Newly arrived from their faraway homeland, a boy and his family enter into the lights, noise, and traffic of a busy American city. The language is unfamiliar. Food, habits, games, and gestures are puzzling. The boy clings tightly to his special keepsake from home and wonders how he will find his way. How will he once again become the happy, confident kid he used to be? Walk in his shoes as he takes the first tentative steps toward discovering joy in his new world.
As our world literally shrinks before our eyes and technology speeding up the process, welcoming students from another nation into your classroom is more common than ever. Reading “Here I Am” to your students before the arrival of the new students (in a perfect world you’ll receive notice) will make them sensitive to a FEW of the difficulties the student will face in our community.
Throw in a math lesson by graphing expressed difficulties from the class. Get a little language arts in with students creating “welcome” letters to give to the new student. How about an assigned “Friend of the Day” to help your new student make friends allowing the class to participate in a very difficult transition.
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