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Bilingual Stories for Kids: Pirates

Bilingual stories for kids can help with more than language skills. Often, you might read stories aloud and engage your bilingual learners in reading comprehension.

However, you don’t have to stop there. You could go a step further and develop listening skills, recalling, and vocabulary.

Enrichment of these skills doesn’t have to depend on elaborate approaches. Instead, you could use simple steps to bilingual reading with a fun theme. 

Bilingual Stories for Kids to Support Language Skills

In addition to reading together the bilingual pirate story with your bilingual learners, you can also use quick after-reading activities. These tasks don’t have to be challenging.

On the other hand, use the bilingual story to encourage group discussion, conversation, and enrichment of content-specific areas

Bilingual stories for kids

Materials:

  • Bilingual story for kids: Pirates free ebook 
  • Treasure chest printable
  • Number cube
  • Card-stock paper
  • Safety scissors
  • Glue

Instructions:

  1. Print the free bilingual ebook and set aside pages 6 and 7. 
  2. Read aloud the bilingual story together with your bilingual learners. 
  3. Optional: Watch the video for an English and Spanish read-aloud. 
  4. Cut pages 6 and 7 in half and set them aside. 
  5. Optional: Paste the pages on card stock for more durability. 
  6. Cut the labels and set them aside. 
  7. Use the number cube guide and roll a number cube. 
  8. Match the number from the number cube to the guide. 
  9. Practice writing sentences according to the instructions. 
  10. Optional: Use the treasure chest printable with sample sentences instead. 

After reading the bilingual story, use the number cube to go through the vocabulary words. Then, you can repeat as necessary.

Of course, you might land on the same number a few times. Take that opportunity to write new sentences or open up the discussion between students or teacher-students.

Besides using the number cube exercise, you could also practice with the treasure chest printable. The worksheet has English and Spanish sample sentences that can help students with each term.

You could also go a step further and use the sentences as writing prompts. 

Spanish Reading Practice with Bilingual Stories for Kids

Reading aloud is one of the most engaging ways to encourage bilingual readers to read. By reading aloud the story in English and Spanish, you motivate your early readers to listen to new words.

  • As stories unfold, you can also ask questions.
  • Whether you encourage questions or students are curious about the text, motivate them to seek answers.
  • For instance, use the pictures on each page to point out unknown words.
  • Then, ask your students what they would do in that case.
  • You could write these ideas on the board, chart, slide, or even on sticky notes.
  • This method can be a preliminary approach to subject-specific vocabulary.
  • Next, you can generate a list of questions on how to look up the words.
  • Perhaps, many of your students might say to look on the Internet.

While that is a valid answer, suggest other ways to find a definition. For instance, you might point out looking for similar words around the word or phrases that explain.

In this case, young learners are using context clues. Lastly, you could suggest using an online resource like a dictionary on the web. If you were to follow a reading exercise with a dictionary lesson, that would be a good starting point. 

Bilingual stories for kids are more than entertaining ways to read about pirates, carnivals, or fun characters. These English and Spanish stories help bilingual learners develop language skills that can carry them to other subjects.

That is, your students learn new skills to learn different topics to further their understanding.

Barbara Mascareno

Barbara is an educational writer, teacher, and instructional designer. She loves to write K-12 education content, teaching strategies, bilingual education approaches, and foreign language.

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