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Curriculum Library

Welcome to our English Learner Curriculum Library! Our Training for All Teachers Program maintains this online curriculum library of at least 250 teacher-modified curriculum units across all subjects for English learners in grades K-12, as well as adult ESL. The library is searchable by grade and by subject (science, math, history/social studies, language arts, etc.). Each unit (PDF) contains the following information: author, date, unit title, lesson overview, content and language objectives for three levels of English language proficiency, and lesson content.

Graduate students in SCSUs TESOL and Bilingual Education Program, largely comprised of local, in-service educators, have successfully modified these curriculum units for English learners. Teachers selected curriculum units originally designed for mainstream, native English speakers and, through a myriad of sheltered instructional strategies, have made them accessible to English learners at various stages of English proficiency. In modifying their curriculum units, teachers have employed sheltered strategies to engage English learners in two ways: 1) by making the lesson content comprehensible, and 2) by creating multiple opportunities for interaction within each lesson. Each curriculum unit, usually made up of three lessons, contains both the original and the modified lessons along with supplemental material(s).

While we have chosen to publish the ‘best’ of the teacher-made curriculum units on our web site, we acknowledge each is unique in what it offers both teacher and students. The units have been collected over the past ten years and although most pre-date the Common Core standards, they are incredibly useful as they delve deep into rich content while simultaneously developing academic language required to meet state standards. We invite you to download the units to use in your classrooms as you work with English learners. We ask that you credit the authors’ work and creations as you deliver and disseminate these materials.

Curriculum Units

Grades Subject
3-6History / Social StudiesLife in the colonies
7-8History / Social StudiesUnderstanding the American Revolution
K-2ScienceAnimals' and Plants' Habitats
9-12History / Social StudiesComing of Age / Initiation Rites of Passage
3-6LanguageDrawing Conclusions and Making Inferences about Non Fiction Text
3-6History / Social StudiesAbraham Lincoln and the US Civil War
3-6History / Social StudiesFamilies
K-2History / Social StudiesCommunities
K-2MathTelling Time Through Literature
K-2ScienceHuman Body, The
7-8History / Social StudiesEstablishing a Positive [Cultural] identity
3-6History / Social StudiesHappy Birthday, Dr. King!
K-2History / Social StudiesPlains Indians, The
K-2ScienceAnimals and their Habitats
3-6History / Social StudiesExplorers
K-2ScienceAll About Spiders
7-8LanguagePlot and Character Change in the Short Story: "The Necklace" by DeMaupassant
3-6History / Social StudiesCricket in Times Square
3-6ScienceThe Water Cycle (McBride)
9-12Language"Invisible Man" by Ralph Ellison
3-6History / Social StudiesCauses of the American Revolution
9-12History / Social StudiesCivics and Citizens
3-6History / Social StudiesWogunk Indians, The
3-6ScienceDigestive System, The
3-6History / Social StudiesAncient China
3-6MusicMusic Literacy
9-12History / Social StudiesDebating the Future of Indochina in 1945: Making Your Case
3-6ScienceSimple Machines
3-6LanguageUnderstanding Figurative Language in "Sarah Plain and Tall"
7-8LanguageGetting to Know the Characters in Slumming
3-6ScienceComposting is Recycling!
