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Ladybugs, Tornadoes, and Swirling Galaxies

  • Title:Ladybugs, Tornadoes, and Swirling Galazies: English Language Learners Discover Their World Through Inquiry
  • Author:Brad Buhrow, Anne Upczak Garcia
  • Publication Date:January 2006
  • Grade Level:K-6
  • ISBN:9781571104007
  • Publisher:Stenhouse

Brad Buhrow and Anne Garcia are primary teachers in a diverse school in Boulder, Colorado. In Ladybugs, Tornadoes and Swirling Galaxies, you will see how they blend comprehension instruction and ELL best practices to explore inquiry as a literacy pathway for English language learners.

As teachers and students engage in learning science and social studies content they also discover multiple ways to make meaning. The book is full of photographs of student artwork—including a color insert—that reveals the children's inquiry process, and demonstrates the important role of art as a sign system in ELL literacy and language acquisition.

Brad and Anne provide explicit detail on the process they use as they move step-by-step with students from personal narrative through the independent inquiry process. They also discuss use of the Gradual Release Model, authentic assessment, and bilingual identities.

Appendices in Spanish and English help to round out this informative and charming resource.


Author Bio

Anne Upczak Garcia is a writer and bilingual teacher in Colorado. She spends part of her time hiking and skiing in the Rockies with her Colorado family and part of her time visiting and traveling through the Andes of Merida with her Venezuelan family. She is passionate about connecting with the outdoors, which is her link to her own spirituality. Living abroad for many years, and traveling by land and sea over the South American continent, has guided her experiences as a writer and has driven her into teaching where she can interact with children who have vision and explosive creativity. Her teaching allows her to expand her own creative process as well as share it with others. As a writer she has written for a variety of magazines including a sustainable business publication, a travel periodical and a Spanish-language magazine that focuses on politics and culture. She recently published a professional development book fort teachers titled Ladybugs, Tornadoes, and Swirling Galaxies: English Language Learners Discover their World through Inquiry. She holds a bachelor's degree in political science and an master's degree in multicultural, bilingual and ESL education. In addition to her teaching and writing, Anne is currently presenting at state and national conferences as well as working with other teachers doing trainings and consulting work.

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