Friday, January 20, 2017

Free Short Short and Scaffolding Resources for Spanish Class




La Chica Nueva: Short story for Spanish class levels 3-5
Free Resource 



I want my students to read, be intrigued, acquire vocabulary in new ways and conceptually understand the interplay grammatical structures- all while having fun! I love it when their eyes roll across the pages and a smile slowly cracks across their faces, their eyes light up and it's obvious; they are caught up in the gravitational pull of a good novel or story. I was attempting to recreate those moments with La Nueva Alumna. 

This short story started out essentially as a review piece. My plan was for students to review structures and vocabulary prior to a writing assessment. But then, I soon realized that students really liked the story (this happened with a few other stories), so the original one-page review activity blossomed to a short story about one of the characters in El Internado. 

Although La Nueva Alumna is loosely based on one of the characters of the Internado series (which is available on Netflix), rest assured that your students don't have to be familiar with the series to understand the storyline (See the synopsis below). 






However, on the flipside, if your students are engrossed in the drama of El Internado, then this story will be perfect for them (after episode 5) for a number of reasons: 
  • It houses many of the expressions used in the series, along with some common ones used in everyday language. 
  • The text gives ample opportunity to practice core structures such as the preterit, imperfect, subjunctive and conditional (more subjunctive than anything, that was our target structure). 
  • It sheds light on Vicky's socio-economic status and leaving her other friends behind (little back story) 
  • Touches on her being colada y enamorada hasta las trancas de Iván (pobrecita, ¿verdad?) 
  • Contains dialogue that approximates native speakers' vernacular and idiosyncrasies (my students love dialogue) and it's not overbearing. In fact, many words and expressions are detailed in the footnotes. 
Students always ask me, so, do you have a story for everything? Yes, I do!

We were just about the review our target structures prior to an extended response writing assessment. Instead of the regular grammar review, which is sometimes the necessary evil, I  created this story to include the structures, the idioms and the backstory of one of the characters in our beloved series: El Internado. 

 Once I witnessed how students reacted with reading some of the other dialogues in stories in the class, I couldn't resist.We've done similar activities in the past, but not his in-depth. If you are an Internadista,  Click here for more Episode 4 Internado summary dialogue.  If you are more of a watch and creative writing type,  there is something for you, click here.  If your class loves to debate, you have to click here for the Amelia and Elsa faceoff (both resources are free).  If you are looking other interesting compelling reading drenched with drama and laced with your favorite-no-matter-how-much-I-teach-they-still-don't-get-it structures(kinda long, I know), then click here for the well-reviewed series: Skeletons in the closet (El muerto en el armario). Now that we got all of that out of the way, shall we dive into our short story?

Synopsis 
La Nueva Alumna is a fictionalized account of Vicky’s journey to the prestigious boarding school: El Internado. It gives a bit of a back story highlighting her working class roots, and her major crush on Iván, another pivotal character from the series.  This story was originally written as a cloze-text practice of language structures such as the present and past subjunctive and the preterite and imperfect. Said formative assessment was administered to students after viewing episode 5 of El Internado, when it became clear that Vicky was colada con Iván. The story presents a mix of narration and dialogue, which could be easily acted out in class or in groups!


La Nueva Alumna has five short sections: 
1. La hija de la frutera 
2. La gran noticia
3. El primer día 
4. Cómo salir de la zona de amigos

5. La chica de mis sueños 


This story packet has the following activities and resources

  1. Short Story: La Nueva Alumna
  2. Unfamiliar vocabulary is footnoted in the text. 
  3. Pre-reading vocabulary and Spanish Idiom activity (some expressions are used in the series El Internado and other are common expressions).  
  4. Comprehension questions 
  5. Pre-reading grammar subjunctive activity 
  6. Cloze-text fill in the blank abridged version of the story to practice the subjunctive (mood), preterit and imperfect tenses. 
Please enjoy and consider giving it a rating on TPT!




