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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.

What Is #DiverseKidLit?

Diverse Children's Books is a book-sharing meme designed to promote the reading and writing of children's books that feature diverse characters. This community embraces all kinds of diversity including (and certainly not limited to) diverse, inclusive, multicultural, and global books for children of all backgrounds. We encourage everyone who shares to support this blogging community by visiting and leaving comments for at least three others. Please also consider following the hosts on at least one of their social media outlets. Spread the word using #diversekidlit and/or adding our button to your site and your diverse posts.
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We hope this community will grow into a great resource for parents, teachers, librarians, publishers, and authors! Our next linkup will be Saturday, January 7th and on the first and third Saturdays of every month.

Upcoming Theme

Our theme for the current linkup is Favorite Holiday Books. Themes are a suggestion only; all diverse book posts are welcome. If you're interested, you can start planning now for our upcoming themes ...
  • January 7th and 21st linkups: Human Rights. In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which is celebrated in the US in January, think about your favorite books to share with children about the importance and the history of human rights and/or civil rights.
  • February 4th and 18th linkups: Love. Let's spread the love of diverse books by sharing diverse books about love, families, and relationships. 

Most Clicked Post from Last Time

Our most-clicked post from last time from The Barefoot Mommy: 15 Diverse and Inclusive Books about Christmas. Rebekah includes an overview of each book as well as a downloadable felt ornament craft. The stories showcase a wide range of cultures and countries celebrating Christmas, some focusing on the holiday and others happening around that time. A great place to start for thinking about this linkup's holiday theme!

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11/26/16

Haciendo conexiones


Cada vez que debo enseñar comprensión de lectura en español, me falta tiempo para usar todos los libros que quisiera. Durante nuestra unidad de “hacer conexiones con la lectura” usamos los libros Mango, abuela y yo, Lotería y La Manta de Maya.

  


Estos tres libros están conectados de diferentes maneras entre sí. Sin embargo, lo mas importante es que los tres libros están conectados con las experiencias personales de mis estudiantes, lo cual los hace tener un especial interés para nuestra unidad de comprensión.

Lo primero fue hablar de las conexiones entre libros, y esto fue lo que mi clase pudo concluir:
1. Los personajes son nieto/a y abuela.
2. Los personajes estaban aprendiendo otro idioma (Español/Inglés). O bien el libro estaba escrito en los dos idiomas (La manta de Maya).
3. Los personajes se ayudaban mutuamente para resolver el problema.





Ahora, las conexiones entre los libros y las experiencias personales de mis estudiantes fueron:
1. Los personajes son nieto/a y abuela. Ellos son nietos y tienen abuelas.
2. Los personajes están aprendiendo ingles y español. Ellos están aprendiendo ingles y español.
3. La abuela no sabe hablar inglés. Algunas abuelas de mi clase no saben hablar inglés.
4. La abuela hace una manta para Maya. Ellos han recibido regalos hechos por la abuela también.
5. Hay mascotas en los libros. Ellos tienen mascotas también.


Supongo que siempre hay más conexiones por hacer, ¡pero el tiempo siempre me traiciona! 



11/13/16

Los mapuches


Durante el mes de los nativos americanos, ¿por qué no incluir  a los nativos sudamericanos? Todos estamos más que familiarizados con los incas, los aztecas, los mayas, etc. Pero muy poco se sabe de los nativos sudamericanos que vivieron más allá del imperio inca. Podría comenzar nombrando a los picunches, los pehuelches, los onas (selkman), etc. Sin embargo, unos de los grupos que más se destaca a lo largo del centro sur de Chile y Argentina son los mapuches.
Los mapuches tienen una historia muy amplia de batallas, guerras, supersticiones, tradiciones y comida. Para resumir a este grupo de nativos, he compilado 10 hechos importantes que nos enseñan un poco de este grupo étnico.
  1. Se ubicaron entre Valle del Aconcagua hasta la Isla de Chiloé en el sur de Chile, y en Argentina, en la región de Neuquén y la Patagonia.
  2. Mapuche, significa gente de la tierra en mapudungún.
  3. Su vida estaba llena de supersticiones y ceremonias. Una de las ceremonias se llama machitún, y está dirigida por la machi o mujer curandera.
  4. Tienen una fiesta religiosa llamada ngiñatún o kamaruco. En ella agradecen a la tierra (negenechen) por los regalos dados.
  5. La ruca es el nombre del hogar de los mapuches.
  6. El merkén es un condimento hecho en base a  ají cacho de cabra seco y ahumado, que se muele junto a semillas de cilantro tostadas y sal.
  7. We Tripantu es la celebración del año nuevo mapuche que se realiza en el solsticio de invierno austral (el día más corto del año en el hemisferio sur) entre el 21 y el 24 de junio.
  8. Trarilonco es un cintillo para la frente usado por los mapuches. Puede estar hecho de lana o de plata. 
  9. Trapelacucha es un adorno pectoral tradicionalmente utilizado por las mujeres mapuche, fabricado generalmente de plata.
  10. Los mapuches también tienen su propia bandera, y cada color y forma tiene un significado especial.

