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About spanishplans

Spanish Teacher in Chicago. Have studied or traveled to Costa Rica, Spain, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Argentina, and Uruguay. Have taught level 1 at middle and high school levels. Degree in Spanish and Master's in Teaching and Leadership. Self Publisher of Spanish Educational Materials at www.SpanishPlans.org/Store

Notecards

At the end of the year, I go around as students are cleaning out their lockers and am able to collect a lot of packs of notecards. These come in quite handy throughout the school various for various activities. Sometimes, … Continue reading

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Use your notes

Ok, I’m frustrated. There is nothing more aggravating when kids just sit at their desks because they don’t understand a word. Nope, instead of bothering to look in their notes, they would rather do nothing. And you would they would … Continue reading

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Top 15 Apps for Spanish Class

These are a list of my Top 15 Apps that I have used with iPads in my Spanish 1 class. I have divided them into 4 sections. Language Apps allows the students to practice the language or see the language … Continue reading

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Tellagami App

This app allows you to create an animated avatar that speaks. You can customize the look of an avatar and create a background, and then you can use text-to-speech (for English text) or have students record their voice (great for … Continue reading

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Put in order

A good activity for students to practice new vocabulary or to check for understanding after reading is to have them arrange sentences in order. If you cut out sentence strips, this tactile activity is great for students to practice reading … Continue reading

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Sports Listening Video

This year my students have been following teams in La Liga. With the biggest game taking place over Spring Break, I used our first day back to watch a match recap and answer some questions in Spanish. I was able … Continue reading

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Lo curioso de cultura

Besides teaching how to communicate in a language, world language teachers also teach about culture and share our experiences from living in or visiting other countries. These stories also seem to fascinate the students. Students get to see how things … Continue reading

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March Madness in Spanish Class

I saw a tweet with a “Tournament of Books” in relation to the NCAA Basketball tournament that is going on right now in sports. I asked my PLN on twitter on ideas on how to incorporate this idea in the … Continue reading

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Cesar Chavez Day

March 31 is Cesar Chavez Day. Here are some resources to teach your students about this important American. Same video in Spanish. Youtube also has a PBS document “Chicano: Stuggle in the Fields.” My students already have some knowledge of … Continue reading

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Authentic Reading

In my advice unit, I usually have kids write a letter to “Dear Abby” asking for advice. Well, when we happened upon an Advice section from the Mexican teen magazine Tú, we hit the jackpot on authentic readings. We have … Continue reading

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