Estudio del libro ‘Todo va a estar bien’

Estudio del libro ‘Todo va a estar bien’

Hola y feliz sábado. Si leen mi blog con regularidad, saben que Teachers Pay Teachers es uno de mis lugares favoritos para encontrar materiales para mis clases. Como enseño inglés y esta página originalmente es de Estados Unidos, la mayoría de recursos son en este idioma. Sin embargo, como hablante de español me doy cuenta que hacen falta muchísimos productos que puedan ayudar a docentes que enseñen en este idioma, o que no estén en el contexto estadounidense, sino que, como yo, trabajan en América Latina u otros países de habla hispana.

Es por esta razón que además de los productos en inglés que desarrollo y que vendo en mi tienda de Teachers Pay Teachers, ocasionalmente incluyo material en español, sobre todo estudios de libros. Mi propósito con esto es brindar más opciones de recursos que los profesores pueden utilizar en sus clases, pero también visibilizar autores, sobre todo los colombianos, para que sus libros sean leídos en otros países.

Todo va a estar bien es el primer libro que Ricardo Silva Romero ha escrito para niños, o por lo menos el primer libro del que yo sé. Es una historia de viaje, de aventuras, de lo que significa realmente querer a alguien, y de las decisiones que implica este amor, aunque puedan no traernos felicidad. Es una historia de un psicólogo de perros y de una niña genio que se unen y se acompañan en la búsqueda de un ovejero con ansiedad que siente que ya no puede seguir viviendo como una mascota.

Haciendo click aquí pueden acceder al estudio de libro que desarrollé, que trae preguntas de comprensión y de reflexión para discutir y responder mientras se lee. Considero que este sería el libro perfecto para leer y estudiar en cuarto y quinto de primaria, pero ustedes pueden mirar el recurso y juzgar si es apto para otras edades u otros grados.

Como siempre, los invito a que me den sugerencias sobre otros productos para desarrollar y vender, sean en español o en inglés.

¡Feliz sábado!

Con amor, Miss Camila

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The BFG Study Pack

The BFG Study Pack

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Hello and happy Saturday. I finally read The BFG by Roald Dahl and I’m super excited to share with you all the resources I made so that you can study this novel in class with your kids. I don’t know about you, but I feel that books like this are meant to be in the classroom, with kids doing funny voices and sound effects, and there’s so much to do with it.

As usual, I created a novel study. I think of this as a booklet that you can download, print, and give your students to develop in class as you read. The questions and other exercises were made thinking about elementary students, and the limited time you might have in your classroom to work with this resource.

If you feel like you probably won’t be using all the questions or that a whole novel study with spaces to record answers is too much, especially for larger classrooms, then you can get the question list. I think that is going to give teachers more flexibility to study the book. You can just select a few questions, or use them as prompts to elicit writing or speaking. You can quiz your students with one question…it’s up to you. The questions are the same as the ones in the novel study, so you don’t need both resources.

There is a movie version of The BFG, and maybe you want to watch it with your class and do something “academic” afterwards. You can get the movie study as well and take advantage of the learning opportunities of watching movies in class.

Now, if you don’t want to do traditional book studies but you still want to work on the novel, you can get Talk Like a Giant. It is a glossary with “giant” words from each chapter of the book. The idea is that students write the definition in their own words, or a sentence using the word, and that they make a drawing. I think this is a fun way to work on writing skills and fluency.

If everything I just listed sounded awesome and you want it all, you can get the study pack. You get all the resources I’ve explained for a discount price. That means that you’ll pay less than if you got them separately.

As always, if you download any of these products, send me a message and let me know how you used them in your classroom. In the comments below tell me about other products you’d like to see in my TpT store.

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila

“Living on One Dollar” Discussion Questions

“Living on One Dollar” Discussion Questions

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Hello and happy Saturday. When I started my brief period as a high school teacher I was struggling to get ideas for lessons. The academic term was already over so basically all the topics had been already covered by another teacher, there were no graded assignments, but there was still what felt to me like a long time before term tests and then the beginning of the new term.

It’s no secret that Netflix has become a teacher’s best friend when it comes to situations like the one I just described, especially when you have the app and you can just download the movies or documentaries you want to watch in class without the need to rely on internet access. But, hey, I wasn’t just going to play whatever and call it a day, so I actually looked for a documentary my students and I would find interesting and I would follow up said documentary with some discussion questions.

That’s how my TpT product, “Living On One Dollar” Discussion Questions came to life. I specifically used these questions to assess my students’ speaking skills, but you can set up a round-table kind of dynamic and ask questions for students to start a conversation on those topics. You can use them as writing prompt or even as the bases for bigger projects.

I was honestly surprised at some of the answers my students gave to me, and I learned things about them I wouldn’t have imagined in a million years, like the fact that they engage in social work and help underprivileged communities. If maybe you’re interested in the documentary, for teaching purposes or for personal ones, but you don’t have Netflix or aren’t sure if you want to watch it yet, you can click here and watch the trailer. And if you end up downloading my product and using it for your classes, let me know how everything went.

