Free Online Resources for Language Teachers

We are here to help you get across this tough time with FREE resources. Click here for the link to sign up with Storylabs and to connect with the Facebook Live event on Monday, March 3o at 1:00 pm Pacific. I have teamed up with author Virginia Hildebrand and Storylabs to offer Spanish teachers help.  You can choose from a variety of levels and themes, all organized and easy to link to your virtual classroom. Other languages coming soon. There are readings and activities for many levels: • Whole novels for upper levels • Beginner readings with sheltered vocabulary using [...]


Will you be back to school with students on Monday, August 21? What a great day to be back, the day a total eclipse of the sun will pass across the middle of the USA. Talk about compelling input and cross-curricular learning! Here is how to set up a safe viewing experience of the eclipse with your Spanish classes in simple level 1 Spanish. If your school is back in session you have the opportunity to spark your students' wonder and curiosity by talking about the eclipse in the target language. Most of the country will see a partial eclipse, [...]

By |2017-10-11T13:22:12-06:00June 24th, 2017|Categories: Compelling Input, Geography, Supporting Content in Other Classes|1 Comment


Mike Peto wrote this blog about how he uses "Conexiones" in his classroom--as a break from fiction and to acknowledge the interests of all students. Conexiones by Bryce Hedstrom A collection of short, non-fiction entries that excite a different kind of reader People sometimes ask me how I keep students from getting bored of my schtick creating class stories day after day. The key, of course, is that I am not doing the same thing every day. On some days we create class stories together, some days I tell a fable, some days we discuss the plot of short video clips [...]

By |2017-10-11T13:22:12-06:00May 7th, 2017|Categories: Geography, Growth & Change, Reading|0 Comments


A girl in my sixth period class keeps mentioning her pet guinea pig, so naturally we have been talking about eating it. Whether they think it is cool or gross, it gets their attention. Here is a short reading in novice-mid Spanish about how the popularity of eating Guinea pigs is growing. A pdf of the article can be read here.     ¿QUIERES COMER EL CUY? Illustrations and text by Bryce Hedstrom Quizás tú tenías un cuy como una mascota cuando eras un niño. Tu cuy vivía en una jaula pequeña y a veces jugabas con él. Probablemente nunca [...]

By |2017-10-11T13:22:13-06:00February 14th, 2016|Categories: Compelling Input, Geography, Just for Fun, Reading|0 Comments LADY OF GUADALUPE

Our Lady of Guadalupe, or Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, is a major holiday in Mexico. Not an official state holiday, but one of the people. So much so that streets, squares and many public services are shut down due to the large number of people in the streets. Here is a short reading in level 2-4 Spanish about this holiday and sociological phenomenon in Latin America LA VIRGEN DE GUADALUPE I had a great time drawing this picture based upon the original tilma as I listened to articles about the Virgen.


I organize many of the books in my classroom library in discarded library magazine boxes. There are boxes on all sorts of topics and genres, but my favorite is the Butterfly box, labeled "Mariposas" in Spanish. Monarch butterflies captured my imagination years ago when I was driving across the country in the early fall on the way to my brother's wedding. Along the way, wave after wave of Monarchs were crossing the road. Millions of them. I was spell bound. How could there be so many? Can bugs actually migrate? How is that possible? Where did they come from? Where [...]