Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Earth Day Activities in SPANISH

Earth Day is a great opportunity to have conversations with our students about how we can all play a role in taking care of our planet! This is one of my favorite spring holidays so I'll be sharing videos, books, and freebies you can use in your classroom. Keep reading to find Earth Day activities in SPANISH!

Videos

I like to build background knowledge and preteach vocabulary by using engaging videos. BrainPop in SPANISH has a FREE video and resources about "Humanos y el Ambiente." It is a great resource that includes vocabulary organizers, questions, and related readings. I love using this resource since everything is ready to print and go! 

Other fun videos from YouTube are listed below.

El libro de la Tierra: a fun little read aloud that is BILINGUAL

El Planeta Tierra: short and cute read aloud for the younger students in SPANISH

¿Qué le pasa al Planeta?: a more in depth read aloud about how kids can help our planet in SPANISH

Día de la Tierra: engaging song/video about taking care of our planet in SPANISH

*Please note: Preview the videos as needed to make sure they are appropriate for and meet the needs of your students. 

Books

These are some of my favorite books in Spanish about recycling and taking care of our planet. I found these 4 on Amazon because you know I love their super fast shipping! I hope you find these useful and can add them to your classroom library. 

Día de la Tierra

Yo Soy Tierra

Los Guardianes de la Tierra

¿Por qué debo reciclar?

*Please note: these are affiliate links and I do earn a small commission at no extra cost to you.

Resources

I have a couple of resources in my TpT store to help you plan and get your Earth Day unit organized. Word wall resources, graphic organizers, flipbooks, and directed drawings! Check them out HERE or click each image.




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Monday, January 11, 2021

Martin Luther King, Jr. Books and Activities in SPANISH

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day will be here pretty soon! Today I am sharing SPANISH videos, SPANISH books, and printable activities to help you plan your MLK lessons for your bilingual kiddos! Keep reading to grab a FREEBIE. 

Videos: I always like to build background knowledge by showing students a video. This helps get them thinking and able to make connections during the lesson. Two of my favorite videos about MLK in SPANISH are: 

1. Martin Luther King, Jr. on BrainPOP Español

2. Martin Luther King, Jr. Español by Studies Weekly on YouTube

Books: I know how hard it is to find grade level appropriate texts in SPANISH about MLK. Here are four of my favorites. These books make perfect additions to your library for MLK and even biography units! 

1. ¿Quién fue Martin Luther King, Jr.? 

2. Martin Luther King Jr. (Social Studies Readers Spanish Edition)

3. Celebra El Dia de Martin Luther King, Jr. Con La Clase de La Sra. Park

4. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Mi Mini Biografía)

*Please note: these are affiliate links and I do earn a small commission at no extra cost to you.

Resources: One of my favorite resources to use throughout the week is my Martin Luther King, Jr. in SPANISH pack. You can find it in my Teachers Pay Teachers store. This SPANISH pack has a comprehension story, chunked option for differentiation, fold and read booklet, flipbook, fact and opinion activities, and timeline. You can focus on one activity per day and always refer back to the printable fold and read book OR one of the picture books/read alouds. 

Martin Luther King Jr in SPANSIH

Finally, here is a fun FREEBIE exclusive to my blog readers. (That means you won't find this FREEBIE anywhere else). This mini book prints on one page and it's perfect to introduce any MLK unit. Just click the picture or CLICK HERE to grab your download. Share the link to my blog with your bilingual teacher friends so that they can grab their download too. 

Until next time friends! ¡Hasta luego!

Sunday, November 1, 2020

Celebrating Day of the Dead in the Bilingual Classroom

Día de los Muertos is such a beautiful tradition. I love to teach my students about Day of the Dead and make cultural connections they can relate to. I'll be sharing some books, read alouds, and activities you can use in your Bilingual classroom! There's a FREEBIE for you too, so keep reading! 

Day of the dead spanish activities



Books and Read Alouds
What better way to teach about this important tradition than with books and read alouds. My favorite and a best seller is this bilingual book: El Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead. I ordered this one from Scholastic Book Clubs. However, I also found it on Amazon and with prime shipping you can still get it in time to celebrate Día de los Muertos! Check out my top three favorite books with my Amazon Affiliate link AND check out the YouTube read alouds that are so fun for our students!
Create a giant classroom altar with mini altars created by students and their families. I like to have students bring in their own altar in remembrance of a family member or loved one that has passed away. Once they bring it, we create big altar made up of all of their altars. We add plenty of marigolds, plastic tea light candles, and our own papel picado we create using Astrobrights colorful paper. I like to incorporate as many meaningful elements as I can. I save all Día de los Muertos ideas on this PINTEREST board. Feel free to look around and save what you like!



