Two-Minute Video on Bringing Students’ Cultures Into the Class
by Tatiana Florival
“In my classroom, we have a lot of different students from a lot of different backgrounds, and [Mango, Abuela, and Me] would be a wonderful way for them to bring their language and a little bit of their identity into the classroom.” —Natasha Ciron, Kindergarten Teacher
Every student brings their own background, culture, language, and traditions into the classroom—just like Mia and her abuela!
Natasha Ciron, a kindergarten teacher from AmPark Neighborhood School PS 344 in the Bronx, New York, loves how Meg Medina and Angela Dominguez demonstrate the importance of connecting to one another’s culture in their Pura Belpré Honor book. In her video, Natasha shares how she uses Mango, Abuela, and Me to help her students practice:
• Problem-solving skills
• Text-to-self connections by interviewing family members
• Spelling and reading with the Word Card Game
Watch Natasha’s Scholastic Book Clubs–exclusive video to discover how you could use Mango, Abuela, and Me as part of your lesson plan!
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