El día de San Valentín & Poemas de amor y amistad

photo 3Valentine’s Day is this week! 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!

 

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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??