Many school districts have asked their teachers to provide up to two-weeks of printable lesson plans for students to be able to complete at home in case of emergency school closure in relation with the containment of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

Creating a single sub plan is a big enough task, but creating multiple weeks’ worth of plans is completely daunting. If I was going to be absent for a single class period, I didn’t feel too bad about using the period for busy work, or filling the time with an output task like a 1-3-10 Free Write. After all, I’d be back the next day, ready to flood my students with input.

Time is precious, and I don’t want your students to miss out on 2+ weeks of exposure to linguistic input. To help out teachers that are using SOMOS, I have pulled together some very flexible resources that can be quickly modified and shared with your administrator and/or your students. These materials will work well for any Spanish teacher that finds themselves in the situation of needing to provide materials for coronavirus-related school closure!


With the help of Maris Hawkins and teachers from the SOMOS Collaboration group, I have put together a choice board of activities and a set of Spanish-language texts that can be shared with students electronically or printed to be completed by hand.

When you enter your email address, you will receive a link to a folder that contains the free resources. We will also email you as we add new resources to the folder!

Step 1: Copy the resources to your drive!

Once you receive the link, the first thing you will want to do is to either download the resources or make a copy and add them to your own drive. In the folder, the resources are view-only; once they are in your Drive or on your hard drive, you can edit them however you’d like!

Step 2: Edit away!

Be sure to open and edit the file entitled “COVID-19 student activities”. It contains instructions for your students that will need to personalized with your contact information and directions for how you’d like students to complete and submit the work. For example, you might want your students to read TWO stories per day (as-is, the instructions just say 1), or you might want students to email their completed work to you each day; or perhaps a photo of completed work.

You can also edit the stories in the special edition of Revista Literal. Typically, Revista Literal is published in a very polished PDF with eye-catching graphics. Because I want you to make it easy for you to connect your students with stories that they will understand, the pages are plain-text (to use less ink) and can be easily modified once they are in your Drive. You may choose to only share some of the stories with your students!

Step 3: Share or print

Once you’ve modified the materials as desired, you are free to share them with your admin or students electronically (via Google Classroom, for example) or to print them out and send home with students. All materials in the folder are licensed with a Creative Commons NonCommercial Attribution ShareAlike license that allows you to modify & reshare them, provided the same license remains on them and they are not used for commercial purposes.

The SOMOS Collab teachers are working on proofreading and creating glossaries for a second set of texts, and I will be sending out an email once those are ready. Get on the list!


Our Flex curricula, available in French, Spanish, and Latin, is an excellent resource for sub plans, school closure, and absent work. Each daily lesson provides the teacher with instructions and materials to teach learners in the classroom, to send to virtual learners, and a print packet that can be distributed for students who will be home or traveling without internet access.

Click here to learn more about the Flex curriculum!

Learn more about the Somos Flex curriculum here.


In the folder, I have also added a document that includes links to many free and some paid resources that can be printed and used with the Choice Boards or as standalone activities.

If you are able to assign online activities to your students during school closures, you have many more options. Here are some additional web-based resources that you can use to create lesson plans for your students to complete from home:

Garbanzo: learn Spanish through stories


Subscribers have access to Garbanzo’s full library of 500+ stories and informational texts in Spanish. Sign up for a free trial, during which you will have access to plenty of free lessons that can be assigned to your students to complete from home. All they need is a device with Internet access! No internet? Send them home with the printable resources linked above.

Be well

My prayer is that you and yours would stay healthy in the coming months, and that your minds would be at ease. As hard as it is with the constant push for panic-mode coming from the Media, I am staying calm even as I take precautions to help prevent my family from spreading illness to those around us. I’m still planning to attend MittenCI in April, planning is underway for the second SOMOS workshop in May, and I booked my flight to iFLT in July (taking full advantage of the offers that most airlines are running right now for fully refundable and transferable airfare!). I hope to see YOU around this spring!!

