Hola Amigos!

This year has been a bit crazy in many ways and it is still uncertain in many others. Don't you agree? Whether we go back to school in person or remotely we will probably be out of our comfort zone. Thankfully not everything has to be stressful, there is always a light at the other end of the tunnel. Today I want to bring you that light. How, you ask? Well, you know, I've been thinking about a giveaway for a while. I thought about the details in my head over and over but something was missing. Then, out of a sudden I found this amazing group of Spanish teachers that were collaborating to put together different things to help teachers. Anyways, to make a long story short, it finally happened and TA-DAAA... here it is!!

Together, we were able to organize this HUGE GIVEAWAY! We will be drawing FIVE gift cards worth $250 each. YES! that's right! 5 possible winners that can get $250 to spend on TPT!!! Isn't that amazing? That means you will have the dream budget to get the classroom resources you need easily! You can stock on anything you need for an amazing year; form a variety of comprehension stories for guided reading, games, digital or printable centers, to fun vocabulary building activities, etc. Your possibilities are endless!  

How can you win? 

1. Go to this LINK  and scroll down. You will see the Rafflecopter sign, login.

2. Follow the the participant teachers on Social Media, blogs, etc (you'll see the list of participants once you go to Rafflecopter). Each option will earn you an entry. The more entries you have, the higher is your chance to win.

3. Make sure to enter any time between July 28 – August 2, 2020. The contest closes on Aug 2 at 11:59. The winners will be announced Aug. 3.

Share the 💗 friends! There's nothing like helping each other. If you know a fellow teacher who needs to be uplifted and needs to participate in this fabulous event, invite them to join. They'll be thankful and you'll be the bearer of good news!

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Don't forget to visit the Spanish Resource Libraries in my previous post. They are AMAZING! 😎


As things are changing we find ourselves trying to fit education in the new normal and it could be definitely challenging! 

Adapting to distance learning last spring was no joke! Now teachers everywhere are preparing for At-Home-Learning once again, and although things are changing fast, building a brand new library of quality resources could be expensive and very time consuming.

To make things easier for you, a group of educators including Mi Salón Bilingüe put together a compilation of FREE distance learning resources in SPANISH. Yesssss! All yours! 

We have included 27 resources for elementary....

And more than 25 products for Secondary...

Click in the pictures above to access these products!!! Once you download from TPT, it will take you to Google Drive so make sure you have an account or the app in your phone.

Check out the FREE product that Mi Salón Bilingüe is featuring in the 2020 Spanish Resource Library:

Stay tuned! More FREEBIES and GIVEAWAYS are coming soon! 

Share the news on Social Media to let all the bilingual and Spanish teachers out there know of this event. Follow my email list, Facebook, TPT store or this blog to never miss freebies like this. I hope you enjoy!! 


Whenever I have free time I get creative. This time I share how to organize the classroom library a little better according to the bilingual program.

At the end of the year when I keep all the books, I just put them in the cabinet where they fit. The problem is that, at the beginning of the year, I have to rearrange and accommodate them again. Since I store them in their filing boxes, it occurred to me to paint the filing boxes following the requirements of the bilingual program for easy identification and organization of the books. #thestruggleisreal

   Many years ago I found these cardboard filing boxes at IKEA and they have lasted me a lot of years! Yes, some have been broken by use, others have been damaged, but most have endured the passing of the years and the hands of my students. Fortunately they continue to sell them and every year I replace or add organizers.

  If you teach in a bilingual classroom in the United States or any other country, you may have to use different colors for each language of instruction. Generally in the United States, blue is used for the English language and red for Spanish. Based on this requirement, I classify my libraries in English and Spanish, so it occurred to me to paint my book card-stock bins red and blue to differentiate the books.

Above I put the books in Spanish and below I put the books in English, but you can see in the previous photo that my library lacks color. For years I have tried to invest in the plastic file holders, but they are very expensive, so I decided to invest in cardboard ones instead.

Here are a few steps to paint the cardboard boxes.

1. Buy cardboard magazine filing holders. My preference is the IKEA FLYTs. I've found them in packs of 5 for $ 1.99, so it doesn't hurt to invest in them.

2. Buy paint. There are two options: the first is spray paint and the second is acrylic paint. In my case, I used spray paint for cost and practicality. The cost of both paints is similar considering what they cover, and both paint the cardboard well. Actually, the difference is in how long you want to invest. I bought 12 oz. Gloss Apple Red General-Purpose Spray Paint and 12 oz. Gloss Brilliant Blue General Purpose Spray Paint.

I bought 3 cans of each color for $ 3.98 each and I had paint left over. A paint bucket was enough for me to paint 3-4 filing boxes.

3. On the floor, lay newspaper, construction paper, or any other thick paper that prevents the floor from getting stained. I painted my book holders in the garage because of the smell of paint and possible mess.

4. Place about 4 organizers that fit on the paper or cardboard. Spread them about an inch apart. Paint the face-up side and allow them to dry for about 20 minutes. Waiting for them to dry completely is super important. Then turn the filing organizers over and paint the other side. Wait for them to dry.

