Voices Vol 41 No 4


Websites for Math & Science

By Tugba Hoguet

WatchKnowLearn has more than 30,000 educational videos for K-12 for language arts, math, science, and social studies.  It is a free website; teachers or parents are not required to register. If you are a push-in ESL teacher and need a quick visual representation of a science experiment or a short documentary on WWI, this website is one of the best.

The Visual Dictionary Online is an interactive dictionary. The words are organized under themes such as Astronomy, Earth, Animal Kingdom, Science, and so on.  It is a great resource especially for earth science and chemistry. You can access the pictures by just typing them in the search box. It is perfect for students to use at home while they are working on their homework or projects.  Students can click on the words to hear the way they are pronounced. I would recommend this website for grades 3-10.

This is a bilingual (Spanish/English) science glossary prepared by the NY Department of Education. I distribute this to the science teachers that I work with in the beginning of the year. As an accommodation, ESL students use this glossary during testing. The NYDOE recommends this for the elementary level, but I have used it with middle and some high school students depending on their language proficiency levels. Besides the content specific vocabulary, the glossary includes academic words (thrive, summarize, revolve, etc.) that students need to know in order to understand the classroom language.

This website is specifically for science teachers and students. Students from grades 3 to 12 can use the animations to practice the new vocabulary words they learned on interactive pictures. I love the worksheets and resources for teachers. They are especially handy if you have to differentiate classroom assignments for various language proficiencies.  The “office” link provides templates for teachers to create their own tests, games, and activities.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science is a valuable resource for teachers, students, and parents. The website, supported by Thinkfinity and Verizon Foundation, provides hundreds of teaching tools, lesson plans, interactives, worksheets, hands-on activities, and podcasts. You do not need to register or pay for the contents. The interactives and e-sheets can be printed and used as homework assignments or as leveled classroom work.

The ready-to-use lessons include learning objectives, content framework for teachers, and instructional strategies, suggestions for student assessment, and ready-to-use student worksheets to be used in class. It is easy to navigate through the website and if you co-teach with a science teacher, it is a great resource to align your ESL objectives with the classroom teacher’s objectives. Also, the “afterschool” link on the main page contains various hands-on activities for students to experiment with after school on their own or with friends. I would recommend  the AAAS website for middle school and high school ESL and science teachers.

Tugba Hoguet is the ESL Program Coordinator & Teacher at LEAP Academy University Charter School in Camden.