Tuesday, May 24, 2016

End of School Year Resources for Elementary Spanish


Yes! I can't believe we are already talking about the end of the school year. It's that time when we all are having a hard time concentrating and ready for the break.

Here are some ideas that you might find helpful. Just click on the pictures to take you to the correct link.

1. Get ready for the fall with this project for Hispanic Heritage Month.


2. Make paper Molas to decorate your classroom or display around your school.


3. Learn about the beautiful quetzal bird and make a simple craft.


4. Teach about Frida Kahlo and visit her house in Coyoacán with this resource.


5. Take your students to play outside!


6. Talk about your students' favorite summer activities. *


7. Have your students pack up some Spanish for the summer with this activity!*


8. Some endless fun playing bingo and the  "¿quién tiene?" game.*


Have a wonderful summer!
Carolina
Fun For Spanish Teachers
*Indicates that this is a product for purchase. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Mystery Person {Game in Spanish}

This game can be used while teaching your clothing unit and later as a way to warm up or wrap up the class. I am sure there are different ways to play this game, but this is how I play it with my students.

1. One person leaves the room.
2. The rest of the class decides on a "persona misteriosa."
3. The student who was outside comes back to the room.
4. The class asks as a whole group "¿quién es la persona misteriosa?"
5. The student who is back in the classroom starts making sentences (orally) to try to figure out who the mystery person is. For example, "La persona misteriosa tiene la camiseta de color azul." The student can use the cards to create the sentences.
6. The class responds by saying, for example "Sí, sí tiene las camiseta de color azul" or "Sí, sí tiene la camiseta azul."
7. The game continues until he/she finds the  mystery person.
8. A variation could be to limit the times the student guesses.

If you use a different version of this game, I would love to hear it! Please share it in the comments.

Click HERE to download your free cards to play this game!

Have fun!
Carolina
Fun For Spanish Teachers

Monday, May 16, 2016

String Puppets : An Engaging End of School Year Project

Using puppets in a world language class is a great way to create a fun space for children to explore a new language because they are engaged with the puppet rather than focused on the perfect use of the language. Younger children enjoy puppet shows that are run by the teacher. In older graders puppet shows can be used as a tool for students to own and use the language, a tool that gives space for creativity in the target language.
 Here is a sample of a project I did with my third graders. They have Spanish twice a week for a 40-minute period each time. It's almost the end of the school year and I wanted to assign them an activity in which they could use the language. This also can be used as an assessment tool or something to share with parents. We worked on the puppet together, and we used about 25 minutes in class to make them. Children colored the puppets, cut them out, and added the legs using string and clay for the feet to make them heavy. See the steps below:



Here is the final result! A happy wiggly puppet!

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Then came writing their own dialogue. This step was the most challenging for them. I asked them to work in pairs and create a brief script using some of the language we have done this year. The only directions I gave were 1) Make sure it includes a greeting, 2) Have fun creating the script, and 3) Include a farewell. 

This was done by third graders. We focus a lot on the oral part at this level and writing is minimum. I anticipated that some of them were going to complain about not knowing how to spell the words.  I  let them know that it was perfectly fine to make mistakes.  Here is a sample of one of the scripts - click on it to make bigger:

After working on the dialog, they took time to practice with their pairs. Once they felt ready, I recorded their videos using a green screen as a background. Here is a short excerpt from the video:
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Here is the final version of the project. I edited the video with an app called Green Screen by DoInk. The green background was replaced with a picture of a street in Cartagena, Colombia.
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I put all the projects of my students in one video, and they enjoyed watching it together. Projects like this can be used as PR (public relations) with families.

Grab your free "monstruos" here, and get ready for the show!

Enjoy,
Carolina

Fun For Spanish Teachers

Sunday, May 1, 2016

A Giveaway in Appreciation of Our Fabulous Followers


Spanish teachers on TpT have teamed up to offer you a fun & fabulous giveaway as our way of saying THANK YOU to our followers!

We have 2 thank you prizes for our followers:
-       $100 TpT gift card
-       $20 TpT gift card

What to do:
  1. Visit MY STORE to start hopping! ~ We love followers!  
  2. Write down the Secret Letter hidden in the banner of my store.
  3. Click on the GREEN BANNER of each store to hop to the next store! Collect the secret letters hidden in each banner!
  4. Unscramble the letters to reveal the Secret Message.
  5. Head to back to MY BLOG and enter the Secret Message into the Giveaway!
The giveaway starts on Tuesday, 5/3 and ends on Thursday, 5/5!

