As World Language educators it is hard to find a single off-the-shelf curriculum that fits the needs of each elementary program. Some programs have less frequent class sessions than others, some are required by their schools (or have the wonderful opportunity) to make strong connections with other subjects, some have more heritage speakers in the student population, and so on! It’s also important to shape a program according to the needs and interests of the community. All this is just to make it clear that I don’t offer a set “one size fits all” curriculum for this reason.
I have shifted to using more stories with my students, but I also supplement them with songs, games, crafts, picture books, holidays, celebrations, culture, cross-curricular connections, clip-chats, and other activities. I don’t teach a unit just focusing on weather, days of the week, months, the alphabet, foods, and so on. I include these topics in our daily routine when we do calendar time. The stories focus on high-frequency vocabulary and expressions as well as vocabulary related to clothing, family members, colors, numbers, and more!
These are some of the stories I use by grade level. It might seem like a lot, but the stories themselves have a lot of repetition and recycle a lot of the same vocabulary. This is also based on the frequency and length of time I see my students. I see my kindergarten students in small groups, once a week for 30 minutes and my 1st through 3rd grade students twice a week for 40 minutes each time. I mostly follow the resources in the order presented and sometimes I recycle stories and use them again the following year to refresh some of the vocabulary and high frequency words.
¡Qué nombre tan bonito!
La ardilla y la bellota
Yo soy un pavo
Vamos a hacer un muñeco de nieve
Corazón de melón
¿De qué color soy?
Me gusta como soy
La iguana quiere lechuga
Las luces del invierno brillan ya
Una nariz para el muñeco de nieve
Corazón de melón (using other extension activities included)
El árbol furioso
Todas las familias son diferentes
El cocodrilo va al bosque (coming soon to TpT)
Mi identidad (coming soon to TpT)
Monarca va a Michoacán
Día de Muertos (In connection with the monarch butterfly migration and a cross-cultural collaboration with science and art)
Gracias Madre Tierra
La Noche de las Velitas
¿Dónde está mi chaqueta?
Monarca vuela en la primavera
Carlos, el niño hada by Dr. Juan A. Ríos Vega (told using Story Listening) – Book and resources not included
Simón, el globito (coming soon to TpT)
Bundle coming to TpT soon!
La caja de identidad (coming soon to TpT)
Colorea el mundo (Clip chat)
Día de Muertos – Los alebrijes (cross-cultural connection with art)
Celebraciones en mi familia
Corre Año Viejo, Corre Todas las familias son diferentes (Illustrate story for classroom library)
Sirenas by Jessica Love ( told using Story Listening) – Book or resources not included
El perrito va a la escuela (Clip chat)
El gato y el perro (Clip chat)
Lola explora Colombia
Bundle coming to TpT soon!
If you are looking for books to help you to rethink the content in your curriculum, here are a few! Hard to choose one since all of them are filled with great content. I love that these books have been written by educators for educators. I’m currently working on updating/replacing and creating units, and these resources have been a great support.
💚 “Unpack Your Impact: How Two Primary Teachers Ditched Problematic Lessons and Built a Culture-Centered Curriculum”: This book has great examples of how to reconceptualize lessons to help students think critically and go deeper, and beyond “fun facts.” I actually learned historical facts from this book myself!
💚 “Being the Change – Lessons and Strategies to Teach Social Comprehension” is a book that I have used as a resource for the affinity group for students of color at my school. I have also been able to adapt some of the ideas presented in the book for my Spanish classes, e.g., Identity unit.
💚 I first came across the “Rethinking Schools” publications in a course I took for my master’s degree a little over ten years ago (time flies!). These books are filled with anecdotes and reflections from teachers and their classroom experiences. There is no need to read these books in a certain order. These are the two books in the video:
1. Rethinking Early Childhood Education
2. Rethinking Our Classrooms: Teaching for Equity and Justice – Vol 1
💚 Last, but not least “Words and Actions: Teaching Languages Through the Lens of Social Justice” is a book written for world language educators, but anyone can benefit from reading it. This book has great examples of language lessons for different levels. I’m still working on finishing this one!
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💚Any other books or resources you would add to this list? Please feel free to list them in the comments!
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