Anuncios sobre la Navidad

Here is a list of videos I came across for la Navidad y el Día de los Reyes.  I don’t have any cloze activities for these yet but I thought I’d share anyways.  Enjoy!

The girl in this video is just PRECIOUS 🙂

This one is about los Reyes

Coca- Cola – Families apart on Christmas

Regalo Imposible

El año viejo en Colombia

Navidad En San Cipriano

What videos do you use for this unit????

 

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Ofrendas para el día de los muertos

For those of you getting ready for El día de los muertos, here’s a project I do with my 1B’s.  If you search el día de los muertos on my blog, you’ll find even more resources.  Hope you find it useful!

When I teach cultural topics I like for the students to create something from the target culture or from their experience in lessons, that way it wasn’t just a “cultural Friday” type of activity.  For el día de los muertos, I have the students create altars or ofrendas in honor of a deceased Hispanic celebrity.  It’s great because not only do the students learn about a famous Hispanic they get to experience hands on (to some extent) the process that goes into making an ofrenda for someone who has passed away.

The first thing I have them do is research a deceased Hispanic celebrity.  Students get a person from a list I have created at random.  They then research where the person was from, about their life and why they were famous.  After learning about el día de los muertos, I then present the project to them.  I show them images of the shoebox ofrendas previous classes have made and explain to them that they will create an ofrenda for the person they studied.  Their task is to not only create an ofrenda, but create it in honor of that person- thinking about what items they can place on the altars that really represent their person of study.  Here are some examples!

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What do they need to make the ofrendas?  They need a shoebox and some creativity! Some students buy little scrapbooking stickers, use clay, toys, and images to use on their altar.  The flowers they use are usually from a craft store and they some how find battery powered candles to put there too (since I won’t allow the real thing). The final product is what you see in the slideshow, plus they do a small write up of who their person was and why they put what they put on their altar.

Here is my TPT for this project.

Do you do something special to celebrate el día de los muertos?

El Pan de Muerto

What did I do without Pinterest before it existed???  I found this great visual to spark a conversation about El Pan de Muerto and the celebration of el Día de Los Muertos.  I didn’t make a handout for it as I think its a great warm-up and we do those digitally.

Here is the image

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Here are some questions:

1.  ¿Te gusta el pan?

2.  ¿El pan que tú comes tiene alguna forma?

3.  ¿Qué significa la forma circular del pan de muertos?

4.  ¿Qué significa la cruz de lágrimas?

Have you taught the Day of the Dead? What resources do you use?  I’d love to actually make the bread with the students but we are no longer allowed to have food in the classroom 😦  This has been difficult because breaking bread with our students was a great way to spark cultural conversations.  Is this a policy at your school? How have you dealt with it?

Spanish-Speaking Countries Project and Passport

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!

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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.worldatlas.com   maps

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/   Country facts

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://boliviatravelguide.net/site_flash/index.html   Site about Bolivia

http://www.chile.travel/en.html 
 Site about Chile

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

www.godominicanrepublic.com Site all about the DR

http://ecuador.travel/
  Site about Ecuador

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

http://www.visitanicaragua.com/ingles/  Site all about Nicaragua

http://www.visitpanama.com/ 
 Site about Panama

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

Fruterías Patty

I’m currently teaching a restaurant unit and have been on the search for authentic resources.  This is an easy unit to find resources for as I have a ton of menus from my travels and there are many online.  I’ve been looking specifically for restaurants that had not only an online menu, but authentic dishes too.  In a previous post I mentioned sopasypostres.com.co – a restaurant from Colombia that serves authentic dishes.  Today I found Fruterías Patty – a restaurant that focuses on serving dishes full of fresh fruits and veggies!  Their site doesn’t have too much information – but their menu is in PDF format (http://fruteriaspatty.com/documents/2013eneroPROOF.pdf)  and I was able to take some nice screen shots and make a http://www.lingtlanguage.com activity with it.  I like using lingtlanguage because I can have the students do listening, reading and writing and it saves paper!  I also found a commercial for their restaurant!  Their facebook site does have a lot of info and daily specials!  Check it out!

What restaurants would you recommend using in this unit???

