March Madness Book Tournament

Our March Music Madness was a huge success, so today we’d thought we’d offer an alternative that you may have seen from LA/LIT teachers or in your school library. This is a book tournament of novels, written about the Hispanic culture.  These books are in English, but are a great way to open the perspectives of your students.

If you don’t have time to pull this off this year, considering using it during Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept 15-Oct 15).
March Madness Novel Book Tournament

For ideas on how to implement this in your classroom, keep reading… Continue reading

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March Music Champion

And the winner is….

March Music Madness BracketMarch Music Winner Banner

I had the students fill out a survey as part of the voting process and here’s a few key notes: Continue reading

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Stocking the Spanish Classroom: What supplies to order

Whether you are starting at a new job, opening a new school, opening a Spanish department, or just getting ready for next year, lots of teachers are looking for suggestions of what are must haves for teachers. If have a budget to spend for your department, here are some suggestions:


  1. Subscription to
  2. Novels from
  3. Scholastic Magazine Subscription
  4. Mini-White Boards / Personal Dry Erase Boards  or SmartPals Sleeves
  5. Props: Plastic foods, puppets, Mr. Potato Head for body parts unit, Guess Who Games for practicing descriptions  (Some of these you can probably find at
  6. a lot of awesome ready to use lessons tested by actual teachers. Did you know they accept purchase orders?

1. Computer Projector or Document CameraSpanish class supply order
2. Digital Recorders
3. Earbuds for students
4. Music Player (Stereo) or Speakers for Computer to play audio activities
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MarzodeMusica 2016

March Music Madness 2016 is just around the corner. We are ready for another fun competition where songs go head-to-head to decide a winner.MarchMusicMadness

This years bracket features 16 songs and we’ve broken them down to 4 categories: Bachata, Pop, Rock/Urbano, and Salsa.  We avoided songs from our favorite artists Juanes and Jesse & Joy, which we listen to quite frequently. The tricky part was also to find new, hip songs with appropriate lyrics. We avoided any songs with overly sexual lyrics.

Here is our bracket: Continue reading

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La Criatura Story Continued

I used Martin Bex’s La Criatura story with my level 1 class a few weeks ago. The next day we continued that story to explain what happened to the “criatura”/science teacher. We were able to recycle so many vocabulary words that we had already been using.

With permission from Martina, we are sharing our follow up story.
La Criatura Parte 2 Spanish story

To use this in your classroom:
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Monstruo del Armario MovieTalk

Our theme of creepy movies used during MovieTalks continued with the 2:50 video from PMonstruo del Armarioablo Conde titled “El Monstruo del Armario”. (We’ve also used Alma, and a video I call Toc-Toc) This movie worked well after students had created their own MonstruosdelClosetmonsters, labeling the body parts. I have an unused closet in my room, so we have our own closet full of monsters in our classroom, which made this movie a nice tie-in. For this video, we were able to recycle structures such as “ve”, “quiere dormir”,  body parts, and focus on new structures such as “tiene miedo”, “cree” and “está asustado”. For more resources related to body parts, health, and feelings, check out the section on our resource page with links to all our blog posts sorted by theme.



For a ready to use lesson using this video, check out our 3 day lesson, which includes a sample story, questions, and screenshots for students to re-tell the story.

If you are looking for more videos to use for MovieTalks, check out the MovieTalk Databases listed on our Collaboration post.


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Un Besito Mas

Amor is the most used word in Spanish pop music, followed by vida, día, noche, and corazón.

We recently took the lyrics from Jesse and Joy’s new album “Un Besito Más” and found the top 50 words that appeared the most times to create this word cloud: Continue reading

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En el restaurante comic strips

We’ve taken the language out of a few authentic comic strips and used them as a writing assessment for students for students to write the dialogue of ordering at a restaurant.

Take this Condorito comic:

and then have students write their own dialogue:restaurant blank
or check out this edited version with more space to write.

You can also use the original comic as an interpretive reading activity.

Or take this comic from Baldo: Continue reading

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Thanks to the internet, you are never a department of one. The free exchange of ideas and collaboration is rampant on the web, with such social networks as Twitter (#langchat) and Facebook (Spanish Teacher Groups).

Google Drive has allowed teachers to create databases of amazing resources. Check them out. Consider it like the old penny tray: Leave one, take one. While we all benefit from the vast resources that are currently available, we would benefit even more if every teacher who used a resources also left one of their own.Take a Penny World Language Teachers

General Databases:

MovieTalk Database: In search of a video to use as a movietalk? Want to target specific structures? As of right now, they are 113 entries. Will you be the one to make it 114?

MovieTalk Database 2: Another list of nearly 100 videos.

Authentic Resources Database: The bottom tab separates the languages, and each page features links to an authentic resource along with an activity.

Target Structures Database: Structures for multiple languages along with ready to use lesson plans.

Transcription Databases:

Spanish Commercials: Find a comercial on youtube

Spanish Recipe Tutorials:  Using cooking tutorials from youtube, students can complete cloze activities and rewrite the recipe in their own steps

If you have other databases to share, please add them in the comments and we will add them to this post. If you’ve got an idea for one, start your own!

A shout out to Martin Bex, whose “Eight Days of Hanukkah” encouraged many teachers to add to these database.


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Pedacito de Navidad Movietalk

If you are looking for some authentic resources for La Navidad,check out our post with includes:

-a template for writing a letter to “Papa Noel” : Carta a Santa requirements
-the letter template:  Carta a Santa

We like Jesse y Joy’s “En tus brazos”

Here are some additional resources:
Lista de Navidad luces en el bano

A good music video that would also make a good MovieTalk, is Un Pedacito de Navidad by K-Narias con Jose Feliciano:

Read more for lyrics and MovieTalk ideas
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