K-2LanguageSmall Moments: Narrative Writing
3-6MathTime and Space
3-6History / Social StudiesAmerican Revolution
3-6History / Social StudiesChildhood in Connecticut: Colonial through Pre-Civil War Times
9-12MathGraphing Quadratic Functions
K-2MathCompare and Measure
3-6History / Social StudiesSlavery During America's Civil War
7-8LanguagePhineas Gage and Non-Fiction Reading Strategies
K-2LanguageRelationships: Connecting, Predicting, and Responding to the text Boomer's Big Surprise through Literature: An Approach to Analysis
K-2MathTelling Time
3-6History / Social StudiesCelebrating Culture Through Quilts
3-6History / Social StudiesNeighborhoods of New Haven
7-8MathFactors and Fractions
3-6LanguageDear Mr Henshaw
3-6History / Social StudiesGreek Mythology
3-6LanguageHealth and Nutrition
3-6ScienceSun, Earth, and Moon
K-2ScienceYou are What You Eat
7-8History / Social StudiesWeather Across the World
K-2LanguageThe senses: Sight, hearing and taste
K-2ScienceStormy Weather
3-6History / Social StudiesThe Desert Region
3-6ScienceEarth and the Moon
AdultLanguageIntroduction to the Elements of Fiction and their Application to the Short Story: Examination of 'Good Country People' by Flannery O'Connor'
AdultHistory / Social StudiesThe Political System of the Russian Federation Today
9-12History / Social StudiesConstitution of the United States of America, The
7-8ScienceEnergy in Cells
3-6ScienceEnergy Resources: Are You a Greenie?
3-6LanguageRamona Quimby
3-6History / Social StudiesNative Americans: 4th grade Dual Lang.
K-2MathComparing and measuring
3-6History / Social StudiesMighty Waters
3-6MathIdentifying a missing addend. Identify a missing number in a sequence.
K-2ScienceThree States of Water, The
K-2LanguageWinter Fun
K-2LanguageWriting an entertaining story beginning...
K-2Language"Good News" A Unit on Retelling
9-12History / Social StudiesWWII:Japanese-American Internment Camps
7-8ScienceThe Respitory System
7-8LanguageWe Are All Alike: Connecting to Gary Soto's "Seventh Grade"
3-6ScienceLand and Water
K-2History / Social StudiesGetting to Know My Community
7-8LanguageMorals and Messages we find in folktales
K-2ScienceMulticultural Food Guide Pyramid, The
K-2LanguageKeys to Comprehension
AdultLanguageWriting the Argumentation Essay
3-6LanguageAunt Flossie's Hats: Teaching the Genre of Historical Fiction
7-8History / Social StudiesA Guide to the Civil War: Causes, the War, and Reconstruction through Literature
K-2ScienceThe Life Cycle of Butterflies
3-6History / Social StudiesInventions
K-2LanguageMaking Predictions
3-6History / Social StudiesBiography: Seeing Ourselves and Others More Clearly
7-8ScienceThe environment-Global warming
3-6History / Social StudiesChristmas in Mexico
3-6LanguageElements of Literature: Plot & Setting
3-6History / Social StudiesWestern Mountains, The
3-6LanguageEsperanza Rising
3-6ScienceSolar System
9-12Language"Great Expectations": A Novel Study
AdultMathPreparing for Praxis I: Mathematics, Measuring Perimeter and Area
7-8MathA new look: Redecorating our bedroom using math
AdultHistory / Social StudiesAncient Civilizations of Latin America
K-2LanguageAll about me
AdultHistory / Social StudiesChinese Culture: Chinese New Year
3-6LanguageIncreasing Reading Comprehension through Questioning
AdultHistory / Social StudiesDining Out: From Apples to Zucchini
K-2LanguageFamous Black Americans
3-6History / Social StudiesPilgrims, the Wampanoag and the First Thanksgiving, The
K-2ScienceMarine Life & the Oceans of the World
7-8History / Social StudiesLet's Explore Latin America!