5. Assemble them and voila! I didn't spend time painting the inside of the book organizers to save paint but also to avoid spoiling the books with paint at the end of the year when I keep everything tight in the cabinets. If you want to step it up even more, add labels in the back.


Don't like the colors? Try metallic paint, white, black, neon or basically anything that goes with your classroom theme. If you paint your file organizers send us pictures of your libraries and will post them in our blog!


Siempre que tengo tiempo libre me pongo creativa. En esta ocasión comparto cómo organizar la biblioteca del salón un poco mejor conforme al programa bilingüe. 

Al final del año cuando guardo todos los libros, nada mas los arrumbo en el gabinete donde quepan. El problema es que, al principio del año, tengo que reorganizarlos y acomodarlos de nuevo. Como los guardo con todo y sus archivadores, se me ocurrió pintar los archivadores siguiendo los requerimientos del programa bilingüe para la fácil identificación y organización de los libros. #thestruggleisreal

Hace muchos años encontré estos archivadores de cartón en IKEA ¡y me han durado un montón de años! Si, algunos se han rompido por el uso, otros han sido dañados pero la mayoría han aguantado el paso de los años y las manitas de mis estudiantes. Afortunadamente los siguen vendiendo y cada año reemplazo o añado organizadores. 

Si enseñas en un salón bilingüe en Estado Unidos, es probable que tengas que usar colores diferentes para cada lenguaje de enseñanza. Por lo general se utiliza el azul para el idioma inglés y el rojo para el idioma español. En base a este requisito, clasifico mis biblioteca en inglés y español, por eso se me ocurrió pintar mis archivadores de rojo y azul para diferenciar los libros. 

Arriba pongo los libros en español y abajo pongo los libros en inglés, pero se nota en la foto anterior que a mi biblioteca le falta color. Durante años he tratado de invertir en los archivadores de plástico  que se ven en la esquina izquierda, pero son carisimos, así que hice los mios pero de cartón. 

A continuación, comparto algunos pasos para pintar los sujetalibros. 

1. Comprar archivadores de revistas de cartón. Mi preferencia son los FLYT de IKEA. Los he encontrado en paquetes de 5 por $1.99 dólares, así que no me duele invertir en ellos.   


2. Comprar pintura. Hay dos opciones: la primera es pintura de aerosol y la segunda es pintura acrílica. En mi caso, usé pintura de aerosol por el costo y la rapidez. El costo de ambas pinturas es similar considerando lo que alcanzan a cubrir y ambas pintan bien el cartón. En realidad, la diferencia está en cuánto tiempo quieres invertir. Yo compré 12 oz. Gloss Apple Red General-Purpose Spray Paint y 12 oz. Gloss Brilliant Blue General Purpose Spray Paint.  

Compré 3 botes de cada color por $3.98 dólares cada uno y me sobró pintura. Un bote de pintura me alcanzó para pintar 3-4 archivadores.

3. Coloca en el piso el papel periódico, cartoncillo o cualquier tipo de papel grueso que prevenga que se ensucie el piso. Yo pinté mis sujetalibros en el garaje, por el olor de la pintura y las posibles manchas en el piso.

4. Coloca los archivadores que quepan sobre el papel o cartoncillo. Sepáralos aproximadamente una pulgada. Pinta el lado que esté boca arriba y deja que sequen por aproximadamente 20 minutos. Esperar a que sequen por completo es super importante porque si se voltean húmedos se pueden quedar pegados a la superficie debajo de ellos. Luego voltea los archivadores y pinta el otro lado. Espera a que sequen.

5. ¡Ármalos y listo! No invertí tiempo en pintar la parte de adentro del sujetalibros para ahorrar pintura pero también para evitar maltratar los libros con la pintura al fin de año cuando guardo todo apretadito en los gabinetes.

Si decides pintar tus archivadores y agregar color a tu salón este verano, comenta abajo o mandanos fotos a y aqui las compartimos. 


   Recuerdo bien mis clases de gramática en la primaria. Todas las clases trataban sobre repetir las reglas gramaticales, decir en coro los verbos o leer oraciones en voz alta. Aunque aprendí gramática muy bien, creo que ese método de aprendizaje no podría ser empleado en la actualidad. 

   Debido al decremento en la cantidad de tiempo que los niños ponen atención hoy en dia, es necesario enseñarles de manera interactiva  para mantenerlos enfocados. A decir verdad casi todos aprendemos mejor cuando practicamos e interactuamos con lo que aprendemos que cuando solo escuchamos, repetimos o leemos algo.

   Nuestra lección empieza con una pequeña explicación acerca de los cuatro tipos de oraciones. Primero Introduzco cada tipo de oración ya sea proyectando una explicación en el pizarrón o creando un póster con los estudiantes. Luego, usando el póster plastificado, damos algunos ejemplos. Esta lección puede durar una semana o un mes dependiendo el paso que se quiera seguir. 

    Aunque el poster esta en dos idiomas para crear un puente entre el inglés y el español en el salon bilingüe dual, los ejemplos de las oraciones solo estan en un idioma a la vez. Reparto una oración a cada niño y les doy un turno para pasar al frente y clasificar su oración. Esta actividad después se convierte en un centro. Se pueden clasificar algunas oraciones cada día para mantener el concepto fresco y aprenderlo bien. 

