What’s On Our Shelves? Media Library Recommendations for December.

What's on our shelves December Recommendations

December is a time of festival and celebration for many cultures across the globe. This December, we are spotlighting resources to teach students about celebrations and holidays around the world as well as professional materials to assist educators teaching in multicultural classrooms. For more resources or questions, contact Teacher Librarian Dianna Geers at dgeers@gwaea.org.

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Professional Material

In "Culturally Responsive Teaching for Multilingual Learners: Tools for Equity", authors Sydney Snyder and Diane Staehr Fenner propose that by using culturally responsive teaching as a framework for changing educational outcomes for multilingual learners, and presenting steps needed to develop a climate in which all students' backgrounds, experiences, and cultures are honored, educators can build a stronger and more diverse school community. Included in this book are: practical and printable research-based tools; case studies and reflection exercises to help identify implicit bias and mitigate deficit-based thinking; authentic classroom video clips showing what culturally responsive teaching looks like; and hand-drawn sketch note graphics that spotlight key concepts.

Culturally Responsive Teaching for Multilingual Learners Tools for Equity by Sydney Snyder and Diane Staehr Fenner
Student Material

National Geographic Ladders: Birthday Celebrations  is an early reader magazine that has information for students about birthday celebrations around the world and includes a digital teacher guide.

National Geographic Ladders Birthday Celerations
Digital Resources

Find these digital resources through GWAEA OneClick.

  • PebbleGo (grades K-2) and PebbleGo Next (grades 3-5) have videos, activities, and articles about holidays around the world.
  • BookFlix (grades Pre-K—3) has non-fiction books about celebrations paired with fiction books and videos.
  • ProQuest CultureGrams has information on countries across the globe, including celebrations and holidays.
Pro Quest Culture Grams