3-6ScienceRain Forest Integrated unit
3-6LanguageLon Po Po: A Red Riding Hood Story From China
3-6History / Social StudiesSoil Composition and Health
K-2MathShapes to Solid
3-6History / Social StudiesMaking healthy and wise food choices
9-12LanguageSetting and Character Development in Of Mice and Men
3-6MathNumbers and Number Operations
9-12Language"The Tragedy of Julius Caesar"
K-2ScienceSink or Float
K-2History / Social StudiesAll about me: Who I am and where I'm from
3-6History / Social StudiesWorld Regions
3-6History / Social StudiesEurope, Africa and the Americas Interact
7-8Language"The Giver" by Lois Lowry
9-12History / Social StudiesEnlightenment and Revolution, 1550-1789
9-12History / Social StudiesAfrican Independence
9-12History / Social StudiesWord War I
7-8LanguagePersonality Tests Analyzing Character and Point of View
K-2LanguageFarm Animals
K-2ScienceThe Food Pyramid: Steps to a Healthier You
3-6MusicContent Through Song: Using Musical Intelligence to Motivate Vocabulary Acquisition
9-12History / Social StudiesThe Odyssey: The land of the Cyclopes
K-2ScienceThe Structure and Function of Living Things
3-6ScienceHealthy and Active Life
3-6MathWorking with Decimals - Using Estimations to Check Sums and Differences
K-2ScienceAnimal Research Project
3-6History / Social StudiesNative Americans of the Midwest during the 1700's
7-8History / Social StudiesEurope
K-2ScienceSpace: The Moon
K-2LanguageThe Three Billy Goats Gruff
7-8ScienceMarijuana: Facts and Decision Making
7-8History / Social StudiesPaul Revere's Ride
K-2LanguageFairy Tales Unit: The Three Little Pigs
3-6MathGames, Measurement, and Statistics
7-8ScienceLooking Inside Cells
AdultHistory / Social StudiesNutrition Principles & the Food Pyramid
AdultHistory / Social StudiesThe labor market
AdultInformation TechnologyThe Computer Survival Guide for English Language Learners
3-6LanguageAll about the tropical rainforest
AdultLanguageEmployment Benefits and Forms
7-8History / Social StudiesThe Great Depression
3-6MathDealing with Decimals
7-8LanguageTo Kill a Mockingbird: Racial discrimination in the 1930s
K-2ScienceA Kindergarten Exploration of Fabrics
3-6History / Social StudiesThe Ancient Americas
AdultInformation TechnologyIntroduction to Personal Computers and Windows
9-12LanguageThe Great Gatsby and the American Dream
K-2ScienceAll About Apples!
3-6History / Social StudiesIntroduction to the American Civil Rights Movement
K-2LanguageGetting to Know Us/Look at me now
7-8ScienceAtmosphere, The
3-6ScienceFrom Seeds to Plants
9-12History / Social StudiesSlave System, The
7-8LanguageCharacterization in "Stop the Sun"
3-6Science"Go, Going, Gone, Green."
7-8Language"Freak the Mighty": Exploration of Themes
3-6ScienceThe rain forest- A unit for ELLs
3-6History / Social StudiesThe Northeast
3-6History / Social StudiesAnimal Adaptations-Camouflage
3-6ScienceChemical Tests Unit
3-6ScienceAmazon Rain Forest
9-12History / Social StudiesTerrorism in America
3-6ScienceHuman Nervous System
AdultScienceTraditional Chinese Medicine
3-6History / Social StudiesPlants and Bees
K-2LanguageLetter Writing
K-2LanguageSignficant Tasks 1&2
K-2LanguagePersonal Expository
K-2ScienceSolids and Liquids
3-6LanguageNo More Dead Dogs
3-6ScienceRocks Rock!
3-6LanguageAnimal Heroes
7-8ScienceIt's Our Pleasure to Measure
7-8ScienceLatin American History
7-8ScienceEuropean Exploration
9-12MathMath Modifications for Alg 1&2 and Pre-Calc
K-2MathBuggin' Out
K-2LanguageNarrative Nonfiction: All About Me
K-2MathMIF: Chaptr 1 Less. 1-4
K-2MathMIF: Chaptr 1 Less. 5-8
K-2LanguageHow Writers Work
K-2MathMIF Chprt 1 Less. 1-4 and Telephone
K-2LanguageBig Day for Pre-K
3-6ScienceRocks and Minerals
3-6LanguageHow Writers Work
3-6MathGrade 6 Math Modifications
7-8LanguageIn Memory of 9/11/01 STEM Interdisciplinary Unit
7-8LanguageReturn to Sender
K-2Language5 Modified Grade 2 Units
3-6LanguageAnimals and Their Homes
K-2LanguageFarm Animals
3-6LanguageCivil War
7-8LanguageExperimental Design
7-8LanguageData Analysis
9-12LanguageTeaching Voice Through Latina and African American Literature
3-6ScienceLinking Ideas in Informational Text: Glaciers & Icebergs
9-12History / Social StudiesThe Spanish Empire
3-6ScienceLight Energy
K-2ScienceLife Cycle of a Butterfly
3-6History / Social StudiesLet's Celebrate Culture!
