Back in March I read this blog post which had this brilliant idea of doing a musical ‘March Madness’. Well… I was way to busy and there was too much testing going on! But I really wanted to do this! SO….the past few weeks we’ve been working on a song every day. Then every other day we vote on our favorite. Each new round we have a new activity. I switch it up constantly so that it’s a variety of activities which work on listening, reading, and comprehension skills. As we get farther into the ‘Madness’ the students are really falling in love with the songs. They constantly come in singing them, asking for more, or telling me how they sang them all weekend long.
Next week we will finally be finishing it up! Which means, I’m starting to get new songs and activities on my teachers pay teachers! Because not every song makes it all the way- I haven’t yet developed all the activities for all 16 songs. BUT- today my son decided to take a 3 1/2 hour nap…which means I have two songs completely done!
Two of the four remaining songs are ‘La Gozadera‘ by ‘Gente de Zona’ ft. Marc Anthony and ‘Me Voy Enamorando‘ by Chino & Nacho. My students LOOOOOVE these songs! And the videos are vibrant and (in my opinion) school appropriate! I especially love how you can link ‘La Gozadera’ to a unit about Spanish Speaking Countries and Capitals.
Click here to check out my lessons for both ‘La Gozadera’ and ‘Me Voy Enamorando‘!
Have you ever used ‘Storyboarding’ in your classroom to create a story? I was trying to change up how we created stories and decided to do a ‘twist’ on story boarding.
In groups students wrote down any words they could think of that had to do with ‘vacation’. Things like: places they went/visited, who they went with, things they saw, things they ate, activities they did, what they took with them, how they got there, etc.
As a class we added our words to the white board and separated them into different categories. Each group was then assigned a category. They were responsible for adding to that category and translating any unknown words into Spanish. We then used our lists to help us create a story! As a class we created 2 paragraphs of the story and then each student wrote their own ending to the story.
In one of my classes: “Alex was going on vacation to Hawaii by canoe. She went with Bernie Sanders (he was big and strong and could row for her-haha). They travelled to Hawaii to catch a crocodile. It was sunny and Hot. Alex wore shorts, and Bernie wore a grass skirt. They looked in Honolulu for a Crocodile, but they didn’t find one. Instead, they found a small Zebra! Alex took the Zebra, but still wanted a crocodile. So they travelled to Deutchland. They travelled to Deutchland by unicycle! They still wanted to catch a crocodile and went to Disney Land to look. But they didn’t find one….they found a giant worm instead! But they still wanted a crocodile… So they decided to ride the worm to California…”
The kids really enjoyed this because it was different and they felt like they had more control of the story. I enjoyed this because it helped generate ideas and recently my creative juices have been lacking! : )
Do you have any creative ways to come up with stories!?!? What’s working for you!?
For those who know me, you may see this title and say…Oh that’s May 24th! … Back story, many many moons ago sitting in 10th grade study hall, I decided that May 24th would be my favorite day. It had nothing to do with holidays or birthdays. On this day, I wear my favorite colors, eat my favorite foods, hang out with my favorite people, and do my favorite things. Over the years it’s evolved into ….a big deal. Everyone who’s anyone celebrates! …..But I’ve digressed….
If I had to pick another favorite day it would be that magical moment in class when all the INPUT…starts to click. I remember experiencing that moment while studying abroad. But even more exciting is seeing your students experience it. It’s so awesome to see them excited to be able to manipulate the language even when grammar has NEVER been taught (exception: pop up grammar).
Today I asked my students…”If I wanted to say, ‘They think that’ how do I change ‘piensa que’.” …several students responded “add an N”. And when they responded…. others caught on. Someone raised their hand and asked “So if I want to say ‘they’ are doing something I add an ‘N’ don’t I!?
Yes Yes Yes!!!!!
Besides seeing my students ‘get it’. I also love this day because it is affirmation that CI works!
…And it works well!
Every. Single. Time…that I receive stories, re-writes, free writes, etc….I am blown away! Simply amazed and reminded of how GREAT comprehensible input works! Kids are acquiring language…and it’s exciting! Here is an example of 2 students work in my Spanish 1 classes. These stories were written after 3 days of circling this ‘Day of Dead‘ video. I gave students 10 minutes to re-write the story to the best of their ability. They were permitted to use the room as a resource -but no personal notes. It’s always amazing seeing the results of CI….not to mention it’s SO. MUCH. FUN!
Day of the dead is fast approaching! This year, I was determined to create lessons which were culturally relevant but more importantly contributed to the overarching goal of language acquisition.
Through several youtube searches I found this video!
What a great way to start making connections, lead to cultural conversations as well as create a movie talk which will provide repetition and language acquisition! (I’m a bit excited!) I created a packet where students will read about Day of the Dead in an infographic which I made. Then we will use the language while we create a narrative to the above video. Students continue practicing words and structures which they learn for additional forms of repetition through a timed-free-write, bingo, scene descriptions etc.
This year, I’m also trying a more ‘natural approach’ to language acquisition by incorporating both the present & past tenses. While narrating the video, we will be using the present tense. While we discuss it in class and with other activities, we will be using the ‘past’ tense.
NOTE: this packet can be purchased on teacherspayteachers, I made all of the activities in both the present & pasttenses in case you have a preference.