Who doesn’t just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE a Freebie?! I’ve compiled a list of stories from our favorite mentors, sellers, and colleagues in the Spanish speaking world of teaching. You can use these to jump start or expand your classroom library.
On a side note, while we might really, really love FREE, let’s not forget to support our awesome and generous colleagues by purchasing some of their products! Each seller is linked back to their TPT store so be sure to follow their stores and see what resources you need to finish out the year.
My classroom library is mostly made up of novels and now boasts 88 titles but I’m always on the hunt for new material. There is a combination of free stories, bought stories, and the news articles from my subscription to El Mundo en Tus Manos.
I went the economical route and printed these stories in black and white. To print a PowerPoint slideshow in booklet form first delete any slides you don’t want in your story. Then go to your printer properties and select the Finishing tab. Click the 2 sided printing Booklet form. When the booklet is finished printing just fold in half and staple through the middle. It helps if you have access to one of these long staplers.
PDF files are a little trickier if there are pages you want to exclude from your booklet. The key here is to put the RANGE(S) of the pages you want. For example, in Pintalabios I didn’t need the practice sentences and questions or the game for the booklet so I just printed the ranges 13-31, selected Booklet and print. Note: PDF files printed in Booklet form print vertically (like mini novels) and the PowerPoint booklets print horizontally so you flip the pages up instead of turning them. To work around this you could take any slideshow and save it as a PDF then print using the booklet form.
This works for the 1-3 page readings as well. Just skip the lesson parts when selecting your ranges but be sure to keep the first page so your book has a cover.
Now you can make as many copies as you need to replace lost or yucky copies and give away to your students. My heritage speakers love to take these home to read to their younger siblings.
Maybe you’ve heard Martina described as a goddess or the Fairy Godmother of CI? These fantastic freebies will help you understand why (you know, in case you’ve been living under a rock and don’t know the magical wonders of Martina).
I also like to print stories from the SOMOS curriculum after my students study a unit.
Kristy is a fantastic author and has kindly offered these freebies for Novice and Intermediate learners.
Another fantastic author! Check out these free readers!
This seller has the most adorable resources for Littles. You can purchase and print unlimited MiniBooks for your library or your students.
This little gem of a shop has some beautiful stories for your Littles. I like to print out the stories for my Middles who are just dipping their toes into FVR. My reluctant readers find these little stories less intimidating than the regular novels in our library. Don’t forget to check out the $1 Bin for some other fantastic titles and be on the lookout for their Flash Freebies!
Looking for non-fiction reading material? Bryce has you covered! You can buy his beautiful book Conexiones here. I print and keep these stories (minus the teacher instructions) in folders in my library.
Legends and Stories
Comprendes Mendez SpanishShop
Spanish Plans also shared this resource: We have a youtube playlist on how to compile other free readers for your classroom: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhVwmCanozzlhXktBa7tKbKY2Sl9s7wC0
I hope you enjoy expanding your classroom library with these freebies! See you at the next Puente.