Monday, August 18, 2014

Back-To-School Bilingual Blog Hop

I am so excited to be part of this bilingual blog hop that will help you get ready for the new school year. 19 bilingual teachers have teamed up to share with you all these amazing resources that I hope will make your transition to the new school year easier. If you have already started teaching, these materials will serve you well too!

 I have put together a set of six flipbooks with vocabulary related to the fall season. These flipbooks can be used as a way to introduce or support your units. 

Download your free copy HERE!

Last but not least! As part of the blog hop we are also hosting a big shopping spree giveaway. Two lucky teachers will win $100 worth of products from our TpT store. Just fill out the Rafflecopter to participate. ¡Buena suerte!

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Keep hopping!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Bringing Different Rhythms to Class {Cultural Corner}

I am one of those Spanish teachers that loves singing in class for many reasons.
Through songs, students learn new vocabulary, internalize grammar structures that may be useful in the future, and explore vocabulary in context - and singing along to a tune is a great way for them to practice pronunciation.

I teach at the elementary level and of course some songs may be complicated for my students. However I ensure there is a natural progression, where I first introduce some basic rhythms, and later, with greater familiarity of beats and timing, we use the rhythms in the various songs we learn in class.  We sing the songs while adding some features of the rhythms and some basic dance steps, which adds some movement to the singing and gets everyone moving in class to break the ice and get circulation moving! I also have a set of flash cards with some famous singers that I show while doing the activity. You can download the cards for this activity HERE.

This is how I use the cards:
Rock: Pretend you are playing an electric guitar while singing.
Bachata: Use a soft voice and pretend to hold a microphone.
Salsa: Sing faster and use the basic Salsa step.
Merengue: Use the Merengue step and sing fast.
Ranchera: Use a deep voice and pretend to hold a sombrero while singing.
Vallenato: Pretend that you are playing an accordion, which is the main instrument in Vallenato.

I have put together a list of songs that go along with the pictures. This might help your students identify the rhythms with the singers. This is also a fun way to bring some culture (and pop culture) into your classes. Feel free to add more traditional rhythms to your list. ¡A cantar y bailar!

Happy singing!
Pre-K, Kindergarten, First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, Twelfth, Homeschooler, Staff -

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Exit Tickets in Spanish Class {Teaching Strategies}

The "Exit Ticket" is a technique used by many teachers in different subjects. It's usually utilized at the end of the class before the students leave your classroom. It is used as a way to check for understanding, to clarify concepts in preparation for the following class, or as a way to assess students. Students may respond to questions about the class, list what they remember, ask the teacher questions, and so on.

I have used this technique in my classes, but have usually just done it orally. I typically line up my students and ask simple questions related to the topic we've focused on in class. For example, I might show a flash card and ask a student to name the picture on the card or ask a question about it. The only way a student may leave the classroom is by responding to my question. Taking it a step further beyond oral delivery, using the "Exit Ticket" on a paper allows students to practice their writing skills and can in some cases be a faster and more efficient way to end the activity.

I have included a template of the "Exit Ticket" I plan to use. You can customize according to your needs.

Download your free template HERE!


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Back to School: Teachers Pay Teachers Sale

We are all getting ready for our next Back to School Sale on Teachers pay Teachers. Stay tuned!

An InLinkz Link-up


Thursday, July 10, 2014

12 Free Interactive Websites for Spanish Class

It's amazing how many free resources for learning and teaching languages are available at no cost. Many of these websites can be used during class with your students or as support to your program at home. I recommend, however, that you take the time to explore the sites before using them with your students or recommending them to your students' parents. Here are the ones I have found are suitable for the elementary level.

*Please note that this site has both paid and free resources.


Sunday, July 6, 2014

3,000 Likes Means Giveaway Time!

It's time to celebrate! I have reached 3,000 likes on my Facebook page! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I remember how excited I was when my page reached 100 likes. I could have never imagined that my page could have grown this much. Thank you for making it a place where we all learn from each other. I greatly appreciate your support and look forward to continue growing even more together. Let's celebrate together through a Fun for Spanish Teachers Giveaway!

Here are the prizes!
Yes, you read it correctly! Two winners will get to choose five products from my TpT store. Isn't this exciting?!

Two lucky winners will choose two products from my TpT store!

Two lucky winners will choose any product from my TpT store!

The Giveaway

If you would like to participate in this giveaway and have the opportunity to win great materials and resources for the new school year, just enter below to participate. Winners will be announced on July 10th at 9:00 pm EST. Participants from all over the world all welcome!

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¡Buena suerte!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Inti Raymi in Spanish Class {Facebook Corner}

A question from a Spanish teacher!
Angie says:
"Hola, I am trying to do a lesson plan about Inti Raymi, the sun festival in Peru. Any suggestions? I can't find anything online. Thanks!!"

Monday, June 30, 2014

Resources for Spanish Class {Facebook Corner}

January 23rd, 2014 
Sandra says:
"This is a crazy question but I am teaching Spanish to kids on a grant and they are asking us to spend the money that is left over which is a lot of money. I want ideas of great resources that I can us or any ideas of things I should get?"
956 people reached
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