Wild New York
Overview | Activities
New York City is rarely thought of as a place where one comes in contact with nature.
In celebration of the arrival of spring, this inquiry-based lesson invites students and teachers to seize the plethora of language-building opportunities that exist outside of the ESL classroom and learn about the natural wonders and wildlife of New York City.
Level: ESL (Grades 6-12)
Subject Matter: ESOL and Science
Students will be able to:
- develop reading, writing, speaking and listening skills
- develop research skills
- demonstrate and develop their oral presentation skills
- build their knowledge of New York City's geography and wild places
Standards: New York State Education Department-Virtual Learning System
Standard 1 English for information and understanding
Standard 4 - English for classroom and social interaction.
- Students learning English as a second language will use English to acquire, interpret, apply and transmit information for content area learning and personal use. They will develop and use skills and strategies appropriate to their level of English proficiency to collect data, facts, and ideas; discover relationships, concepts, and generalizations; and use knowledge generated from oral, written, and electronically produced texts.
- Students learning English as a second language will use English to interact with others in social and classroom situations. They will develop and use skills and strategies appropriate to their level of English proficiency to communicate effectively with regard to audience, purpose, and setting.
- NYC Subway & Bus Maps
- Student Notebooks (6"x 9")
Prep for Teachers:
- Review materials and websites.
- Develop trip schedule.
- Identify project deadlines.
- Schedule computer lab and speech lab time if appropriate.
- Make copies of handouts for students.
- Cut Concentric Circles Questions into strips.