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JELL: Jornada en Espanol de Lenguaje y Lectura

Welcome to the Journey into Spanish Language Literacy.  The JELL program provides teachers with oral language and early Spanish literacy lessons.  The lessons are especially beneficial for English language learners whose native language is Spanish and recommended for Kindergarten through 1st Grade.  Daily lessons are provided for 32 weeks of instruction.  There are three sections to the lesson. 

Section 1 begins with a review of English-Spanish letter and sound correlations.  In addition, concepts such as the days of the week, months of the year, shapes, colors, and parts of speech are included. 

Section 2 includes an oral language activity related to a thematic unit.  The oral language activity may be rapid naming, divergent naming, convergent naming, describing, naming antonyms, synonyms and/or analogies. 

Section 3 includes lessons related to the process of reading a book to the students.  Vocabulary words are selected and the program includes the simple definitions in English and Spanish.  Comprehension questions are also included. The selected books follow a thematic unit and are typically available in Spanish and English.  It is beneficial for the students to have listened to the English translation of the story prior to reading the book in Spanish.


The JELL lessons are direct and explicit. Students will learn how Spanish is similar to English.  They will have opportunities to expand their oral language skills and expand their world knowledge.  The program provides a systematic method for improving the early Spanish language and literacy skills.  The journey into Spanish language and literacy acquisition will be a smooth one.


JELL Program Books

See below for the complete list of children's literature books that are part of the JELL program. 

These books are sold seperately and can be found on or the Big Books By George website. 

Silvestre y la Piedrecita Mágica

Autor: William Steig


Autor: Jeanette Winter

El Gran Capoquero

Autor:  Lynne Cherry

César Chávez

Autor: Stephanie Macceca

¡Qué montón de tamales!

Autor: Gary Soto

El Pez Arco Iris

Autor: Marcus Pfister y J. Alison James

Un Sillón para mi Mamá

Autor: Vera B. Williams

George Recorre China

Autor: Big Books By George!


Autor: Kevin Henkes

La Señorita Runfio

Autor: Barbara Clooney


Autor: by Jeanette Winter     

La Fuerza del Aire

Autor: Big Books By George!

¿Quién era Jim Thorpe?

Autor: Big Books By George!

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¿Qué hay en el infinito?

Autor: Big Books by Geoge

El Desierto es mi Madre

Autor: Pat Mora y Daniel Lechon

Let's Move

Author: Big Books By George!

Copy Of -Let's Move

Author: Big Books By George!

Mis Juegos

Autor: George Ancona and Alma Flor Ada

George Celebra Kwanzaa

Autor: Big Books By George!


Autor: Jannell Cannon

Tikki Tikki Tembo

Autor: Arlene Mosel

Strega Nona

Autor: Tomie de Paola          

Donde Viven los Monstruos

Autor: Maurice Sendak     

El Osito Polar

Autor: Hans de Beer     

El Cuento de Ferdinando

Autor: Munro Leaf     

Chato Y Su Cena

Autor: Gary Soto

Doctor De Soto

Autor: William Steig

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