Internado aficionados: The Untold Story of Vicky- Target structures, Spanish Idioms and a whole lot of Scaffolding!



La Chica Nueva: Short story for Spanish class
Edición Internado 
Free Resource 



I want my students to read, be intrigued, acquire vocabulary in new ways and conceptually understand the interplay grammatical structures- all while having fun! I love it when their eyes roll across the pages and a smile slowly cracks across their faces, their eyes light up and it's obvious; they are caught up in the gravitational pull of a good novel or story. I was attempting to recreate those moments with La Nueva Alumna. 

This short story started out essentially as a review piece. My plan was for students to review structures and vocabulary prior to a writing assessment. But then, I soon realized that students really liked the story (this happened with a few other stories), so the original one-page review activity blossomed to a short story about one of the characters in El Internado. 

Although La Nueva Alumna is loosely based on one of the characters of the Internado series (which is available on Netflix), rest assured that your students don't have to be familiar with the series to understand the storyline (See the synopsis below). 






However, on the flipside, if your students are engrossed in the drama of El Internado, then this story will be perfect for them (after episode 5) for a number of reasons: 
  • It houses many of the expressions used in the series, along with some common ones used in everyday language. 
  • The text gives ample opportunity to practice core structures such as the preterit, imperfect, subjunctive and conditional (more subjunctive than anything, that was our target structure). 
  • It sheds light on Vicky's socio-economic status and leaving her other friends behind (little back story) 
  • Touches on her being colada y enamorada hasta las trancas de Iván (pobrecita, ¿verdad?) 
  • Contains dialogue that approximates native speakers' vernacular and idiosyncrasies (my students love dialogue) and it's not overbearing. In fact, many words and expressions are detailed in the footnotes. 
Students always ask me, so, do you have a story for everything? Yes, I do!

We were just about the review our target structures prior to an extended response writing assessment. Instead of the regular grammar review, which is sometimes the necessary evil, I  created this story to include the structures, the idioms and the backstory of one of the characters in our beloved series: El Internado. 

 Once I witnessed how students reacted with reading some of the other dialogues in stories in the class, I couldn't resist.We've done similar activities in the past, but not his in-depth. If you are an Internadista,  Click here for more Episode 4 Internado summary dialogue.  If you are more of a watch and creative writing type,  there is something for you, click here.  If your class loves to debate, you have to click here for the Amelia and Elsa faceoff (both resources are free).  If you are looking other interesting compelling reading drenched with drama and laced with your favorite-no-matter-how-much-I-teach-they-still-don't-get-it structures(kinda long, I know), then click here for the well-reviewed series: Skeletons in the closet (El muerto en el armario). Now that we got all of that out of the way, shall we dive into our short story?

Synopsis 
La Nueva Alumna is a fictionalized account of Vicky’s journey to the prestigious boarding school: El Internado. It gives a bit of a back story highlighting her working class roots, and her major crush on Iván, another pivotal character from the series.  This story was originally written as a cloze-text practice of language structures such as the present and past subjunctive and the preterite and imperfect. Said formative assessment was administered to students after viewing episode 5 of El Internado, when it became clear that Vicky was colada con Iván. The story presents a mix of narration and dialogue, which could be easily acted out in class or in groups!


La Nueva Alumna has five short sections: 
1. La hija de la frutera 
2. La gran noticia
3. El primer día 
4. Cómo salir de la zona de amigos

5. La chica de mis sueños 


This story packet has the following activities and resources

  1. Short Story: La Nueva Alumna
  2. Unfamiliar vocabulary is footnoted in the text. 
  3. Pre-reading vocabulary and Spanish Idiom activity (some expressions are used in the series El Internado and other are common expressions).  
  4. Comprehension questions 
  5. Pre-reading grammar subjunctive activity 
  6. Cloze-text fill in the blank abridged version of the story to practice the subjunctive (mood), preterit and imperfect tenses. 
Please enjoy and consider giving it a rating on TPT!





