Forest Essays translated into Spanish
PORTLAND, Ore. – Selected readings from the Oregon Forest Resources Institute’s Forest Essays collection for fourth- and fifth-grade students are now available in Spanish.
OFRI has published a new bilingual student workbook, Ensayos de Bosque: Grados 4-5. It features four essays for fourth- and fifth-graders that can be read in Spanish and English, along with accompanying reading comprehension questions in both languages. The one-page essays address topics related to Oregon’s forests, including wildlife, forestry and tree biology. Each was written by a team of natural-resources specialists, and then reviewed by teachers for content and readability and by scientists for accuracy.
OFRI produced the bilingual Forest Essays collection in collaboration with the Forest Grove School District, which provided the Spanish translations.
“We have a significant Spanish-speaking population in the district,” says Brian Hawkins, assistant STEAM coordinator with the Forest Grove School District. “We wanted to make sure there was no inequity by having both Spanish and English versions available to our students.”
OFRI Director of K-12 Education Programs Norie Dimeo-Ediger adds, “With Oregon’s growing Hispanic population, including Spanish translations in the Forest Essays collection enhances our efforts to help teachers bring forestry into the classroom. We were pleased to partner with the Forest Grove School District on this project.”
About the Oregon Forest Resources Institute:
The Oregon Legislature created the Oregon Forest Resources Institute in 1991 to advance public understanding of how forest stewardship meets the social, environmental and economic needs of both present and future generations. OFRI works closely with the scientific, academic and educational communities at Oregon State University, the Oregon Department of Forestry and other agencies to ensure its K-12 resources are accurate and objective.