End of School Year Resources for Elementary Spanish

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

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!

*Indicates that this is a product for purchase. 

Mystery Person {Game in Spanish}

Tuesday, May 17, 2016


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!



String Puppets : An Engaging End of School Year Project

Monday, May 16, 2016
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 dialogue, 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" and get ready for the show!



Enjoy,



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