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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Free Spanish Resources for Back to School!

Welcome back to my blog, friends! Let me know: Are you already back to school or still have a few weeks left of summer. (Tell me in the comments below). Whichever the case is, today I'll be sharing how you can get access to over 40+ FREE SPANISH resources! Whattttt!!!!??? First things first, make sure you are subscribed to my email club. My email club members are always the first to find out about sales, free resources, and g.i.v.e.a.w.a.y.s. Click here to sign up and get instant access to a free Spanish prefixes unit. 

Free Spanish Elementary Resources 

Are you looking for FREE resources for your SPANISH elementary classroom?

  1. Click the picture to go to TpT. 
  2. There, you'll download the free resource.
  3. Then click on page 2 of the file to have access to the Google Drive folder. All 17 FREE resources will be in your Google Drive in an instant. 

Free Spanish Secondary Resources

Are you looking for FREE resources for your SPANISH secondary classroom?

  1. Click the picture below to go to TpT. 
  2. There, you'll download the free resource.
  3. Then click on page 2 of the file to have access to the Google Drive folder. All 25+ FREE resources will be in your Google Drive in an instant. 

Spanish TpT Gift Card Giveaway! 

Now what's better than 40+ FREE resources? Well, I've teamed up with amazing Spanish TpT authors to bring you this $1250 TpT gift card giveaway. There will be 5 winners of $250 each. How would you use that TpT gift card? Let me know below in the comments then head on over to La Profe Plotts blog to enter. Good luck!

See you next time! ¡Hasta luego!

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Teaching Prefixes and Suffixes in SPANISH

Hello friends! One of my favorite things to teach is vocabulary in SPANISH. Prefixes and suffixes in SPANISH are a great way to increase our students' vocabulary. I'll be sharing a few helpful resources and ideas so keep on reading. Feel free to leave a comment below with your favorite vocabulary building strategy. Don't forget to sign up to receive my email newsletter and download this FREE Prefixes unit just for joining! 

Why teach prefixes and suffixes? ¿Por qué enseñar los prefijos y sufijos? 

Research shows that one of our EL's biggest challenge in reading is due to the lack of sufficient vocabulary. Think about when our students are reading and they come across a difficult word. Some students may just skip right over it, and then the context and comprehension becomes even more of a challenge. Other students may try to break down the word and infer it's meaning. By teaching our students about word parts such as prefixes and suffixes, we are equipping them with strategies to decipher the meanings of new words.  

3 steps to teach Prefixes and Suffixes in SPANISH!

Step 1: Create an anchor chart with your students. 

It is important to teach the most common and grade level appropriate prefixes and suffixes. First, create an anchor chart or word family chart for each prefix and suffix. You can create anchor charts using these Post-it Super Sticky Easel pads. They will be posted all year round as a reference for your students. On the anchor chart, make sure to include: 

  • prefix or suffix
  • meaning
  • plenty of examples

Step 2: Review in small groups

After a whole group lesson, it's time to review prefixes and suffixes in small groups. Students can come to your teacher table and practice hands on activities like the ones mentioned in this blog post. You can use expo markers, sentence strips, highlighting strips, post its, pretty much anything that will get the students excited about deconstructing and reconstructing words. 

What does deconstructing and reconstructing words mean? 

When deconstructing words use these question prompts:

  • What parts do you see in the word? 
  • What does that part mean? 
  • Can you find it on the anchor chart? 
When reconstructing words use this question prompt: 
  • Now put this part together with the rest of the word. What does the entire word mean?

Step 3: Independent vocabulary building activities

When you are working in small groups, have students work on their own or in centers. Some of these centers can include the prefixes and suffixes worksheets I have in this bundle. This bundle includes: anchor charts, interactive notebook pages, fluency sheets, coloring the prefix/suffix word part, matching games and an assessment. TRY A FULL UNIT FOR FREE - JUST CLICK HERE!

Another activity you can have students work on is this digital and printable Find the Prefixes and Suffixes activity.

Finally, in a reading center have students create these handy prefixes and suffixes bookmarks. Super useful for students to keep track of words that have prefixes and suffixes. 

BONUS TIP! When you are doing a read aloud, point out how the author is using prefixes and suffixes and add them to an anchor chart. (This helps students make relevant connections and know that prefixes and suffixes are used everywhere and not just doing vocabulary time)!

Thanks for reading to the end friends! If you'd like a free unit on the SPANISH prefix multi-, JUST CLICK HERE. Until next time friends. ¡Hasta luego! 

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Friday, June 11, 2021

Reading Tips to Avoid the Summer Slide in the Bilingual Classroom

Are you looking for ideas and ways to help our bilingual students avoid the summer slide? Reading, reading, and more reading can definitely help. Here are a few of my favorite tips to engage our bilingual students with reading activities during the summer. 

At the end of the year, many teachers are looking for end of the year gifts and ideas. In my opinion, the best gift we can give our students is a book! I still have books my teachers gifted me years and years ago. I love collecting books and instilling this love for books in students. Quick tip: check out Scholastic Book Clubs for special promotions like their monthly $1 book. You can also check out some of my favorite books on my IG or on my Amazon storefront. 

Along with a book, you can also print one of these Reading Summer Bingos (available in English and Spanish). You can have students complete a line or complete the entire page. The best thing about this is that it is available as a printable page AND you also get access to the Google Slides version in case you want to assign it virtually. Once you have your own copy in your Google Drive, you can share it with parents as needed! Wooohooo lots of summer reading activities to keep your students motivated and engaged. 

Bilingual summer bingo

Finally, I like to print and send home a Summer Activity packet. I have a PreK-1st grade version and a 2nd-4th grade version. These packets have 6 weeks worth of activities your students can work on at their own pace. Each week follows the same routine and there's plenty of reading, writing, and vocabulary skills your students can practice in a fun, engaging way! Quick tip: You can also assign these AFTER summer and use them as warm ups during back to school season! Win-win!

What are some of your favorite reading activities to avoid the summer slide? Let me know! 

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Monday, April 26, 2021

Cinco de Mayo Activities in SPANISH

Cinco de Mayo is fast approaching! Do you teach or celebrate Cinco de Mayo in your bilingual classroom? Today I'll be sharing my favorite videos, books, and activities to help you plan your Cinco de Mayo lessons in SPANISH! 

I have to begin by stating one important detail: Cinco de Mayo is NOT Mexico's Independence Day. This is a common misconception. Instead, Cinco de Mayo celebrates Mexico's victory over France at the Batalla de Puebla (Battle of Puebla). 

Fun fact: Other than in the state of Puebla, Cinco de Mayo is mostly celebrated in the United States!


In order to build background knowledge and make connections, I like to start my Cinco de Mayo unit with videos. A KWL chart (Tabla de SQA) can help students jot down: what they know, what they want to learn, and what they learn. In Spanish SQA chart stands for: Lo que sé, lo que quiero saber y lo que aprendí. This is a perfect tool to engage your students in the learning process. 

Here are a few videos you can use with your students. *However, please preview these videos yourself to make certain they are a good match for your students.


Here are four books you can get from Amazon and get them just in time to celebrate Cinco de Mayo! These are Spanish or Bilingual books you can use. If you need books in English just enter it at the search bar on Amazon.

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The following resources in my TpT store can help you plan and get your Cinco de Mayo unit organized. Word wall resources, graphic organizers, Boom Cards, and directed drawings! Check them out HERE or click each image.

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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!


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. 


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?

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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)

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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!

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

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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