Activities
I have created both printable and digital activities to help celebrate and teach about Día de los Muertos.
The printable Día de los Muertos activities include:
  • Fold, Read and Learn book with comprehension questions
  • Trifold with vocabulary, comprehension and writing tasks
  • Flipbook for students to research and fill in information
  • Craft for students to create their own Día de los Muertos marigold wreath
  • PLUS letters to make a Día de los Muertos bulletin board with student work!

Day of the dead spanish activities



This Fix the Sentences resource is sure to be a hit with your students! They will look for the errors in each sentence, then retype the sentence correctly. It has a Day of the Dead theme perfect for this festivity!


Recursos del Dia de los Muertos



Since some of our students are not in the classroom right now I have also created Boom Cards (digital task cards) to focus on Día de los Muertos vocabulary and context clues. These digital task cards are self-grading and interactive. They are super colorful, have the cutest Day of the Dead clipart, and will keep your students engaged! Check out the BUNDLE HERE!
Day of the dead activities



FREEBIE
Thank you for reading this far. I hope you found a few ideas of things to implement and help celebrate this beautiful tradition. CLICK here to download these adorable bookmarks to help celebrate and teach about Día de los Muertos. This is an exclusive freebie just for my blog readers which means it is not available for download anywhere else. Share the link to this post with your bilingual teacher friends so that they can come download their own set of bookmarks. 

Day of the dead bookmarks




Until next time friends! ¡Hasta luego!

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Thursday, October 22, 2020

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage - All Year Long

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month is super close to my heart! In my opinion, we should be teaching our students about influential Hispanics all year long. Can you tell I love my culture and heritage? Today, I am sharing a few things and ideas that can help you celebrate Hispanic Heritage all year long! 


Lotería

Lotería is a popular game played in Hispanic households. Have you ever played? It is a type of bingo with pictures and words that have become iconic over the years. Ask any Hispanic family about lotería, they probably know about it, own a set, and probably even have a t-shirt about it!!! Some of the pictures on the traditional lotería are not appropriate for the classroom. So imagine my excitement when I found a kid friendly version on Amazon. This Lil' Loteria is perfect for classroom use (pictures and words are kid friendly) PLUS it is bilingual. Such a great tool to build vocabulary in Spanish and English while having fun! You can see it on Amazon here with my affiliate link. 


Bilingual Loteria | Bilingual Bingo


Activities

You can use a variety of activities to teach or have students learn about influential Hispanics. I have created a bundle of activities that you can use all throughout the year and still be purposeful when teaching about these amazing Hispanic Leaders. 

Click on any of the titles above to see this resources or click HERE to see the bundle





Videos

There are a few videos I've used to introduce and review Hispanic Heritage. Click below to be taken to the videos on YouTube. There are so many more amazing videos, these are just a few of my favorites. 

Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month | Disney Channel

Hispanic Heritage Month | Nick Jr.

Sesame Street Latino Festival


FREEBIE

Thank you for reading this far! I hope you and your students have a great time celebrating influential Hispanic Leaders all year long. Click HERE to download FREE bookmarks featuring 8 different influential Hispanics.  These FREE bookmarks are exclusive to my blog readers. This means they are not available any where else! Enjoy!

Bilingual bookmarks


Don't forget to visit my TpT store HERE to see more activities for your bilingual classroom. Until next time friends! ¡Hasta luego!


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Sunday, March 8, 2020

Linguacious Review & Giveaway

Welcome back friends! Linguacious sent over these goodies and I knew I had to share with you!

Personal note: I have a three year old and an 8 month baby that I am raising to be bilingual. There is so much research to support bilingualism and so many benefits of knowing more than one language. In order to do this, I need certain tools and resources.

Linguacious is one of the tools I use to support building vocabulary. I have previously used the flash cards and posters  and now they just added books to their amazing lineup! You can find them in over 30 languages.

So what are the benefits of using Linguacious?

