Let's travel to a French-speaking city! ~ Paper bag suitcase craftivity

Today we are making a suitcase craftivity and planning a trip to a French-speaking city! We are sneaking some writing practice and cultural information into this fun craft.
First, take a paper bag and fold it into thirds. Now tape or glue an index card into each section of the folded bag. You can have the index cards pre-printed with the start of each sentence (like mine below), or you can have the students copy the text onto the cards themselves. Next, have the students complete the sentences.

Now it is time to decorate!
I used a paper fastener to close my example suitcase. You can also use velcro circles. Students can create a handle to the suitcase by trimming the edge of the paper bag or using construction paper. Finally, they will decorate the suitcase using markers and stickers.
Enjoy!
I was inspired by Inner Child Fun's blog post.
 French-speaking city & country readers


Let's travel to a Spanish-speaking country! ~ Paper bag suitcase craftivity

Today we are making a suitcase craftivity & planning a trip to a Spanish-speaking country! We are sneaking some writing practice & cultural information into this fun craft.

First take a paper bag and fold it into thirds. Now tape or glue an index card into each section of the folded paper bag. You can have the index cards pre-printed with the start of each sentence (like mine below), or you can have the students copy the text onto the cards themselves. Next have students complete the sentences.
Now it is time to decorate!
I used a paper fastener to close my sample suitcase. You can also use a velcro circle.
Students can create a handle to the suitcase by trimming the edge of the paper bag, or using construction paper.  Finally, they will decorate the suitcase using markers and stickers.

Enjoy!
I was inspired by Inner Child Fun's blog post
 country readers


El día de los muertos ~ 5 Day of the Dead Classroom Activities




El Día de los Muertos is just around the corner. Here are five activity ideas for your classroom!


1. Make QUICK and SIMPLE {make in 20 minutes!} sugar candy skulls!


2. Want even more sugary treats? These marshmallow sugar skull pops by mom.me are sooooo pretty!

3. Complete a sorting activity for what is typical & what is not typical on the Day of the Dead.
4. Let the students face paint Day of the Dead faces on each other. Here is an easy tutorial from mom.me.

5. Or if you prefer something less messy, make paper plate Calavera masks.

What's your favorite classroom Day of the Dead activity? Comment below!

*FREEBIE* The Hallo-wiener, by Dav Pilkey, ~ Simplified for Spanish and French learners!

Today we are reading The Hallo-wiener, by Dav Pilkey ~ simplified for Spanish and French learners!
Such a cute story about a dog who turns into a Halloween hero. I've simplified the story for our language learners!

Purchase the book in English here. Then paste my {FREEBIE} simplified version over the text in your book. Grab the Spanish text here and the French here. Or, find a read aloud of the story on youtube, turn the volume off, and read the simplified text as your students watch.

You might also be interested in strategies for reading to early language learners. Read all about it here.

What story would you like me to simplify next? Comment below!

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Hispanic Heritage Month Activity Freebie & Bulletin Board Idea!

I'm excited to share this fun Hispanic Heritage Month activity with you! It is super fun and will get your students talking about important Hispanic Americans. You can download the activity here.

Print pages 1 and 2 front to back. You'll need one for each student. Have the students fold along the solid line (see #1 below). Next, have them open the page back up & cut along the dotted lines (see #2 below). Now have the students choose a famous Hispanic American and complete the clue sentences inside the paper (see #3 below).


Now provide each student with a copy of page 3 of the download. Have them glue, tape, or staple their clues to the right side of the ¿Quién soy yo? page. (See #4 below)


Print pages 4 & 5 of the download front to back. Fold the page down the middle & cut down the dotted line. You will give one "Me llamo" slip to each student. They will open the slip and write the name of the famous Hispanic American they chose to describe inside (See #5 below).


Have the students glue or staple their "Me llamo" slips on the inside of the last clue. They will want to attach it to the left side, without covering up the text of that last clue (see #6 below).


And now you are ready to play! You can have one student come up to the front of the class and begin to open and read each clue while the class tries to guess who it is. Or you can have the students pair up & work together to try to figure out who is being described. 

After everyone has finished the activity, they can draw on and color the person outline to illustrate who it is they used for their ¿Quién soy yo? page. The completed products make a great Hispanic Heritage month bulletin board!






*FREEBIE* Simplified The Day the Crayons Quit, by Daywalt & Jeffers ~Colors Vocabulary in Spanish & French!

Today we are reading The Day the Crayons Quit, by Drew Daywalt & Oliver Jeffers ~ simplified for Spanish and French language learners!


I love to read this story when working with color vocabulary. It is also filled with a lot of emotion vocabulary words. The story is too text heavy though for my students. So ... I've simplified the story for our language learners and I'm sharing with you today!

You can purchase the book in Spanish here, French here, or in English here. Then paste my simplified version over the text in your book. Grab the Spanish text here and the French here. Or, find a read aloud of the story on youtube, turn the volume off, and read the simplified text as your students watch!

You might also be interested in strategies for reading to early language learners. Read all about it here.

Want more of my simplified stories? Find them here.

What story would you like me to simplify next? Comment below!

*FREEBIE* Miss Nelson is Missing, by Harry G. Allard Jr. ~ Simplified for Spanish & French learners!

It's back to school time ~ the perfect time to read Miss Nelson is Missing ~ simplified for language learners!

It is a new school year. We are establishing rules and routines. We are talking about appropriate and inappropriate behaviors. Let's read Miss Nelson is Missing! But first, let's simplify it for our language learners.

You can purchase the story in English here, or in Spanish here. I haven't been able to find the story for sale in French, but I prefer to simplify stories for my students anyway. I just paste my simple version of the story over the text in my book.
#MakeItComprehensible

You can write your own version of the story, or use mine! I have a version in French {click here} and a version in Spanish {click here}. Just paste the text into your book. Or, find a read aloud of the story on youtube, turn the volume off, and read the simplified text as your students watch.

You might also be interested in strategies for reading to early language learners. Read all about it here.

What story would you like me to simplify next? Comment below!