Wednesday, January 4, 2017

La Clase de Confesiones -Spanish 1 (or 2) Target structures Ar, Er and IR present tense verbs

La Clase de Confesiones: Carlos hace el peor error de su vida

Excerpt from chapter 2: El profesor Martín (Free Teacher's Manual of Confesiones)
...Carlos mira a Jessica. Ella saca su cuaderno, una pluma rosada y su móvil. Él piensa que Jessica es muy hermosa. Le gusta su cara. Le gusta su pelo porque ella siempre tiene peinados interesantes. Le gustan sus zapatos y su ropa.  Pero, lo que más le gustan, son sus ojos. Le gustan los ojos de Jessica. Sus ojos son grandes y cafés. Carlos ya no mira a Jessica porque alguien está bloqueando su vista.
-Carlos- no la mires tanto- dice el profesor Martín. 

El profesor Martín mira a Carlos mientras Carlos mira a Jessica.  


-¿Tienes tú la tarea?  - dice el profesor. 

-No, no la tengo. ¿La puedo traer mañana?- pregunta Carlos

-Si no miras tanto a Jessica tal vez puedes hacer tu tarea- dice el profesor. 
Carlos mira al profesor. 

-Yo no acepto el trabajo tardío- dice el profesor

-¿Puede usted hacer una excepción? Yo tuve práctica de beisbol anoche ¿Puedo traer la tarea mañana? - pregunta Carlos, otra vez.  


-Más te vale- dice el profesor. 

Preview

This is just the tip of the iceberg for Carlos. Not only does the teacher shake things up in class, but a normal run-of-mill- writing assignment turns fatal for Carlos' social life. In an attempt to "pair" Carlos with the girl he has been crushing on, the teahcer makes a critical move that backfires and throws Carlos' life into a tailspin. As Carlos tries to dig himself out of this hole, he actually digs it deeper! He endures endless teasing and gossipy teachers as everyone discoveres his secret. He is literally in a "camiseta de ocho varas." Carlos soon realizes that his mentiras can only get his so much mileage and that only can the truth set him free....but will it be enough for Jessica?

Themes: Friendship, Love, Bullying, Decisions, and Character.

I created this story for my Spanish I novice-mid class. Yes, your students can read it and enjoy it at the novice level!  After countless mini stories and quizlet-self-engaged vocabulary sets, they still had difficulty with some of the basic vocabulary. I knew the target structures they needed to learn but I also thought it'd be fun to familiarize them with native expressions I used in class. Students will immediately see themselves and their teachers reflected in the story (I got some good teacher lines in there as well, all the things you always wanted to say).  

The story features most vocabulary associated with school such as school supplies, classes, class furniture, prepositional phrases and activities related to the classroom activities. Stretching their vocabulary a bit, there is a little dose of poetry from one of the characters such as “ ella es el sol que ilumina mi día” in addition to common idiomatic expressions such as más te vale, no lo aguanto ni en pintura.  Phrases such as these are footnoted, listed in the pre-reading vocabulary and practiced in pre-reading exercises.  My student also used some of this vocabulary to talk about their other teachers (what happens in Spanish class stays in Spanish class!).

 As students read this story, they were on the edge of their seats (they wanted to read out loud because it was fun. I was the narrator to keep the flow). There is considerable dialogue for it to be read aloud. There are also some lines for the whole class such as "¡Vaya!" and "!Ohhhhhh!" during an intense (appropriate to level) debate in chapter 10 (my boys loved this!).  The boys were rooting for Carlos the whole time (Dude, why did you do that?- Jamal), and the girls fell in love with his attempts to woe Jessica (and other funny characters- Rubén is a riot). I had originally written only 5 chapters, but they wanted to know what ever happened with Carlos and Jessica, so I finished with La Bella Mentira. The ending will not disappoint. 

