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Full time teacher since 2003. I specialize in fun readings and worksheets.

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Full time teacher since 2003. I specialize in fun readings and worksheets.
Hispanic Leaders Character Cards (Spanish version)  - 20 Influential People!

Hispanic Leaders Character Cards (Spanish version) - 20 Influential People!

This is the new favorite activity of all my Spanish students! This file includes 20 Hispanic leaders character cards for students to learn about influential Hispanic people. Each card contains the person’s name, birth date, nationality, occupation, a characteristic, and family and/or hobbies. The file also includes a 20 question quiz for students to use independently or in pairs to learn more about the people featured on the task cards. Simply print out on card stock and enjoy them for years! This resource includes the following influential Hispanic Leaders: Eva Peron Isabel Allende Frida Kahlo Diego Rivera Oscar de la Hoya Pablo Picasso Salvador Dali Selena Gomez Selena Quintanilla Sonia Sotomayer Cesar Chavez Rita Moreno Ruben Blades Shakira Leo Messi Gabriel Garcia Marquez Roberto Clemente Rigoberta Menchu Pancho Villa Celia Cruz Answer key included. Also makes for a great Sub Activity!
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Complete Beginner German 85 pg. Workbook and Textbook ~ Deutsch für Anfänger (Gr. 8+)

Complete Beginner German 85 pg. Workbook and Textbook ~ Deutsch für Anfänger (Gr. 8+)

This 85-page file is a complete beginner textbook and workbook that I've completed over my last 15 years of teaching/tutoring German. It includes careful explanations and exercises on all the topics covered in a first year German course. It also includes a detailed description of grammar terms and a full appendix with all the most important charts for studying the German language. This PDF can be used on its own or as a complement to any beginner German language course of study.You can use it get its entirety or simply print out pages as worksheets. **NOW includes Answer Key** Course Outline (It is thematic) Unit 1: The Basics Alphabet, pronunciation, greetings Unit 2: Talking about Family Family vocab, gender and plurals, haben Unit 3: Describing People Verb conjugations, sein Unit 4: Numbers and Time Phrases Numbers, Telling Time Unit 5: My House Word order Unit 6: Common Irregular Verbs Haben, sein, werden, The Weather Unit 7: Asking Questions Question Words, Stem-change Verbs Unit 8: Talking about Hobbies Months, Days of the Week, Modals Unit 9: At a Restaurant Nominative and Accusative, Possessives Unit 10: Around Town Prepositions of Place, Dative Unit 11: At a Soccer Game Comparatives and Superlatives Unit 12: New Year’s Eve Future tense Unit 13: Taking a Trip Separable prefix verbs Unit 14: At the Movies The Conversational Past Unit 15: Grocery shopping Expressing Likes, Gefallen, Gern haben Unit 16: Daily Routines Reflexive Verbs Unit 17: A Postcard Conjunctions Unit 18: A Day in Berlin The Simple Past, Modals Unit 19: Renting an Apartment Genitive Case, Adjective endings Unit 20: A Day Hike Relative Pronouns Appendices A-E: Declension Charts Prepositions Grammar Terms Answer Key Editable Word File
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Complete Beginner Spanish Workbook and Textbook ~ Español para principiantes

Complete Beginner Spanish Workbook and Textbook ~ Español para principiantes

This 65-page file is a complete beginner textbook and workbook that I’ve completed over my last 15 years of teaching/tutoring Spanish! It’s designed for grades 8+. I’m offering it here at over 50% off! It includes explanations, exercises and readings on all the topics covered in a first year course. You can use this resource in its entirety or simply page by page as needed for extra materials! Unit 1: The Basics Greetings, alphabet, pronunciation Unit 2: Family Family vocab, gender and plurals, tener Unit 3: Talking about Yourself Nationalities, Professions Unit 4: Regular Present Tense Verbs Verb conjugations Unit 5: Making Plans Numbers, Telling Time, Yo-form Irregular Unit 6: My House Adjective agreement, possessives Unit 7: Asking Questions Question Words, estar Unit 8: Talking about Hobbies Months, Days of the Week Unit 9: At a Restaurant Irregular verbs, Prepositions Unit 10: Infinitive Expressions Expressing Desires, Tener Expressions Unit 11: Around Town Prepositions of Place, Ir Unit 12: Ir + a + Inf. Careers, University Unit 13: Describing People Ser vs. Estar, present continuous Unit 14: The Continuous Past Imperfect Unit 15: Expressing Likes and dislikes Object Pronouns, Gustar, Personal a Unit 16: Daily Routines Reflexive Verbs Unit 17: The Environment Demonstratives, por and para Unit 18: The Simple Past Preterite, Frida Kahlo Bio Level: Beginner Editable word file.
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Spanish Reading Bundle: Revolutionaries (Castro, Che)

