I'm always a little surprised by how many times my posts on Mexican Independence Day are accessed in comparison to my posts about 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 … Continue reading Mexican Independence Day and Hispanic Heritage Month
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
Hopefully this post reaches you in time to be of some use! I am visiting family in NY, and so I don't have time to put together a new Valentine's Day activity for y'all to use. Instead, I'm compiling a list of CI-friendly Valentine's Day activities from around the web! I have an old story … Continue reading Valentine’s Day
Happy 2015, friends! We celebrated in the car on the way home from a New Year's party, since the kids made it to 11:30 but would not last one minute longer. Maybe next year! For now, my New Year's resolution is to sit down with my husband and make family resolutions for the year. I'm hoping that life will continue … Continue reading ¡Feliz Año Nuevo!
I received a wonderful Christmas gift from one of my readers: a reading about El Día de los Reyes Magos to share with you!! After a fun game of strip bingo to celebrate El Día de los Muertos, Aimee Quinlivan created a reading and word list to teach her students about El Día de los … Continue reading El Día de los Reyes Magos
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
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!
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!
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