Wednesday, October 29, 2014

¡Es la Gran Calabaza, Charlie Brown! {Movie} - Activity Guide for Spanish Class

It's Halloween time, and many of our students get excited about it in school. I always see this time as an opportunity to bring new language to my classes. It's a great time of year to teach or review colors, seasons, feelings and so on. Last year, I bought this holiday movie classic and watched it in my classes but didn't really have the time to plan an activity to go along with it. This year I decided to create an activity set that students may use to talk in Spanish after watching the movie. 
Download the free activity set HERE!

I show the movie to my students in Spanish and show English subtitles. According to your level and class meeting frequency, you might want to watch it in Spanish without subtitles. I used this activity in my third grade classes, but I am sure if can be used with various levels. 

If you don't have the movie, you can find many clips like the one below on YouTube:


Happy Halloween!
Carolina

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Take Your Students on A Trip With This Awesome Puzzle!

As a Spanish teacher, I feel that teaching geography is a responsibility of mine. Due to the ages that I teach, I find it hard because many of the maps that show Latin America are either in English or are not simple enough for the eyes of my second and third grade students. 

I felt a relief when I received this puzzle. The picture is a piece of art and is simple enough for my students to put together. I have used this puzzle as a center for early finishers and they absolutely love it. I often use a corner in my classroom for students from different classes to work on the puzzle collectively, adding pieces when they have time.



This puzzle has become a collaborative project in my room, serving as a thread to connect all of my students throughout the week. And the best is when I hear them reading the names of the countries in Spanish or making comments such as "I didn't know Colombia is next to Ecuador." Children always come to my classroom asking for el rompecabezas. It's an activity that engages them easily and allows them to work in groups. They have made it a challenge and can't wait to finish and see the final result. This will take your students on virtual trips to different places in Latin America. 
This puzzle has worked great for my students and I am sure it will work for your students too. This puzzle was created by a Spanish teacher who knows the importance of including geography in foreign language curriculum. To learn more about this great teaching tool please visit their Amazon store or like the their page on Facebook. I would love one of our readers to have one these awesome puzzles! 

And, with students who know where the Equator is, here's to hoping I never get asked if it's "winter" in Colombia with students who know not to assume that all of South America is south of the Equator! 

Giveaway Time!

One lucky teacher will get to win this puzzle for her/his class! Just enter below to participate. Winner will be announced on November 1st, 2014. United States only!


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¡Buena suerte!
Carolina

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Pumpkin Face {Freebie}

This is an activity that your younger students will enjoy. Putting the pumpkin together as a group is a lot of fun. You could either make sets for different groups or have one for the whole class. Call out a part of the pumpkin face and have your students find the right one and add it to the pumpkin.  After completing the face, students can label the parts.
I like laminating my sets so I can reuse them later. I use this on a cookie try or on  a magnetic board. You can create more parts with construction paper, maybe add crazy hair, hands or feet.
Download your freebie HERE!



Enjoy,
Carolina

Friday, October 3, 2014

October Super Saturday Sale

I am excited to be part of this amazing October linky party. All my October products will be 50% off only on Saturday, October 4, 2014.
Please visit The Learning Highway or my TPT store to get 50% off on all the October products!
Happy shopping!
Carolina



Tuesday, September 23, 2014

RockAlingua Has A DVD Now! {Review & Giveaway}


I have been a fan of Rockalingua since it started. This small company is run by Cesar Chinchilla, a talented elementary Spanish teacher based in California.

I have firsthand experience using the songs in my classes, and they truly engage my students. I was pleased to learn that Rockalingua released a DVD that includes 13 fun songs. This DVD has colorful and live animations that students love. The songs are well paced and allow space for repetition in class. Some of the tracks even include a karaoke version!

I have used this DVD as a warm up in my classes or as a way to support my units. This DVD has become my students' favorite, and many of them ask for it every class. 


Rockalingua has a great collection of songs and videos in their online store. You can purchase the songs and videos as you develop your lessons or get everything with a yearly membership. 



Giveaway Time!

I am lucky enough to own my very own Rockalingua DVD. I would love one of my readers to own a copy too! To participate, enter below. Winners will be announced on Monday, September 29th, 2014. World wide participants are welcome! ¡Buena suerte!


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¡Buena suerte!
Carolina

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Halloween Freebies and More!

Halloween is around the corner and I know many teachers are getting their lessons ready for this special occasion. Halloween is an exciting time for many children in the United States and also a great opportunity to explore a lot of language in Spanish class: colors, numbers, feelings, shapes and so on!

To make your life easier I have put all the free and paid resources I have in my Teachers Pay Teachers store so you don't go crazy looking for them all over the place.

Let's start with the freebies!


Halloween Chants
Grab freebie here!


Finger Puppets
Grab your freebie here!

Spooky Halloween Counting Cards
Grab your freebie here!

Mi Libro de Contar Calabazas
Grab your freebie here!

More products!

Cinco Calabazas Activity Set
Buy here!
$4.50

Halloween Bingo and Coloring Book!
Buy here
$4.50

Halloween Coloring Set
Buy here
$3.50
Halloween Activity Set
Buy here
$3.50

Game to Teach Days of the Week
Buy here
$2.75

Yo Tengo ¿Quién Tiene? Game
Buy here
$3.00


And many more resources in my Teachers Pay Teacher store!

Enjoy!
Carolina


Friday, September 5, 2014

My First Day Back to School

It doesn't matter if it's the first or the 20th year teaching, the feeling of the butterflies in the stomach always comes back on the first day of school, and I had mine this week!

