Multiculturalism in the Classroom
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12
Today's classroom is more diverse than ever before. We've compiled tips from veteran teachers, advice from ESL specialists, books and stories from around the world, and lesson plans that encourage students to share their cultures with the rest of the class.
Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity
Get advice on setting goals, involving parents, exchanging information, and validating home languages with children and families from different cultures.
Early childhood experts Dora Pulido-Tobiassen and Janet Gonzalez-Mena share tips on teaching diversity in the classroom.
Get 50 great book recommendations, plus advice from top educators, writers, and illustrators on selecting multicultural literature.
Learn about cultures around the world as you read these beautifully illustrated folktales and legends.
This lesson is designed to use with The Rainbow Tulip by Pat Mora, but can easily be adapted for other books. Students will analyze the main character of the story and develop an understanding of how culture can influence a person’s thoughts and actions.
Cultures in Your Classroom
Students interview relatives about their heritage, make a family tree, and map their ancestors' migration in this lesson unit on America's cultural diversity.
Students will learn about different cultures and celebrate their own culture as they create and share posters about their families.
Get tips for making a class cookbook as a holiday gift for families and celebrate with a multicultural feast.
Teaching About Different Cultures
Teach your students how to play Chinese Tangrams, the Big Snake (a game from Ghana), and other fun games from around the world.
Introduce your students to the richness of Hispanic heritage with these lesson plans, book lists, and teaching ideas.
Follow the history of individuals who changed the world with this collection of teaching resources for Black History Month.
Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with lesson plans, book lists, and learning activities for grades PreK to 12.
Follow these simple steps for communicating with parents whose first language is not English so you can encourage families to support student learning outside the classroom.
Learn how to develop positive relationships with diverse families by testing yourself for assumptions; being aware of how culture affects behavior; and communicating openly with parents.
Resources for Working With ESL and ELL Students
Hilda Medrano and Lilly Cheng discuss special considerations and techniques for teaching spelling to second-language learning children, particularly native Spanish and Asian language speakers.
Provides practical tips to help second-language learners, including assessment of needs, empathizing, fostering a sense of belonging, assigning a buddy, and more.
Technology offers some easy ways to help English Language Learners build vocabulary, achieve reading fluency, improve comprehension, access curriculum content, and strengthen their home-school connections.