We recently worked on commands in Spanish 1 in our giving advice unit. One way I grabbed attention is by creating a powerpoint slide with pictures of myself and then creating 2 other versions. I then typed in some “advice” that my “teacher-conscience” would make.
Here’s a version with the Teacher Meme character:
I took a regular picture of myself for the normal picture and picture with a grumpy face and a picture with an innocent looking face. I then used the powerpoint “Shapes” to create a halo and red triangles for horns. Or if you are tech savy, you can insert a transparent picture of thorns. With the speech bubbles (available in the ‘shapes’ options) I made the dialogue with the advice.
For an assignment/assessment, I tasked students with creating their own struggle of conscience between good and evil by using a character and giving commands relevant to that character.
Here are some samples: Continue reading
¿Quién tiene la razón?
¿Cómo es posible que los dos tengan razón?
One of the most important tasks outside of language learning that world language teachers face is to make our students aware of the world outside their community. To battle their sheltered lifestyle, I try to have them realize that some things can be different in other countries and to have them embrace these differences rather than judge them.
At the beginning of the year, I talk with my students about the word “perspective” and what that means, which is a cross-over from their social studies curriculum. One example I give them is what we refer to as the “US-Mexican War” is referred to as the “US Invasion” in México. The title alone shows how the event is viewed in each country.
They are super surprised when I ask them ¿Cúantos continentes hay? and when they respond with seven I tell them they are wrong. From the perspective of Latin America there are only 5. Continue reading
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Teaching a unit about la Rutina Diaria? Here’s some resources for your Spanish classroom for this Reflexive Verb unit:
Dibujos y Fotos
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Dibujos y Fotos
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We’ve written about this issue before and with the social media campaign hopefully we can cure the public of their misspelling of this beautiful country’s name.
On of my favorite units is teaching the Food Unit. I love sharing the unique flavors of Latin America with my students. During the beginning of the unit, I have a “Comida del día” that I have described on the powerpoint along with their daily bellringer questions. We discuss the food and its origin.
To help students identify these foods and create a lasting impressions I recently created a Bulletin Board of Authentic Hispanic Foods including Pictures and Labels. Each are only $1.00 and ready to print or use immediately in class.
In another section of the room, I took this document (which you can download for free) and enlarged it on our school’s poster maker. As we talked about the foods, many students were eager to try these foods or had already tried them. The students would write their name under that item and write a smiley face if they liked it or frowny face if they didn’t.
Don’t forget to check out our other Comida related posts.
What’s your favorite food from the Spanish Speaking world?
What’s the most important thing in a foreign language class? To give students comprehensible input and show them the language in context. When you can accomplish this and entertain the kids at the same time to keep their interest, you’ve got yourself a win-win situation. During the Food Unit, we decided to google image search some vocabulary words/terms and we found some delicious memes.
Google Image Search is such an easy way to show students differening vocabulary. Want to compare the word “tortilla” in Mexico and in Spain? Google Image Search “Tortilla” and “Tortilla española”. The students can clearly see the difference directly from the pictures. Can same comparisons with “torta” and “torta de chocolate”
Anyway, we found some great memes incorporating the phrases “Tengo hambre” and “Estoy lleno”. Continue reading
What better input to learn about food and cooking in context than to watch short tutorials on how to make food. The power of Youtube gives us so much access to resources many teachers didn’t have in the past, it may be our best resource since…. I don’t even know what.
In this post, we share several videos and ways to use them, and also 2 iPad apps to incorporate into La Comida Unit. Continue reading
Connect with Other Disciplines and Acquire Information
“Standard 3.1: Students reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines through the foreign language”
The 5 C’s of learning a Foreign Language consist of Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities.
We previously talked about how our students connected new Spanish vocabulary words with the stems they were studying in their Language Art classes.
I thought of this next idea as I was prepping to use a song during our food unit. This Jesse y Joy (cloze activity) song, “Una en un millón,” features the following lyrics:
eres la crema en mi café
la cereza del pastel
el agua de mi té
That got me thinking to what other metaphors could the students could come up with on their own. Some examples my students came up with:
eres la leche con mi galleta
eres la leche en mi cereal
eres la mantequilla de mi pan
eres los frijoles con mi arroz
eres la lechuga de mi ensalada
eres los frijoles de la torta
eres el cilantro y cebolla del taco
My mind started to wander from that point and since they were coming up with their own new lyric lines, what if we expanded this to their world. We want our students to see and think Spanish outside our four walls. What if we had students try to apply their learned vocabulary to music they listened to?
How cool would it be if students Continue reading