Every year I have new students so I put together a book or a powerpoint. This year I decided to go with a Prezi presentation - I used the free version. I included pictures of my family and Colombia and shared them with my students. I used this with my second and third grade classes. At the end of my presentation we played a game called "Falso o Cierto," and it was basically questions about my presentation. I asked questions such as ¿Es tu maestra de español de Costa Rica?, ¿En la familia de tu maestra de español hay 5 personas? and the children had to answer if it was false or true. They seemed to enjoy playing this game. Many of them participated, and the new ones got to learn something about me.



After the game we played "pasa la bola," and students had to answer, using full sentences, when asked ¿Cómo estas? and also ¿Cómo te llamas?

They needed a little bit of movement, we reviewed colors and the shared about their favorite color before playing the "color, colorcito " game. 

(image taken from the Boston Children's museum website)

It was time to settle down and talk about the rules in class. Toward the end of last school year, I started using "Whole Brain Teaching"in my class. I had great results, so I decided to implement it from the outset of this school year.

We went over the first 5 classroom rules and practiced them a lot!
Download your rules here!

At the end of class, I used and oral "exit ticket" about the rules and then they went to line up to go back to their classrooms.



It was a simple lesson, but it seemed to be a good fit to start the new school year. If you were wondering if this all happened in Spanish, yes, it did! Modeling a lot, using TPR, and tons of visuals help! It was a 45 minute period too!



Have a wonderful school year!
Carolina

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Back-To-School Freebies and More!

It's back-to-school time for me, and I've been busy working on new products that I plan to use with my classes. I have been sharing them during the summer on my Facebook page and finally decided to put them all together in one post so you can decide what works for you. Some of them are freebies, and some of them are paid products.

1. Labels for Interactive Spanish Notebooks and Folders
Download your free copy HERE!

2. All about me puzzle in Spanish
Download your free copy HERE!

Download your copy HERE!

4. Signs for the Spanish Classroom
Download your free copy HERE!

5. Participation Punch Cards 
Download your free copy HERE!

You might also like...

1. Superhero Themes Calendar Set

2. Owl Lesson Plan Book, Grade Book and Substitute Teacher Pages for Binder 
{Customizable}
Buy here

3. "Bienvenidos" Pennants 
Buy here

4. Fall Flip Books 
Buy here

5. "All About Me" Pennants
Buy here


I also have seasonal and all year round resources! Please visit my store in Teachers Pay Teacher to learn all about the fabulous product I have in my store.

¡Gracias!
Carolina








Monday, August 25, 2014

Whole Brain Teaching in the Spanish Classroom {Facebook Corner}

Important Conversations From Facebook
A question for everyone here!
Ana Alicia says:
"Whole Brain Teachers! How do you introduce your rules in Spanish class. Do you use only Spanish? A little bit of English? English? This will be my first year using WBT. I am also trying to translate "Teach, OK" , "Mighty Groan" and "Mighty Oh Yeah." Any ideas? Thanks for your help. Have an awesome school year!"

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  • Señora Speedy I love WBT! I keep the rules in English so that there are no excuses for not following them. I do Clase, clase - sí, si, Espejo, Enseña, and Cambia. For the scoreboard they do ¡OH Sí! and ¡Que pena! We also did the air punctuation (well sometimes and only in 1st grade but they loved it and I need to remember to do it more.) Here is a link to a few blog entries where I outline how I use WBT in my classroom. http://senoraspeedy.blogspot.com/.../whole-brain-teaching...
  • Fun for Early and Elementary Spanish Teachers Wow! This is awesome! Thanks for sharing. I started using WTB a little last year and it worked great. I plan to start with WTB from day zero. I am still reading the book.
    Commented on by Carito Cali · August 7 at 8:59pm · Edited · Like
  • Neen Renae I have pictures next to my rules which are written in Spanish. I try to keep everything in the TL.
  • Christina Caro I have them in Spanish too!! Love WBT!
  • Roxanne Martinez We say the rules in Spanish and have hand gestures that accompany them. My partner teacher, who teaches in English, does them I'm English making sure to use the same hand gestures.
  • Danyell Wolf Alger This is great!
  • Kimberly Gander Obenauer I have the rules posted in Spanish! I will go over them in English for the first weeks until they get the hang of them
  • Tabitha Miller Many thanks, Señora Speedy...I'm moving from high school to Kindergarten (Spanish immersion) and I was wondering how to introduce WBT and in which language!!
  • Jeisa Ceballos I teach Spanish Immersion too. I have my wbt rules posted in Spanish. At the beginning of the year we go over the rules every day in the target language. I have the posters already made in TpT in Spanish. Good luck!
  • Señora Speedy Tabitha - I think you could easily do the rules in Spanish if you are immersion. I am in the Specials rotation so I don't see my students often enough for me to feel comfortable doing them in Spanish. Although by the end of the year I did have students asking how to say them in Spanish so I might start in English and transition to Spanish later on in the year.
  • Mundo de Pepita I have the rules posted in Spanish, along with all our other procedures. Like Kimberly, we go over them in English and Spanish at the beginning of the year so everyone is clear and by the end of Sept I've transitioned over to only Spanish. (I teach in a Specials rotation like Señora Speedy). For getting their attention when I need it, I use the call and response 'Nachos', 'Salsa'. I would also note I teach using Responsive Classroom, so lots of modeling and reinforcing throughout the year.
  • Kristy Lynn Fitzgerald What do the rules look like in your classrooms? This is only my second year teaching Spanish in the elementary classroom.