*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!


Spanish Class Back to School Freebie Treasures

As promised ... the treasure hunting results for Spanish classes!


The new school year is just around the corner and I'm starting to think about lesson planning. I've spent some time treasure hunting for start of the school year freebies and I'm sharing the treasures I've found!

Today I will be sharing the goodies I've found for my Spanish classes. Last week I shared what I found for my French classes.

Let's start with one of my freebies. It is an All About Me Build-A-Book! Novice learners can cut and paste. Students ready to write on their own can just write on the pages of the book. The students will end up with a mini story book all about them that they can present to the class or read with a partner/in small groups. Find it here.



I love playing Find Someone Who at the start of a school year. It is another great way to learn about our classmates. I like this freebie from el Mundo de Pepita.


I always give my students Spanish names. I just love this back to school name activity by El Tesoro del saber. It is such a cute activity for working with learning new names.


I'll be ready to work with greetings and this greeting game resource from el Mundo de Pepita will make it so much fun!

I'll want to review colors and classroom vocabulary, so I've printed out this freebie from Peg Hutson.

And as I continue working with classroom vocabulary, I'll be excited to use this Spanish Back to School Mini Book from Doodles and Kreations. What an awesome freebie!


And I have one more of my freebies to share. My days of the week reader will get your students reading and talking all about what they do each day of the week. Find it here!


I hope these treasures help you get off to a great new school year!

French Class Back to School Freebie Treasures

The new school year is just around the corner and I'm starting to think about lesson planning. I've spent some time treasure hunting for the start of the school year freebie resources and I want to share the treasures I've found!

Today I will be sharing the goodies I've found for my French classes. Stay tuned for some Spanish class treasures! Coming soon!!

Let's start with one of my freebies. It is an All About Me Build-A-Book! Novice learners can cut and paste. Students ready to write on their own can just write on the pages of the book. The students will end up with a story book all about them that they can present to the class or read with a partner/in small groups. Find it here.


I love playing Find Someone Who at the start of a school year. It is another great way to learn about our classmates. I like this freebie from Dans la classe de Mme Sandra.
Mme Sandra also has another Find Someone Who for older learners & I spied an "I have/who has" game with a back to school theme too. Check out her store!

I just adore these get-to-know-you dice by for French Immersion. The students write questions on the dice and then they work in pairs, rolling the dice and answering questions. For novice learners, the teacher can write the questions and just have the students roll & ask/answer questions.

Students love to share what they did over the summer. And it is yet another way to get to know one another a little better. Check out this back to school writing activity from Mme McIntosh. I know my students will love sharing about their summer adventures!

Moving away from learning about each other and on to working with the French language and school related vocabulary, this Back to School Puzzle by Les petits singes de Mlle W looks like so much fun! Grab it here.

And I have one more of my freebies to share. My days of the week reader will get your students reading and talking all about what they do each day of the week. Find it here!

I hope these treasure help you get off to a great new school year!












Fighting the Second Language Summer Slide




Summer is almost here and our students will be stepping out of the language learning classrooms ... will they spend two months forgetting about their second language? Let's fight the second language Summer Slide!

We can give our students and their families suggested tasks to complete during the summer months.

1. Give a BINGO summer homework sheet like this and when they bring it back the first day of school give them a prize! List things the children have learned to do during the year like name 3 colors or name 3 school objects, etc on the BINGO sheet.

2. Give the families a few apps you recommend the students use. I usually suggest Duolingo or Rosetta Stone. What are your favorites?

3. Suggest to the families that they use italki.com to find a language partner or a low cost native speaker teacher/tutor. On this site you can find someone wanting to learn English and set up a time to talk on Skype (or using another way to connect if you prefer). Then speak one language for half of your exchange, and the target language for the other half. You can also find many low cost teachers or tutors to speak with or give you a lesson.

4. Suggest that the family uses lingoo.com and organize a language exchange! My family has used the site and we've welcomed a German girl to our home (she came twice!) and two French girls. We did a paid stay a couple of times and then an exchange. My daughter spent three weeks last summer speaking French at her language partner's home!

5. Encourage the families of your students to travel! And better yet, take language classes when they travel! My whole family has gone twice to Coeur de France in Sancerre, France, and we love it there! A friend of mine works at Prestige Idiomas in Rosas, Gerona, Spain, and it would be a great destination for Spanish learners!

6. Send home readers your students can read and re-read during the summer. Use audiopal.com or vocaroo.com to record yourself reading the stories and then send home links to the recordings along with the readers. Or post the links to your audio recordings on your class/school website.

What do you ask your students to do during the summer to not forget all they've learned? Comment below with your suggestions!