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‘!
I love December. Classes are filled with talk of traditions, festivities, and celebrations.
This December we learned about the Christmas lottery in Spain through Martina Bex’s unit. Previously, I wasn’t very familiar with this tradition. So it was fun to learn along side of the students.
We then continued with Martina’s (FREE!!!) supplementary lessons on the 2015 lottery announcement.
My students have also been asking to learn some Christmas songs in Spanish. One student begged me to teach them “Rodolfo el reno” and another suggested ‘doce días de la navidad’. I’ve never taught Christmas songs before so when someone suggested 12 days of Christmas I got really excited. There’s so many great things to talk about through this song! (Ordinal numbers, Regular numbers, you could talk about the history of the song, write your own version, talk about What students want for Xmas, what they would give for xmas, etc…!)
I quickly whipped up some worksheets to correspond with the songs. And since ’tis the season of giving’ you can have them for FREE!!!!
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?
Woah!!! I recently saw someone post about canva!. Canva is a FREE website that lets you easily create things that have that infographic look. I was just playing around with it and created this schnazzy looking alphabet! I don’t usually focus much time on learning the alphabet because I don’t believe it adds much to fluency. However, giving students this resource allows them to refer to it when they need to spell something!
Watch out, the canva ideas are brewing!!!
i LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE teaching with CI! After 4 days, my Spanish 1 students were writing stories! Is it perfect? No. Is it…amazing and understandable? YES!
This week we made up a story about a student who liked to play baseball, in Walmart, with Will Ferrill. One day he saw a beautiful girl, named Minnie Mouse. He wanted to talk to her but was nervous. He walked towards her, but suddenly the ball hit him in the head and now he is unconscious on the floor…
It was a lot of structures, but with a lot of repetition, it was a success! We will continue to reinforce these structures and make up fun spontaneous stories!
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)!
I keep thinking to myself…there has to be a better way to explain Preterite vs Imperfect verbs! My students often struggle to comprehend the “completed action vs. no definite beginning or end” etc. etc. etc. I haven’t figured out a better way to ‘explain’ it. But I figured perhaps through manipulating the language, identifying the differences, practice, practice, practice, etc., perhaps it’d reinforce the difference and students would be more successful.
I am SUPER EXCITED about the unit I created based on the youtube video “Friendsheep“.
The unit includes a movie script and several worksheets which students will use to practice, identify and discuss preterite vs. imperfect. I made a speaking activity, where students walk around and have other students describe the picture they’re given. I’ll be trying the speaking activity on Monday. Fingers crossed it’s a raving success!