During the past couple of weeks, my students have been working with US symbols and Texas symbols. They have done research using books and online resources. They have worked in partners to do research and then individually to make flip books, journal entries, and writing activities about what they have learned. They have produced great work! So proud of them! Here are a few pics of what they have done.
This past week, our students in the Spanish classroom worked with singular and plurals. Students went around the room to collect five nouns from our word walls. They created a table using on Google docs to write their nouns both in singular and plural form. This next week we will be working on the plurals of nouns ending in Z.
We are so excited to be back! We have been working with Kassie at Designs By Kassie and she has completely redone our blog and we couldn't be happier about it. She had to work with 3 of us and our ideas. She was so kind and patient throughout the process. We are very pleased with the way our blog looks now! If anyone is interested in giving their blog a facelift we highly recommend Kassie! She is amazing!
This past weekend Katia and I went to the BEAM Conference (Bilingual and ESL Education Association of the Metroplex). It was a great experience for us. We attended very interesting sessions and got a lot out of them. We have always admired the work of Candis Grover and we got to meet her in person. She is on to new, interesting projects and we wish her the best! If you want to learn more about her work, please visit her blog Blooming Bilinguals.
We are excited about the many resources we gathered from the BEAM Conference. One of the sessions was presented by Dr. Mandy Stewart. She explained how to maximize students' language development in both English and Spanish by using Thematic Literature. (Be sure to follow Dr. Stewart on Pinterest -she has so many wonderful ideas!). She read to us a story titled El Mundo Marino. On this Alphabet organizer, she asked us to write nouns or verbs by letter that we listened to in the read aloud. I am thinking this organizer could also be used as a tool for students to write words they read around the room by initial or ending sounds! It can also be used as a place where students record new words they learn. This alphabet organizer is from readwritethink.org.
The possibilities of this organizer are endless!
As a celebration of our new blog, we want to share with you one similar organizer that we have used in the past. It is a freebie, so ENJOY!
We wanted to share with you an activity we did about predictions and community helpers earlier this year. Have any of you guys ever read this book? It is so cute! Our kiddos loved it.
First, we read this book.
(There isn't a Spanish version, but it has lots of pictures and we translated it as we read it)
Each page has clues and the students have to predict what goes with the clues.
After we read this, the students began brainstorming what clothesline clues they were going to create. They came up with some great things. We are so proud of them. A lot of these students are second language learners.
Aren't these kids incredible writers and illustrators?
We don't know about you guys but we have had some CRAZY weather. We had Friday and Monday off due to ice. We were going crazy being trapped inside that we decided to work on some new products and a freebie.
We have been working on Nouns and Verbs in the classroom. It has been so much fun. We started by making an anchor chart of our nouns.
When I wrote them I tried to include the el/la for sorting purposes later. With the second language learners I found it to be a lot easier when I included the gender. Please excuse any typos and how sloppy it is.
Later they sorted the pictures under person, place, or thing.
When they completed that task they sorting based on el/la.
We also practiced our chant. The kids LOVE chanting this and I love hearing them chant it all around the classroom. This particular clip is of a second language learner. He needs some help but the students loved helping him. Doesn't he sound like a native speaker?? You may need to click on the sound cloud to take you to the website. (Sorry we are new to this!)
Head on over to TPT to check out this pack! Just click on either picture ^
We are so excited. We have reached 100 followers on TPT. We decided that was reason to celebrate! Since today is a snow day for us we whipped up this freebie for all the great people who follow us!
THANK YOU GUYS!!
Here is our little freebie for you guys!
Click on either picture to download your copy!
Up on the rooftop is a fun and easy game that up to five kiddos can play at a time. Using their game piece they roll two dice and if their total falls on the line directly above them they can move up. The first person who reaches the top wins.
We hope everyone had a great thanksgiving and family time. We have been all over the US this break and are ready to finish out the semester strong. We wanted to remind everyone that TPT is hosting their Cyber Monday & Tuesday sale!
I think I filled up my cart to the top! It's so much fun seeing what everyone has to offer.
Here are some previews of what we just added to our store. Be sure to check it out.
-The Dual Trio
p.s. guess what…. we have a special little giveaway going - If you spend $10 dollars at our store shoot us an email and we will give you 1 thing ($5 & under) for FREE! Just send an email with your username and what you would like and we will send it to you! :)
p.p.s We are ONE follower away from 100 on TPT. When we hit 100 we will add a new little freebie!