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Día de los muertos 3 C. Vicente I love the video by the CGI brothers for Dia de Los Muertos. It really dispells the pre-conception that the Day of the Dead is something scary. It also gives a great connection to everyday life.
by H. Clements
Monday, May 15, 2017
Christmas and Los Reyes Magos 4 C. Vicente Cultural diversity is not always synonymous with simplicity. Christmas is a well known holiday around the world but it is not the only winter holiday. We will have students of various backgrounds in our classrooms and taking the time to get to know them and their cultures will make learning more efficient and beneficial for everyone. The story of the three kings is a popular Christmas story so having it in Spanish with friendly artwork would be helpful in my future classroom.
by J. Nihiser
Monday, May 1, 2017
La primavera 3 C. Vicente I did not know the history behind the cascarones! This would be a fun activity to do with students in the Spring after a lesson on holidays in the Spanish Speaking world during that time of year.  
by D. Fernandez
Sunday, December 11, 2016
Feliz nuevo año escolar 9 C. Vicente At the beginning of the school year I love to teach cognates for Spanish 1 Students. I think that it really makes them feel that they know the Spanish language. I give them readings that are full of Spanish -English cognates! I also like to show them some of the most fun activities so that they will be interested in the language.
by S. Benz
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Welcome to Miami! AATSP 2016 0 M. Villanueva I'm really looking forward to meeting you and collaborating with you at the K-8 Committee meeting tomorrow (Saturday) at 10:45AM! ~Megan
by M. Villanueva
Friday, July 8, 2016
Cinco de mayo 1 C. Vicente Reposted from an AWESOME language teacher, Martina Bex:  http://martinabex.com/2015/05/03/cinco-for-el-cinco/ Here are five great Cinco de Mayo resources that I’ve found around the Web. Coming off of a lively #authres conversation during #langchat (that I read post-facto), I want to clarify what makes a ‘great resource’ in my mind: It’s engaging [or it can be made engaging] That’s it. If it’s engaging, I’ll find a way to make it comprehensible, which is what really matters. I don’t care whether a resource is authentic or not. I love authentic resources–love, love, love, love. They are powerful, they are engaging, they are real. But you know what? I also love many non-authentic resources–love, love, love, love. The definition of an authentic resource is incredibly narrow, and I think that we would be crazy to use authenticity as the criterion by which we include or exclude something for use in our classes. I think that we would be crazy to never rarely use authentic resources, and I think that we would be crazy to not ‘comprehensify’ (make comprehensible) the powerful, engaging authentic resources that we choose to use in our classes. If you’re coming to iFLTthis summer in St. Paul (you must come!), you’ll have another chance to walk with me through the three-step lesson plan that I use with all authentic resources:  Introduce – Interact – Investigate. If not, you can check out this post (and the links it contains) to find the materials from my presentation. Here are some Cinco de Mayo resources that I’ve shared in the past: Cinco de Mayo Jigsaw Puzzle http://martinabex.com/2014/04/30/cinco-de-mayo-jigsaw-puzzle/ Cinco de Mayo lesson plans for 3-4 class days (includes ready-to-go activities for some of the resources listed below) https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Cultural-Activities-Cinco-de-Mayo-1223015 “Holiday Awareness” idea from Jenny Robbins http://martinabex.com/2014/05/06/holiday-awareness-idea/ My Cinco de Mayo board on Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/martinabex/cinco-de-mayo/ And here are five Cinco de Mayo resources that I love: I love this Spanish-language reading about La Batalla de Puebla, especially because it comes with audio! Although this reading is not an #authres because it was written for native speakers of English, it’s a great opportunity for students to listen to speech from a native speaker. You could print out the article and white out some of the words, creating a CLOZE passage for your students to complete as they listen. For beginning Spanish students, you could write 1-2 sentence comprehensible summaries of each paragraph and have students match the summary with the original text. For upper level classes, they could write their own summarizing paragraphs. There are zillions of possibilities! This Six Degrees of Separation video shows how