Monday, February 8, 2016

Making Every Day a "Viernes" in Spanish Class

Download PowerPoint here!

You no longer need to wait until Friday to dance in Spanish class! Get your students moving any day and at any time. Dancing in class is an awesome brain break and also an opportunity to share some culture through music. Download the PowerPoint below to choose what rhythm to dance to in class. Make sure to use the PowerPoint in presentation mode. Click on the word "girar" to let the drums roll! 

I also added some of my favorite songs so you don't have to go all the way to YouTube to play them in class.  Freestyle dancing works great during this activity!


Salsa: Vivir Mi Vida - Marc Anthony


Andina: Muñasquechay (Mi buen amor)- Los Kjarkas



Rock: Chayanne- Madre Tierra



Vallenato: Jorge Celedón - La Invitación


Have fun!
Carolina

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Celebrating Valentine's Day in Spanish Class




As Valentine's day approaches, we are looking for activities and ideas to use with our students. There are few moments in the classroom to use phrases like this one and Valentine's day is giving us a great opportunity to put language into context. This short and simple song will help your students learn two simple phrases that they can use at school with their friends or at home with their families.

Te quiero,
Te quiero,
Tú eres mi corazón.
Te quiero,
Te quiero,
Tú eres mi corazón.

After teaching the song your students can practice colors with this fun freebie that includes a memory game and coloring pages.  Download the free game and coloring pages HERE!



¡Feliz Día de San Valentín!






Sunday, December 6, 2015

Five Christmas Songs for Spanish Class



I can't believe Christmas is around the corner! Many of us are teaching Christmas songs to our students, and what a great way to teach vocabulary in context. 
Here is a group of fun songs I found on YouTube and that I think are perfect for Spanish learners. Some of the songs are more complex, and some have a great amount of repetition. You can choose the song according to the amount of time you have left to teach it to your students. This year I didn't really plan in advance so I decided to go with same old "Noche de Paz" and I am surprised that my students still love singing this song!

Anyways, here are all the villancicos I have chosen for you!


1. Mi Burrito Sabanero, a version by Colombian singer Juanes. This is a traditional song known mostly in Latin America. Click here to listen to another fun version. 



Monday, November 30, 2015

The Speekee Spanish Giveaway

I am so lucky to host this new giveaway! This time  Speekee® is offering my readers the chance to win a 1-year subscription to their ever popular, ever evolving Spanish Scheme of Work for early and elementary teachers around the world. The Speekee Spanish Scheme of Work is video-based, with 350 lesson plans and supporting resources!



What do Spanish teachers say about Speekee? 
Lisa says: 
"Learners love it - the little ones love the fluffy characters and songs whilst the older ones like to see 'real' Spanish children and compare the places with where we live. They readily join in and ask for the songs to be repeated over and over! Non-specialists love it thanks to the oodles of support it offers them" 

Sunday, November 15, 2015

La Noche de las Velitas {Farolito Tutorial}



December 7th is an exciting day in Colombia! It's the day when many people celebrate "La Noche de las Velitas" also known as "El Día delas Velitas." Although the origins of this celebration are religious (as the night when many families welcome and celebrate "The Immaculate Conception"),  it's also seen as a way for families to welcome the end of year festivities in which many people, but not all, celebrate Navidad. Farolitos (luminaries) and candles are seen everywhere.
I have blogged before about the importance of this celebration in Colombia. Visit the links below to read my previous posts and find other activities to help you share with your students about this and other Christmas traditions in Colombia.
La Noche de las Velitas 
Christmas in Colombia

Farolitos Tutorial

This is a simple way to make farolitos with your students. You will need:
1. Paper lunch bags 
2. Led tea light - battery operated
3. Templates of different Christmas shapes
4. Tissue paper - preferably green and red 
5. Glue
6. Scissors

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Brain Breaks for Spanish Class


I am "brain break" lover! I teach young students, but it doesn't matter how old your students are, a little break to get them moving will help them tune into class. I use brain breaks a lot, but depending on the time of the day, I have noticed that they are more needed, especially with classes after lunch.

