Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

May 22, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Nice, But Expensive, Brainpop Feature: You Can Track Student Progress


I’ve been a longtime fan of Brainpop’s Social Studies animations, and often use them in my ELL U.S. & World History classes. I pay for the $220 yearly “classroom” subscription” (which lets you log-in at only three devices at the same time) out of my own pocket.

Brainpop also has an ESL program, which costs $130 annually with the same number of log-on limitations. I don’t subscribe to that because I think there are plenty of free resources of equal or better quality.

They’ve just added the ability for teachers to track student progress to the ESL program (they call it My Brainpop), but only with a school or district subscription, and that’s pretty pricey – $600. They offer that same ability if you have a school or district subscription to their regular program, which is far more expensive. This is a great feature to have. It’s just unfortunate that their prices are so high.

Nevertheless, with the addition of this new feature, I’m adding it to The Best Sites That Students Can Use Independently And Let Teachers Check On Progress.

May 21, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Hillary Clinton & Venn Diagrams


You may have heard about the hullabaloo caused by the Hillary Clinton campaign yesterday when they sent out a tweet showing that at least one campaign staffer doesn’t have a clue about how to correctly used a Venn Diagram:

Here are a couple of useful, and humorous, articles about the aftermath:

Hillary Clinton gets schooled by the internet on how Venn diagrams work is from Quartz.

We fixed Hillary Clinton’s terrible Venn diagram on gun control is from The Washington Post.

I’m adding this info to The Best Multimedia Resources For Introducing Students To The Advantages Of Charts, Graphs & Infographics.

May 20, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Video: “Ferdinand The Bull”

I, and many ELL teachers, use The Story Of Ferdinand in class. It’s particularly useful when teaching the “story” genre (I use it, as well as Teacher From The Black Lagoon, as part of a modified unit from The WRITE Institute).

I just learned that the director of the Ice Age movie is doing a full-length version of Ferdinand, and it’s supposed to be out next year.

Disney did this cartoon version in the late 1930’s:

Many of you may know this, but it’s new to me that it was a very controversial story when it came out prior to World War II and was banned in in countries for it’s alleged promotion of pacifism.

May 18, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

“UnboundEd” Is New Site For Free CCSS Lessons


A new site for free Common Core-aligned lessons opened up today. It’s called UnboundEd.

Right now, most of the lessons they have are the same as those at the popular EngageNY site but, according to Education Week (see Creators of EngageNY Start New Archive of Free Common-Core Materials), they’re running out of money so they started UnboundEd to continue its work.

I know the EngageNY site is very popular among educators. Personally, I tend to get very tired just reading their lessons, but, obviously, I’m in the minority.

UnboundEd says they’re going to add a lot of new materials, so I’ll wait to see what they come up with before I add them to the The Best Places To Find Free (And Good) Lesson Plans On The Internet.

May 16, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Statistic Of The Day: Arabic “Fastest Growing Language” In U.S.

Losing Identity During the Refugee Crisis is a new article in The Atlantic filled with important information for teachers of English Language Learners, particularly about the importance of supporting students’ home languages.

Here was one statistic I found surprising:

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