Going back to school is a CRIME!

I found a pin on Pinterest last night that immediately reminded me of Dave Burgess and his Pirate-like ways! It is a blog post about using crime scenes in language classes from BusyTeacher.org, and I think that it would make the PERFECT first-day-of-classes activity for returning language students. (Click here for other first-week-of school activities for first year…

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Los pollitos dicen

I start every school year with this song. It’s not the best way to acquire language, so I understand spending all of your time at the beginning of the year doing PQA and Circling with Balls and Three Ring Circuses and what-not. In my experience, though, it is such FUN to start off with a…

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Introductions Reading

Since I will only be teaching M-TH this year, I am responsible for leaving plans for a classroom aide–who may or may not speak Spanish–to do with the kids on Fridays. It’s like sub plans every week–yikes! For the first week of school, I created a two-page worksheet with six mini readings that will be…

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First Day of School Checklist

Pull out laminated character cards to assign seats at the door. (Currently in French and Spanish–send me translations for other languages and I will add them into the file!) Photocopy name card template onto cardstock; enough for each student to have one. Have markers available for name card writing–only dark colors that can be easily…

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