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. You can download our passport template here.
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 “Me Gusta” stamp for objectives stating their likes.
How would you use a “passport” in your classroom? What might students do to earn stamps? What other creative ways would you use these stamps? Tell us in the comments below!
I think this is a great idea and I would love to learn more about it. My goal next year for my Spanish 3 class is to have a year long culture project where they “travel” to the various countries to learn more about them and complete projects and presentations. I want this class to have a large focus on culture and unknowingly use the grammar and vocabulary they have been taught for two years. Using this passport as a base before they get on their plane sounds like a lot of fun!
What a great idea! I would love to be able to use this in my Spanish 3 class to have a cultural project where they travel to various countries in order to learn more about this history, culture, and traditions. My hope is they would use the grammar and vocabulary from the previous years without as much effort.
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I would like to incorporate the passport book as a means to encourage students to speak spanish in class, and or for classroom management. I am thinking that as a class, they can earn a stamp based on their efforts, when we fill a passport they get a treat or something!
Great idea! Thanks for sharing!
My 6th grade Spanish students do a Spanish-speaking country project. We make passports and the students pass out paper “passport stamps” when they present their project to the class. These passport stamps would be a perfect addition to the project and make the passports more authentic!
My teaching partner and I host “passport days” where our students travel to each other’s classrooms, and we share presentations on the different countries we’ve visited. We share pictures, realia, etc. Each student has a “passport” that they get stamped when they visit. Currently, we just use alphabet letter stamps (ie G for Guatemala). I’d love to expand what we’ve started. This would be a fantastic addition! I’ve also been considering a proposal Spanish language camp class to the local community college summer program for kids. I was hoping to plan something that would use a “passport” to incorporate a “visit” to Spanish speaking countries as we learn Spanish. These would be perfect!
Every summer I do a summer school class for elementary school and the kids ‘travel’ to each country and get a stamp having to do with each country and we ‘fly’ in and out of the room and get stamps as we enter customs to another country – very fun and the kids love it!
I.Want.the.stamps. I motivate my students by rewarding them with stickers in Spanish when they speak or answer in the TL, but…it is becoming expensive for me because they like receiving them. ( I run out fast) Stamps would help this poor teacher save on stickers and motivate them with stamps on a stamp sheet instead that they could later turn in for extra credit.