I love this idea from Jenny Robbins, a Spanish teacher that used some of my Cinco de Mayo resources to teach her students the REAL history behind the infamous holiday! After learning about the holiday in Spanish, her students took to the school sidewalks with chalk, on a mission to inform their non-Spanish student classmates about the historical … Continue reading “Holiday Awareness” Idea!
I'm always trying to think of new song, story, and video-based activities that I can use that don't require me to prepare a specific worksheet or slide for that resource. Ready-to-go activities are great, because you can make class sets of the worksheet ahead of time and leave them in a file in your cabinet. When you find a resource that … Continue reading Five Senses Video Notes
The countdown has begun...five days until Cinco de Mayo! I love holidays because they provide us with such a great opportunity to spur our students on toward greater fluency while they sit back and think that they're having fun!! Bwah ha ha! And to think that I once looked forward to them as "free days" for … Continue reading Cinco de Mayo Jigsaw Puzzle
Mention Cinco de Mayo around a group of Spanish teachers and you'll probably get a few nasty glares. But why? There is much confusion about this popular celebration--beginning with the fact that it is really only popular in the United States--NOT in Mexico. Most US citizens (including your students) think that it is Mexican Independence … Continue reading Cinco de Mayo
If you've not yet read this article about how Carrie Toth found inspiration for her novel La Calaca Alegre while on a BrightSpark Fiesta tour, you absolutely must!! The novel is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.!!! I could not put it down while I was lesson planning!!!!
Finally! I have been meaning for years to add a comprehensible Semana Santa reading to my holidays repertoire, and I am happy to announce that I've finally finished it! You can download the final product here. It contains a two-level embedded reading with pre and post-reading discussion questions and comprehension questions, a MovieTalk/video activity, an … Continue reading Semana Santa
Did you know that children in Bolivia can live in jail with their imprisoned parents? How's THAT for a hook?? I am slowly but surely working on filling in the blank places on my Spanish 1 curriculum map. To create my Spanish 1 curriculum, I pulled vocabulary from the novels I wanted to read at … Continue reading Los niños prisioneros de Bolivia
Here are a few resources that I have created and used in the past to teach my students about Christmas celebrations in Spanish-speaking countries: My favorite Christmas songs FREE Mexican Christmas traditions reading Readings and activities for typical Christmas traditions...currently, just La Pastorela, El Día de los Inocentes and El Día de los Reyes Magos. … Continue reading Christmas activities
I promised a reader I'd have these uploaded by the 20th, and by golly I've made the deadline! Use these notes to teach a focused grammar lesson on the present indicative of -IR verbs without departing from culture or comprehensible input. Your students will learn about the guajeros of Guatemala--children that live and/or work in garbage … Continue reading Guajeros and -IR verbs
A reader recently wrote and requested that I add -ER and -IR present indicative verb notes to my TpT page, and I am very excited about the facelift that I gave the notes that I used to use! Since I am always trying to work cultural into the content that I teach, I figured that … Continue reading Rafael Nadal and -ER verbs