Aquí les dejo un proyecto GRATIS para hacer con niños.





 Native American Heritage Month | Multicultural Kid Blogs
Welcome to our third annual celebration of Native American Heritage Month! All month long we'll be sharing posts about sharing these rich cultures with kids. Find our full schedule of posts below, and don't forget to link up your own as well! We're also having a giveaway (see below for details and to enter!) You can find even more ideas on our Native/Indigenous Cultures Pinterest board:

November 4 Open Wide the World on Multicultural Kid Blogs: Native American Heritage Month and Free Trilingual Printable
  November 14 Crafty Moms Share 
  November 16 Crafty Moms Share November 18 LarabeeUK 
  November 23 Gianna the Great 
  November 25 Kelly's Classroom 
  November 28 All Done Monkey 
  November 30 Creative World of Varya

Giveaway

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From MotherTongues: Himdag Walk in Balance T-Shirt (women’s or unisex, S-XL) US & Canada shipping only From Quarto Knows: Native North Americans by Joe Fullman & History of Indian Tribes of North America, 3 Volume Set by McKenney and Hall US shipping only From Abrams Books: Sitting Bull: Lakota Warrior and Defender of His People by S.D. Nelson, In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall III, & Hiawatha and the Peacemaker by Robbie Robertson & illustrated by David Shannon US shipping only 1st Prize Native American Heritage Month Giveaway | Multicultural Kid Blogs

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From Firefly Books: Ojibwa: People of Forests and Prairies, Iroquois: People of the Longhouse, & Encyclopedia of Native Tribes of North America all by Michael G. Johnson US & Canada shipping only From Daria Music: Set of 2 Dance Whistle Kits from Crazy Crow Trading Post US shipping only From Wisdom Tales Press: Red Cloud's War: Brave Eagle's Account of the Fetterman Fight by Paul Goble & Indian Boyhood: The True Story of a Sioux Upbringing by Charles Eastman (Ohiyesa) US shipping only 2nd Prize Native American Heritage Month Giveaway | Multicultural Kid Blogs

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10/29/16

El día de todos los difuntos en Chile


En Chile, como em México, los días 1 y 2 de noviembre tienen una importancia cultural entre la gente de ese país. El 1 de noviembre es el día de todos Los Santos. En este día se recuerda a todos los santos que no tienen un día de festividad en particular y también se celebra a los lactantes que partieron tempranamente de esta vida.

El día 1 de noviembre, es también la antesala para el día de todos los difuntos que se celebra al día siguiente, 2 de noviembre.  En este día se recuerda la partida de todos aquellos seres queridos que ya no están entre nosotros.

Es durante estos días que todos los camposantos abren especialmente sus puertas a los familiares y amigos que llegan con "coronas" de flores para rememorar a aquel difunto que ya no está.  Se preparan misas especiales, grupos de oraciones, confesiones y todo tipo de acción espiritual que nos ayude a comprender y aceptar la muerte de un ser querido.


Durante estos días se visita la tumba de familiares y amigos. Este es un un momento para rezar, conversar y meditar con esa persona que ya no esta. Para muchos es un día lleno de melancolía y para otros es un día lleno de dolor por la reciente pérdida de un ser querido.

El día de todos los difuntos puede ser aún mas doloroso para aquellas personas que no tienen un lugar definido donde venerar a sus seres queridos. Por alguna razón, sus difuntos no tienen una tumba designada. Una manera de "llenar ese vacío" es levantando monumentos en nombre de aquellos difuntos.


