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Monday, July 17, 2017

Spanish eBook 2017!

2017 Spanish ebook, free Spanish lesson plans, games, activities, and teaching tips

Whether you're new teacher or a veteran teacher, the 2017 Spanish ebook, is a definite must-have for your school year.

What is the Spanish ebook you ask?  

It's a downloadable document with teaching tips and free resources from 25 top teacher authors.   Yes, you heard that right!  You get 25 free Spanish resources for your classroom.  And trust me - these lesson plans are really good!  We created 2 versions, one for K-5 Spanish teachers and one for Grades 6-12.

Grades K-5 Free Spanish lesson plans, games, and activities:

*Take Home Binder Labels *Los sonidos iniciales *Llama coloring sheet *Back to School Pennant in Spanish *Trabajo de palabras *La araña pequeñita *Scoot Numbers to 5 *Los Pescaditos Poem *Colombia Minibook *Adivina Quién Game *Los días de la semana reader *Transition Video *Repaso de sonidos *Goal Planning Worksheets *Back to School Games Sampler *Unit 1 Los Pollitos Dicen

Grades 6-12 Free Spanish lesson plans, games, and activities:

*Scavenger Hunt Activity *Present Tense Summary Chart *Interactive Notebook Flash Cards *School Supplies Vocabulary Puzzles *All About Me Infographic Activity *Reward Coupons *Imperfect Tense Task Cards *Readings for MovieTalk Extension *"Fotografía" Song Activities *Student Profile Sheet *Para Empezar Daily Bell Ringers *Transition Video *Interactive Reading Activity for Hispanic Heritage Month *Categories Game *50 Culture Project Ideas *Clothing Google Drive Activity *Preterite vs. Imperfect Graphic Organizer *Interactive Activities for September *Todo acerca de mi Build-a-Book *Spanish Adjective Bingo *Comic Strip Activity *Instagram Activity *"Paraíso" Song Activities *Digital Breakout Activity *Conjugation Game for -AR Verbs *Classroom Management Strategy

Not only do you get the free resources, but each of these veteran Spanish teachers shares a pro teaching tip.  Even though I've taught for many years, I always learn so much when I read these. Our K-5 2016 ebook and Grades 6-12 2015 ebook and 2016 ebooks have been downloaded over 14,000 times.  And guess what? Each of them has additional teaching tips and free Spanish resources.  Triple the fun! So you can get 80 free Spanish games, activities, teaching tips, and lesson plans for your class.  Amazing! Still not sure?  Here's a sneak peek at my page.  You'll need to download the actual ebook to be able to click on the resources.     

And for those of you who also teach French, be sure to check out the French ebook.
Hope that all these tips, tricks, and resources help you have the best year ever!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

MPM School Supplies Review & $50 Giveaway!

Welcome back to my blog, friends! I was recently contacted by MPM School Supplies to do a review of their company. They are a family owned and operated online educational supply store with which I was very pleased to work with. Keep reading to learn about my experience and enter to win a $50 MPM School Supplies gift card!

To begin with, their website is very user friendly. It has categories which help you navigate and easily find the resources you are looking for. I found what I needed and the checkout process went smooth and hassle free. The shipping was extremely fast, and I found this box on my doorstep in four days! 

So let’s begin with what I ordered: This year, I am maintaining a chalkboard theme throughout my classroom and there were many resources I found to add and extend my theme. I started adding all things “chalkboard” to my cart. I found a great behavior clip chart. I love how it reinforces behavior and also encourages wise choices. They also have these behavior desktop reminders will be a great visual for me to redirect or reinforce student behavior by just approaching their desk and pointing to how they’re doing.

This next set is amazing! I will be using these for my guided reading centers for students to visually see what group they should be in. What’s great about them, is that they are magnetic! Easy to adjust for differentiation within my groups. The restroom passes are also magnetic, yay!
There are also many Spanish supplies, even Spanish rugs. I found this cute Spanish poster I will display right at my door for students to see when they walk in. It also matches my classroom décor perfectly!

Look at these folders! I am completely obsessed with making these last a long time. I am going to be laminating them and will use them to organize data, student information, gradebook copies, etc. Once again, they match perfect with my classroom theme.

Erasers are the first to go in my classroom. I knew I needed TWO boxes of these!

I saved the best for last. These buzzers are AMAZING. I will use them as attention grabbers and for student engagement during reading. I am certain the sound and lights will encourage my 2nd graders to participate and keep them engaged.

I was extremely pleased with my MPM School Supplies experience and highly recommend their educational supply store. I know I will be returning for more items throughout the school year!

Now, MPM School Supplies has kindly offered one $50 gift card for one of my blog readers. Just visit the MPM School Supplies and leave a comment bellow telling me what you would buy for your classroom. Include your email address so I can contact you! Good luck! Giveaway ends Friday, July 7th.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

End of Year Tips - Blog Hop

Hello friends and welcome back to my blog! Today we are sharing a blog hop jam packed with helpful ideas to help you finish of the year strong. Keep reading and remember to visit all the blogs to collect all the letters for our giveaway!

My tip for the end of the year has to do with organizationI have file folders for each week of the year. My plan for the end of the year is to visit each folder and add or remove activities based on how helpful they were this year. *Hopefully* I find out soon if I'll be staying in the same grade level/assignment, if not whoever comes in to my classroom will pretty much be set up!

I realize there is so much to do at the end of the year, BUT the more organized you leave everything, the better prepared you will be come the beginning of the year. Slowly tackle your files, drawers, closets (eeek!), and school computer.

