It’s so Hard to Choose

We know that school budgets are tight and hope that our handy shopping guide will help make it easier to choose the “must haves” during the Back to School sale at TPT August 3 and 4, 2021!

If you can “Have it All”:

We recommend the Huellas 1, Huellas 1 Booster, and Huellas 2 curriculum packs! These lessons are built for in person and remote learning so that as the situation changes throughout the year, you’re ready for anything!

Love music? Try our “Every Song Bundle“. This growing bundle includes every song in the store and as new songs are added, you get to download them without an additional purchase.

Want to try getting more input through movie talks? Try our “All the Movie Talks” bundle. Also a growing bundle, this is the best way to be sure you have access to all the new resources as they’re released!

Our “All the Cultural Readings” bundle is so flexible! Leave the readings as sub plans, print them for your SSR/FVR library, or use them to supplement the units you’re already teaching.

If your budget is “basic”:

Start with a couple of our favorite units and then add more as finances allow. We recommend the free Huellas 1.1 unit Bajo la mesa, Huellas 2.4 El agua es vida, and Huellas 1.10 La Bella y la Bestia to get a feel for the curriculum and to gauge student engagement!

Try out some of our new songs like Epiphany from D’vicio, Ropa cara from Camilo, and Libertad from Nil Moliner.

Try your hand at a movie talk with our Patito, The Present, and Round Animals (all also available in French! Caneton, Cadeau, Round Animals).

Don’t forget to shop all of your favorite stores during the sale!!

Nelly Hughes at Comprendes Mendes SpanishShop has a great back to school commercial bundle.

Kristy Placido at Placido Language Resources has the best wall decor around so be sure to check out all of her bulletin board ideas. Try your hand at Calendar Talk with this awesome kit.

Martina Bex’s SOMOS curriculum is on sale! I have used both the original and Flex and they’re all outstanding.

Jade at La Secundaria can help you incorporate social justice into your curriculum with her word study!

And Hidesy’s Clipart… The prices are already ridiculously low so stock up on all the kinds of clipart you need!!

Author: senoracmt

I began teaching Spanish in Illinois in 1994. I have taught levels 1-4 in a small rural high school, 8th grade introductory Spanish, Biology 1, and 101 and 102 at the community college level. My Spanish classes are partnered with the community college to offer students 8 semester hours of dual credit on completion of Spanish 4. In 2011 I met Carol Gaab and Kristy Placido and have since co-authored the book "La hija del sastre" with Carol Gaab and authored the novels "La Calaca Alegre", "Bianca Nieves y los 7 toritos." "Vector," "48 horas","Bananas", "Sostenible", and "Papálotl" through Fluency Matters. In 2006 I became National Board certified and I have been serving as a mentor both for candidates seeking certification in world languages other than English and a virtual mentor for candidates in all certificate areas. I completed my Masters degree in Spanish education in 2011 and did my research on the use of Understanding by Design to create meaningful cultural units for the language classroom. I am a frequent presenter on this topic, please consider me if you are interested in a workshop on backward design. In 2013 I was named the ICTFL Foreign Language teacher of the year and in 2014 I was selected as CSCTFL's teacher of the year. In November of 2014 I was lucky enough to be one of the five finalists for the ACTFL National Teacher of the Year in San Antonio, TX. What a "Cinderella" experience! You can reach me via email at senoracmt at

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