Game: Tierra y Mar

Thursday, June 28, 2012

This is a fun and short game to keep your class moving. I like using tape to divide the area and also pictures to clearly mark "tierra" (land) and "mar" (sea).  Have the class line up on one side and have them jump to where you say. If the child goes to the place you didn't name, then he/she is out of the game. If the game gets long, I use a dice to end the game (with simple numbers instead of dots). Simply role the dice and have the children jump the number of times shown on the dice. If they land on "mar," they are all out, and if they land on "tierra," we keep rolling the dice until they land on "mar" which will mean the game has ended.

Have fun playing in Spanish!
Fun For Spanish Teachers

And The Winners of The Noyo Spanish App Are...

Friday, June 15, 2012
Thank you so much for participating in the Noyo App download giveaway! The happy winners are...
Terra Fewless  and Jessie Solomon Fox!
You will get the code to download Noyo! You have 48 hours to contact me! Have fun playing and teaching with Noyo!
Everyone wins here! How about using these fun group of pictures that are part of the app to support your food and profession units? They are FREE, so go ahead and use them! 

Noyo: The Perfect App for Spanish Class!

Monday, June 11, 2012
Technology has become a great teaching tool that goes hand in hand with language learning. You often hear that language educators are using Skype, interactive boards, Google Earth to take virtual trips, and many more kinds of technology to support their curriculum.

I recently came across Noyo, a very colorful app that has vocabulary to support a variety of themes. It contains 8 units: los viajes (trips), la comida (food), los deportes (sports), la ciudad (the city), la casa (house), los animales (animals), la estaciones (seasons) and la escuela (school). It has over 1200 words and about 200 scenes. The pictures are very clear and get one's attention while making it very engaging for children. Another great feature is that the voice that goes with every picture was recorded by a native speaker. 

This app can be downloaded in iPads and Android tables, and if you are lucky you can plug your device into an interactive board to screen the game with the whole class. 

How to Use This App

This app can be used to introduce or review vocabulary. Choose one of the units and ask your students to show the vocabulary they already know. This way you are using their previous knowledge of the language. Ask the children to tap the picture after they name it. If they don't know the word, they can take guesses and tap on the pictures to hear the right answer.

You can put the vocabulary into context by creating sentences. Say a sentence and have the children tap what they hear. For example:
             La manzana es roja.
             Me gusta comer la manzana roja.

Play a guessing game: Ask a volunteer to close his/her eyes. Point at one of the pictures and have the volunteer guess.

Play the "Veo, veo, ¿qué ves?" (see, see, what do you see?) game: Teach the game first.
             Class: Veo, veo   (I see, I see)
             Student: ¿Qué ves? (What do you see?)
             Class: Una cosita    (A little thing)
             Student: ¿Dé que color es? (What color is it?)
             Class: Rojo (Red - or any other color)
             Student: La manzana (apple) - then the student taps the right answer.

Play charades: This is a great opportunity to bring TPR (Total Physical Response) alive! Teach gestures to go along with each picture in one of the units. Invite a volunteer to show the gestures and another volunteer to guess by saying the word and showing it on the app.

This app also has an assessment feature for each unit which can be used at any time. If your students are very young or just learning how to read you can read the sentences aloud for them to choose the right answer. For children who are in older grades, they can take turns reading the sentences and choosing the right answer. It will also show you a score at the end of the assessment. 

If you are looking for a fun application to either bring technology to your class or recommend to the families at your school who are looking for resources to support your curriculum, this is a great app to recommend.

OUR GIVEAWAY: Two Codes to Download Noyo to Your iPad or Android Tablet!

Last, but not least, here is our giveaway:
1.  You need to make sure you LIKE this post on my Facebook page and on Noyo's Facebook page to  participate. 
2. Share the love with other friends! Let them know about Fun for Spanish Teachers and Noyo!
3. The two winners will be announced on June 15th, 2012. You will have 24 hours to contact me to claim your prize!
4. Once you have contacted me, I will send you (via e-mail) the code and the link to download the app.
5. Enjoy the app!


700 Likes = Giveaway!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

I am so excited about  hosting a new giveaway! This time I am looking to reach another magic number, "700 LIKES" on my Facebook pageYou will be able to download my album "Play in Spanish" for a limited time!
Ready, set, go!

1.     Share via FB, Twitter, blogs, other social media, e-mails, etc.
2.     Share the love, but invite your friends to follow my  FB page: Fun for Spanish Teachers.
3.     Once I have reached the magic “700 Likers” number, I will publish the links where everyone can download the printables and song! THERE WILL BE A LIMITED TIME  for the songs to be downloaded.
4. Stay tuned!
5. Have fun singing in Spanish!

Pin the sunglasses on the sun!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Sol, sol, sol,
amarillo es tu color.
¡Es verano y llegó el calor!*

How about playing "Ponle las gafas al sol" to welcome the summer in your Spanish classes? This chant is very short and easy to teach. You just need to create a paper sun with a few paper sunglasses and be ready to have a lot of fun!

Have fun!

*This chant was written by Carolina Gómez, the Spanish teacher behind Fun for Spanish Teachers ©2012

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