Amazing Side Note 
As a post-reading assigment, they begged to write a sequel and prequel so I have them class time to do this (We were at the end of the unit and it was time to summative assess and move on). One of my students, who came with no experience whatsoever in Spanish, wrote one of the best alternative endings. I included the brief synospis below. I will include the full narrative after break.  

The students were asking me the feminine version of Patán (jerk), the name Jessica calls Carlos in the story (intense scene, but funny). So I could only think of mosquita muerta. Well, Hannah ended up using it in her story. Also, one of the motivations of Carlos' lie was that he had been rejected. She included this, the past tense phrase (not many) in the story into her narrative. It was beautiful and made me think of how students really are sponges. 
Free Teacher's Manual 



Check out the free Teacher’s Manual for this story. It features 17 front-loading during reading and post-comprehension exercises. This bundle includes pre-reading vocabulary and sentence activity, a Quizlet set (for you techies), sentence writing activities, cloze-text reading text for the story, practice test, listening exercise (you read a passage and students fill out the activity) in addition to contextualized sentences for working some of the idiomatic expressions.  For example, one of the pre-reading activities familiarizes students with some authentic expressions used, such as “ más te vale.” Contextual fill-in-the-blank sentences also offers a unique peek into the story as well as access background knowledge. 

Synopsis
Carlos hates Spanish class with a passion but finds the will to survive when he lays eyes on Jessica. Her presence is both distracting and motivating. However, his secret crush is compromised when his teacher decides to “shake things up a bit” in class. A simple writing assignment turns out to be a lethal injection to his social life and by extension his chances with Jessica. From the nosy teacher inadvertently trying to help him “set him up with Jessica” immediately backfires and turns into one of the most embarrassing moments in Carlos’ life; and Rubén is there to witness it all.  After this incident, Carlos takes matters into his own hands and makes the biggest mistake of his adolescent life. Will his social life ever recover? Will his stunt in class win over Jessica, or will it push her away for good? Carlos learns that las mentiras as tienen patas cortas and that the honest is the best policy. Carlos invites you to come along this adventure into La clase de confesiones….todos tienen una confesión (even the teacher!)


I wish I could say that was the end but..Carlos' adventures don't stop here... Carlos mete la pata otra vez
!

Part 2, takes the adventure up a notch.

Themes: Redemption, Second Chances, Friendship, Courage, Resilence, Rejection... it's a mixed bag. Carlos learns that "las mentiras tienen patas cortas,'" and the only way to win Jessica is by telling the truth (I hear Jack Nicholson in my ear saying " You can't handle the truth!)





Excerpt from chapter 9: La Bella Mentira 

Es jueves y Carlos está triste. Está triste porque tiene la clase de español. La clase de español ya no es su clase favorita. No es su clase favorita porque Carlos escribe sobre Jessica y todos los estudiantes escuchan el párrafo de Carlos. La clase de español no es su clase favorita porque Carlos dice cosas muy malas del profesor. Ahora Carlos está triste porque Jessica está en la clase de español. Carlos piensa en el mensaje de texto de Jessica << Eres un patán.>>

Antes de la clase, Carlos ve a Lucas, su amigo en el pasillo: 

-Hola Carlos, ¿cómo andas? hermano- dice Lucas. 

-Bastante mal, lee esto- dice Carlos. Carlos le enseña a Lucas el texto de Jessica.  

Lucas lee el primero texto de Jessica 

<<Tengo una confesión: tú eres el chico de la clase de español.  Tú me gustas también.>>

Lucas responde: 
-Enhorabuena, ¡Jessica te gusta!

No exactamente. -Ahora, lee el otro mensaje- dice Carlos

<<Carlos, yo pienso que yo te gusto pero veo que no. Yo pienso que eres un mentiroso y todo que escribes en la clase de español es una mentira. No me gustan los mentirosos. Yo soy alérgico a los mentirosos.  Yo no quiero hablar más contigo… y otra cosas… Eres un patán- Jessy.>>

Lucas lee el segundo mensaje de texto y responde:

 ¡Caray! Esto no es bueno. 

