Thursday, July 16, 2015

Back-to-School Read Alouds for Bilingual 1st Graders

Bitty Bilinguals - Back to School Read Alouds for Bilingual 1st Grade

Hey everyone!  We are getting to that time:  where we don't want to let go of those last moments of summer, but that Target Dollar Spot has us thinking about back-to-school.

I have some tried and true back-to-school read alouds that I read to my students every year and I thought that I would share a few of my favorites for our primary bilingual students.  To start with this three-part series, I wanted to share some of my top read alouds for first grade bilinguals (click on any picture or link to purchase the book).

Bitty Bilinguals - Back to School Read Alouds for Bilingual 1st Grade
Un beso en mi mano by Audrey Penn is a favorite (and a tear-jerker) of one of my good friends who teaches in a first grade bilingual classroom.  It talks about going to school and missing your family, but knowing that they are always in your heart.

Bitty Bilinguals - Back to School Read Alouds for Bilingual 1st Grade
Cristantemo by Kevin Henkes is another first week favorite!  Cristantemo is in love with her name until she goes to school and the kids make fun of her name.  This story is great about being proud of who you are!

Bitty Bilinguals - Back to School Read Alouds for Bilingual 1st Grade
David va al colegio by David Shannon is a great book for teaching the rules for the first week of school!  It is great to talk about what we do and don't do at school.  There are so many extension activities that lead to a natural discussion of school expectations from this book.

Bitty Bilinguals - Back to School Read Alouds for Bilingual 1st Grade
¿Cómo van a escuela los dinosaurios? by Jane Yolen is another book that is great for discussing the rules and expectations of school.  I like how it starts with non-examples of school behaviors and then goes into how we should behave at school.  It sets up perfectly for a t-chart of school expectations.

Bitty Bilinguals - Back to School Read Alouds for Bilingual 1st Grade
Clifford va a la escuela by Norman Bridwell is a great book for the first week of school because it gets the kids excited about a book series.  The students will probably read a lot of Clifford books in first grade and how great is it to introduce this beloved character the first week of school?

Bitty Bilinguals - Back to School Read Alouds for Bilingual 1st Grade
Froggy va a la escuela by Jonathan London introduces another beloved character that your first graders will read about all year.  It is fun to compare Froggy's school life and the students' school life (do we eat flies at lunch?)

Bitty Bilinguals - Back to School Read Alouds for Bilingual 1st Grade
Así vamos a la escuela by Edith Baer is a great book for discussing school and education as a global concept.  This book is perfect for comparing and contrasting different cultures while still staying on level for first grade.

Bitty Bilinguals - Back to School Read Alouds for Bilingual 1st Grade
Finally, Junie B. en primer grado (¡por fin!) by Barbara Park is a great first month of school read aloud.  First graders are excited about chapter books and they immediately relate with Junie B.  

As bilingual and dual language teachers we know how hard it is to find great books in Spanish; I would love to know what books you read to your kiddos for back-to-school!  Comment below if you read any of these books with your firsties or if you have any other favorites that you would add to this list!

Come back tomorrow for more selections for back-to-school read alouds in a bilingual 2nd grade classroom!


27 comments:

  1. Love them all! I have to say Crisantemo is my favorite one...

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    1. I love it, too! It is one of my favorites Juliana! :)

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  2. Bobbi these area all fantastic! Thank you for putting this post together.

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    1. You are welcome! I definitely have back to school on my mind! :)

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  3. Thank you for giving us those titles. Can't wait to see the rest. They are going on my list.

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    1. You are welcome! I am so glad that you are finding the lists helpful! :)

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  4. Love all of the ones you motioned! There's also, "Si llevas a in ratón a la escuela".

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    1. Angelica - that is a great one! I love all of those books for teaching cause and effect! Thanks! :)

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  5. This is wonderful!!! Do you know of any blogs I can take a look at that are geared toward ESL teachers? I'm going to share this with our bilingual teachers.

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  6. Thank you for compiling this list! I have used almost all of these books but tend to forget year to year. I also like to use El secreto de la biblioteca when introducing my classroom library.

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  7. I also like to read Ese no es mi trabajo! to talk about responsibility. It's a cute book about a family who doesn't want to take out the trash in their house - until they finally get fed up with the mess!

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  8. All of them are very great! Thanks for your list! I like David va al colegio by David Shannon most so I will buy it for my kids. In my opinion, Beides these books, you should also click here for more

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