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Yes, We Can! Secondary Review

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We received finally more textbooks to replace the deficient supply we received at the beginning of the school year. We got a full load of Yes, We Can Secondary by Richmond.

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I must say that I like it a lot. I used All Ready last year and it’s good but sometimes it’s too advanced. Okay, let’s start this review.

LIKES

  • The audios are quite clear and comprehensible (at least in 1st grade which I taught this year)
  • The textbook is not too heavy.
  • The activitivies are diverse, up to the point and level.
  • The instructions are simple (you wouldn’t believe how many textbook complicate themselves and myself with the instructions)
  • The readers book has texts according to the topic.
  • The color scheme and layout is pleasant to the eye in most of the pages.

DISLIKES

  • As always, I have complained that the readers book is in shades of grey (no best-seller novel).
  • The paper quality and binding are not perfect. I am already losing pages by the daily use. They are ungluing.

Overall it’s a good option for a textbook. If you have it, take care of it. If you don’t have. I almost have all the package from the audios, teachers books and I’m scanning the textbooks (1st grade complete). If you want them, send me a comment.

 

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Sharing a Second Grade Textbook (Unit 5 and complete)

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As my Second grade moms requested, I am on this. I am revising everything. I really wanted to this over the next summer… whatever.

I still don’t like 2nd grade syllabus. It feels weird. I see the books and I really don’t understand a lot of things. Well, I did my best. I will use this year and polish for next year.

For this fifth unit, I only made one project. I really don’t like project 5A because Second Graders don’t see America Geography until later. I retook the project 5A of First Grade which I didn’t do in the First Grade textbook for two reasons:

  1. Geography of Mexico is coming next.
  2. I felt it was important to see it.

To download, please click here for Unit 5 and click here for the WHOLE thing.

Recommendations:

  1. Homemade and not affiliated to a publisher house.
  2. The images are from the Internet. I apologize in advance.
  3. It’s made in black and white to let students color.
  4. If any big mistake, please tell me soon before I go to the copy shop.
  5. I checked 3 different textbook to assemble this.
  6. I am not getting a single cent for this. I lost hours doing mom work for this. Don’t remind me.
 
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Posted by on October 10, 2014 in 1st cycle, 2nd grade

 

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Even more to share: 1st grade textbook (Unit 4-5)

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This is still homemade. It’s not affiliated to any publisher house or something like that. I don’t have intellectual property in most of the images and pictures here. It’s for educational purposes and I am NOT obtaining any income for this. Actually, I’m losing time with my kids and sleep hours.

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For the PDF file, please CLICK HERE FOR UNIT 4 and CLICK HERE FOR UNIT 5. Please read the NOTES BELOW.

If you got tired of the parts… Here it is the final complete thing (this one has changes on the final draft = 113 pages of sheer awesomeness)

Recommendations and notes (same as before):

  1. It’s meant to be black and white so the kids can color. It’s therapeutic and it helps them with the fine motor skills.
  2. It’s for both side of the page. You have to save trees.
  3. It’s not in any moment a replacement of your current textbook (at least not officially). You can use it as workbook, or homework book.
  4. If you are wondering, I check for different 5 textbooks (a friend lent me another) to make it, also what happened last year into consideration to make this textbook.
  5. It’s not perfect. Any error, mistake, omission or such, please notice me.
  6. If you are teaching 2nd grade for the first time and last year your students didn’t have English, you can totally use it. Most of the achievements are really similar in both grades.
  7. If you share it, just mention me. I would hate that this comes back to my hands in a CD for sell or something like that. Oh, all right then!
  8. Any doubts, send me a comment with email if you are not subscribed to my blog.
  9. If you are wondering why the page numbers go from 1-20, well, those are the one they should learn and it’s better to take out copies. I think. I don’t know really.
  10. For unit 5, I must be honest. I had never done the last project in years. It’s never time to finish, so I do a review instead of project, SO there is no 5A. Why? Because I felt it was more important project 5B than 5A.
  11. You need the audio for one lesson. It’s right here in unit 4.
  12. You will need a song called Working with no rest in unit 5.
 
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Posted by on September 22, 2014 in 1st cycle, 1st grade, 2nd grade

 

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Planning in Secondary, a big reflection and roundup

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I love my visits in the posts about planing, specifically those clicks on my lesson plans. No kidding! I understand the difficulties on the topic, something so important and yet so complicated. (Related posts: Reflexions after a secondary reunion and New Planning Format)

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Having the textbooks helps a lot, especially if you choose it to fit your students. (check my post: Selecting a textbook).

However, only a couple of schools have updated textbooks in the trail version. Most of us, don’t. (Check posts: PNIEB and Conaliteg, PNIEB and Conaliteg, 2013 edition)

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Through influences some have textbooks only one for the teacher, the students go to get copies. That’s the way we are working at school #2. (check post: All Right! 2 – My textbook review)

Last year in my #1 Secondary, we worked (I mean: me) using the syllabus and use printables made by me, which I shared on:

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This year, we received a note from the supervisor to work with old syllabus since we have old syllabus textbooks. Honestly, I felt betrayed. All year trying and working with the new syllabus and I wasn’t listened or cared by some peers. OK by me, even better I have all for the school year, ha ha ha.

Honestly, sometimes I wonder it could be less stressing if I justgot the lesson plan from someone, follow it and sleep at night. Kidding!, that’s not my style. Even with a textbook, I like to make extra activities. (Check post: Lacking textbook)

Honestly #2, I like to plan by myself. When I just started in Secondary, I bought a planning book ($150 pesos) which I didn’t like and ended up planning all anyway. There wasn’t anything helpful in that book. It was the same that reading the syllabus.

If you want to check out other lesson plans very general too but yet more helpful than that book that I bought a long time a go. Check this 3 places:

  • Programa de Ingles del DF. It has all grades. I like the suggested activities at the second page of each lesson plan.
  • PNIEB Coahuila. I don’t like the format but it has activities, vocabulary and structures which is very helpful to focus on.
  • Planeaciones de Secundaria OLX. This is for sale. It looks interesting. I would buy it if several pitch in.
 
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Posted by on January 23, 2014 in 4th cycle

 

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Means of transportation

For 6th graders, this topic is the last one of their English elementary education.

Graduation is around the corner!

I made this PPT presentation about Means of Transportation in Chicago, Illinois. I was there on summer of 2011. I love it and as for me I can talk them through from my own experience.

If you want to use it, the link is in Dropbox in CLICK HERE

 
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Posted by on May 8, 2012 in 6th grade

 

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