Back to School List in Spanish! And Two Unstoppable Latinas.

Getting ready for back to school activities? Here’s a list of back to school terms translated into Spanish. And also a little bit about Lizette Salas and America Ferrera, both unstoppable ladies.

At the end of this post, you’ll find Lizette’s Student Graduation Speech video. It communicates her struggles as a second generation Latina. Lizette was the first in her family to finish college. And don’t skip America Ferrera’s TED Talk. Her TED Talk is empowering. She talks about being a Latina in Hollywood, and ask us to not resist the truth of who we are!

Lizette Salas

  • Born and raised in her East L.A. hometown of Azusa, California.
  • She graduated in 2011 with a degree in Sociology from the University of Southern California.
  • She was the first member of her immediate family to earn a college degree.

Lizette Salas is an American professional golfer currently playing on the LPGA Tour. Salas won her first championship on the LPGA Tour at the 2014 Kingsmill Championship winning by a four-stroke margin.

America Ferrera

  • Born and raised in Los Angeles, California.
  • She graduated in 2013 with a degree in International Relations from the University of Southern California.

America Ferrera is an award-winning actress and producer known for her breakthrough role as Betty Suarez on the hit comedy Ugly Betty. She’s also very active in getting Latinos to vote.

For you:

Here are some back to school terms translated into Spanish.

Back To School Terms

Pencil box


Colored pencils

Washable markers

No. 2 pencils

Pencil sharpener


Glue sticks

Blunt-tipped scissors

Plastic folders

Assorted construction paper

Wide-ruled notebook or pad



Lunchbox or bag

Ballpoint pens (blue or black)


Index cards


Permanent markers

Three-ring binder


Loose-leaf paper or spiral notebooks

Graph paper

Subject dividers






Graphic calculator

Combination lock

Personal organizer / planner

Book covers

Estuche para lápices


Lápices de colores

Marcadores de colores lavables

Lápices del número 2



Pegamento en barra (lápiz adhesivo)

Tijeras punta roma

Carpetas de plástico

Papel de construcción surtido

Libreta o cuaderno rayado (renglón amplio)

Pañuelos desechables


Lonchera o bolsa

Bolígrafo (tinta azul o negra)


Fichas rayadas


Marcadores permanentes

Carpeta de tres anillos

Perforadora de tres agujeros

Hojas rayadas o cuadernos de espiral

Papel cuadriculado

Separadores para carpeta



Cinta correctora



Calculadora gráfica

Candado de combinación

Agenda escolar

Cubiertas de libros

I hope you enjoy these beautiful speeches, as much as I did!

Lizette Salas Student Graduation Speech:

America Ferrera TED Speech:

If you have any questions about back to school terms, don’t hesitate to ask your question below.

Don’t resist the truth of who you are!

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