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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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?

¡Instagram en español!

I’m always trying to incorporate social media and pop culture into the classroom.  I think the students learn best and are definitely more engaged when I do this.  My only issue is that I teach middle school and some students still don’t have phones or they do but not smartphones.  Another issue is that the students aren’t allowed to have their phones in class and I definitely don’t want to go against school policy.  So how do I incorporate social media without making anyone feel left our or breaking the rules?

I have a few ways…  One- Zachary Jones has some GREAT twitter activities on his site.  There is one for about every topic and the kids think it’s súper chévere to read real tweets and apply what they’ve learned in class to the activity.  Another is well, I simply improvise!  I saw on Pinterest a teacher had used instagram templates to create a really neat bulletin board.  I started to look for templates online, in Spanish, but was unsuccessful, so I made my own!  You can use this many different ways- in class, for homework, assessment, etc…  I used this assessment for my review unit with my 1B’s.

How do you incorporate social media?  Are your students allowed to use their phones in class? Share your ideas 🙂

Here is the assessment rubric I am using and below is the link to the template (TPT).

Enjoy 🙂

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Instagram template (on TPT)

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

Cognates!

Teaching students about cognates is one of the very first lessons that I do.  It’s so, so important that students learn strategies to become good language learners and utilizing cognates is one of them!  This year I dedicated two lessons to this topic. Here’s what I did!

 

Lesson 1 (thank you Creative Language class!)

I used the creative language class powerpoint for Spanish 1 learners about Cognates (on their TPT)

I then found pictures of signs from around the Spanish-speaking world and had them work in pairs to pick out the cognates they found

Lesson 2

Thanks again to CLC because I used their magazine cognate search activity.  The only thing I modified was that the students were assigned a letter or two to work with.

How do you teach cognates?

 

¡Relámpago!

With many of us doing review, games really come in handy.  This year, we really don’t want to do a review unit but instead we are creating a unit that teaches new material but at the same time recycles the main concepts of last year.  Games are so great for this.

One of our department goals this year is to create an environment for more cooperative learning.  We have a new RTI initiative and one of our beliefs is that through more group work we will have the opportunity to have more one on one time with the students.  We’ve spent a lot of department time discussing this and sharing ideas for cooperative learning games and activities.

One activity that came up is one I now call “relámpago” or lightning.  For this game I create a set of cards with questions, prompts or scenarios.  On the card I have the question/prompt/scenario as well as the possible answer(s).  I give each group (usually 4-5 students) the set of cards and pick a leader.  In the first round, the leader is charged with the task of picking a card from the deck and asking the question to one student.  If the student gets the answer correct, they keep the card, if not, the card goes into the lightning round pile.  The leader does this with the rest of the students in the group until they have gone through all the cards.  In the relámpago, or lightning round, the leader then takes the cards that were left from the previous round and one at a time asks each question. The students in the group have to try to answer the question quickly – if they get it right they keep the card.  The student with the most cards at the end wins!  You can then choose another leader and play again or not.  I also use these cards for ask, ask, switch speaking activity.

I’ve made a few sets of relámpago for different topics and recently uploaded a restaurant themed one to TPT. Check it out 🙂

This particular unit is vocab heavy – what strategies do you use with your students to help them learn key words and phrases?  What cooperative games do you play?

Around the world

In a few of my previous posts I discussed how I wanted to incorporate more games into my lessons. Not only do the students enjoy playing games but they really do learn best through interactive and fun activities.

Around the world is a game I’ve played for years and the kids really like it because it can get pretty competitive.  I’ve made a few Around the World PowerPoint activities to go along with different topics we are covering in class.  I’ve uploaded them to my TPT site if you’re interested.

You can also play without a Powerpoint of course, but I like having a visual for the students too. To play, have the students get into a circle – they can stand or you can move your desks.  You then decide on a topic – say food vocabulary and then have the first students compete to give an answer.  You can give a clue, show a picture or say it in English.  The student who gets the answer correct, moves on and competes with the next person.  I usually give a prize to the student who has made it around the most spots.

What games do you play with your students?

El día de San Valentín…Poemas de amor y amistad

photo 3Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and although the celebration varies throughout the Spanish-speaking world it is always nice to do something with your students on this day so they can learn and have fun with new vocabulary.

This is an idea I got from a colleague years ago and I have adapted it for my classroom.  For this activity, the students are to come up with things that just can’t be with out something else – so for example – peanut butter with out jelly or Spongebob without Patrick.  The students then  brainstorm a list of things in English and then write a poem in Spanish.  I don’t usually EVER do translating, but my students are novices, so their vocabulary is still very limited and I emphasize and teach how to use a dictionary, not a translator, which in the end is a great skill for language learners.

The students just love this activity and in the end learn a ton of vocabulary.  Their end product is a Valentine poem on a card.  This activity can be purchased on Teachers Pay Teachers in a word document format so you can adapt it as needed.

What is really cool about this activity as well is that all of the languages at our school do this at the same time.  They are all posted on a bulletin board and we do a follow up activity where the students see the similarities and differences between Latin, French and Spanish.

Do you have your students do anything special for El día de San Valentín?  Do you ever do cross-language activities?  Please share!

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??