Third-Grade Life Cycles and Traits through Integrated ELD Literacy Curriculum in a Dual Language Education Program

English Language Learners (ELLs) continually struggle with comprehending informational texts. In addition, many teachers find it challenging to support ELLs, especially in the area of science. The purpose of this project is to promote an approach to integrated curriculum that supports, develops, and strengthens the literacy skills of third-grade ELL students in a Dual Language Education program. The literature shows the benefits of Dual Language Education programs and demonstrates how an integrated instruction supports the development of reading comprehension skills for ELLs. Therefore, this project is a Life Cycles and Traits two-week science unit that integrates literacy and ELD standards. The goal of this curriculum is to engage students in science-related activities while simultaneously acquiring and developing their reading comprehension skills.