Send a virtual hug (the kind that doesn’t spread germs!),


79 replies on “Lesson plans for school closure / 10+ days of Spanish class work

      1. Where is the link to the 18 tasks (choice boards) for using with texts posted on instagram? Muchas gracias

    1. The link to get the plans is working but nothing is coming to my email? Is there a delay in receiving the file?

  1. I’m also having trouble getting the link to work. Thank you for such a thoughtful response to this situation!

  2. Goodness, can you read my mind?! We received an email just yesterday from our superintendent about the possibility of closing school. Thank you so much for spearheading this! However, when I click on the link, I get a white screen?

  3. Yes, this is a wonderful resource- but the link to enter your email isn’t working. Thanks so much for all of your work!

  4. Hi Martina,
    This such a wonderful idea to plan ahead in case of closure. Do you have any plans for those who use ‘Nous Sommes’ ?
    Thanks so much.

    1. Hi Mildred 🙂 🙂 🙂 The choice board will work for French as well; I don’t have a library of French-language readings to provide you with, though! Maybe we can work together on that?

      1. I’d like that; thanks, Martina. (-: No word about closure in my district just yet, but it’s best to be prepared.

  5. You’re always thinking about the best way to help prepare us teachers to be successful…and always a leap ahead!!

    Merci, Martina!!!😍

  6. Thanks so much for doing this. I just got an email telling us we had to do this as we are in the middle of writing comments (at least 2 paragraphs for each student personalized). I thought I would go crazy. You are the best!

    1. Whhhhhhhhhat 2 paragraphs per student!? I am so glad this came right when you needed it. Here’s hoping you won’t have to use it now, and you can save for future sub plan needs!

  7. Martina, you are amazing. I am so thankful I came across your website. Thank you for everything you do for us.

    1. It can take a little bit, depending on volume of requests at a given time. Let me know if you still don’t have it!

  8. Martina, these materials are a jewel! Thanks so much! I hope not to have to use them, but if I do, it will truly help my students to stay “fresh” in their Spanish learning journey.

  9. Thank you so much, Martina and crew! While I won’t be able to use those exact plans (I teach German), they give me a starting point and ideas for creating my own activities.

  10. Wow! Mil gracias! This is the topic of conversation at our team meeting today. This is so helpful!! Thank you!!

  11. You are awesome! Hopefully we won’t need to use them, but just in case… Thank you

  12. Thank you so much, Martina and team! You are always a step ahead (more like a dozen!) and I so appreciate and benefit from your ongoing efforts to coach, encourage, train and equip me and many others. We dont know if we will have to close, but we have to prepare. Thanks again for the support.

  13. Thank you very much for putting this together so quickly. You truly are amazing! Hopefully I won’t have to use them but it’s one less thing to have to organize. I am grateful.

  14. Your kindness and generosity is literally saving the day. So many students will be enriched by these plans. It’s the work of people like you that will ensure students and teachers are able to stay home if they feel ill and not worry. Thank you!

  15. Thank you SO much! We were given two days to create two weeks of lesson plans (specials in elementary are fortunately only twice a week). I’m overwhelmed trying to come up with valuable lessons for 1st and 2nd graders who can’t necessarily read Spanish on their own (quite a few struggle in English), so having 3rd and 4th grade plans done for me is such a blessing! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

  16. Martina, Thank you so much for the emergency plan. You have saved me hours of personal time! You are the best.
    Cape Cod Maestra

  17. Hi Martina,
    Thank you so much for sharing these resources; these will be so helpful in the event that we have to close. Unfortunately, when I have tried the link, the page does not have a place to enter my email address. I even tried the updated links from the comments.

  18. I have requested the materials but have never received the email with the link to the materials….

  19. Hi there! Regarding this free activity and the El mundo en tus manos activities I’ve purchased, can we email these to students? Our school drives can be glitchy when accessing them from home, so I’m concerned that if I put them in my class drive, they won’t be able to access them. Thanks so much for ALL of the awesome resources you create and for offering free help to us during this craziness we’re living through!

    1. Hi Shane, materials may be shared directly with students on closed platforms like email or Google Classroom. Please include a line in the email affirming that the resources are for the students’ own personal use and cannot be posted or re-shared in any way. Hope that helps!

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