Here is a FREE End of the Year Planning Checklist to help you write down everything you need to do before closing up your classroom for the summer.

If you need any resources for the end of the year: I have my bestselling memory books HERE and a free summer bingo HERE!

My letter for the giveaway is:

Now don't forget to enter our giveaway! My Spanish teacher friends and I are giving away a $50 TpT giftcard to one lucky reader. Enter below :)

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Scholastic - Let's Find Out Review

Welcome back to my blog friends! Today I am here to share about a fantastic resource you can utilize in your Spanish Immersion/Dual Language classroom. I was recently contacted by Scholastic to review their Let’s Find Out Bilingual Magazine. Imagine my excitement!!!

I have been trying these out with my kiddos for about three weeks and wanted to share with you this wonderful, highly engaging magazine and some of its components.

First, I received magazines for each of the students in my classroom. I have been utilizing these in small group. I love the crisp photographs and easy to read format that my students can easily follow. There is an individual magazine for students and a BIG teacher edition. I love posting this BIG version on my wall to engage interest even before reading. The magazines are great for Pre-K – 1st grade students. You can even use them like me – with my struggling 2nd graders. The content aligns with the standards as shown below. 

Online Components
Let’s Find Out in Spanish is simple and effective to implement in the classroom. It has an online component which not only reads the magazine out loud to the students, it also includes a building background video, learning games, and even links to related printables. Students are making connections and recalling content with these high interest activities. 

Building language and vocabulary is always of high importance in the classroom. Just look below at all the vocabulary students read and studied throughout this past year’s issues! My students immediately started adding words they were learning to their Libro de Palabras.

Last, but certainly not least, the printables are SO helpful and easy to access. There’s prediction charts, observation recording pages, following directions, patterns to cut/paste, and so much more. The reading is engaging and it is followed by an activity that is just as engaging for the students.

So now, time for a GIVEAWAY! Scholastic has allowed me to choose 1 of my blog readers to win a free class set of the May/June issue (limit of 30 magazines). If chosen, you must provide your full name and address to receive these.  All you have to do to enter is leave a comment with your name and how you would utilize these magazines. Winner will be chosen on May 5, 2017 and contacted by May 6, 2017.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post and found helpful ideas for your classroom. Until next time!

Teacher Appreciation

Welcome back to my blog friends! Today I am sharing a quick idea for teacher appreciation and FREE gift tags in English/Spanish.

First, I'd like to begin by thanking each and everyone of you for all that you do for your students day in and day out. At this time of the year, we are exhausted and any little handwritten note reminds us of our daily impact on our students lives. I cherish each coloring picture, each "I love you, teacher", and each day with my students.

I have created a free gift tag you can share with your child's teacher. Just grab some sweet snacks, print this out in either color or black/white, sign child's name, and attach. Your child's teacher will love the thoughtfulness.

Click HERE or the pictures to download.

ALSO, with Teacher Appreciation Week right around the corner, my friends and I have joined to give one lucky reader an amazing prize pack! Just look at all the goodies you could win!

Prize: 10 Teacher "Must Haves" prize pack including: Mr. Sketch Markers, Flair Markers, Personal Laminator, Dry Erase Pockets, Dry Erase Markers, Astrobrights Paper, Sharpies, Ticonderoga Pencils, a Wall Calendar, and a $50 Teachers pay Teachers gift card.

Giveaway Organized by: Kelly Malloy (An Apple for the Teacher)
Rules: Use the Rafflecopter to enter. Giveaway ends 5/8/17 and is open worldwide.

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Exit Tickets in the Bilingual Classroom

Welcome back to my blog friends! Today I am sharing ideas on how to use Exit Tickets in the bilingual classroom.

Exit tickets are a way great to assess your students quickly and effectively. I do not use these every day, but I do try to incorporate them at least two to three times per week. On other days, I utilize Plickers for an easy way to check for understanding and collect data. (Blog post to come soon).

So how do I use these and what are the benefits? Keep reading to find out and grab a FREEBIE.

During whole group teaching, I always have the same students that are participating and showing their understanding, while the rest of the class is quiet. With exit tickets, all student are accountable to be paying attention. I do tell them "Class, there will be an exit ticket after this so make sure to focus and pay close attention." This promotes 100% engagement. 

Through this exit ticket students can self reflect. I'll have students that cannot answer come up to me and tell me, they didn't understand or know what to write. I can do a quick reteach and it's wonderful to see their faces when the lesson clicks and they suddenly "get it," Also, I love seeing those that can answer accurately right away and their comments such as a confident: "I know this!"

Writing about content is such an important skill for my students. Exit tickets help me evaluate their writing and they get extra practice in writing about what they've learned. This is the perfect time to spiral in proper capitalization and punctuation in a quick way. 

Students post these up on my wall and I am able to gauge almost instantly who needs extra help. During small groups, I am able to group based on their needs and reteach the skills necessary to master the concept. 

Here are a few pictures of exit tickets in action and how I display them in my classroom. I team teach so I have two anchor chart sheets posted by my door. These charts have squares with numbers on them. Students in my class are assigned a number at the beginning of the year and that's where they will place their exit tickets throughout the year. 

Here is a freebie you can use right now with your students.

My Spanish pack of exit tickets is available at my TpT store! These are perfect to use with any content and promote self reflection after a lesson.

Have you used exit tickets in your classroom? Let me know how they've worked for you! Until next time friends!