-Sí, yo sé- dice Carlos con un tono triste. -Y ahora tengo la clase de español. 

Jessica está en la clase. Carlos explica la situación a Lucas. Después, Lucas dice:

-Carlos, ánimo. Yo te ayudo. Tú tienes que ser honesto con ella.  

-¿Honesto?… pero ¿ cómo?- pregunta Carlos.  

-Pues, habla con ella. Dile que tú eres un chico estúpido y que todos necesitamos  una segunda oportunidad.  

-¿Eso es todo?- pregunta Carlos.  


-Sí, no es muy complicado- dice Lucas. 


Carlos leaves Spanish class embarrassed. He had no idea that the teacher was going to pair him up with Jessica, the girl he writes about in his short essay. Adding insult to injury, the teacher reads his essay in front of the class; even the mean-spirited things he wrote about his teacher. Carlos goes to Math class and get’s his phone taken by the teacher: he never receives the redemptive text message from Jessica. When they meet in the lunchroom, his embarrassment, ignorance and fear get the best of him. Now, he has to win Jessica back. Carlos learns that the truth always prevails over a lie. He learns that he needs  to be honest, vulnerable and to take responsibilities for his actions. Will this be enough for Jessica? Will the truth set him free into the arms of Jessica? 

My favorite expressions included in the story

Más de vale (it's in your best interest)....- the teacher says this throughout

Ni lo aguanta en pintura.-Carlos can't stand any of his teachers, because they challenge him to work... sound familiar?  Needless to say, the students loved this expression.

Decirle su cuarto verdades (to tell someone off)- The math teaher looks through Carlos' phone (after taking it) and tells him that he has a steamy text message (like, Spanish 1, 14 year-old steamy- no sean mal pensados).


Guiñarle el ojo (to wink at )- Rubén does this a lot to the girls in class. I think I have this kid in my class for real.


Enjoy!


Friday, December 30, 2016

Borrón y nueva cuenta Short reading about a famous saying in Spanish speaking



Borrón y Cuenta Nueva 

Borrón y cuenta nueva, is a common expression around this time of year. It is slowly emerging as my New Year’s Mantra.  As I started to sift through different posts on social media, I became very intrigued as to the origin of this frequently used expression. It made me think about the word Palimpsest that I had learned in graduate school while studying the Chronicles of Columbus. Since Spanish was not Columbus’ first language, Bartolomé de las Casas, transcribed and rewrote 75% Columbus’ journals. The process was compared to a Roman Palimpsest as Columbus' observations were superimposed by those of the Spanish Priest. 
          For the first day back to school after Holiday break,  all my classes will be engaging in some form of  "Borrón y cuenta nueva" goal setting activity. 
This past year, our staff engaged in a considerable amount of PD on resilience, so why not allow it to take root in the language class. I have created two activities below to get my students (and hopefully yours) on the road to starting the year off strategically, thoughtfully and with a bit of cultural context.  The goal setting activities have the aim of making students mindful of their goals, setting objectives that will, Ojalá, guide them through the year. It also serves as an authentic real world activity in where they will use language in a dynamic and goal-oriented way. 

There are two activities below to guide your mindfulness practice. 
  • The first activity is for Spanish 3 and beyond. I am using it for my Spanish 4 students. 
  • The second activity is for Spanish 1, it is totally comprehensible and doable. 

