its mission is to respond to Title III educational needs and implement NCLB as it applies to English language learners. Anyone who works with English language learners in any capacity will love this site! It is one of the most comprehensive sites for classroom teachers. Teachers can go to “In the Classroom” and find complete lesson plans and classroom activities for all subjects and grade levels. There are many examples of methodologies found to be successful for teaching non-English speakers. This site also contains a resource collection of over 21,000 documents related to ESL.
• www.helpforschools.com This is a great site for understanding the laws pertaining to English language learners. Teachers can also find descriptors for English language learners and Mexico/USA school comparisons. Great suggestions for parent involvement and NCLB documents in Spanish.
• www.learnnc.org Search ESL. It is amazing all the different sites available on this one website. Moltnomah County Library’s LIBROS site is excellent.
• http://www.pdictionary.com/ A great website that has numerous activities for students using a picture dictionary. Remember, students involved in NCCLAS MAY use their dictionaries during assessments! Have your students make their own!
• www.escort.org Escort is a national resource center dedicated to improving the educational opportunities for migrant students. Each elementary school has a copy of Help! They Don’t Speak English. Each middle and high school has a copy of The Help! Kit. These should be housed in the professional library. However, you can order your OWN copy free of charge by either emailing or calling 1.800.451.8058. Although your students may not be migrant, they are English language learners. This is a fabulous resource and has some great alternate assessments.
• www.readingrockets.org is especially good for K-2 teachers and first year teachers.
• www.starfall.com The website has audio and activities for matching letters to word endings. Students can choose stories and have them read aloud to them. Suitable for elementary and middle school.
• www.abcteach.com This website has a membership, but also many free links. There are many thematic units with reproducibles. There are also reproducible flashcards for numbers, letters, etc. Suitable for elementary and middle school.
• www.teach-nology.com This website is great for lessons for all students, not just English language learners. But for ESL lesson plans, search ESL and go from there. To make labels for your classroom, click Printables under Teaching Tools. Then scroll down to class labels. You can pick from many different categories.
• A4ESL.org This is a great website for classroom teachers. There are quizzes on different categories of nouns, verbs, adjectives, body parts, etc. There are different levels for parts of speech. Students can take a test and then print the results. Then students can retake the test with the words shuffled for a different order. Newcomers can go to this site and practice tests with pictures of all the vocabulary. Teachers need to spend a few minutes viewing this site before allowing students to use.
• www.esl-lab.com Another great website for newcomers. This site is especially good for vocabulary.
• www.languageguide.org This is a tutorial language acquisition website that includes about twenty different languages. You click on your native language and then the target language and off you go! The audio is fantastic and as the cursor goes over the new language information, the native language translation pops up. Great components such as letters, introductions, numbers, colors and days of the week. Too many topics to list, but very specific topics like subject pronouns, adjectives, verbs, etc. All skills used in context and a “must” for middle/high school newcomers and any teacher wanting to get a taste of learning a foreign language.
• There is a link to a great website, http://www.mrsperkins.com/dolch.htm that could keep an elementary classroom teacher content for a long time!
• http://www.mes-english.com/flashcards.php This is another great website for making flashcards of classroom and school subjects. Lots of great games for teaching content.
• http://bogglesworldesl.com The first web link on the nclearn website, this site has it all! Not just for ESL students, either! Crosswords, word searches, flashcards, verbs, songs, creative writing, worksheets, phonics, ESL science, survival English, ESL articles, lesson plans and holiday worksheets. Have fun!
• http://www.handwritingforkids.com/handwrite/whatsnew.htm What a great website for teaching handwriting. Teachers can choose from a long list of male and female names to print My name is ________. Several links for manuscript and cursive writing.
Differentiated Instruction Resources
• Integrating Differentiated Instruction & Understanding by Design: Connecting Content and Kids by Carol Ann Tomlinson and Jay McTighe (Paperback - May 2006)
• Differentiated Instruction Made Easy: Hundreds of Multi-Level Activities for All Learners (Jossey-Bass Teacher) by Phyllis Kaplan, Virginia Rogers, and Rande Webster (Paperback - Oct 6, 2008)
• Differentiated Instruction: Different Strategies for Different Learners by Char Forsten, Jim Grant, and Betty Hollas (Paperback - Mar 1, 2002)
• Handbook on Differentiated Instruction for Middle & High Schools by Sheryn Northey Waterman (Paperback - Dec 22, 2004)
• The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners by Carol A. Tomlinson (Paperback - May 7, 1999)
• Differentiated Instructional Strategies: One Size Doesn't Fit All by Gayle H. Gregory and Carolyn M. Chapman (Paperback - Aug 18, 2006)
• How to Differentiate Instruction in Mixed-Ability Classrooms by Carol A. Tomlinson (Paperback - Apr 2001)
• Differentiated Instruction: A Guide for Middle and High School Teachers by Amy Benjamin (Paperback - May 9, 2002)
• Differentiating Instruction and Assessment for English Language Learners A Guide for K-12 Teachers by Shelley Fairbain and Stephaney Jones-Vo (Paperback- 2010)
• Teaching Reading Through Differentiated Instruction With Leveled Graphic Organizers: 50+ Reproducible, Leveled Literature-Response Sheets That Help You ... Learning Needs Easily and Effectively by Nancy Witherell and Mary McMackin (Paperback - Nov 1, 2005)