The annual Teachers Pay Teachers Teacher Appreciation Sale is this week. On May 5-6, you can save up to 25% on e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. from The Comprehensible Classroom.
But let’s be real… right now, this sale is probably just adding one more decision to your plate that you don’t have the brain space to make. Usually, this sale is the opportunity for teachers to purchase materials for the coming year that will help them make the changes that they want to make in the new school year. But… how can you know what changes you want to make when you don’t know what teaching is going to look like in the fall?
No matter what happens, we’re in this together.
This is our promise to you, now and always. For 10 years, you have trusted me to help you find the confidence you need to teach for acquisition. As the plan for the coming year unfolds, I will be with you every step of the way! And, come August 1 when Elicia Cárdenas moves into our Director of Training role, we will have someone on staff full-time to support you, no matter what your classroom looks like.
You’ve got this, and we’ve got your back.
Distance Learning Resources that help now and moving forward.
Like you, I have felt a mad scramble to create and adapt resources for Remote Learning. At first, it felt frustrating because I was spending so much time and effort to prepare content that will only be used for a short time.
The reality is, everything that we are learning and creating right now will help us in the future. We will have greater flexibility in supporting our students, because we will have more ways to deliver content to them in meaningful ways.
Our Distance Learning Resources are designed for students to complete independently from their devices. These resources are all Google Apps™ based (Docs, Forms, Slides, etc.) and interactive, and they can be used in the Microsoft Teams platform as well.
When you invest in our Distance Learning resources, you will receive quality materials that will help you to continue providing your students with input that is highly processable, even when you are out of the classroom. Next year, you can use these same resources for sub days, for students who missed class, and as an ongoing effort to reduce paper use.
Cinco de Mayo Resource Pack
These cultural resources are designed for Spanish 1+ students to learn about the history and traditions of Cinco de Mayo in Mexico and the US. They are broken down into 9 lessons of 20-30 minute activities!
13 Graphic Organizers
Use the Digital versions of these 13 graphic organizers now, and use the printable versions once you are back in the classroom! Highly flexible and Editable, you will get years of use out of these tools!
Check in with your students!
Give your students the chance to tell you how they are doing each day through this Input-based Daily Check-in! It is a Google Slides™ file that contains a series of Question and Answer prompts for students to complete each day.
SOMOS 1 Unit 8 Distance Learning Unit
This Resource Pack includes 26 files and suggested lesson assignments to fill 9 days with 20-30 minute tasks, all of which are digital and Google Apps™ based. Audio, recorded by Native Speakers of Spanish, is included for many of the texts so that students can receive both reading and listening input as they move through the lessons.
SOMOS 1 Unit 11 Distance Learning Unit
With this resource pack, your students will acquire language through the context of Los deportes using tools on any Internet-ready device. Includes audio versions of all readings, recorded by native speakers of Spanish!
SOMOS 1 Unit 6 Storybuilder
This 52-slide Google Slides resource is a Storybuilder activity for Level 1 students. It can be used by the teacher as a guide for creating a whole class story, or it can be shared with students via Google Classroom for them to read and build their own story.
Plan for next year
SOMOS Level 2
Our Level 2 Curriculum facilitates communication in the past tenses and connects students with longer, more complex narratives. Some of the most beloved stories in the SOMOS Curriculum come from these units!
Nous sommes 1
The first 9 units of the Nous sommes curriculum will carry you through most of the first year of Spanish. Pair them with the class reading of a novel, and your Year 1 curriculum is fully covered!
Comprehension-Based Starter Pack
When teachers make the switch to Comprehension-based™ methods of language instruction instead of traditional grammar-and-vocabulary driven lessons, they need a new ‘wardrobe’! Out with the old worksheets and systems, and in with the new! If you are preparing to make this switch, this bundle is for you!
Diario de gratitud – Gratitude journal for Spanish class
NOW DIGITAL! What better time than now to focus on gratitude? Bring 14 days of positive thinking into your virtual classroom through these reflective journal entries.
Independent Work Printables
Many schools are required to provide either print-only resources to their students or to use only resources that can be delivered either electronically or in print. All of these materials can be shared in print or digitally in closed platforms like Google Classroom or Schoology, and students can complete them independently, on their own time.
I originally created this packet of readings to be a summer work packet– and it is perfect for the situation that we now find ourselves in. You’ll get 20 readings, many of them on cultural topics, that are perfect for students in Spanish 1 or 2.
Many teacher-authors and publishers have joined me in offering free texts to help give students input during school closure. If you have a collection of texts to give your students (maybe from Revista Literal) but nothing to do with them, buy this bundle. Print one copy for each student, and they can choose 1 or 2 worksheets per day to complete with a text of their choosing.
Designed for independent work for students that finish in-class assignments ahead of their classmates, you can print this set of 28 worksheets and deliver to your students for a variety of input-based activities and even a few writing activities!
Lugares de miedo
Each reading in this set of 5 products comes in TWO levels – one text that is more appropriate for Level 1, and another that is a fit for Level 2. If you have to provide print resources for your students, choose this bundle to differentiate for your students’ proficiency level, or make life easier on yourself by assigning the same content to multiple levels with these scaffolded texts.
Lugares inimaginables: México
These cultural readings are perfect for students in Levels 2-3, and each one is accompanied by 2 activities in worksheet form.
Are you leading live classes via Zoom or Google Meets, but having a hard time getting conversation going? Each of these resources includes a presentation that you can screenshare with your students to use as a foundation for conversation.
Use these 75+ projectable question slides (written in Spanish) to get to know your students’ wacky side! With so many questions, there are plenty to pick and choose from to meet the needs of any of your levels of Spanish! Many slides also contain sentence starters for framing responses.
Si yo fuera…
Whether you are working with “si” clauses or looking for ways to unshelter grammar in your early levels of Spanish, these imaginative discussion prompts will provide interesting content to talk about and scaffold student expression and interpretation.
Co-create a character with your students! The OWI Imagination Lab is an interactive slideshow presentation that is designed to be used in class with your students. The slideshow walks you through the creation of an OWI character (a food, an object, or an animal). Each slide presents a new detail to add to the character’s description, along with several options.
We know that many teachers are not in a position to purchase anything for their classrooms at this time, and we are committed to supporting you. Here are three big ways that we are connecting teachers like you with free content that they can use during school closure.
Reading activity templates
Use these five templates to turn any text into an assignment!
COVID-19 Free Lesson Plans
Pop your email address onto this form to begin receiving a series of 5 emails (and counting) that are filled with practical tips and links to free resources, including a 2-week set of printable resources that we started sharing almost a month ago. The emails will come to you about a day apart so that you have time to browse the content!!
While school is closed, we are publishing one new student-submitted story [almost] every weekday on Revista Literal. We are also sharing one story-based activity with each story, so that you can have your students subscribe and engage with the stories without doing any additional work.