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12/28/16

Games Around the Globe


We all remember games from our childhood and how much fun we used to have playing with friends. Growing up we didn't need any iPad or tablet  to keep us entertained. It seems such a long time since that happened. I used to play so many games that I can barely remember all the names. 

Globe Trottin' Kids did a good job gathering children's games around the globe, and I am glad to see  familiar names such as Loteria (Spanish) and Rayuela.  

Some of the games are not exactly what I remember from my childhood, however, I always keep in mind that games can have variations depending on the country. 

What I like about Games Around the Globe, is that the directions are easy to follow and each game comes with all the materials need it, including game cards, game boards, dice and more. 


I this 87-pages TPT product you can find 35 games ready to use from 23 different countries. Excellent resource for Social Studies, Summer Activities or Homeschooling. All of that for only $10.00 in Teachers Pay Teachers

If you are interested in adding some language to your games unit, you might be interested in this product as well. Check this post for more info. 

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12/19/16

Christmas In Other Lands: Pan de Pascua


I am happy to participate in MKB Christmas in Different Lands this year. The main topic this year is a favorite Christmas recipe. 
Chile has several food traditions around the Holidays and all of them are yummy. My favorite one is Pan de Pascua

People celebrate Christmas eve (Nochebuena) on December 24th and Christmas day (Navidad) on December 25th. Children open the presents on Christmas Day, a few minutes after 12am. 

In Chile, people greet each other saying  Feliz Navidad or Feliz Pascua for Merry Christmas. Although Pascua means Easter, people use this word during Easter and Christmas time. Therefore we have Pan de Pascua for Navidad. Just to give you an idea, Pan de Pascua is similar to Panettone or Fruit Cake. 

I can't take all the credits for this post since the recipe is not mine, the last time I made Pan de Pascua I took the recipe from En Mi Cocina Hoy, which is a bilingual blog about Chilean food.  


I loved the way they tasted and I made enough to give them as  present for my dear friends and neighbors. 

If the recipe doesn't turn out the way you want, you can always get pre-made Pan de Pascua from this store here in the USA, but you know homemade recipes are better, right? 


Christmas in Different Lands 2015 | Multicultural Kid Blogs



Welcome to our fourth annual Christmas in Different Lands series! This year each participating blogger will focus on a different country, sharing a traditional dish and more about Christmas in that country. For even more glimpses of global Christmas celebrations, see our series from previous years (2013, 2014, and 2015), plus follow our Christmas board on Pinterest! Follow Multicultural Kid Blogs's board Christmas Around the World on Pinterest.





December 9 Creative World of Varya: Lebanon 






December 19 Mom Hats and More : USA 

December 20 Multicultural Baby: Paraguay

December 21 La Clase de Sra. DuFault: Chile


December 23 All Done Monkey: Haiti
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12/16/16

El milagro de la primera flor de Nochebuena



We all see beautiful poinsettias all over during Christmas time, but not everyone know where this tradition comes from. This is why I wanted to introduce the book El Milagro de la primera flor de Nochebuena to my class. 


During our reading comprehension block, my students have been learning about Literary Elements, such as, characters, setting, problem, solution, beginning, middle and end. This book was perfect to review these elements, and also to introduce Christmas tradition's season. 


In addition to Literary Elements, we also reviewed some basic parts of a book, such as, cover, back, tittle, author and illustrator. We still need to work on nonfiction books!

Key vocabulary

Characters - Personajes
Setting - Lugar/ escenario
Problem - Problema
Solution - Solución
Beginning - Inicio
Middle - Parte media/desarrollo
End - Final

As a closing activity, my class was able to create their own Poinsettias. I took the pattern from this website, if you are interested. I just used red and green construction paper to create the flowers and a few yellow squares in the middle. 


Below is another version of the story written by Tomie dePaola and narrated by a little reader:



12/12/16

The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe



The feast of our Lady of Guadalupe

Advent started a few Sundays ago and my class and I have talked about many Christian symbols and Feasts during this important time of the year. Today we celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and for that, we read the book "Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe" by Tomie de Paola. Did you notice who translate it into Spanish? 

My students enjoyed the story of Juan Diego, his tilma or cloak and learned about the relation between roses and Our Lady of Guadalupe. The story was also meaningful  for them because of their Hispanic background, and the connections they made with their own lives, which is also part of developing comprehension skills. 

After reading the story, my students did a fan craftivity to create their own tilma and this is what they did:








12/4/16

Diverse Kid Lit December 3rd, 2016

Our theme for this month's Favorite Holiday Books. (Please feel free to share any holiday resources, not just winter holidays.) The theme is only a suggestion. Diverse posts on alternate topics are always welcome.

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