‘ameDuri’s Back!’


I’m back! And loving it! (Who knew teaching would feel like a vacation compared to being a SAHM! Shout out to all you mama’s who stay at home. More power to you!)

I’ve been busy trying to revamp some partially done movie talks, classroom posters, flash cards etc.

Currently in my Spanish 2’s we’re working through a movie talk which correlates with ‘Jack Jack Ataca‘. I created an entire unit where students get repetition of various structures and reinforce vocabulary. I wrote this in the past tense. It is also a great way for students to practice identifying when/how to use both the imperfect and the preterite.

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How are you reinforcing the past tense through CI???



I’ll be back soon, I promise!
I keep thinking I really let the ball drop on my blog! Woops! Sorry!
This past year I have been on maternity leave and really “checked out”.

How could you not with this cutey!



However, this is my last week of maternity leave, so I should have some fresh stuff coming your way soon!

Thanks to everyone who has messaged me and/or purchased some of my materials on teachers pay teachers! I truly appreciate it!

Nos vemos!



El Día De Los Santos Inocentes


I love this day!  1. What a great way to discuss the “cultural” aspects about the Christmas story. 2. Who doesn’t like a innocent prank?

I used this news clip in combination with Martina Bex’s materials. I started by telling the students “this is one of my favorite holidays. The history of this celebration is tragic, however now a days the celebration is a lot of fun.”

I gave them the tasks to watch this clip and figure out:

1. The name of the celebration.

2. The date of this celebration.

3. The history

4. How it is celebrated presently.

I was thoroughly impressed that even my Spanish 1’s were able to figure out these facts.

After we watched this clip, did some other activities, we made our own monigotes to prank the “innocent” victims.


La Camisa Negra



Songs are a fabulous way to incorporate authentic materials!  Every year I use Juanes song La Camisa Negra in my Spanish 1 classes. This year I revamped my follow up activities.

On the first day I briefly introduced the song, students really liked it (and thought it was a happy/jolly song!)

The second day, the students followed along with the Spanish version to get visual and audible input. Then we read through it together and discussed the “true” meaning of the song.

Day 3, I gave them a cloze copy of the song. They listened to the song approx. 4 times. This is great because they start identifying and making connections between the different sounds and words.

On the fourth day we reviewed the Cloze activity. Then students worked on a worksheet where they had to illustrate vocabulary from the song. They also had to match pictures with vocabulary and then choose four words from the vocabulary to create Spanish sentences.

Day 5 -I plan on discussing reading strategies and then reading an article about Juanes (the famous Colombian singer!)

The kids REALLY enjoyed this! I caught some of them singing it in the hallways!

What are YOUR favorite songs to use in the classroom?

Vivir Mi Vida……la la la la….



Vivir mi vida la la la la…. 

When I first heard this song I thought….”I MUST USE THIS!!!”  It is SO catchy! Definitely something my students will enjoy.

I whipped up these snazzy worksheets to go along with them.

They will have a cloze activity where they are listening to the song and trying to fill in the blanks.

We will discuss the song, the meaning, perspective etc. Then students will illustrate key vocabulary words from the song.

Later students will practice writing sentences using vocabulary words from the song.

Finally I have created an article from some authentic sources about Marc Anthony. My mini geniuses will read through these and answer comprehension questions.

What Spanish Songs Do YOU love/use in your classroom?




This week in my Spanish 1’s we did a movie talk with the movie alma.

I LOooooOVE using movie talk in my classroom! The kids are engaged and being immersed in Spanish! Together we “circled” and wrote the narrative to the ALMA movie. We continued using the structures found in the narrative throughout the week. I also created several worksheets for the students to practice and reinforce the learned structures.

Do you use movie talks? What are some follow up activities you like to do?

Mr. Bean!!!!! and Reflexive Verbs


How can you go wrong with Mr. Bean???

This week my Spanish 2’s were working on using reflexive verbs with the goal of being able to discuss their daily routines. To do this…. we created a narrative to the Mr. Bean video where he was late for the dentist. This allowed us to use vocabulary such as “shaved his nose hair, brushed his teeth with windshield wiper fluid, got dressed, put on his shirt, etc etc etc.

One of my favorite things about Comprehensible Input is when I actually introduce the grammatical concept – the kids already understand it!!! I told them “You already use these, you just don’t know the technical formula for these.” A quick explanation and waaalaaaaah! They get it!

We also used the awesome “reflex your verby” video to help us understand reflexive verbs.

With  Mr. Bean, PQA, CI, and these worksheets…. my kids are rockstar reflexive verb geniuses!