Monday, March 31, 2014

Get Your Students Talking: Monos y Bananos

Exposing your students to a diverse vocabulary in class is very important, but it's also important to remember that students need a lot of time to practice the content that the class is exploring.

I have been working hard to give my students space in my class for this kind of practice through activities that can give them enough structure and plenty of motivation. In my last blog post I shared an activity with you called "The Magic Tissue Box." Now I am sharing another one called "Monos y Bananos."

To create the props for the activity you will need clothes pins and pictures of monkeys and bananas.

Create small circles and paste the pictures on the circles. Once the pictures are ready, glue them on the pins.

How does the activity work?
Divide the class into two groups: Monos and Bananos.
Make sure every student has the picture.
You can ask the monos to ask questions related to one of your themes. Monos can start asking and bananos will answer and viceversa. You could ask your students to stay with the same partner or ask them to move around the room asking the question to students on the opposite team.

Download the printables HERE!


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Get Your Students Talking: The Magic Tissue Box

It's unbelievable that a simple paper tissue box full of questions could bring so much fun to a language class. I tried it, and it works! My students all wanted a turn and couldn't wait to read the questions and answer them.

To put your "magic tissue box" together you will need pieces of white fabric, permanent markers and an empty tissue box. On the pieces of fabric you can write questions about any unit you are exploring, and you can even type or glue pictures on it. 

To make the activity more fun, every time a student ends up with a tissue, that student has to pretend to sneeze by saying "achís," and the class responds by saying "salud."

Have fun!

Monday, February 17, 2014

RockAlingua: 1 Year Membership {Giveaway}

I wrote a review about RockAlingua a couple of weeks ago. Three lucky readers got RockAlingua's awesome music CD. This time two lucky winners will get a one year membership access to the website. Through this winners, will get to have every single song, access to all the videos, worksheets, lyrics, games and pictures dictionaries. A song for every unit with tons of vocabulary and a lot of fun for your classes!

The Giveaway

I would love two lucky readers to have a chance to win a membership for RockAlingua. Just enter below to participate! Winners will be announced on Saturday, February 22nd, 2014. Open worldwide!
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¡Buena suerte!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Five Fun Dances to Try in Spanish Class

I use music to welcome my students to my classroom. This week, I welcomed my second graders to class with "Vivir Mi Vida" by Marc Anthony. One of my students said he wished he knew how to dance to the rhythm of the song, so I took action! I took a few minutes at the beginning of the class to show them the basic salsa step. It was five minutes of fun and a chance to share some culture with them - plus they got to move a lot before settling down for class.

I found some videos on YouTube that might be helpful if you decide to teach your students some steps.



Waka Waka

La Macarena

And if you feel like you want your students to learn a full choreography, here is Asereje.

Have fun!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Project: Winter Olympic Athletes {Spanish}

Bringing the Winter Olympics to your Spanish class is a fun way to engage your students. This time the Winter Olympics will be in Sochi, Russia. What a great opportunity to pull out a map or visit Google Earth to locate the country and your current locations. Visiting an online gallery of Russia sounds very exciting and could be also used an a opportunity to invite your students to talk about what they see. You could ask you students to tell you about colors, clothes, weather and so on depending on their level.
The games will host athletes from 88 countries representing 7 sports divided in 15 disciplines:

Taken from Wikipedia
For the purpose of the class I recommend you to use just the names of the sports: el esquí, el patinaje, el biatlón, el curling, el bobsleigh, el hockey sobre el hielo y el snowboard.

For this project you will need to have access to the internet to visit the website for the Winter Olympics. You will also need to download the printable for this activity HERE.
Your students will need to visit the link where the athletes are listed. They will need to find the information presented in the sample below:

Download HERE
After completing their own cards, each student will need to get ready to be interviewed by other classmates. Each of them will need to use the information in the picture below to respond to questions that the other students will ask:

Download HERE
Students can also print pictures of the athletes to make masks to use during their interviews.

Have fun!