ESL Instructional News

January 2018

Snow Day Suggestions for English Learners

Ideas for Snow Days ... or After School...or Weekends...

Learning 2.0 means snow days don't equal a break from learning for any student, but especially not for English Learners. My friend and colleague, Berta Weyenberg, ESL Intake Center Coordinator (@JCPSlatino), challenged several of us with this question on Twitter yesterday, when the second snow day was announced:

"A JCPS snow day is an opportunity for reading and learning. Suggestions?"

Below are the wonderful ideas and resources which were tweeted, liked, and retweeted:

What to do on a snow day...because the learning never stops.

@ESL Newcomer - Newcomer students who can access their IXL and Reading A toZ accounts can study at home. Read a book, or write about what you did during your snow days.


For younger students, check out these multilingual books: #JCPSESL

For older students, use Open ebooks (if you have a code) or Also check out podcasts-- my favorite podcast app is Stitcher. #JCPSESL

@DonnaJohnsonLMS is accessible to all Louisville Residents w/a @LFPL library card. Students should all receive on in kindergarten. Works on lots of devices!


Take a virtual field trip then share your discoveries with family and friends.

Encourage your English Learners to give some of these ideas a try...

They may be surprised at the spark of curiosity that can be flamed into an ongoing deeper learning project, as students use snow days, weekends, and after school time to explore their own academic, social, and cultural questions and wonderings.