New Year Mindfulness Activity: Spanish 3 and beyond activity (Activity extends well beyond the New Year)




Borrón y Cuenta Nueva for Spanish 3 and beyond. This activity features a 3 -page reading (14 font sized and 1.5 spaced for easy reading) 

Themes included in the text (reading)
Setting New Years’ Goals 
Reference to the 12 grapes tradition 
Short history on the origin of the expression (and its relevance to today)
Statistics on why people don’t stick with their goal (discussion engendering) 
Smart Goals and how to create them
Goal setting worksheet 
Comprehension questions for text (discussion as well)
Footnotes for unfamiliar vocabulary to facilitate reading

Age-appropriate text highlighting the following: 

Language structures: Preterit, Imperfect, some imperfect subjunctive

Vocabulary: Nochevieja, Tradición, Metas, Planificar, Estadísticas etc.  


New Year Culturally Mindful Goal-setting  Activity: Spanish 1 & 2 
Borrón y Cuenta Nueva for Spanish 1 & 2 

Themes included in the reading:
Setting New Years’ Goals 
Short history on the origin of the expression (very comprehensible)  
Smart Goals and how to create them (scaffolded and scaled down)
Goal setting worksheet (samples and structures included) 

Comprehension questions for text (in Spanish and English)
Age-appropriate text highlighting the following: 

Language structures: Tenían (this structured is used to convey most of the information regarding scribes), tener que, -ar, -er and -er verbs. querer+ infinitive, Tener+ infinitive   

Vocabulary: Nochevieja, Tradición, Metas, etc.  

Click here for Spanish 1 & 2 Borrón y cuenta nueva Goal setting activity.

Using Idioms to Gauge Understanding in the World Language Classroom 

        I am a huge fan of idioms. If you have read any of my short stories, El Muerto en el Armario (Spanish 3 and beyond) or La Clase de Confesiones for Spanish 1, you will notice that I squeeze in those lovely yet impactful idioms and the students love them. In La Clase de Confesiones, the teacher in the story said repeatedly << más te vale>> and guess what? They used it so much afterward (along with Patán and Mosquita Muerta).  This New Year, I have decided to incorporate three basic native expressions for students to communicate to me their level of comfort with the material. 


1. Es pan comido- It totally get it!

2. Poco a poco- I am getting it little by little/ slow down

 3. ¡No entiendo ni papa! - I am totally lost or like they say in Colombia- Está más perdido que el hijo de Limbergh. 


A five finger system would probably be more efficient, but I am thinking about the culture and level of discourse when students internalized these expressions. If you have a recommendation for number #2, please let me know. 

Organizing

Scenario 1 (see scenario 2 below). 

S: Mrs. Q, I turned in my homework, but I have a zero in the Gradebook (this kid, knows he did not turn it in). 



My old routine in response to the scenario: 
I look and am suddenly overwhelmed by a sea of white papers divided into sections. I cannot find his section because they all look alike. The bell rings, he needs a pass, the next class is coming in, “what are we doing today?” one student asks. Now I am flustered and have lost valuable time. I may have mala leche with this upcoming class. 


This continues to be a huge problem for me. I just want to sit, write, create and teach. But that is not possible because it is always the little foxes that ruin the vineyard, case, and point, my whole day could be thwart due to not having things nicely organized- I know I am preaching to the choir and maybe even a few priest here! 

 Long gone are the days with when schools hired teacher helpers- at least in the city-cash-strapped school districts, like mine. Contemplating pilas de trabajo day after day urge me to hacer de tripas, corazón.   I took action. I created a color-coded grading system. It is a very simple system, but for hyper-visual people like myself, it works like relojería Alemana. 

Specs: 
I teach five sections of Español (or Castellano if you live in Argentina or Spain) 
2 sections of Spanish 1 
3 sections of Spanish 4 (ayúdame)

Making Grading Visible 
-I cut up half sheets of different color card stock paper (this lasts longer). 
-I assigned a color to a class: Green- 1st period, Red 2nd period, etc. 
-I wrote “Graded” on one side of the paper and “Collected” on the other side (this makes it easy to flip)
-I purchased  4 trays: 2 trays for Spanish 1 and 2 trays for Spanish 4 (forgot the Tax Exempt for again!).
- divided the trays into-"Pass Back" and "To be Graded/Collected." 

