Find Navidad lessons and activities for Spanish classes that unlock holiday cheer and keep it in the target language! From Spain to Mexico and everywhere in-between.
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
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
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
This is coming from the lady that just presented at ACTFL on the importance of #authres and how to use them in novice language classes. Kind of a contradiction. #authres are important, but they are not everything. I was able to eek out two or three tweets on Saturday morning before taking off for errands, … Continue reading #authres are overrated
I have just stumbled upon the most wonderful way to get your students writing without having to produce any output at all! They can write with INPUT! Crazy, right? How to do it? BLACKOUT POEMS! They are great! Simply take a text in the target language (a newspaper article, a story...anything) and hand it to … Continue reading Blackout Poems
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
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
A teacher requested a how-to after using the Twitter-based reading assessment from my Las novias de mi hermano unit. For another example, see #Lomejordeméxicoes. Here you go! Step One: Go to www.twitter.com Step Two: If you don't already have an account, create one by choosing a handle (username) and password. Otherwise, just sign in! Step Three: … Continue reading How-To: Use Tweets as authentic reading material
Download all handouts from my 2013 session here. It's 8:30pm on Saturday night, the boys are asleep (for now, anyway), and I am on the computer putting finishing touches on my presentation for ACTFL. That's right...I am actually going to a conference, and I am hoping that I will be able to meet many of you … Continue reading See you at ACTFL!