Here is a list of brain breaks for different levels.




Chocolate
Choco, choco, la, la
Cho, choco, te, te
Chocola, chocote,
¡Chocolate!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Maestros de Español Fall-Winter Blog Hop

This is an exciting time of the year! So many holiday celebrations happening all over the world bring an opportunity for language teachers to explore a lot of vocabulary, stories, and share about traditions in the  Spanish-speaking countries.

Here is  a cute song to teach during November.





Sunday, October 11, 2015

Reasons to Celebrate El Día de los Muertos in Spanish Class


I have to admit that I didn't know anything about "El Día de los Muertos" until I moved from Colombia to the United States.  In the first Spanish program in which I taught, cultural traditions and celebrations were not part of the curriculum. This was mainly due to the limited time we had with our students. Without the ability to engage deeply, we were afraid of passing down wrong information or stereotypes of other cultures to them. After a few years of teaching in this school district, I moved to another school district where the program was richly infused with cultural celebrations. "El Día de los Muertos" was an important feature, and the children were really engaged in various aspects of it in ways that made it a comprehensive cultural exploration for elementary level students. And yes, it took me a while to get comfortable with this celebration, but I still wasn't 100% excited to be teaching this to my students. 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

One Year Subscription to Rockalingua! {Giveaway}


Rockalingua is a small company based in San Francisco and run by César, an elementary Spanish teacher who is very talented and writes his own songs. On his website you can find a variety of songs suitable for elementary, middle and high school students. Teachers can purchase CD's, DVD's or a full yearly membership to Rockalingua's website where members have the benefit of accessing the videos, songs, worksheets and teaching tips from anywhere with online access. 

I am lucky enough to have my very own membership and enjoy the full benefits of it. I would love one of my readers to have that benefit too! To participate, just enter below. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015. WORLD WIDE participants are welcome! ¡Buena suerte!

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

5 Reasons to Use Interactive Student Notebooks in Elementary Spanish Class


An Interactive Student Notebook is nothing more than a regular notebook, but it's organized in a specific way that helps students keep track of all the content we explore in class. For older students, their ISN requires them to have a table of contents, numbered pages, and space for teachers to add notes. Also, there are lots of hands-on, independent enrichment activities peppered throughout for students to explore at their own pace or at home (e.g. to cut and paste, color, match words, etc.). Since I teach Spanish at  the lower school and don't see my students with much frequency, I have adapted this tool to use more simply. We keep songs, make games, write short paragraphs and make it interesting for students to feel proud of their own work. At the end, it's their own creation they can be proud of and feel a sense of ownership. 


Interactive Student Notebooks have been a life saver for me and wonderful teaching tool at the elementary school level. I started using them last year and created mine along with my students and aligned it with my own curriculum -take a peak inside it!  

There are a lot of benefits to using Interactive Student Notebooks in a world language class at the elementary level. Here are a few I have found while using them in my classes:

1. Easy to keep organized: I've found Interactive Notebooks are an easy way to keep my students organized. I used to have binders for my second and third graders, and it became chaotic for them to handle and keep them in order. Interactive Notebooks provide a space where everything we do in class is kept in one place.

2. High motivation for students: Students are more engaged in class and constantly ask when they can take their notebooks home. I include hands on activities, lyrics of songs we've learned, and games! 

3. Good communication with your students' parents: Spanish notebooks help children keep track of their own learning and exploration in class. Many of the activities in the Interactive Notebook should be engaging such as games, puzzles, memory games, and so on. 
Provide space during the school year for students to take their notebook home to share with parents what we've done in class - this helps parents feel more connected with their children's learning and allows you to educate them since, in most cases, this kind of second language learning is much different than their experience. 

4. A resource for the summer: When the school year is over, children will have a resource they have created and can take home to practice over the summer. 

5. You will love it! Just make sure you have the materials required for the fun. I use regular composition books and glue sticks. 

Have fun!
Carolina
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