Case revisited: 

S: Mrs. Q, I turned in my homework, but I have a zero in the Gradebook (this kid, knows he did not turn it in). 

I look at my board (I have all the colors with the class periods posted). Then I walk over to my trays as the second class is coming in. 

T: Oh, here is your class. I look through and do not see the paper. 

S: Oh, I thought I turned it in. 

T: No, all the papers are here. I have not graded them yet, do you see that big green sign? That is the color for your class. It's all here!

S: I think it’s at home, did you even put the HM on Google Classroom? (last ditch effort, you got to give this kid some credit).

T: Yes, I did! Half credit buddy!

I can now breath! If you have a better system, comment below!



My next task is to go “all minimalist” on the file cabinets.  This book just came in the mail!




Wednesday, December 21, 2016

New Year Tradition in Colombia and Venezuela


New Year Celebrations in Spanish-Speaking Countries

This year, my goal is to better immerse my students in the traditions and celebrations of the rich cultures of Spanish speaking countries. I say "cultures" to honor the wide range of traditions from Latin America, Spain and Spanish Africa.  We are a few days out until Winter Break and these activities were an attempt to bring in meaningful, comprehensible and fun activities. I have outlined my lessons plans below at the end of this post.  

For both classes, I will be doing the "Maleta" activity. I have seen this ritual in action and it's pretty fun. My husband is from Colombia and last year, at the brink of the New year, many people were running around Cedritos, the neighborhood in which his family lives in Bogotá, the capital.  The activity is pretty simple; you take an empty suitcase (although I would pack it with clothes) and you run around the block. Running about the back is called "dar una vuelta a la manzana." You do this in hopes that you will travel the following year.  ¡Me encanta!



For my Spanish 1 students, they will read the blurb about the tradition and then use the construction "querer" ir "or "quiero ir, quiero visitar" to say where they would like to go. 

Examples: 
Yo quiero viajar a Australia. 
Yo quiero ir a Panamá. 

We just finished reading a short story La clase de confesiones, where many of these verbs were emphasized, so they should have a good handle on them. Even if your students are not familiar with this construction, they could use it for this activity. 


New Year Celebrations in Spanish-Speaking Countries- Upper grades 

For my Spanish IV class, I am basically implementing the same activity, however with a twist. Students will use the imperfect subjunctive and the conditional to say where they'd like to travel, if they could. 

Dando la vuelta por la manzana... en la escuela. 
The last part of the "Maleta" activity will be actually going around the block... or the pasillo.  I am actually going to take my students to the hallway in our school for us to walk around a few times. This will be a good activity for them and also for our school community. 




With my upper grades, we will to the Maleta activity and the Monigotes- ridding- ourselves- of- bad habits- activity. See my previous post about the Monigotes. Instead of burning them... we'll just snowball them into the garbage. 
I am actually looking forward to work these next few days. 




Free Reading Card 

To accommodate for all the traditions and celebrations, I am having my students do Free Reading of holiday celebrations. I am printing out some articles I got from MaryGlasgow- we have a subscription (there are also some good ones on TPT). 

Students will use this "Tarjeta Bibliotecaria" that I created for quick reads. 

Please share your holiday lesson plans!

Check our more celebrations below!
Interesting article


New Year's Borrón y cuenta nueva short reading and goal setting activity

New Year's Borrón y cuenta short reading and goal setting activity (Spanish 1/2)


New Year's Borrón y cuenta short reading and goal setting activity (Spanish 3-5)













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Check out these story stories, Free Teacher's Manual with tons of scaffolding and creative activities!

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Compelling, Creative and Comprehensibly Intriguing Short Shory Series for Spanish 3-5

Las Apariencias Engañan (Part 1)

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Las Apariencias Engañan





El Muerto en el Armario  (Part 2)