Next week, for my mini día de San Valentín unit, I am planning on having my students write poems as well as do some other fun vocabulary building activities. I plan on doing the activities in stations, as they don’t take too long and the students love to move around. One activity I am trying out this year is using texting or SMS vocabulary en español. I thought it would be a fun way to practice some of the Vday vocabulary.
Here is the TPT activity I created. It has a list of common SMS terms as well as a screen shot from www.ifaketext.com for the students to write in their text messages. If you have ipads or computers handy, you could probably just have them do it online and take a screen shot to send you or print.
Have you used SMS with your students?
I’m back! This week is my first week back from maternity leave and before I left I dreamt of blogging and being creative but I think I had forgotten how much a new baby takes over every minute of your life! The first day back went very well and even though we only have two weeks left, the students are still learning and with my return we started a new unit. Because I was at a loss for a creative way to introduce vocabulary, I defaulted to my old school powerpoint with images, text and examples- no inglés of course but when I was done I was disappointed with myself for not having found a more creative and authentic way to present this vocabulary.
In the past I have found some creative ways of presenting new vocabulary. For the clothing unit in the past I have just allowed the students to discover the vocabulary on their own by visiting clothing sites from S.S. countries. For the food unit, I borrowed the following activity http://creativelanguageclass.wordpress.com/2013/01/20/great-minds-think-alike/ from the creative language class blog- the kids loved it and at the end of class they had learned a ton of new words without me having to do the boring powerpoint. How do you introduce vocabulary in an authentic way? Do you use songs? videos? Share the wealth!
This project emerged as a need for a sub plan a few years back but the students had so much fun doing the activity that I do it every year. The students are put in groups and are given the task of creating an extraterrestre loco with different body parts they created or printed for homework the night before. The fun part is that they are timed and given just that class period to put the extraterrestre together, label it and write a short introduction about the extraterrestre (in 1st person).
Here is the assignment sheet and rubric.
El Extraterrestre Loco Rubric for Group Poster
Mi Extraterrestre Loco_Trabajo de Grupo