Spanish Reading Bundle: Revolutionaries (Castro, Che)

This Spanish biography bundle includes four biographies of famous hispanic revolutionaries at 45% off! Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara Fidel Castro Augusto Pinochet Pancho Villa Each reading includes: a glossary of Spanish English vocabulary, a full-length biography and a reading comprehension section. This makes for a great addition to your unit on Hispanic history and political events. Level: mostly past tenses and some mature subject matter ie. civil war Answer keys included.
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Hermanos Gemelos Lectura - Fun Spanish Reading with Stem-Change (Shoe) Verbs

Hermanos Gemelos Lectura - Fun Spanish Reading with Stem-Change (Shoe) Verbs

This 4-page file includes: -A fun reading about two 12 year-old twin boys who to get up to lots of mischief! The reading includes over 20 examples of stem-change/shoe verbs! The reading also contains a glossary of new vocabulary. -A worksheet with six reading comprehension questions and a short writing assignment where students are to write about what the twins are doing tomorrow using the new verbs! ~Answer key. Extension: Have students underline all the stem-change/shoe verbs in the reading. Includes the following stem-change verbs: jugar, preferir, querer, soler, cerrar, dormir, doler, entender, poder, pensar
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Back to School German Bundle: 5 Resources for Beginners

Back to School German Bundle: 5 Resources for Beginners

This bundle includes all of my most popular resources for back-to-school for beginner German at 50% off! Handout ~ Alphabet, Pronunciation and Word Stress Reading ~ My School Task Cards: German Conversation Starters - Hast du gern? Worksheet ~ German Gender Clues German Character Cards: Icebreaker Level: A1
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Pluperfect Subjunctive and conditional Perfect Spanish Reading: Si hubiera sabido Lectura

Pluperfect Subjunctive and conditional Perfect Spanish Reading: Si hubiera sabido Lectura

This 3-page file includes: ~An advanced level reading that is a funny dialog between two girlfriends who have just returned from a disastrous trip! They discuss what they would have done differently if only they had known what was going to happen! The reading includes numerous examples of the pluperfect subjunctive and the conditional perfect. The reading also Includes a glossary of new vocabulary. ~A worksheet with 8 reading comprehension questions in Spanish based on the story. ~Answer key. Example sentence: Si hubiéramos sabido que iba a llover toda la semana, ¡habríamos traído diez paraguas! Level: Advanced Editable Word file.
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El año nuevo Lectura: New Year’s Eve Spanish Reading (future tense)

El año nuevo Lectura: New Year’s Eve Spanish Reading (future tense)

This 3-page file includes: ~A reading in which students get a chance to see the future tense in context! The narrator is a 16 year old boy who lives in Colombia. He is discussing all the changes in his family’s life in the coming year, his plans for tonight including certain Colombian traditions for New Year’s Eve as well as a list of his resolutions. Reading includes a full glossary of new vocabulary. ~A worksheet with six reading comprehension questions, and writing practice to get students using the future tense. ~Answer key. Level: In future tense
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Spanish Future Tense Reading: ¿Como será la vida en 200 años..? (futuro)

Spanish Future Tense Reading: ¿Como será la vida en 200 años..? (futuro)

This 3-page file includes: ~A fun Spanish reading, in which four high school students are asked how they think life will be in 200 years. The answers are very different! Includes examples of regular and irregular future tense verbs in the first person, third person and we form. ~A worksheet with 6 reading comprehension questions and a short writing assignment in the future tense. ~Answer key. Activity idea: have students share their ideas for how the future will look. Have the students underline all the verbs they see in the reading in the future tense. Example verbs: será harán limpiarán cuidarán llevarán pasarán Level: future tense
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Spanish Future Tense Reading Bundle

