Classroom environment

3B) Books that depict children’s language and culture

Provide books in the home language and books that depict the cultural and linguistic background of children in a positive light. Make sure children of each language and cultural background can see themselves represented in the classroom.

Blog: Tackling the Challenges of Implementing Diverse Libraries at Your School

Access to culturally relevant books is critical for Multilingual Learners. This blog offers tips and suggestions on how to build a more inclusive collection of books in school libraries. Many additional resources and tools are linked.
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Guide: Selecting and Using Culturally Appropriate Children’s Books in Languages Other than English

This resource provides guidance on how to select culturally appropriate children’s books in Multilingual Learners’ home languages and how to share those books with children and their families. This guide also provides ideas for sharing books in languages that are not familiar to teachers and links to other book lists and digital libraries.
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Website Article: 5 Meaningful Ways to Support DLLs at Storytime

This resource explains how to adjust storytime experiences to ensure that Multilingual Learners (MLs) can fully benefit from these experiences. Intentional storytime experiences that incorporate children's home languages, visuals, props, and culturally relevant materials promote MLs' comprehension, vocabulary, and early literacy skills.
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Educator Toolkit: My Name, My Identity- Creating an Inclusive and Respectful School Community

This digital book supports the socio-emotional learning of students by introducing example lesson plans that center on Multilingual Learners' identity. The resource includes videos, book lists, lesson plans, and many extension activities and further resources to help teachers build a healthy, asset-based community in the classroom.
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Website: Teacher Interactions and Strategies to Support Reading for Dual Language Learners

This resource provides many strategies that teachers can use to support Multilingual Learners’ reading and literacy skills.
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Book List: Multicultural Books for Preschoolers

This resource provides a list of books that celebrate different cultures and includes multiple languages. Teachers can use this list to ensure that they are providing books that are in children’s home languages, and that depict the cultural and linguistic background of children in a positive light.
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Digital Book Collection: Level A (Vietnamese)

This is a collection of high-quality Level A books written in Vietnamese. This resource helps teachers access books that depict Vietnamese children's language and culture.
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Digital Book Collection: Level B (Vietnamese)

This is a collection of high-quality Level B books written in Vietnamese. This resource helps teachers access books that depict Vietnamese children's language and culture.
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Strategy Overview: Si Se Puede

Si Se Puede is a set of strategies to elevate Multilingual Learners' perception of the status of their home language, countering the messages learners often receive about English dominance.
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Video: Affirming Language, Culture & Identity

This video shares asset-based strategies for teachers to engage with families, develop the socio-emotional health of children, and set up a classroom environment to support Multilingual Learners. This resource focuses on preschool but the content applies to all grade bands. Examples come from dual language classrooms.
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Booklist: Mirrors and Windows Literature

The literature on this booklist depicts the diverse languages, cultures, and identities of Multilingual Learners. Teachers can find a short description, related themes, and some read-aloud links for numerous “Mirror and Window” books.
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