I love villancicos! It’s one of my favorite holiday traditions. My family and I celebrate Navidad, and one of our traditions is to do the Novena- and part of the novena is singing!
On one of my previous posts from this week, I talk about the bablingua site and their Navidad mini-unit – in it they have a karaoke for some villancicos – the kids love doing it – even if they don’t celebrate Navidad. To avoid the whole conversation about – well I don’t celebrate XYZ… I tell them that if they were to visit any Spanish-speaking country this is what they’d hear, see, etc… So we do sing villancicos in our classes!
Here is my all time favorite villancico sung by none other than Juanes!
Here are some of my other favorite songs…Some of them can be found in karaoke versions if you look on youtube 😉
Do you sing villancicos w/ your students? Which ones?
Currently, my 1A’s are learning about leisure time activities. One of the things I like to discuss with them are pastimes in the Spanish-speaking world and how music and dance play a big role in many of the activities we do in the Spanish-speaking world. Every year I do a unit on music and dance and it’s always a lot of fun because the students get to listen to music and dance!
Here are some online resources I use for this unit:
Here are some online activities I have created using the above sites- I posted them to teacherspayteachers since they did take me a very long time to create- sorry!
Do you have any resources you use to teach music and dance?
This is a steal from one of the workshops I attended at MaFla this year and although I had seen similar ideas online this one really inspired me.
I teach a unit on music from the Spanish-speaking world and I have them listen to the music but it is too advanced for my students to understand. This activity allows the students to interact with each other about the song using simple me gusta statements. I plan on having the students listen to the different genres and give their opinions and discuss them with their classmates.
Here is the document I modified to fit my needs- hope you like it 😉