Restaurantes Colombianos

I love teaching this unit!  There are SO many authentic resources out there and of course – who doesn’t like talking about food??!!  For this unit I really wanted the authentic resources to be the main point of my lessons so I designed several online activities that have students look at and interpret authentic menus and websites from restaurants – mostly restaurants from Colombia because those are the ones I’m familiar with.

Sopas de mamá y Postres de la abuela is an authentic restaurant with many establishments throughout the country.  Their website is AWESOME and a great springboard for so many different activities.

I created this webquest that has students interpret what they see on the site and on the menu.  The menu is great because its chock full of authentic ingredients they may not be familiar with so it will lead to great discussion.  It’s here on my TPT site if you’re interested.

I also created a http://www.lingtlanguage.com activity too.  If you have an account just search restaurants I (it’s free).  If you aren’t a member yet – definitely consider becoming one because it’s an amazing resource!

What restaurant activities do you do with your students?  What other restaurants would you recommend exploring with students?

Aquí está La Navidad – Pon tus sueños a jugar!

You can’t talk about la Navidad in Spain with out talking about the very important Lotería!  There are a ton of resources out there for discussing this with your students.

Here is a commercial promoting La Lotería!  I made a cloze activity for this and it can be found on TPT.  I like it because the language is super easy to follow and has a lot of great vocabulary.

Here are a few infographics I came across:

http://jhosesin.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/infografia_loteria_de_navidad_2011_web_small.jpg

Here are the questions I made – I made it on a google form- feel free to copy!

Visit the site (copy and paste): http://jhosesin.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/infografia_loteria_de_navidad_2011_web_small.jpg to see the infographic on the Lottery in Spain. You will need to click on the image to make it bigger! Answer the questions below.
* Required
The two cities that have won the lottery the most in Spain are… *
  •  Madrid & Ávila
  •  Barcelona & Zamora
  •  Zamora & Ávila
  •  Madrid & Barcelona
Madrid has won the lottery… *
  •  52 times
  •  79 times
  •  39 times
  •  10 times
The winning numbers have never ended in 10 *
  •  Cierto
  •  Falso
57 have been the numbers that the winning lottery has ended in the most *
  •  Cierto
  •  Falso
What number(s) have appeared the most as the last two numbers of el gordo? *
What number was repeated in both 1965 and 1978? *
Name two places people most get their numbers from. *
Name two important dates in the media that are often used for choosing the lottery numbers. *
Here’s another one!  http://ticsyformacion.com/2013/12/15/la-loteria-de-navidad-en-internet-infografia-infographic-marketeing-ecommerce/
What resources do you use to teach this topic??

Navidad en Colombia

My family and I are from Colombia so I can’t talk about holidays in December without talking about Colombia!  Since I also talk about holiday time in Spain, it’s a great opportunity for students to compare their traditions.

The students just love to watch all of these videos and see how people really celebrate the holidays and how they are different and in many ways similar.  I begin my conversations about Colombian holidays with the following video and then have them talk about what they see and how it compares to holiday time here in the US.

This next video was taken in San Cipriano in Valle del Cauca – I love it because it shows the Afro-Colombian community and although it is a bit hard for my novices to understand the video its okay because they get the visuals.  After the video we also do comparisons and talk about what they do that is similar or different.

La Noche de Las Velitas

In Colombia, La Noche de las Velitas is the unofficial start of Christmas.  This takes place this weekend – the night of December 7th.  On this evening people adorn their homes, balconies, patios, and the streets with candles, lights and lanterns in honor of the Virgen’s Immaculate Conception.  It really is a site to see!  I will be teaching my students about this special day next week.  I created a quick and sweet reading and comprehension activity for my students and will be showing them the slide show and videos below.  I had some trouble finding resources, so if you have anything to share I’d love to see it!

Here is my activity on TPT – http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Christmas-in-Colombia-La-Navidad-en-Colombia-La-Noche-de-Las-Velitas-1009965

Slideshow

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/08/dia-de-las-velitas-celebr_n_2260281.html

Videos

 

 

¡Hola!

Thank you to Thomas Sauer who tweeted this Plaza Sesamo song!  This song is great because it has many different greetings and because I have always struggled with finding authentic listening for this beginning unit!

I did this song today and the students LOVED IT!

Here it is (FREE!!!) and I have also uploaded the activity I made to accompany it.  Enjoy!

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