K-2ScienceWhat is the World Made of?
K-2ScienceUnder the Sea: A Kindergarten Science Unit About Ocean Life
7-8ScienceHeating Earth's Surfaces
3-6SciencePlant Life
9-12MathRepresenting Patterns in Algebra 1
3-6ScienceSounds Are All Around Us
3-6MathIntroduction to Geometry
K-2MathInvestigating Addition and Subtraction
3-6ScienceFrom Seed to Seed
AdultInformation TechnologyApplications and Interviews
3-6MathProbability and Statistics
3-6History / Social StudiesCanada
K-2ScienceFrogs and Toads
3-6LanguageHow Authors Convey Themes
AdultLanguageImages of Oscar Wilde
3-6History / Social StudiesThe Desert
7-8History / Social StudiesGraphing Change
3-6History / Social StudiesSlavery and the Underground Railroad
K-2ScienceThe Life Cycle of Butterflies
3-6History / Social StudiesLand and People of the United States
K-2LanguageDiversity and Multiculturalism
3-6ScienceSimple Machines
3-6LanguageNo More Dead Dogs
3-6History / Social StudiesMaps
3-6History / Social StudiesExplorers
7-8History / Social StudiesIn Memory of 9-11
7-8ScienceExperimental Design
7-8MathData Analysis
7-8History / Social StudiesEuropean Exploration
AdultLanguageThe Computer Survival Guide For English Language Learners
AdultInformation TechnologyIntroduction to Personal Computers and Windows
K-2LanguageCompare Contrast K
K-2MathMoney That Makes Cents
K-2MathAddition Stories
K-2MathThree Digit Addition and Substraction Word Problems
K-2ScienceAnimal Survival
3-6LanguageTall Tales
3-6MathArea and Perimeter
7-8LanguageTo Kill a Mockingbird
K-2ScienceAnimal Homes
3-6ScienceThe Water Cycle (Mazzaro)
3-6LanguagePlot to Character
K-2MathNumbers to 1,000
7-8ScienceThe Science of Energy Balance, Calorie Intake and Physical Activity
K-2LanguagePhonics and Sight Words
K-2MathMoney, It Makes Cents!
3-6MathIntroduction to Stats: Graphic Representation and Measures of Central Tendency
3-6ScienceEnvironmental Handprint
7-8SciencePhysical Properties of Matter
7-8ScienceBalanced and Unbalanced Forces
3-6History / Social StudiesFamily History
3-6History / Social StudiesConnecticut Geography
3-6History / Social StudiesHamden and Community: Landmarks
3-6LanguagePoint of View in Literature
7-8MathMoving Straight Ahead, Linear Relationships
9-12MathWhat is a Function?
9-12History / Social StudiesThe United States and Mexico: Border Issues
9-12LanguageThe Catcher in the Rye: A novel study that explores teen societal norms through characterization
K-2SciencePlant & Growth Development - The Plant Life Cycle
3-6LanguageThe Lemonade War
K-2LanguageCause and Effect
K-2LanguageMaking Connections: A Fiction Reading Unit
3-6LanguageThe House on Mango Street
3-6ScienceThe Food Chain
3-6ScienceSound & Vibrations
9-12ScienceHow Does DNA Determine the Structure of Proteins?
K-2ScienceAnimal Groups
AdultScienceHow to Succeed in a Job Interview