Bell Work in Spanish Class

Here’s why I love Bell Ringers in my Spanish class:
1) It gets the student working as soon as the come in the room.
2) It’s a great way to get students to use their notes and practice using the language.
3) It allows the teacher a few minutes to do things such as attendance or check in with students.
4) It serves as a solid routine to start the class.

My bell work, which I call Entradas, are a good to teach students to reference their notes. At the beginning of the year, a lot of students look at the question and when they don’t know a word, they just stop. I have to constantly remind them to look in their notes. When we are going over the answers and a student doesn’t know an answer, I make them look back in their notes to find each word until they understand the question.

This week our focus was on the verbs: Can, Want, and Need:

Spanish class starters   Spanish Bell work

Spanish Bell Ringers     Entrada para la clase de español

On the first day, it took students a little longer to answer the questions, but by the end of the week, they didn’t need to rely on their notebooks so much and could answer the questions rather quickly.

We’ve got a powerpoint recently updated with over 90 Bell Ringers ready to use.
Spanish Bell WorkBe sure to check the product page to download free updates.

Another idea that we’ve recently implemented is from The Creative Language Classroom, “Let them Welcome Each Other to Class“. Each week one student from each class isAssign a profe in each class selected as “Profe de la semana”. After we go over our bell work, the profe gets to ask the typical daily questions, such as ¿Qué día es hoy? ¿Qué hora es? ¿Cuál es la fecha de hoy? and other questions related to the particular unit. Students are excited to answer questions asked by the new “teacher” and I’m more than happy to sit back and enjoy the break from asking these questions every day!

Here’s an example of a few we’ve got ready for the first few weeks of Level 1: Eres el profesor.pptx Free download

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Facebook Contest Winners

Congrats to our winners of the Facebook Me Gusta Stamp and Facebook Profile Project.
Dale D won the Stamp, and Yahaloma P. won our Facebook Project. We were feeling extra giving so we added 2 more projects winner, which were Jennifer C. and Annie R. Those 4 winners have been contacted by e-mail.
Due to the support of this contest, we hope to host more in the future! Didn’t win this time? Don’t feel bad, we’ve got a special offer just for you:

Our Facebook Project are now 10% off on TeachersPayTeachers until September 18th, 2015.

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Facebook Profile Project

And our Facebook Stamp is also on sale. Down to $14.99 for a limited time:
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Resources for Hispanic Heritage Month

Did you know there are over 70 National Holidays in Latin America? Did you also know that the most popular one that is taught in schools isn’t even a National Holiday? I’m talking about 5 de Mayo, which is not a federal Mexican holiday (it’s a regional holiday celebrated in Puebla). If you are looking for ways to bring more culture into your classroom, check out our calendar of Hispanic Holidays. This free calendar can be embedded to your class website or to your own calendar to remind you of important days, or you can print a list of the holidays listed by month. Continue reading

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Facebook Giveaway

Our Facebook Spanish Project, after going over a major upgrade this summer, has reached Spanish Facebook Profile Project over 1,000 sales. If you have downloaded this product in the past, make sure you have the newest version by signing in and downloading the product again. (We have a second version here that you may have purchased instead, which is also updated).  If you do not yet own a copy, you are in luck! We are announcing our Facebook Giveaway.

We are have 2 items available in our giveaway:
1) Facebook Profile and Newsfeed Project
2) “Me Gusta” rubber stamp

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Enter our Giveaway clicking here:
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You have 5 ways to enter. This giveaway runs from September 10th to September 16th! Get your entries in now and be sure to share with your colleagues!

A reminder, you can also purchase our self-inking rubber Me Gusta Stamp or any amount of our rubber stamps exclusively in our store.
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English Pop Music in Spanish

What’s better than taking songs that your students already know and enjoy in 10 Spanish Versions of Popular English songsEnglish and listening to the Spanish version? Your students will be fascinated listening to the Spanish version of Taylor Swift’s Shake it Off or other current popular songs.

The best part is that they have previous knowledge of the song, so the song is comprehensible. Although, it can also be a discussion of how the song is not a 100% word for word translation.

Kevin, Karla and la Banda are the most successful artists who translate English hits into Spanish. Check out their Spanish cover versions of Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez, Katy Perry, and more!
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Passport Stamps

During the first week of school, our students put together their own passports. They filled out a Colombian Student Visa and glued that to the inside cover and then we used the blank passport pages to write our first unit’s objectives using I can statements. Spanish Passport Template

At the end of the unit, the students will stamp the objectives that they have completed. To do so, I made these passport stamps for several of the Latin countries, including México, Perú, Costa Rica, Bolivia, and more. I also plan to use the facebook megustastampMe Gusta” stamp for objectives stating their likes.

Passport Stamps and Passport Booklet for Spanish ClassTo celebrate back to school, we are now offering our passport stamps for 15% off the rest of the week.
Ecuador Stamp Puerto Rico Stamp  USA Spanish StampMexico Stamp

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Classroom Scavanger Hunt

Here’s a quick tip to do doing the first week of school: Create a classroom scavenger hunt. I wrote up a half sheet of questions for things for students to look for around the classroom. I included asking where the questions words were located in the classroom, as well as having them find certain information by looking at the bulletin boards and posters, such as the translation for a movie, or the colors of a certain Flag.

This helps students realize that the the classroom itself is also a reference. We teachers spend a lot of time in organizing and decorating our classroom to help students. Using this scavenger hunt, it gets students up and moving, but lets them see the rich resources of information you have made available to them.

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Spanish Classroom Tour

Ok, so the bulletin boards are done and the posters are hung. Here’s what our students will walk into on the first day of classes.

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Inspire Travel

My theme for my classes this year will be travel, and you get see all our previous posts about this topic here.

Today’s posts offer some images that you can print to use as bulletin board material or frame and hang to add to your classroom decoration.
Travel Bulletin Board with maps
After creating the word “travel” digitally through maps, we decided we should offer our viewers the Spanish version.
The word viajar is spelled out with a map-font. Click on the image to enlarge.
Viajar mapa

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Classroom 2015

Got into my classroom today and am making some progress on decorating. Wanted to share what I’ve got so far; perhaps an idea might inspire you.

Tableclothes for Bulletin Board

I love using plastic tableclothes for bulletin boards. They are so easy to put up. They cling to the background, I use a pushpin to hold them into place as I cut it perfectly at the edge. And it’s cheap: I pick these up at the dollar store. They will last for several years. Continue reading

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