Teaching and Learning Resources

Mental Health Tips for Educators

Mental Health Tips for Educators

Just like teaching students about mental health is important, it's important for teachers to take care of their own mental health. Teachers need to be mentally healthy to help them be the best they can be. Read on for some tips...

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Mental Health in the Classroom

Mental Health in the Classroom

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in six youth aged 6–17 experiences a mental health disorder each year. May is National Mental Health Awareness Month, and it's a great opportunity for teachers to address their student's mental...

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Women's History Month Resources

Women's History Month Resources

March is Women's History Month! Did you know that Women's History Month wasn't created until Public Law 100-9 passed in 1987 declaring it the month of March?   If you are looking for some ideas or resources here is a list....

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Black History Month Resources

Black History Month Resources

While we HOPE you are including black history and black narratives in your classroom throughout the year, it is also important to recognize February (yes the shortest month of the year) is Black History Month.  Do you know WHY February...

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Donors Choose Special Projects

Donors Choose Special Projects

    At Books del Sur we recognize that teacher's do whatever it takes to ensure their students get the best resources. While we are not vendors with Donor's Choose you can still access our unique collections with a Donors...

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Charla de Autor con Paulina Jara: La Princesa Zanahoria

Charla de Autor con Paulina Jara: La Princesa Zanahoria

El día viernes 29 de octubre a las 11 AM CST nos reuniremos con la escritora Paulina Jara para escuchar su narración del cuento La princesa Zanahoria. Este es el link de Zoom para unirte a la charla: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89239744749?pwd=UzlUeEozaHNGK0QxTVlRTjBzanJ3dz09 Paulina...

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Entrevista con el escritor Carlos Miranda

¿Dónde naciste? En la ciudad de Rancagua en el año 1970, una ciudad cercana a Santiago, la capital de Chile; famosa por la mina El Teniente, la mina de cobre subterránea más grande del mundo. ¿Dónde vives? Actualmente vivo en...

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Strategies for using authentic Spanish literature

Strategies for using authentic Spanish literature

Using authentic (i.e. untranslated) Spanish texts can be daunting, especially if the author comes from a country or culture other than your own. Don’t let your discomfort stop you! Spanish-speakers are an incredibly diverse group of people; their dialects, historical contexts, and cultures vary greatly from one region to the next. Exposing our young readers to this diversity through literature will benefit them greatly and we as teachers need to step up to the task of doing it well!

Here are some of our favorite strategies for making the most of an authentic Spanish text with U.S. bilingual students.

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Tips for reading aloud to children in your second language

Tips for reading aloud to children in your second language

What does it look like to teach literacy in Spanish when it’s not my first language? How can I be genuine about my lack of knowledge yet still be competent, knowledgeable and command respect? This moment -- when you’re reading aloud to children in your second language and you come across an unfamiliar word -- is a fork in the road for educators. How we handle unfamiliar words really shapes the learning environment. It’s uncomfortable, challenging, maybe even embarrassing -- but it’s also a critical opportunity to model what it means to be a language learner.
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