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Storyboarding

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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!?

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My favorite day …every year.

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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!

 

El Mismo Sol

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My students have been asking for more songs. (I feel like I already do a lot!) But, hey if they’re asking…why not? I just finished making several listening activities for ‘El Mismo Sol’ by Alvaro Soler. It’s fantastic and very catchy!

I was trying to think of some more activities besides a ‘cloze’ activity and a ‘movie talk’ (which I also made). On the iflt facebook page someone (so sorry I can’t remember who you were!!!) gave the idea of using a word cloud as well as bingo! My students BEG ME for bingo!!!! What a great way to motivate students to partake in their own learning! Both of these activities will be help students to actively listen to the song and hopefully will improve their listening skills.

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What fun activities do YOU do to incorporate songs into the classroom????

¿Cómo estás?

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When you ask a student “¿Cómo estás? usually the respond with “estoy bien”. I’m over it. I’m bored with it.

I want my kids to be able to truly tell me how they are and what they are feeling. Not only does it give me information on their current state of being, but it could lead to a story a lot easier than ‘I’m good’.

I’m giving my students this hand out so that they can practice giving me more variety when I ask them how they are. This can also help students stay in the target language during stories if we’re discussing ‘how’ a character is doing.

Do you have any creative ways to teach this?

Ps. have I mentioned that I love canva?

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B-I-N-G-O!

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Yesterday, I was really excited about how good my students did on a ‘re-write’ activity. Today, I was brainstorming fun ideas for students to be hearing, seeing and reading in Spanish. I created a fun BINGO game to go with the movie talk we’ve been working on. In each square is a sentence from the story. I’m thinking the first time we do it I’ll say the structures in Spanish, and they’ll just have to read and find the sentence. Then the next time, I’ll say the sentences in English so they’re thinking about the meaning of each phrase. I love having fun while learning (teaching)!

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It works!

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Because I was on maternity leave for 5 months, my students didn’t get as much comprehensible input as I would like. However, now that I’m back…. it’s on!

After just 2 weeks of CI, I wanted to see what my students could do! I had them do a story re-write. They had to change all the details of the story but use the same structures we had been working on. Here are two student samples! There’s obviously some errors, however…after only 2 weeks…WOW!!!! This just reinforces how effective CI teaching is!

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I have an addiction…

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My name is Ami …and I have an addiction….to movie talks.

I love them!

Kids love them!

They’re SO engaging!

…and they learn and acquire SO MUCH!

I am constantly astonished how much they can reproduce after frequent structure repetition and circling.

I was on maternity leave for 5 months so in the last 3 months I’ve been trying to squish in as much Comprehensible Input as possible. This week we were reinforcing the words: Pone, Tiene, Lleva, Quiere. We did this through a unit I created based on the youtube video “Carrot Crazy”

I started the unit by pre-teaching some new words such as: Conejo, trampa, zanahoria, suelo, bosque and mochila. Then we circled the story. We reinforced the story daily through circling and supplemental activities I created. One (which perhaps I’ll call…descriptive walk around) students were each given a different picture. They had to walk around the room, find 4 students to describe the picture, and have them sign their paper. It was interesting listening to students give output. Some were extremely impressive. Of course listening to other students provided me with feedback as to which students needed additional scaffolding and which structures I needed added repetition.

All in all…it was a success and gave me warm fuzzy feelings watching my students acquire new structures and phrases!

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