Oct 23, 2015

Altarcitos del Día de los muertos

     Nuestra clase estará aprendiendo sobre el Día de los muertos durante la semana de octubre 26 al 30 del 2015. Durante esa semana, los estudiantes tendrán la oportunidad de completar su tarea semanal o, hacer un altarcito del Día de los muertos. Esta opción se la doy a mis estudiantes por si acaso no celebren días festivos.

     El Día de los muertos es una celebración Mexicana. Aunque también se celebra en muchos países Latinoamericanos y ciudades con poblaciones de habla hispana, originó en México. El Día de los muertos honra a los difuntos del 1 de noviembre hasta el 2 de noviembre. 
     Durante el Día de los muertos, las familias decoran un altar. El altar es decorado con artículos especiales. Todos estos artículos, u objetos recuerdan a la persona.

     A los altares, le ponen una fotografía de la persona que están recordando. Junto a la foto, le ponen las comidas favoritas del ser querido. Decoran con papel picado, velas, flores de cempasúchil, pan de muerto y calaveras de azúcar y calacas.

     Tus estudiantes pueden tomar parte en esta tradición Latinoamericana al crear su propio altarcito y recordar a un ser querido que ya a fallecido.

     El propósito de esta actividad es para que tus estudiantes hablen con sus familiares y aprendan sobre sus antepasados. 

**Todos estos altarcitos fueron creados por mis estudiantes y sus familias el año pasado.**
Aquí están las instrucciones para que tus estudiantes hagan sus altarcito.
Recuérdele a sus estudiantes que: 
Un altar es un espacio que se usa para recordar todas las cosas maravillosas sobre un ser querido que ya a muerto. Consiste de fotografías veladoras, flores, golosinas y comidas deliciosas. Estos obsequios son considerados ofrendas para los muertos que vienen a visitarnos en un día mágico.
Para hacer tu altar del Día de los muertos necesitas:
1.Caja de zapatos de cualquier tamaño
2.Papel para envolver tu caja
3.Fotos de tu ser querido
4.Artículos que le gustaban a tu ser querido –recuerda que cualquier cosa cuenta como ofrenda.
5.Una velita real o de LED
6.Flores de papel o ceda (opcional-pero las flores son una gran parte en la decoración del altar.)
Para armar tu altar:
1.Envuelve tu caja con el papel de envoltura. Es bonito usar papel de colores brillantes que le gustaban a tu ser querido.
2.Decora con las foto. Es bueno pegarlas adentro de la pared de la caja. Puedes usar palito de paletas para hacer marcos.
3.Agrega cualquier otro tipo de decoración. Usa cruces, signos religiosos si quieres, y también corazones y gemas.
4.Pon también comidas y golosinas como chocolates y papitas reales.
5.Finalmente, ponle unas velitas y las flores.
Espero y tus estudiantes disfruten de este proyecto tan memorable.

Feb 3, 2015


I don't know about you, but when it looks like this outside my window...

...I feel inspired to add a little bit of Antarctica into our studies!

And while there are tons of fascinating animals in Antarctica, you just can't beat penguins for unique, fascinating, AND adorable.

In case you feel the same, I have two free resources for you today! One is for beginning readers in primary, and one is for older elementary students.

For the littles, incorporate science into your literacy block with these mixed-up sentences. Just cut out the cards and mix them up. Students find the cards with the same clip art, and then rearrange them until they get a complete sentence. To extend the activity, they can write down the sentence or illustrate it. Or you might have some easy readers on penguins available so they can find out more penguin facts! There are simple four-card sentences, and longer, more complex sentences, too.


For older students, cut out the task cards and put them on a ring or in an envelope. Use them in a center or for your fast finishers. They'll learn penguin facts and practice some skills that always need review, like measurement and map reading.


And if you are working on multiplication fact fluency, you might be interested in this set of printable games. No prep for you, and fun and skill building for your students!

 ¡Depredador! Antarctica Printable Multiplication Games in Spanish

To pick up your free resources, just click over to my blog and download them there!

- Ginger at School en casa

Feb 1, 2015

Ruby Bridges en Español

Welcome to the Bilingual Teacher Clubhouse! 

February has arrived!  That means Valentine's Day is just a couple of weeks away.  For many of us, it also marks the beginning of teaching about famous African Americans since February is Black History Month. 

Do you have trouble finding resources about famous African Americans in Spanish?  I know I always did when I was a classroom teacher.  

Ruby Bridges
One of my very favorite famous African Americans is Ruby Bridges.  Her life story is incredible and students can relate to her since she faced some of her greatest challenges while only in elementary school. 

I made this little freebie to share with you this month.  It includes supplemental pages that will fit in nicely with your Ruby Bridges unit.  Not only are they free, they are in Spanish! 

I hope you like them. Click on the image below to download. 
 Download Here

Jan 17, 2015


Are you looking for some easy games that are engaging for your kids and require low preparation time?
These games are perfect for you! Your students roll 1,2 or 3 dice, add the numbers, and cover up the sum. First to cover all their numbers, wins!

Each game board has the number of dice to roll.

Click here to download your free copy!

If you like my product you can visit my blog or Facebook  page for more ideas and activities.

Have a great weekend!