I love that these resources are still tangible, as in an actual book and actual flashcards. BUT I also like that it incorporates QR code technology. So children are still flipping actual pages and playing with actual cards and then scanning the QR codes with a device and the Linguacious Application.


Another thing I like about Linguacious tools, is that they always use a native speaker for the correct pronunciation. So if I wanted my children to learn Arabic, I know I can depend on these tools for the correct pronunciation every time. For now, we'll just stick to Spanish, though!


The scanner app is such a seamless and easy way to incorporate technology and it is quick and easy to use. As soon as you scan the page or card, the Linguacious logo pops up and the audio begins. There is no lag or wait time. You definitely need the app. See it in action in my Instagram stories @mmbilingual.

Friends, I'd love for you to try out these products. Linguacious has kindly partnered with me to bring one of my followers: a FREE book and a FREE set of flashcards! Hop on over to my instagram @mmbilingual or CLICK HERE to enter this amazing giveaway.

Let me know your thoughts below. If you use Linguacious already, tell me too! Until next time, friends! XO

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

YOTTOY Productions


I recently received a YOTTOY Productions book and plush. Did you know that they are a woman-owned company that started in 1995? Growing up, Kate (the owner of YOTTOY) would see fancy toys in stores and dreamed of one day having her own toy business! She accomplished her dream. Now, YOTTOY has an impressive variety of books to choose from and you can also purchase a matching/accompanying toy to go with the book. The soft toys are high quality, cute, and a treasure to share.

I chose “No dejes que la Paloma conduzca el autobus” and the bus plush. YES! They have popular SPANISH books, too. So often these cute books and toys are only in English, but YOTTOY Productions does have SPANISH books available: Corduroy, El camioncito azul, and ¡No dejes que la Paloma conduzca el autobus! If you are looking for these books and a matching toy to add to your read alouds, I highly suggest visiting YOTTOY Productions. My own girls loved cuddling the bus as I read the book out loud to them! They are already deciding which book and toy plush we'll be purchasing to add to their collection :) 



Do you want to win your choice of SPANISH book and plush? To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, I have teamed up with YOTTOY to give one lucky winner a Spanish book and toy plush of their choice. Head on over to my Instagram @mmbilingual to enter this amazing giveaway!


Until next time friends! XO




Thursday, May 30, 2019

En La Radio - Album Review


Hello everyone! After quite a break from blogging, I am here to share exciting news with you! Nathalia, my favorite bilingual songwriter and singer is releasing her newest album tomorrow, May 31st,  En La Radio. Nathalia’s music is magical, engaging, and I could listen to it all day long on repeat. Are you ready to check out her unique style and family friendly songs? Do you want to win her latest album to use with your students? Keep reading for more details.



Nathalia’s newest album En La Radio is authentic, family friendly, and educational.

Authentic – Nathalia’s style is unique and no one song is like the other. From Latin American rhythms, to dance, cumbia, rock, bluegrass, vallenato, and even acoustic. Each song is exposure for our children to different types of music and experiences.


Family friendly – I love that I can listen to this with my 4th grade students because of the catchy music, but I also LOVE that my 3-year-old toddler also enjoys it. Nathalia’s music is upbeat and can put you to dance in your chair, in the car, in the kitchen while cooking, pretty much anywhere.

Educational – Did you know Nathalia has FREE lesson plans that correlate to her songs? See available ones HERE. Her newest album, En la Radio, is great for using in the classroom. You can analyze Sounds of the Seasons and learn about the seasons in English and Spanish. In LEGO Let’s Go, she encourages children to use their imagination and creativity.


My personal favorite is La Rutina. Nathalia dedicates this song to all students and teachers reminding us that even in our day to day routine, each day brings new opportunities!

La rutina al empezar el día, dice con alegría que ay otra oportunidad

The routine reminds you every morning with a smile
You’ve got another day full of opportunities

My 2nd favorite is Amor, Amor. This song hits home and reminds me of conversations with my little one. This song is adorable and puts a smile on my face!

Aunque todo cambie al pasar los años
Si me necesitas estaré junto a ti, junto a ti
Love, love, amor, amor, amor



Now on to our giveaway! Nathalia has very graciously offered to give away a copy of her newest album to one of my followers. Head on to Instagram and look for my post on how to enter to win.

On her website, nathaliamusic.com you will find her bio, calendar of events, lesson plans, and information on how to book her for an event. Until next time friends!