I love Saturdays y Domingos by Alma Flor Ada

Updated: Jan 30

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Picture Book Lesson Plan


I Love Saturdays and Domingos
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This lesson is a guided reading experience designed to accompany Alma Flor Ada’s picture book, I Love Saturdays y Domingos. Lesson content was written by Marilyn Reyes Ayala as part of her work in the Social Justice in K-12 Education course at Portland State University and was designed to start or deepen anti-bias conversations in families and other learning communities.


I Love Saturdays y Domingos read by Ms. Mercedez Read Alouds


Many families consist of more than one culture, whether the parents each come from different cultures, or if the child is raised in a culture different from the one they share with their parents. The narrator takes us through a series of activities with her maternal and paternal grandparents. They do activities that are similar, but still unique to their own cultures! The narrator interacts with them in their respective arterial languages, often communicating her love for them and how grateful she is for all they do for her.

Written by Alma Flor Ada and illustrated by Elivia Savadier, I Love Saturdays y Domingos provides an opportunity to connect in English and Spanish. This book portrays a loving family from different cultures, traditional foods, and spending quality time in a multigenerational family


This guided reading lesson is designed to be part of a larger life-long commitment to anti-racist teaching and learning for the student and the facilitator. Reading Is Resistance sees reading as an opportunity to seed deeper conversations and opportunities for action around racial equity in our communities. We hold the belief that being anti-racist is a process of learning (and unlearning) over time.

The Teaching Tolerance Social Justice Standards (focused on Identity, Diversity, Justice, and Action) serve as guides for our work.


The Teaching Tolerance Standards and Domains referenced in this lesson are for Grades K-2. This book, however, can be used with a wide range of ages.


Domain #1

I know and like who I am and can talk about my family and myself and name some of my group identities.


Domain #3

I know that all my group identities are part of me—but that I am always ALL me.


Domain #5

I see that the way my family and I do things is both the same as and different from how other people do things, and I am interested in both.


Domain #8

I want to know about other people and how our lives and experiences are the same and different.


  • The child in this book spends the weekends with her different grandparents. Who do you like to spend your weekends with? Who makes up your family? IDENTITY DOMAIN #1

  • What do you think are the most special parts about you? What are your favorite things about who you are? IDENTITY DOMAIN #1

  • If you could share one part of yourself with others, what would it be? IDENTITY DOMAIN #3

  • What makes your family special? Do you have a lot in common, such as liking or not liking the same things? Who do you think you are most similar to in your family? IDENTITY DOMAIN #5

  • For breakfast, the narrator eats pancakes on one day and huevos rancheros on another. Have you tried these foods? What kind of new food would you like to try? What do you usually eat for breakfast? DIVERSITY DOMAIN #8


  • Write a list or draw a picture of all the things in your life that you are thankful for.

  • Visit and pick out another book about economic class.

Cultural Resources

Sesame Street: Grandparents Song

Elmo, Rosita, and Baby Bear sing about what makes grandparents grand. The video also features diverse families and their own grandparents!

Sesame Street: Spanish Me, English Me

In this song, we can hear about why it’s exciting to speak two languages! When both come together, they make one person with many ways to express themselves.


Pick two people who are important to you (one of them can be you!) and write a list of what makes them the same, as well as what makes them different. You can draw both of them to make a comparison, or look at pictures to have them fresh in your mind. Think about the way they look and talk, their personalities, and what their relationship is with you! What special things have they taught you?


My Name is Maria Isabel by Alma Flor Ada

Little Night/Nochecita by Yuyi Morales

My Two Grannies by Floella Benjamin