Create digital versions of your favorite manipulative activities

If you’re anything like me, you love a good manipulative activity. Here are some common manipulative activities used by language teachers: sequencing events from a story that are printed on strips of paper matching chunks of authentic texts to paraphrased summaries sorting quotes into groups based on who said or would have said each one…

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Los héroes del terremoto – Materials for Spanish teachers

An 8.2 earthquake shook southern Mexico on September 7, leaving Oaxaca completely devastated. It was the strongest earthquake that Mexico had felt in 100 years. Just 12 days later–when relief efforts were still in their infancy and aftershocks continued to rock the area–a second earthquake of magnitude 7.2 struck central Mexico. The 7.1 quake occurred…

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You can make a difference {in 2017}: Reading in Spanish

“Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?” –L.M. Montgomery 2016 was hard for many people. Many of us experienced great joy this year, but that joy was often overshadowed by suffering, sadness, loss, and hopelessness. The same is true of any year, but for whatever reason it seems…

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Article in Spanish: A rescue dog dies in Ecuador

Faith Laux shared with me a summary that she wrote about the story of a brave rescue dog that gave his life to earthquake relief efforts in Ecuador. She gave me permission to share the story here, and I’ve written a second, even more simplified summary so that more teachers can use it in their classes. Thank you…

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I can make a difference.

On Saturday, April 16, 2016, Ecuador was devastated by the worst earthquake to shake its shores in nearly seven decades. One week later, the death toll is at 650, more than 12,000 people are injured, and hundreds are missing. Carol Kovatch’s middle school Spanish class in Santa Rosa, California read last week’s  special edition of EL MUNDO…

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