Jan 15, 2015

Literacy centers Freebies

Here are two free resources for your young readers:

How to make independent reading meaningful?
How often do your students say: “I’m done reading” while reading independently? You really want to ask them comprehension questions, tell them to read it one more time before taking a test on the computer, but how do you really know they have consciously read the book? This story map is a great way to get students thinking about what they read.
Click here or on the picture to download
How to integrate reading and writing?
What activities do you use to practice the letter and/or color of the week? How about the high frequency words and/or vocabulary words? Integrate reading and writing by using this activity where students have to find all this information while reading a book. Download to read how you can differentiate this activity for your students.
Click here or on the picture to download

Jan 14, 2015

TWO FREEBIES: MLK and The Mitten

Are you looking for some FREE teacher resources for your January units? I have a couple of spanish packets that you might be able to use this month.

Martin Luther King Jr.

I have been creating some writing printables with an illustrated word bank to help beginning writers. I had not seen anything similar to this before and wanted a way to help ALL our students feel like successful writers. I have also been adding several versions of the writing activities to help teachers with differentiation in the classroom.

This MLK writing packet in Spanish follows that same format. I have added an illustrated word bank for beginning or struggling writers and also added other versions. I hope that you find this packet useful.
Click on the picture to find it on my Kinder Alphabet blog. It's available in English and Spanish.

The Mitten

I also have an emergent reader for the story of THE MITTEN/ El mitón. Click on the picture below to find it on my Bilingual blog.

See you there!

Dec 3, 2014

Making Writing Instruction Meaningful

Written language is nothing more and nothing less than a tool for communicating with people with whom we cannot meet face to face.

Is that how our students view writing? Are they writing because they are inspired and excited to express their thoughts? Or are they writing only because they are forced to do so?

We want our students to be excellent writers. We want them to be capable of communicating their unique thoughts and perspective to others. We want them to be so excited about what they are learning that they cannot help writing to remember what they've learned, and to share it with others.


Do our students know that this is what we want? Or do they think we want only words written with perfect punctuation? A final draft with no grammar mistakes? Precisely spaced letters? These things are important, but only because they assist in better communicating our ideas. It is essential that our students have the big picture.

How do we communicate the big picture to our students? Sometimes we get so focused on math and literacy that both we and our students begin to view them as the two most important subjects, and as ends in themselves. They are not. They are TOOLS. When we can present new literacy concepts as tools to help us explore the world and the universe, then grammar exercises begin to have a purpose. The writing process ceases to be tedious, and becomes a way to more precisely communicate what we have learned from others, and our own ideas.

When students are learning more than one language at a time, and double the number of rules for writing conventions, it is especially important that we constantly refer to the big picture: communicating with as many people as possible. Our bilingual (and trilingual, and multilingual) students should understand this better than any other group of students: the better their grasp of mechanics, the better their ability to communicate across languages and cultures, and the more opportunity they have to make a difference with their words.

Here are three practical ways you can implement these ideas in your classroom:

1. Consistently provide material for students to look at and read that fires their imaginations. These could be books, sculptures, artifacts from other countries, prints of important artwork, live tadpoles or chicken eggs, models of the human heart or brain, science experiments.....anything that will engage their curiosity! But do NOT make them fill out a worksheet about it. Or force them to write about it. Just provide opportunities for students to engage with these materials throughout the day. Instead of finding more busywork for early finishers, set up an area with a rotating display of materials like these for them to explore. Instead of morning work, allow students to come in and engage with a material that you might not have time to fit into your regular curriculum. The "genius hour" idea is being talked about quite a bit lately; encourage and provide time for students to find out more about something in the room that has piqued their curiosity. As they learn, they will naturally want to write about what they are learning. If you give them time to present what they are studying, they will naturally learn to write speech notes. Do NOT grade these kinds of writings for mechanics. Just take note of what mini-lessons you might want to offer in the future, such as certain homophones, or spelling patterns, or punctuation.

2. Stop giving specific whole-class writing assignments. Resist the urge to have all of your students write letters to Santa Claus this month. Instead, what if you presented them with the opportunity to write something with a holiday theme? Most students will be able to come up with their own idea of what they want to write. For students who are stuck, you could say: "You may choose to write about a holiday tradition your family celebrates. Or you might imagine a story about a holiday character. Or you may choose to make a list of things you hope to do this holiday season. Or you may have another idea." This allows students to see that they MAY write about many things; they lose the sense that they MUST write about a certain thing, in a certain way. That encourages engagement and increases motivation. And when you increase engagement and motivation, the effort is much greater, and the resulting writing is much more representative of a student's true capabilities.

3. Allow students to share their writing with others in a way that is meaningful to them. Would they like to write a book to share with younger students? Would they like to write an entry for a class encyclopedia to share what they've learned with their classmates? Would they like to write a letter to a friend, family member, or penpal? Would they like to write to a Congressman, or the President, or the principal? When we write for others, with a purpose, we are more willing to pay attention to conventions and mechanics. We're also more willing to go through the process of revising drafts of our work. And the resulting writing is better.

The holiday season can be a crazy time in our classrooms. But it can also be a wonderful opportunity. If your classroom is out of its normal rhythm anyway, why not try one of these ideas? Or maybe you'll be inspired to think about how you could implement one after break. I hope that your own ideas are beginning to percolate; and I hope you'll share them with us!

I normally like to share a printable resource for you at the end of each post over here; but in this case, that is precisely what you do NOT need! But watch my blog, because I'll be sharing some other free resources over there.

Happy Holidays!

Ginger at School en casa



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