Monday, July 8, 2013

A Fashion Show in Spanish Class

I teach in a FLES program, so I don't really  have much time for big projects in my class. I see my students twice per week for 30 minutes each time. This is a fast and fun project to end your clothing unit.  My students love putting the paper puppets together and getting them ready for the fashion show. This is an activity I do with my second grade classes, and it takes them about three classes plus the class where they present their final work.

These are the steps I follow after we've learned the vocabulary and structures needed for this project:

Class #1: Students put their puppets together with clothes. I use the People Shapes Project Kit from Lakeshore and also the free printable paper dolls from Making Friends.

Class #2: Students write a short description of their paper puppet. I give them samples for this and also something that I call "menú de vocabulario" which is basically a list and pictures of the vocabulary they need to write their paragraph. I use a lot of the target language in my class, but sometimes I cheat when I have to give them the descriptions of the projects and use English. That's when I use that 10% proposed by ACFTL, a recommendation for keeping your classroom in the target language for at least 90% of instructional time.

Class #3: Students practice their presentations with classmates.

Class #4: Students present their final work to the class. I use a small puppet theater and also record each of my students. I use videos as an assessment tool in my classes.

This is the result!


And there is more!
Download materials for the project here!

Fun For Spanish Teachers


  1. This is great! I teach middle school and high school, but I could definitely see doing something similar, especially with my 7th and 8th graders. On the other hand, maybe you've inspired me to offer a Spanish class on clothing during our summer school elementary enrichment program next year. ¡Gracias!

    1. I love your blog! Thanks for sharing it here!

  2. Thanks Carolina! Fanstástico :-)


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