   Una vez que ha sido introducido el concepto, es importante que los estudiantes puedan hacer referencia a los cuatro tipos de oraciones. Para este proposito, pegamos una explicación y ejemplos en el cuaderno. A esto le llamamos cuaderno interactivo. 

    Enseguida, lo que hacemos clasificar o diferenciar oraciones en el cuaderno.  Los estudiantes pueden escribir sus propias oraciones o se puede practicar el dictado de oraciones para percibir la entonacion de cada tipo. 

   Hasta aqui, los niños deben sentirse ya familiarizados con este concepto, por lo tanto es adecuado incorporar una actividad de escritura, donde ellos mismos pueden escribir sus propias oraciones. Nosotros creamos un libro de oraciones. 

   Durante los siguientes días se puede hacer un repaso usando un memorama, que les ayude a recordar tanto la definición como un ejemplo. Al repasar, se puede también hacer una actividad oral parecida al juego de la papa caliente. Cada vez que la música para y la papa cae en la mano de alguien, les pido un tipo de oración, por ejemplo digo  interrogativa, y el que tenga la papa tiene que decir un ejemplo para seguir jugando, si no la saben entonces quedan fuera. ¡¡¡La diversion no cuesta!!! 


 Ahora hay que aumentar el rigor un poco. Entonces lo que hago es poner una oración en el pizarrón pero sin puntuación. Les pido a los niños que comenten qué puntuación creen que lleva la oración que puse. Paso a un niño al frente para que explique la respuesta. Después les pongo un montoncito de oraciones sin puntuación plastificadas (o laminadas) en cada mesa y les doy tiempo para discutir la respuesta y practicar con sus marcadores. esto después también lo hacemos un centro para practicar. Adicionalmente, después de decidir la puntuación correspondiente los dejo clasificar la oración.  

   Así es como practicamos un poco cada día para hacernos expertos en tipos de oraciones.  Los recursos para esta actividad los pueden encontrar [AQUI] . Para obtener una muestra gratuita del producto haz click [AQUI]


Being thankful is the least of feelings kids are familiar with, especially in November when Christmas is around the corner and all they can think about is toys toys toys! Seriously though... Gratitude is hard to get out of 7-8 year-olds but once it is understood they become these little cute grateful machines ...and I love it!

To start with, I ask the question: What are you thankful about?... you can see blank faces across the rug for a few seconds, suddenly you see a hand up and it's your brightest student raising his hand to say how thankful he is about this new video game he got last week. Then, after him, comes the rest of the class sharing how thankful they are about material stuff, but no one, ok maybe one, will share that he or she is thankful about his or her parents... That's it! 

So right after this discussion, I introduce my very, most  favorite book in the world to talk about gratitude. The best thing about it is how simple it is for a mini lesson, of course, after this book rigor must follow, but for now, let's leave it as a great introduction to the theme. The book is called Gracias/Thanks by Pat Mora, I find it in my school library but if you don't have it my second choice is public libraries and the last is Amazon, you can probably find a used version. You can read it in english or spanish as well. 

In this book, the kid is thankful about many non-material things, some of them are silly daily happenings and will make your students laugh, for example, he is thankful for things every kid can relate to like splashing ocean waves or his Dad's chocolate syrup. You can read more about it and listen to Pat Mora's purpose to write this book [HERE]. In the link, there are some curriculum activities to do with this book as well. 

Now, if you ask the same question again about what they are thankful for, you may want to get some chart paper because this time you will find totally different answers! Scholars will be more aware about the daily things they get to enjoy other than their favorite toys. They will open up a little and will be creative and the discussion turns to be very interesting. 

Next, we move on to writing but we make it fun, so yes we do a craftivity. We do a paper-plate turkey with six construction paper feathers (or more  upon request). Kids write one thing they are thankful about in each feather, well before the writing begins, you actually have the choice of letting them cut their own turkey parts or you could have everything precut for them, one will take them more time than the other so consider than when you are planning for this activity.  I've done both and they probably enjoy it the same, it really just depends about how much time you've got. If you need templates for this activity get'em [HERE]

I use big and colorful feathers so that they can write full sentences. 

After they have brainstormed about their sentences, they assemble the turkey. Every Time I've done this activity, I model how to assemble the turkey first. The first step is to glue the feathers on the back of the paper plate like shown in the picture below. Then the peak and the head, last the legs.

The final result will be close to this: 

Or like this with the six feathers, everyone goes at their own pace assembling all the parts of the turkey:

When the turkey is assembled, I like to ask my students to put their sentences together as a paragraph after a partner has helped editing and revising their writing. 

These are sentences from an english-speaking student. 

Finally, once the turkeys have dried all the glue up, students get to share with each other, then we decorate our classroom, as one student said: if turkeys are birds why don't we put them in the air like they're flying?... as much as I wanted everyone to actually READ our work, I also like to honor student's ideas when possible... lol so we kinda did put them in the air:

As always, I hope you enjoy this activity and please share your thoughts with us. ;-)