Las personas que tienen una muerte trágica también son recordadas, y a veces veneradas, todo el año, y no sólo en una fecha especial. Hay quienes creen que las personas que fallecen de manera repentina, tienen una especial conexión entre el mundo de los vivos y de los muertos. Debido a esta creencia, es que la gente tiende a hacer "peticiones" y dejar "ofrendas" a las "animitas".



El Cementerio General de Chile, es uno de  los cementerios más antiguos del país. En el se encuentran enterrados  personajes importantes en la historia de Chile, así como también, personajes del folklore popular. Durante estas fechas, la gente también deposita flores en honor a la memoria de estos personajes. La fotos de abajo es la tumba de la cantautora Violeta Parra.

Haz click en la foto para saber más de Violeta Parra.


Otro ejemplo de veneración a los difuntos es a través de "mausoleos" ya sean familiares, de clubes,  de religiones, partidos políticos o equipos de fútbol.  Los mausoleos son verdades "casas" en el cementerio en donde se pueden "sepultar" a más de una persona.  Aquí abajo vemos un mausoleo edificado especialmente para los "seguidores" o "fanáticos" de Colo-Colo, un importante equipo de fútbol en Chile.


Fotos tomadas directamente en el Cementerio General de Chile por Dustin DuFault
Copyright 2009 Dustin DuFault


Abajo hay una una serie de enlaces para usar durante los próximos días. La verdad es que cada actividad es tan divertida, que falta tiempo para hacerlas todas. 


Multicultural Kid Blogs is proud to be hosting another blog hop on Day of the Dead! (Don't miss our series from last year and 2016!) Be sure to visit all the posts below for great ideas on sharing Day of the Dead with kids:







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10/26/16

Halloween y El día de los muertos

Divertidas actividades para hacer en El día de los muertos y Halloween. Si van a mi tienda TPT encontrarán una mini versión ¡GRATIS!


En esta unidad encontrarás:

1. Memorice de Halloween con palabras frecuentes del tema.

2. Trabajo de vocabulario con correspondencia dibujo-palabra.

3. Práctica de vocabulario escribiendo oraciones.

4. Instrucciones de cómo ahuecar y tallar una calabaza.

5. Autorretrato (“selfy”) de Halloween y actividad de escritura.

6. Creación de un monstruo “geométrico" de Halloween.

7. Carteles para el mural de la clase.




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10/16/16

Diverse Kid Lit 15 de octobre de 2016

Our theme for this month's Diverse Children's Books linkups is Favorite Diverse Author or Illustrator. Who is your must-read author or must-see illustrator? (The theme is only a suggestion. Diverse posts on alternate topics are always welcome.)

What Is #DiverseKidLit?

Diverse Children's Books is a book-sharing meme designed to promote the reading and writing of children's books that feature diverse characters. This community embraces all kinds of diversity including (and certainly not limited to) diverse, inclusive, multicultural, and global books for children of all backgrounds. We encourage everyone who shares to support this blogging community by visiting and leaving comments for at least three others. Please also consider following the hosts on at least one of their social media outlets. Spread the word using #diversekidlit and/or adding our button to your site and your diverse posts.
DiverseKidLit
We hope this community will grow into a great resource for parents, teachers, librarians, publishers, and authors! Our next linkup will be Saturday, October 15th and on the first and third Saturdays of every month.

Upcoming Theme

Our theme for the current linkup is Favorite Diverse Author or Illustrator. Themes are a suggestion only; all diverse book posts are welcome. If you're interested, you can start planning now for our upcoming themes ...

Most Clicked Post from Last Time

Our most-clicked post from the previous #diversekidlit linkup features super-talented author-illustrated Kadir Nelson. Miss T's Book Room shares a brief biography of Nelson and his long-list of awards and amazing picture books. If you are not yet familiar with his work, you are in for a treat!

My #DiverseKitLit Shout-Out

Mark your calendars for Multicultural Children's Book Day, Jan. 27, 2017! Multicultural Children's Book Day is an all-day (really, more like all-month) celebration of diverse books. Opportunities are currently available for teachers and bloggers to receive a free diverse book to review as part of the event. Interested parents can also win books through various giveaways. This is another great way to bring attention to diverse books, and I hope you'll consider joining in!

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Want to be notified when the next #diversekidlit linkup goes live? Click here to join the mailing list. Interested in joining as a host or an occasional co-host? Contact katie at thelogonauts.com. (Never participated in a linkup before? Please click here for a more detailed step-by-step.)

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