Spanish Future Tense Reading Bundle

This Spanish bundle offers 4 readings in the future tense at 40% off! Worksheet ~ Future Tense Reading ~ Summer Plans Reading ~ Careers Reading ~ Life in 200 years
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Virgen de Guadalupe Lectura y Cultura: Spanish Reading Virgin Mary & Juan Diego

Virgen de Guadalupe Lectura y Cultura: Spanish Reading Virgin Mary & Juan Diego

This 3-page file includes: ~A cultural reading about the Virgin of Guadalupe, a patron saint of Mexico. It talks about the history of her first appearance in the 16th century to Juan Diego, an indigenous man who became a saint and how it came about that a Basilica was built in her honor. The reading includes a glossary of new vocabulary. ~A worksheet with 8 reading comprehension questions. ~Answer key. Vocabulary includes: la peregrinación el Arzobispo tilma la tela la oración la leyenda Nahuatl Level: intermediate (In various tenses)
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Vamos al cine Lectura - Haciendo planes: Spanish Reading on Making Plans

Vamos al cine Lectura - Haciendo planes: Spanish Reading on Making Plans

This 3-page file includes: ~A script between two friends making plans over the phone. Incorporated into the reading is a lot of practice with talking about what time things are happening. The reading is preceded by a full glossary of new vocabulary. ~A worksheet with 10 true/false questions in Spanish and a short writing section where students write a short script on their own or with a classmate in which they make plans to go out. ~Answer key. Level: beginner
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En el cine Lectura - At the Movies Spanish Reading (Imperfecto /Pretérito)

En el cine Lectura - At the Movies Spanish Reading (Imperfecto /Pretérito)

This 4-page file includes: ~A reading about four friends who go out to the movies. As the friends cannot decide on what film to see, the girls see one film while the boys see another. One film turns out to be great- the other not so much! This reading is predominantly in the imperfect and preterite tenses for students to see how they are used they must identify each tense as it appears. Reading features a full glossary of new words. ~A worksheet based on the reading with short answer questions and a writing exercise in the past tense to be completed in class or for homework. ~Answer key. Activity ideas: After reading the story in pairs, students can take turns describing films they have seemed to their partner using the past tenses. Based on their description their partner can try to guess which film they are talking about! Level: present and past tenses
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En el Supermercado - Comprando Comestibles Lectura: At the Supermarket

En el Supermercado - Comprando Comestibles Lectura: At the Supermarket

This 3-page file includes: ~ A script in which a father goes grocery shopping at his local market for his daughter’s birthday party. In the script he orders various items. This reading is suitable for beginners as it is all in the present tense. A complete glossary of new food words is featured at the top. ~A worksheet with 8 reading comprehension questions and a short writing assignment where students create their own shopping list! ~Answer key. Activity ideas: After reading, students can take turns ordering grocery items from each other. Similarly, students can write their own dialogue of going grocery shopping to perform for the class. Level: Spanish 1/2 (In present tense) Vocabulary includes: una docena de huevos una lata la leche las verduras las fresas las manzanas la cebolla la carne el pescado el cordero la granja el cumpleaños la torta
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Spanish Biography Bundle: 4 Conquistadores: De Soto, De León, Cortés, Colón

Spanish Biography Bundle: 4 Conquistadores: De Soto, De León, Cortés, Colón

This Spanish reading bundle includes all of my biographies on explorers and conquistadors at 45% off! It includes one biography each on: Hernando De Soto Ponce de León Hernán Cortés Cristobal Colón Each biography includes a glossary of new vocabulary and a reading comprehension. section. Level: Spanish mostly past tenses
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Mi familia Lectura - My Family Beginner Spanish Reading

Mi familia Lectura - My Family Beginner Spanish Reading

This short reading is perfect for beginners! A 14-year old boy is talking about his extended family in Mexico and California. A full glossary of new words is featured below followed by 6 true/false questions in Spanish. Activity idea: Have students read the story together and answer the questions. Have students create a family tree so they can talk about their own family with each other. Alternatively, students can write a short paragraph about their family for homework or to share with the class. Answer key included.
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Isabel Allende Biografía: Spanish Biography on Chilean Author

