Five Christmas Songs for Spanish Class

Sunday, December 6, 2015


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. 



The Speekee Spanish Giveaway

Monday, November 30, 2015
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" 

La Noche de las Velitas {Farolito Tutorial}

Sunday, November 15, 2015


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





Use the opportunity to bring some language to the lesson. Visit my previous post with some ideas about questions for this activity. Talk about the colors and materials needed to make the farolitos.
You will need to prepare the templates in advanced and pre-cut the pieces of tissue paper.

Steps

1. Trace the shape on the paper lunch bag.

2. Cut out the shape. Younger students might need help to start cutting the shape.

3. Glue the tissue paper inside the paper bag.


4. Insert tea light

This is optional. Students can make designs around the edges of the bag.

5. Get ready to sing some villancicos while celebrating La Noche de las Velitas in class. Here is a great playlist on YouTube. I also recommend the "Mi Burrito Sabanero" version by Colombian singer Juanes. 

Mamá Tortuga, who is also a Colombian bloguera has another awesome tutorial to make farolitos with your students. Please hop over her blog - rápido y no a paso de tortuga- to learn all about it!

¡Feliz Noche de las Velitas!

Brain Breaks for Spanish Class

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

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!

Maestros de Español Fall-Winter Blog Hop

Sunday, November 1, 2015
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.





Reasons to Share About El Día de los Muertos in Spanish Class

Sunday, October 11, 2015


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. 


One Year Subscription to Rockalingua! {Giveaway}

Thursday, August 27, 2015

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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5 Reasons to Use Interactive Student Notebooks in Elementary Spanish Class

Sunday, August 23, 2015

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


Spanish Teachers to Follow on Social Media

Monday, July 20, 2015

If you are on Facebook, Pinterest or enjoy following blogs, you may like to know that there is a group of Spanish teachers who are active on social media. They are all dedicated educators who share teaching tips, classroom management ideas, what has worked or hasn't worked for them, and a lot more when it comes to teaching Spanish as a foreign language. Following them on social media can save you some time and will keep you on track while navigating the internet. 

I created this in no particular order. The levels are identified by the following letters:
E- Elementary 
MS - Middle School
HS - High school


Mundo de Pepita 
(E)

Monarca Language
(E)


Señora Cruz 
(MS-HS)


Vibrante Press with Loni Dai Zovi
(MS-HS)

Woodward Education
(MS-HS)


YB Smith
(MS-HS)


The Spanish and ASL Lady
(HS)


The World Language Cafe
(MS-HS)


Sue Summers
(MS-HS)


Spanish Sundries
(MS-HS)


Lectura Para Niños
(E)


Teacher's Clipart 
(Designer and Teacher)
(E)


Sol Azúcar
(MS-HS)


Best PowerPoints for Spanish Class
(HS)


Sra. Casado
(E)


Island Teacher
(MS-HS)



La Profesora Frida
(MS-HS)


SpanishPlans
(HS)



Enjoy!
Carolina

Geography Center with Money

Thursday, June 4, 2015



Over several years of teaching Spanish I have collected coins and bills from different Spanish speaking countries. Either someone brings them to me or I collect them during my own travel. I got to a point where I didn't know what to do with them. It occurred to me that I could use them for a center in my class. I laminated all the bills for students to manipulate easily and placed them with the coins in a basket. I printed and laminated maps where all the Spanish speaking countries are listed. 

This is now a center for early finishers or when I do a center-based class. My students really enjoy looking at the different bills and coins, comparing them to the United States bills, and locating the countries on the map. If you don't have real bills, you can print a few from the internet and it will serve the same purpose.


Have fun!



Hispanic Heritage Month Project for Elementary School

I have decided to go ahead and end the school year with an engaging project that can be used at the beginning of the new school year. Every year, from September 15th to October 15th, Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated in the United States. It's a month to celebrate the Hispanic presence in the US and contributions to the country.
This celebration starts just a week after the school year has started here in Massachusetts. Because it's so early in the school year, I feel it's hard to start my class with a project when I am working hard just to make sure everyone understands the routine and dynamic of the class as we get used to new year.
I found a simple project posted on a middle school blog run by Señorita Lona. This past school year, I piggy-backed on her project for creating this poster. I had my third grade students pick a famous Hispanic person from the list below.
They did basic research on Wikipedia to find the person's full name, date of birth, country of origin, and why the person was famous. They had to pretend they all were alive to be able to write the sentences in the present tense.  Due to the limited time I had available for the project, I gave my students the questions in advance that they had to glue on their posters.

After getting all the information together, they had to answer using full sentences and decorate their posters. 

Many of the students worked in pairs during this project. We recorded their voices with one being the interviewer and the other one being the interviewee, using a free version of the app called "Voice Record." Then I created the QR codes with a free program called "QR code." I plan to display the posters around the school  in September and invite family members, school staff, and faculty to use their devices to listen to the children reading their interviews.  That will be a starting point for my students to help celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in my school.

Enjoy!
Carolina



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