Mexican Independence Day and Hispanic Heritage Month

Did you know that Mexico is just one of seven Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America that celebrates its independence between September 15 and October 15, the official dates of the Mes de la hispanidad or Mes de la herencia in the US? Dear Spanish teacher, what’s your plan? PLAN FOR EL MES DE LA HISPANIDAD STEP 1: Get the word out to … Continue reading Mexican Independence Day and Hispanic Heritage Month

Five great Cinco de Mayo resources for Spanish classes

Cinco for El Cinco

Here are five great Cinco de Mayo resources that I've found around the Web. Coming off of a lively #authres conversation during #langchat (that I read post-facto), I want to clarify what makes a 'great resource' in my mind: A great resource is interesting [or it can be made interesting] That's it. If it's interesting, I'll find a way to … Continue reading Cinco for El Cinco

Christmas activities

Christmas is a major holiday in many cultures, and Spanish-speaking countries are no exception. I have developed and shared several resources over the years that work well in Spanish classes: Here is a link to a post that contains My favorite Christmas songs, with lyrics and links to videos. This is a Spanish-language reading (suitable for … Continue reading Christmas activities

El Día de los Muertos – STRIP BINGO!

Oh, yes--you read that correctly! Looking for a thrilling way to celebrate El Día de los Muertos in your Spanish classes? Why not play a round of STRIP BINGO?! It's not what you think. Click here to read how to play the game. Once you've seen that it is, in fact, a completely appropriate game to … Continue reading El Día de los Muertos – STRIP BINGO!

After learning about Cinco de Mayo in Spanish class with your students, have them share their new knowledge with your entire school!

“Holiday Awareness” Idea!

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!

Cinco de Mayo for Spanish classes! Students learn the real history behind the celebration with this FREE Jigsaw Puzzle!

Cinco de Mayo Jigsaw Puzzle

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

Teach your Novice + Intermediate Spanish students about Cinco de Mayo in Spanish class, all in the target language. Teach them the REAL history of Cinco de Mayo and the reality of the celebrations!

Cinco de Mayo

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