In my integrated ESL classroom, we like to highlight a country our students are from by teaching about that country's customs and culture. It's a great way to validate newly immigrated students and help all students become global citizens. We focus on one country a month and devote a period or two on Fridays to that country. Students are encouraged to show and tell their heritage.
The first page is devoted to personal details about the child and who they are. We fill out this page after a lesson about Earth and how we all share this planet living on each of its seven continents. We also discuss how our families may have come to America, either born here or immigrated.
The second and third page is devoted to a study about the United States of America and American culture. The second page has a section for marking where it on a map, ways to say hello (hi, what's up), money, flag, and our emblem. The third page contains sections for clothes, holidays, what we are famous for, and a folktale. So you have the option of just using page 2, or integrated page 3 for culture.
The fourth and fifth pages mirror the second and third, but the wording has been changed to allow for a focus on other countries. You should make as many copies of page 4 and 5 as you have countries to study.
I'd like to highlight the folktale portion as satisfying Common Core Standard RL 1.2, 2.2, and 3.2.
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