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila

Teacher Binder Essentials

Teacher Binder Essentials

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Hello and happy Saturday. A few weeks ago, I posted about my new teacher notebook and how it has everything I can possibly need. I’ve used it for almost a month now in my new job and it is pretty awesome, but I know fancy notebooks like that one are expensive and not everyone wants to spend a ton of money on them. I also know that a notebook is not convenient for all teachers, and that some of us prefer a binder that we can customize.

In today’s post I bring you a little something to help you with your teacher binder. It’s literally an essentials pack, so you don’t have to sort through a bunch of formats just to select what you really consider necessary. You can check out the resource here .

Last year, I had a binder I put together both with free resources I found online and my own formats, that is, formats I created, which helped me be more organized in my job. I decided to share them with you and I really hope that you find them useful.

What do you get in this resource? You get both monthly and weekly planners. I personally use the monthly planners to write down school-wide events or deadlines I have, and the weekly planner for my own lessons. I also added weekends because I know that teachers have to go to school at least a Saturday or two a year, and that must go in the binder as well. I included a checklist, and if you’re like me, you never have enough of those, so know you can get as many copies of it as needed.

I’m a planner, so we all know I need to see the big picture, which means that monthly and weekly planners will only do as much. For that reason, I designed a yearly planning format. That’s what saved my sanity when I transitioned from my first to my second year as a teacher. Basically, during my first year, I would write down everything we did in class after it was over, and then I revised and rearranged that information, which is what I used to plan the following year. Using this format helped me reflect on what I’d done in class, and it served as a tool to improve the following year, but it was also a time saver in the sense that I already had the plan of what I was supposed to do, I just needed to make it more concrete.

I honestly hope that you find these formats useful. In the comments, let me know what you prefer to use for planning and keeping organized at work.

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila

Story Creation Mini Unit

Story Creation Mini Unit

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Hello and happy Saturday. Today I want to share with you a resource I thought about a while ago and finally decided to sell on Teachers Pay Teachers.

I got the idea of making this mini unit when I was a student teacher with second graders and we were working on the topic of story elements. I personally love this topic and I think there’s a lot to it that can be explored and exploited, so I created this set of worksheets that would be awesome as a final assessment or review exercise.

Basically, through the mini unit, students get to create their own story, but in order to do this, they must answer questions related to story elements such as who the characters are, what the setting will be, and so on. At the end, taking these elements into account, students will write and illustrate their own story. You can check out this product by clicking here.

In the comments below tell me what your thoughts are on the topic of story elements and how you teach it.

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila

Hotel Transylvania Guess Who

Hotel Transylvania Guess Who

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Hello and happy Saturday. If you’re anything like me, then you’re probably obsessed with holidays, especially Halloween. And, if you’re anything like me, then you’re probably already looking for activities to do in the classroom during the month of October. That’s why I’ve decided to share with you, on the very first day of Halloween month, a fun little resource I created a while ago, which I think is perfect to combine play and work in the classroom.

 

There’s no denying that in anticipation to Halloween, students get a little crazy, and it’s totally understandable, but we still need to have class, and they still need to work. To me, students work best when they’re having fun and when they’re engaged, and what a

 

better way to get them engaged than by watching a Halloween movie?

As you could read in the title, my resource is based on the characters from Hotel Transylvania, which is one of my favorite Halloween movies, so actually the first thing students need to do is watch. Now, there are two versions of the activity; in one, students have to read the description of each character, write their name and make a drawing; while in the simplified version, they have to trace the name of the character and color the picture already in the worksheet. You get both versions when you download the product, which you can do by clicking here.

 

 

I know there are many Halloween movies out there, so if you’d like me to create a resource based on one, let me know in the comments below.

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila

Estudio del Libro “Volar”

Estudio del Libro “Volar”

Volar Cover.jpgHola y feliz sábado. En este blog por lo general comparto ideas y material que he creado acerca de libros en inglés, porque para ser honesta la mayoría de libros que leo son en este idioma. Hace unos años, de hecho, intenté hacer un blog en español, pero después de algunas publicaciones lo dejé y me dediqué al 100% a escribir en inglés.

En esta oportunidad, aprovechando que durante este todas mis publicaciones van a ser en español, quiero hablarles sobre Volar, el último libro de Yolanda Reyes, y del material que creé para trabajar con él.

Volar es uno de esos libros que a partir de cierta edad, más o menos los ocho años en mi opinión, cualquier persona podría leer y disfrutar. Es corto y el lenguaje es sencillo sin ser excesivamente fácil. Lo que quiero decir es que es un libro que está bien escrito, que respeta el hecho de que está dirigido a lectores más jóvenes sin caer en la simplificación en la que muchas veces caen los libros para niños.

Es una historia que bien podría leerse en una hora o menos, y que precisamente por ese motivo se me hace perfecto para que los profesores lo trabajen en su clase. Por eso desarrollé un estudio de libro al que pueden acceder haciendo click aquí  . Como siempre, el formato de los estudios de libro que tengo en mi tienda de Teachers Pay Teachers incluye preguntas de pre y post lectura, así como preguntas de discusión para cada capítulo o sección del libro.

Este es el primer producto en español que desarrollo y pongo a la venta, pero me gustaría en el futuro tener más material disponible en este idioma. ¿Qué tipo de productos les gustaría ver en mi tienda de Teachers Pay Teachers? ¡Háganmelo saber en los comentarios!

Feliz sábado,

Con amor, Miss Camila