El día de San Valentín & Poemas de amor y amistad

Valentine’s Day is coming up!!!! 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!


Student Blogs

Last year I had my students create blogs for the first time.  I wanted a place where they could keep their writing assignments as well as add cool features like videos, vokis and vocaroo.

For my students’ blogs I use blogger- its easy for us because we have gmail accounts and the students can have access to blogger without having to create separate accounts.  Blogger is very easy to use and there are ways for you to make their accounts private so they are not searchable online.

How do we use the blog?  At the end of each unit, or sometimes throughout I have the students do a writing assignment and they post it on their blog.  The can also add voice using vocaroo or voki as well as pictures and YouTube videos.  Currently, I am using the blogs with my 1B students for review.  I’ve created scenarios and they will be posting accordingly.

Here are the documents I give my students so they can create and update their blogs- you will need to change the email address to your own.




Here is a screen shot of one of my students’ blogs – 

Do you blog with your students?  How do you use the blogs?