Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

February 11, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Nelson Mandela Released From Prison On This Day In 1990 – Here Are Related Resources

Nelson Mandela was released from prison on this day twenty-seven years ago.

You might be interested in:

The Best Sites For Learning About Nelson Mandela

The Best Resources Honoring Nelson Mandela At His Passing….

February 11, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Immigration Raids Across The Country – Is This Just The Beginning? (If It Is, Here Are Helpful Resources)

ICE made raids in immigrant communities across the country this week and, in a major difference from the past, arrested undocumented residents without criminal records.

There is going to be a lot of fear in classrooms across the country next week.

Here are some articles about the raids, followed by useful resources to potentially share with students (or, at least, portions of them). I know my English Language Learners have been talking about doing a community project to share information in their communities about the legal rights of residents.

I’ll be adding this post to The Best Resources For Learning About President Trump’s Executive Orders On Immigration & Refugees.

First, here are some articles about the raids:

Federal agents conduct immigration enforcement raids in at least six states is from The Washington Post.

Reports of Raids Have Immigrants Bracing for Enforcement Surge is from The NY Times.

ICE Arrests Stir Fear in Immigrants Wary of Trump Orders is from NBC News.

Of course, this comes on the heels of the deportation this week of a widely-reported deportation of a an Arizona mother who had lived in the U.S. for decades:

Here are some resources (again, you might just want to share portions) that could be helpful to students and their families:

Know your rights. Remain calm. is from the ACLU.

What immigrant advocates want you to do if ICE agents come to your door is from CNN.

Educators Guide for Immigrant and Refugee Children

Immigrant and Refugee Children: A Guide for Educators and School Support Staff is from Teaching Tolerance.

February 9, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best “Around The World” Videos

Travelers creating their own “around the world” videos has almost become a genre since “Where The Hell Is Matt?” became popular in 2008.

I think students enjoy watching them in Geography class and learn something from them, too.

Here are the best ones I’ve seen, starting off with Matt’s 2012 version:

And here’s the original from 2008:

Kien Larn made these two. The first is his most recent one, and the second is a very popular video he made three years ago:

“3 guys Irish dancing around the world” is a video showing travelers doing the same thing in different countries:

Here’s a guy who took panoramic videos of himself in different places around the world.

I don’t think it’s anyway near as interesting as the two “Matt” videos, since Matt shows much more interaction with people, but it still could be useful in a Geography class…

I just learned about this next one, which is not quite the same genre, but close:

Let me know about ones I’m missing….

February 9, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Another Depressing Statistic On Wealth Inequality

Black, Latino Two-Parent Families Have Half The Wealth Of White Single Parents is the headline of an NPR story on a new study on wealth inequality.

Here’s an excerpt:

It goes on to say:

“Family structure does not drive racial inequity, and racial inequity persists regardless of family structure,” the authors note. “The benefits of intergenerational wealth transfers and other aspects of white privilege … benefit white single mothers, enabling them to build significantly more wealth than married parents of color.”

I’m adding this info to The Best Resources About Wealth & Income Inequality.

February 8, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn About Animals


As I shared last month (see Beginning A New “Best” Series Of Interest To ELL Teachers), I’m beginning to create an updated series of “Best” lists for Beginning English Language Learners. They will ultimately replace the resources I have on my outdated website.

I began with:

The Best Resources For Helping ELLs Learn About Sports & Other Fun Activities

The Best Resources For Helping ELLs Learn About U.S. Money

The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn About Space & Planets

The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn About “Feelings”

The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn About Jobs

I already have a The Best Sites For Learning About Animals, but many of those resources are not accessible to ELL Beginners (at the bottom of this post – bold – I have links to lesson plans about animals that I use with Beginners).

Many of the links are the still-active ones I copied-and-pasted from my website. Please let me know if you have additional suggestions of sites to add:

Language Guide:
Farm Animals
Reptiles & Amphibians
African Animals
Sea Animals

Who Pooped?

Animal Games

More Animal Games

Animal Matching Game

The Greedy Dog

The Lion and the Mouse

Pet Activities

Proud Peacock


Gumbie Cat


At The Zoo

Living Things


Polar Bears


Insect World Records

More Bats

Even More Bats

Snow Monkeys



Animal Families



Farm Animals

Farm Animal Quiz

I Spy Animal Game

The Sea

Kids San Diego Zoo offers the most accessible information about different animals.

Creature Features from National Geographic offers good, but less accessible explanations.

Animals and Plants from the Denver Zoo also offers good, but less accessible explanations.

For Teachers:

Web 2.0 Tools For Beginning English Language Learners – “My Storybook” includes hand-outs and links for another animal-related lesson plan.

One of my New York Times Learning Network interactive for English Language Learners is on parrots and pets. Students have to choose correct word definitions and a summary, and then write about their favorite pets.

Build Your WIldself is from the New York Zoos and Aquarium. Instead of explaining it here, I’m just going to suggest you read a post from Kevin Jarrett which explains it in detail.

This would be a very good video to show Beginning English Language Learners while teaching them about animals. Students could watch it and then retell what happened, while at the same time learning the types of the animals in the film.

You’ll want to watch it until the end.

February 7, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Sad News: Swedish Statistician & “Edutainer” Died Today – Here Are His Best Videos

As the headline in Quartz says, Hans Rosling: The Swedish physician who made statistics come alive has died.

He’s most famous for his amazing videos on what has happened, is happening now, and will likely happen in the future around the world. You can see a collection at The Best Hans Rosling Videos.

In addition, he co-created the excellent Gapminder site, which created one of the most useful educational online resources last year: “Dollar Street” Is Clearly One Of The Best Online Educational Resources Of The Year

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