the history of the Piñata is connected to other countries. I love it! This authentic resource (Oui! C’est authentique!) is perfect for a MovieTalkintroduction: simply prepare for the MovieTalk by listening to the video yourself, then use MovieTalk to present the content to your students in comprehensible language. After students have a comprehensible introduction to the resource and content, then you can let them watch the video a second time using one of these Interact techniques. [For more six degrees of separation fun, check out my saber/conocer lesson plans!) This Jarabe de tapatío tutorial is pretty boring and there is no music, but I love that it goes slow enough and you can see the feet clearly enough to follow along. Introduce the dance with a comprehensible description and its history in Spanish, show this video, and then play an upbeat, catchy tune for students to practice their new moves! In this Cinco de Mayo infograph, students can read some fast facts about El Cinco de Mayo in Spanish without being overwhelmed by large amounts of text. Match the task to their language ability, and it makes for an easy, fast, low-prep activity to squish in on El Cinco. The infograph itself? Not engaging…but it has the potential to be engaging because it is accessible. So your challenge as a teacher is to make the activity engaging. Perhaps turn it into a competition–ask a question to partners of students and see who can find the answer first. Or use the ‘Numbered Heads Together’ structure.You’ve got options. ‘La Batalla’ Trailer in HD is a great way to make the Battle of Puebla engaging to students. Let’s face it. Most of our students are not fascinated by war history. But this….now this they can get into (there is one inappropriate word in the subtitles right at the end). Whatever you do, make sure that you take the time to personalize the content in class discussion. Remember that personalization doesn’t have to mean relating it to students’ lives; discussing students’ own ideas is personalized discussion, even if they aren’t sharing information about themselves. Happy Cinco! Martina
by C. Vicente
Monday, May 4, 2015
Hispanic Heritage 1 C. Vicente To celebrate Hispanic Heritage and the Día de Colón, I teach a unit on general heritage. I point out Hispanic heritage as part of the United States heritage, and in my school, first I teach the children to go home and ask about their own beginnings. When they come back and tell me where their family names come from, we talk a little about world history and the conquest of the Americas. I make a point to teach them a little about the conquistadores, the influence of the Spanish nation on two continents, then a little bit of the history of westward expansion by the U.S. This is powerful in helping the students to learn that we all are descendants from other cultures, and that Spanish is a part of who we all are as a nation, people didn't so much jump over borders, as the borders moved over them, etc. We study some of the well-known Latino authors, artists, and others who have influenced American culture. We read Me Llamo María Isabel and Esperanza Rising during the year, as this is a topic that I weave throughout my curriculum.
by C. Vicente
Monday, September 15, 2014
Summer activities 0 C. Galvin Flood Are you familiar with the Spanish Playground website? They always have great ideas for young learners. Here is one of their latest posts with suggestions for low-pressure summer Spanish learning. http://www.spanishplayground.net/summer-spanish-strengthen-skills/?utm_content=bufferd1aed&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer
by C. Galvin Flood
Thursday, July 6, 2017
K-8 Classroom Setup Ideas 4 A. Giniewski Hi there, I definitely agree that ambiance can really make a classroom come to life. The rule I stick by is that students are here for 8 hours a day, so they might as well be comfortable. I have a big rug under my desk as well as all kinds of papel picado hanging from the ceiling. I wanted my classroom to exude color, brightness, and warmth. Stick with major cultural objects and they you won't have to wory about age appropriateness. Also incluide all kinds of books in Spanish on your bookshelf ranging from Ve Perro Ve to Los Juegos del Hambre.
by H. Clements
Monday, May 15, 2017
Please Share! 0 C. Vicente It's that time of year again, when teachers are looking for new ideas to maintain student engagement with spring in the air! What are you teaching right now?  What are some strategies you use to maintain high-energy students involved in the lesson?
by C. Vicente
Monday, March 30, 2015
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