Here’s what you’re looking for in my store:



Once you have all of the letters, unscramble them to reveal the secret message!  Come back and enter the secret message in the giveaway widget here:

The following fun & fabulous Spanish sellers are participating in the blog hop! You can also visit each store by clicking on the image of their store below!
  1. Monarca Language
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  3. Brinca Into Bilingual
  4. MM Bilingual
  5. Mundo de Pepita
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  8. Lectura Para Ninos
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  10. Silvia Schavz
  11. Speech is Beautiful
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¡Buena suerte!
Carolina

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

CharlaELE: A Place on Twitter for Spanish Teachers


CharlaELE is a special place on Twitter created by Spanish teachers for Spanish teachers! How great is that? It's an opportunity to participate in a live discussion about the topics that we, as Spanish teachers, care the most about. And each discussion happens completely in Spanish! Teachers from different parts of the world dive in to participate in dialogue and share their expertise on topics related to teaching Spanish at different levels. When you participate in the chat you will always leave with the feeling that you really learned something new. 

If you are on Twitter, just make sure to follow @CharlaELE1 and keep your eyes open for the tweet that will give you the discussion topic of the live chat, which uses the hashtag #charlaELE1. If you can't participate during the live chat, the team of CharlaELE has you covered! You can visit the WikiPage to learn about every past discussion. 

Need a little more information about how CharlaELE works? The video below tells you all about it!


Isn't this wonderful? An opportunity for professional development from the comfort of your own home or favorite cafe!

Make sure to follow CharlaELE's moderators on Twitter since they are always sharing interesting topics and insights related to teaching Spanish.

Cristina García Sánchez@EducaGlobalEle
Leyte Alejardre@ELEdeLeyre
Diego Ojeda: @DiegoOjeda66


Hope to see you at #CharlaELE1!
Carolina

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Routines to Take Your Spanish Class "Out of Routine"



Yes! The title sounds a little bit redundant, but we all have our own "ritualitos" (little rituals) that we do in every class. 
I  have been teaching for over 17 years now, and my experience is mostly in the United States as a Spanish teacher in a FLES (Foreign Language in Elementary School) program. Back when I was a PreK/First grade teacher in Colombia, I rarely felt that I was getting into a routine, which I equated with a rut or "getting bored" of doing the same things in class over and over. And while teaching in a world language program means you need to have a lot of repetition to help your students retain the language, this doesn't mean you have to do the same thing every class!
When teaching in a world language program at the elementary level, we have to make sure we provide a sense of routine in the class to create a safe space for the children. I strongly believe in teaching in the target language as much as you can, which means having to use the language a lot and at the proficiency level of your students. This can sometimes limit the amount of activities you can do to vary your routine.

Here is a list of routines I do in my class. Please feel free to add more in the comments below! I would love to hear yours!

I always start my class with the "Plan de la clase" which tells my students what will be happening in class. I go over it with them and keep it very simple. This also can eliminate the stress in some of the anxious students who need to know what will be happening in class.
This is an example of how it might look depending on the grade level. The message below is for a second grade class, and I see them only twice a week for a 40-minute period each time. You can decide how to have the class read it. You can have one volunteer read the message or the whole class may read it together.

Plan de la clase
1. Saludos: ¡Hola! ¿Qué tal?
2. El calendario
3. Canción: La familia sapo
4. ¡Vamos a jugar!: Pasa la bola
5. Describe a tu familia: ¿Cómo es tu familia?
6. Tiquete de salida

Since greetings are a key aspect of world language classes, here are some ideas to greet your students:

1. Try to change the greetings. One day you can use ¿Como estás? and then the other day "¿Qué tal?".
2. You can pass a ball to students in class and ask the question yourself.
You can give turns to the children to respond and then pass the ball to the next person, and the child who responded will take a turn asking.


3. You can divide the class in pairs where one student asks then the other responds and vice versa.
4. You can divide the class into teams, one side answers and the other responds.
5. You can use puppets and let your students improvise their greetings for the class.



6. Play music in the classroom, have your students dance to the music, stop the music and choose a volunteer to greet the class. For example, "clase, ¿cómo estás?"
7. Place a picture of a famous person or movie character with information about themselves (see picture below). You can read this information to your students, then give turns for them to introduce themselves to the character or famous person by sharing the same information. See more here


Another option is creating a short video using Morpho Booth. Warning! Some of your young students might think that this is creepy. My third graders love it!

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8. Place a simple picture that your students will have to use to complete their face. They can take turns doing this. Download the picture here!

9. Start with a Zumba or dancing routine to get everyone into the Spanish mood.
10. Use "brain breaks" during the routine or any time you see your students need help focusing and tuning again into class.
11. Read the days of the week with a feeling for each day. Find the picture here!



12. Make your calendar interactive. If you have an interactive board or a projector, a computer connected to the internet, take advantage of it and add a cultural/geographic aspect comparing seasons, temperatures and weather to your calendar. My students always love guessing what the temperature could be like in Colombia or any other Spanish-speaking country. See video below!


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To add a more adventurous part, take a trip to any of the Spanish-speaking countries using Google Earth! Also check out my "Facebook Corner" for more ideas on routines for Spanish class!


Have fun!
Carolina

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