One of the goals for this first unit is for the students to begin to learn about the Spanish-speaking countries. Specifically, to know which countries in the world speak Spanish.
At the end of the unit, I assign the students a country and their task is to research the country and prepare a visual presentation of it. This project has changed tremendously over the years and it has moved more towards the students becoming experts on their country and learning about what they would do if they visited that country. A big element of this project is that their visual has to represent something from their country of study. For example, a student studying Costa Rica might choose to make their visual into a turtle, monkey or volcano or a student studying Argentina could make their visual into grapes or a tango dancer. The students get so creative with this project and every year they surprise me with their choice of visuals!
Here is the assignment packet and rubric I give to the students for this project. You will see that the project is set up so the students have something specific to research every night, this way they are not overwhelmed with not knowing where to start. It is a work in progress, I update it every year with new ideas and edits- please let me know if you have any ideas on how I should update it!
Here is the assignment (on TPT)
And here is the passport I made for the students to “travel” to their classmates countries! It takes a bit of playing with on the copier- but in the end it’s really cool! I have the students make their own stamps!
Links for Country Project Research- Here are the links I give the students.
www.lonelyplanet.com site on all countries, places to see, things to do, food, etc…
www.iexplore.com Country facts
www.fodors.com Country facts
www.goya.com Recipes and typical dishes
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/latinmusicusa/ Music from the Spanish-speaking world
http://www.donquijote.org/tourist/profiles/ Profiles of Spanish-speaking countries
http://www.travelocity.com/TravelForGood/voluntourism.html Voluntourism site
www.earthwatch.org Voluntourism site
http://www.turismo.gov.ar/eng/menu.htm Site about Argentina
http://www.colombia.travel/en/ Site all about Colombia
http://www.gocuba.ca/client/home/index.php Site about Cuba
http://www.visitcostarica.com/ict/paginas/home.asp?ididioma=2 Site all about Costa Rica
http://www.elsalvador.travel/?lang=en Site all about El Salvador
http://www.visitguatemala.com/web/index.php?lang=english Site all about Guatemala
www.letsgohonduras.com Site about Honduras
www.visitperu.com Site about Peru
www.senatur.gov.py Site about Paraguay
http://www.topuertorico.org/tinfo.shtml Site all about Puerto Rico
http://www.spain.info/ Site all about Spain
http://www.welcomeuruguay.com/index_i.html Site about Uruguay
http://www.venezuelatuya.com/indexeng.htm Site about Venezuela