Today I am sharing with you all a quick "All About Me" freebie that can be used at the beginning of the school year to get to know your students a bit better and/or it could also be used throughout the year as a "Student of the Week" type activity!
Younger students can draw in the provided spaces and older students can write and/or draw as well.
Also, feel free to blow up the page to a size that best suits your needs! It would work great as a larger poster for the "Student of the Week" if that is what you intend on using it for as well!
Just click on the image to grab your free copy in Spanish/English :)!
Hope you are having a wonderful start to your school year!
To all of our teacher friends who are back at school, we hope your year has started off well! If you haven't gone back yet, we wish you the best when you do. This will be the first year that Nicole and I will not be working directly for a school district. Instead, we'll be working full-time creating quality bilingual freebies, tips and resources for teachers.
We know first hand that many teachers end up spending a significant amount of money at the beginning of the school year in order to ensure their classroom is properly equipped and ready for students. Since this is the first year that we will get to avoid those extra expenses, we have decided to giveback to teachers by giving away an official $100 ToT gift certificate. You can click to enter on our Facebook Page.
To celebrate the start of the school year, we've also decided to give away our Apple Life Cycle craftivity free for a limited time only. Like most of our resources on TpT, this resource downloads in both English & Spanish. Students will have fun learning about the apple life cycle as they paste the stages in order to complete the wheel. As always, happy teaching!
We all know that recognition of rhyme is one of the first ways that a child demonstrates phonological awareness (an important part of literacy development). Teaching students to recognize and produce rhyme is a whole lot of fun. Using books with rhyme is a great way to introduce this concept. When you read rhyming books, children are exposed to the rhythm of language. Using books in this manner also improves oral language development. Here are a few of my favorite books: Huevos verdes con jamón and El viejo y su puerta which is a cute book about an older man that misunderstands his wife. She asks him to bring "la puerca" to the BBQ, but he ends up bringing "la puerta".
Matching games are also ideal for teaching students to recognize and produce rhyme. I made these rhyming puzzles, I hope your kids have as much fun as mine did! Click on the image to get them.
Teachers have two “New Year” celebrations: one in January and the other one in August. Start the year off right by establishing a routine for reading, even if your students are not able to read or write yet.
This reading log is designed for beginner readers. It contains a parent letter (English/Spanish), and a reading log calendar (September-June).
I hope you can use it in your class! Click on the picture to download.
Hi Everyone! It is almost here!!! The day when we will get to meet our new "batch" of students is just a couple of days away for most of us. It sure is exciting!!! We teach a two way dual language model with a partner teacher. As we start gathering ideas of how we want our classrooms to look like, we want to share with you a few tips that we have found to be key for our dual classes to run smoothly:
In a co-teach
situation, our goal is always to ensure that both classrooms mirror each other in order to make it easier
for the students to learn academic content. Dual
language classrooms that “mirror” each other are in fact classrooms where the lessons are
carefully planned in a way that the content and skills acquired one day in one of the language
classrooms enable students to build on and develop new skills in their other language
Plan with your partner teacher for similar routines and procedures so that your students feel more at ease switching back and forth between the two language classrooms every day. You don't want them to have to learn a new set of guidelines for each classroom. We actually have the same morning and afternoon procedures in both our classrooms.
Always set aside a few minutes to meet with your partner teacher at the end of every day. We meet to go over our
lesson plan for that day and discuss how it went. Our meeting is short and sweet, but it helps
us recap on what took place in both language settings and gives shape to the next day.
These are all simple tips, however they make a huge difference in helping our language learners experience success in a dual setting.