Teach the Teacher
Before reading, use our Vocabulary Slideshow to preview some key English vocabulary words in the story. As you preview each word, have Spanish-speaking students teach you what the word is in Spanish.
Before class, identify key English vocabulary words in the story. Discuss with your Spanish-speaking students whether the words are similar or different in Spanish. As students read the English version of the story, ask them to circle other words that are the same or similar to words in Spanish. Point out that looking for these similar words, called cognates, is a good strategy for understanding what they read.
Break it Down
As you come across a new or challenging word in the story, pause to say the word and have students repeat it after you. If possible, show a picture of the word or act it out. If the word is made up of multiple parts, like unbearable, look at the individual parts – un-bear-able – and talk about what each part means. Look again at how the word is used in the story to confirm that students understand it in context.
Ideas for Family Engagement
For students who have Spanish-speaking family members, send home the Spanish version of the story so everyone in the student's household can enjoy and discuss it.