Isabel Allende Biografía: Spanish Biography on Chilean Author

This 3-page file includes: ~A Spanish language biography on the famous Chilean-American author Isabel Allende. It discusses her early life, why she had to flee Chile and her literary career. Reading Includes a glossary of new vocabulary. ~ A 1-page reading comprehension worksheet. ~Answer Key. Level: Present and past tenses
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Una barbacoa de verano - Spanish Reading Summer Fun (preterite)

Una barbacoa de verano - Spanish Reading Summer Fun (preterite)

This reading is about a family who hosts a fun summer barbecue in their yard for all of their friends and neighbours during a Saturday in July. The focus is on seeing the preterite in context. The reading includes a glossary of new vocabulary as well as five reading comprehension questions in Spanish. Activity idea: after reading the story and answering the questions together, students can talk in the preterite tense to describe what happened at a barbecue, picnic or party they have recently attended. Level: Intermediate Includes answer key. Editable word file.
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First Week of School Spanish Reading: Primera semana de escuela Lectura

First Week of School Spanish Reading: Primera semana de escuela Lectura

This simple reading features a dialogue between two students meeting during the first week of school. They discuss the subjects they are taking and a little bit about their families. Vocab include: español banda historia física biología matemáticas francés inglés química There is a glossary of new vocabulary before the reading and 8 true or false questions at the end of the reading. This is a great complement for students new to Spanish as it is completely in the present tense! Activity idea: Have students read the dialogue in pairs and then answer the true false questions together. Students can then write their own dialogue based on the subjects they are taking. Level: Beginner Includes Answer Key.
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De vacaciones Lectura - On Vacation Spanish Reading - Imperfect / Imperfecto

De vacaciones Lectura - On Vacation Spanish Reading - Imperfect / Imperfecto

This 3-page file inclues: ~A reading entirely in the imperfect tense. The narrator is relating their experiences of taking holidays at the beach with their family as a young child. Great practice for seeing the imperfect tense in context. The reading has a glossary of new vocabulary. ~A worksheet with 5 short answer questions and a guided writing activity. ~Answer key. Level: Spanish 2
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El fin de semana Lectura: Weekend Plans Spanish Reading (ir + a + infinitive)

El fin de semana Lectura: Weekend Plans Spanish Reading (ir + a + infinitive)

This 3-page file includes: ~A script between two friends discussing their plans for an upcoming long weekend. They are headed to the countryside to visit family. The conversation is mostly in the (ir + a + infinitive) construction to show students some context for the conversational future. Includes a full glossary of new vocabulary. ~A worksheet with 8 reading comprehension questions in Spanish and a short writing assignment ~Answer key. Vocab Includes: Va a ser voy a alquilar Vamos a manejar Voy a hacer la maleta Qué vamos a hacer voy a llevar Te voy a presentar Vamos a ir a la granja vamos a nadar Activity idea: Have students underline all the examples of ir + Infinitive they find in the story! Level: beginner
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Mis pasatiempos Lectura: Spanish Reading and Worksheet - Script about Hobbies

Mis pasatiempos Lectura: Spanish Reading and Worksheet - Script about Hobbies

This 3-page file includes: ~A reading in which four young people are discussing their hobbies such as sports, tv shows, books etc. The reading includes a full vocabulary of new words and is in the present tense. ~A worksheet based the reading with 10 true/false reading comprehension questions, a short writing section and guided conversation practice in Spanish. ~Answer Key. Vocab includes: juego nado levanto pesas corro esquío paseo al perro juego al fútbol hago yoga monto en bici toco la guitarra canto en un coro escucho música
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En un restaurante Lectura - In a Restaurant Spanish Reading + Worksheet

En un restaurante Lectura - In a Restaurant Spanish Reading + Worksheet

This 3-page file includes: ~1 reading that features a dialogue between three people: two female friends who are out for dinner and their waiter. A glossary of food vocabulary appears at the top. ~1 page of 10 true/false reading comprehension questions in Spanish and a short writing section. ~Answer Key. Activity idea: after reading the skit with a partner, students can be split off in pairs to write their own scripts about eating in a restaurant to perform for the class or hand in for working. Vocab includes: el mesero el pescado el bistec los mariscos el arroz de postre el flan la cuenta el café la langosta
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