Selena Quintanilla-Perez


Well…it’s that time of year again. Time to measure each students proficiency! Usually I have a project or activity for them to work on. However, this year with all the Parcc testing going on, I figured I’d give them a break. (well…sort of…. Obviously I gave them worksheets to complete!) This week students are watching the movie ‘Selena’. This movie is about the life of Selena Quintanilla-Perez. Selena broke through obstacles faced by women as well as Mexican-American individuals and has been an inspiration to many individuals.
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La semana santa


This week in class we are talking about la semana santa. It is always so interesting to learn about cultural celebrations. We’re reading several of the readings which Martina Bex put together. Also I found this great slide show on Semana Santa Rarámuri in México. Among other things, we will be comparing and contrasting similarities and differences. But I think for next year I want to switch it up a bit. I’m trying to think of some new ideas to make this more engaging and comprehensible. What do YOU do in your classroom?


‘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?