We all know how difficult it is to be "the new kid on the block." But immigrants and refugees not only have to overcome the nervousness associated with not knowing anyone, they also have to overcome language barriers and adjust to the customs of a new culture. Since I married an immigrant, and because I have lived in two different foreign countries and have had to overcome two different language barriers and adjust to two different cultures, this book speaks to my heart. Oh, and by the way, National Refugee Day is June 20th. So, if you'll be in school to the end of June, like me, then this could be a fun end of the year activity. But, truthfully, it's an important activity to do with students any day of the year. The activity guide explains the activity above, and the activity below would be a fun way to get started. Enjoy!
Activity Name: Welcome Speech Bubbles
Activity Description: "Consider capturing the spirit of the event or classroom experience, by making
speech bubbles that say “welcome” in many languages. What are the major languages in your community? Ask the ELL coordinators in your school system or one of the community groups serving new arrivals for this information. The kit provides blank speech bubbles (pages 13-14) for you or your community to write “welcome” in a language they know or a language they research. These speech bubbles are best printed on cardstock paper. We have also provided a handful of languages as speech bubbles (pages 15-20): Arabic,
Chinese, French, Korean, Somali and Spanish."
Whether it be for one specific student, a small group of kids, or a whole class, finding a "just right" book makes the teacher's and the students' day.