Connecting to Hispanic Countries

One of my goals for this school year was to include more culture in my class and to have students feel a connection to the Spanish speaking world. One of the first things I did was to have students be able to talk about the time in Spanish speaking countries. It was a great way to review how to tell the time, and this way I could ask more than just the time it was in our school. I got this idea from Señor Noble’s blog. I bought 6 clocks, one for each class I teach. To hang up the clocks, I used Command 3M hanging hooks. I let each class choose a specific country (We had a knockout bracket tournament that students voted between two countries until we had a winner). We had already studied the geography including the capitals of each country.
Under each clock, I posted a strip with the picture of that flag and an outline of the country. I also have posted laminate sentence strips for us to post the weather.

We will be looking up the weather and posting the temperatures in Celsius. I have posted a thermometer poster so students can see how the temperature would relate to Fahrenheit. I want students to begin understanding what Celsius feels like.

My goals for later this year include using Google Earth to take the students on a virtual field trip, having students design a tour of their country by researching attractions, and doing further research on the country.

If you are interested in a Country Research Group Project, I have successfully used this project in the past:

Country Research Project

“Groups will research a Hispanic country in South or Central America. The student project includes a presentation board, map, travel brochure, and flag. Rubric is detailed but this file is a Word file so the buyer can EDIT any part of the project or rubric to their satisfaction.”

About spanishplans

Spanish Teacher in Chicago. Have studied or traveled to Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, 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. Blogger
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4 Responses to Connecting to Hispanic Countries

  1. teachermrw says:

    Great idea!

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  4. Sr. Noble says:

    Hey, glad you were able to use it for your classroom. Have you noticed that they are kind of loud when the room is totally quiet for a quiz or something. Oh well. Los alumnos hay que aguantar. 🙂

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