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Ladybugs, Tornadoes, and Swirling Galaxies

English Language Learners Discover Their World Through Inquiry

Brad Buhrow and Anne Upczak Garcia

Brad Buhrow and Anne Garcia are primary teachers in a diverse school in Boulder, Colorado. In Ladybugs, Tornadoes and Swirling Galaxies, you will see how they blend comprehension instruction and ELL best practices to explore inquiry as a literacy pathway for English language learners.

As teachers and students engage in learning science and social studies content they also discover multiple ways to make meaning. The book is full of photographs of student artwork—including a color insert—that reveals the children's inquiry process, and demonstrates the important role of art as a sign system in ELL literacy and language acquisition.


"This book answers the question, What's next in comprehension strategy instruction?” Content comprehension, that's what. Join Brad and Anne as they teach their kids to merge their thinking with social studies and science content to learn, understand and remember it. Step inside their rooms and see how seamlessly and joyously they create a mix of intellectual curiosity, passion for the real world and pure unadulterated fun to nurture engagement and long lasting learning. What a terrific read. I love this book!


—Stephanie Harvey, co-author of Strategies that Work

 


Foreword by Anne Goudvis

Product Details

  • Author: Brad Buhrow and Anne Upczak Garcia
  • ISBN: 978-157110-400-7
  • Year:2006
  • Media: 204 pp/paper (color insert)
  • Grade Range: K-3
  • Item No: WEB-0400

Brad Buhrow and Anne Garcia are primary teachers in a diverse school in Boulder, Colorado. In Ladybugs, Tornadoes and Swirling Galaxies, you will see how they blend comprehension instruction and ELL best practices to explore inquiry as a literacy pathway for English language learners.

As teachers and students engage in learning science and social studies content they also discover multiple ways to make meaning. The book is full of photographs of student artwork—including a color insert—that reveals the children's inquiry process, and demonstrates the important role of art as a sign system in ELL literacy and language acquisition.

Brad and Anne provide explicit detail on the process they use as they move step-by-step with students from personal narrative through the independent inquiry process. They also discuss use of the Gradual Release Model, authentic assessment, and bilingual identities.

Appendices in Spanish and English help to round out this informative and charming resource.

Table of Contents

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Contents
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. Creating a Classroom Environment
2. Creating a Culture of Thinking
3. Telling Our Stories
4. Launching Readers
5. Fostering Questions and Gathering Information
6. Guided Inquiry
7. Moving Into Independent Inquiry-Keep the Questions Coming!
8. Outcomes: Kids' Work on Display
9. Investigating Content Topics
10. Using Assessment to Differentiate Instruction
Appendix
Glossary
References
Index

Color Insert

About the Authors

Brad Buhrow
Brad was born in 1962 in Edgerton, Wisconsin, a small town in the southeastern part of the state. He received his B.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder, his teaching license from Metropolitan State University at Denver and his M.A. from >more

Anne Upczak Garcia
Anne Upczak Garcia is a writer and bilingual teacher in Colorado. She spends part of her time hiking and skiing in the Rockies with her Colorado family and part of her time visiting and traveling through the Andes of Merida with her Venezuelan family. >more

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