I am a big fan of reading in class. This has been my practice for the last 12 years as a teacher, even before I knew it was big a thing. Working as an International Baccalaureate teacher, I had to be creative and resourceful in piecing together comprehensible yet intellectually provocative materials. The collection of activities below presents a wide range of resources that I have garnered from TPT or have created myself in order to make the curriculum more robust, language and thinking skills-centered. Take a peak, as they say in Latin America: Mire sin compromiso!
The first section features non-fiction informational texts that have deepened my students' understanding of several cultural phenomena. My mantra is "why wait for students to get to higher levels of Spanish class, to have to debate complex topics?" Give it to them now, at their level. And I stand by this approach. Some of my most interesting conversations have taken place in at the basic Spanish level. I would venture even further to say that these topics are what propelled students' desire to deepened their language skills because they had so much more that they wanted to share. The resources below captures this goal. They have been tested by my student others! I have included the name and website of other teacher authors whose resources have enriched my curriculum. Thank you for reading and I hope you find a diamond in the rough that is perfect for your class. There are freebies spread throughout in different sections. Look for the "freebie" designation.
Level- up Activities that Increase Perspective-Taking and Reflection in the Target Language, Level 2+
These 23 three activities provide a question inventory, writing tasks related to technology, visual activities (with real adds), and stories from the trenches of teens discussing their like or dislike of using technology in the class. The debate at the end invites students to take sides, read tweets and determine if technology should be used in school. Activities are grouped and building on each other.
Mochilando por América Latina
The activities below, I used for introducing countries and practicing the verb "Ser." I found some gems on TPT that made my life easy!
Hispanic Flags Activity
This activity was great for teaching colors, the verb ser, gender and noun agreement while learning about Latin America countries and flags.
Notable Hispanic People Cards (Freebie)- Killing two birds with one stone-Bring together culture and the language.
Try this fun and energizing activity for your Spanish class. I did with my students in the beginning of the year. Click here for the lesson and additional video material for the first week of class. In a nutshell, students take on the identity of the person on the card. They walk around introducing themselves asking:
- ¿Cómo te llamas?
- ¿De dónde eres?
Spanish Speaking Country Infographic Activity (Sra. Cruz)
I have used this two years consecutively and it has been a hit. It is very thorough. My students do the research and then they present in a circle, which is their interpersonal speaking assessment.
Spanish Speaking Country Game (Island Teacher)
This game is very fun and reinforces geographical knowledge.
Resources for Teaching on Spain- History, and Culture (Spanish 1+)
Franco, Picasso, and Guernica: La Guerra Civil (Spanish 1+)
Bull-fighting controversy: Debate (Spanish 1+)
Why wait until students are in the higher levels for them to learn vital aspects of history? This resources, which I created as a prelude to Agentes Secretos, informs students about the Spanish Dictator Franco and his political nemesis, Picasso. There are tons of activities for building up to the reading and processing it.
Culture and controversy! This activity includes the perspective of two students who are passionate about their views on the Running of the Bulls. This is activity is designed with Common Core principles in mind, in which students read and make inferences from what was said. A challenging or "Digging Deeper" activity is included with a writing prompt.
Inquiry-based activities and cultural readings on Spain (25 activities)
This is comprehensible input meets PBLL unit features reading about Spain (the readings can be obtained separately by clicking on the link below). This resource has reading, interview questions, comprehension questions and a mini-inquiry-based project that eventually led to a presentation on a region in Spanish. All materials are included. I am presenting on this unit at two conferences this upcoming year.
A little cultural FVR for the history buffs?
This is resources features reading about Spain. Students learn about the Moors, Romans, Visigoths, Geography and Linguistic Diversity of Spain. This resource contains vocabulary activities and comprehension questions to guide students.
Health Units and Reflexive verbs
La vida sana- reading and activities on healthy lifestyle- Spanish 1+ (Freebie)
Featuring healthy food and reflexive verbs, this freebie focuses on the health habits of one teen who interviews the other... at the end of the interview they realize that they like the same things, so he asks her on a date. Why not have fun with it right?
Reflexive verbs reading and activities - 11 activities (Spanish 1+)
La vida sana resource features an article on the importance of sleep among teens. There are some interesting scientific bits in here but the article is comprehensible and capitalizes on cognates and basic vocabulary structures. It features a note-taking activity, reading, questions, and writing.
School Unit Add-ons, Grammar Practice & Communicative Activites
¿Qué te gusta?- Activities with Gustar, speaking, reading, viewing and writing (Spanish 1+) Freebie (Freebie)
These 7 activities focus on the verb "Gustar" features two speed-dating activities whereby students ask other students about their likes and dislikes. There is a video segment with Rafael Nadal in addition to another video on the verb Gustar featuring a young girl from Colombia. Scaffolding, listening, and comprehension included.
Contextualized Grammar Reading Picks
Reading about School text and questions (by Megan R)- I have used this quick read as part of my stations' activity for Spanish 1. Some years I have used it as an assessment.
With over 30+ varied and differentiated activities ranging from school topics, technology, education, this Spanish Class Activity Book is the perfect companion to your Spanish curriculum! Spanning across 80 pages, it features a plethora of short informative comprehensible reading texts contextualizing high-frequency vocabulary learned and practice on previous pages, engaging writing prompts, pre and post engagements questions, front-loading vocabulary, gap-information activities, grammar activities, paired speaking exercises. Activities in this book can be used for Spanish levels 1 and 2 or review for higher levels. Check out the table of contents for more information!
Using Film to Facilitate Acquisition
This resource features 7 activities to prepare students for watching the 8-minute clip of El almuerzo, a Colombian Film. The link below has information about the clip and activities that help students to deepen their understanding of what was taking place.
Freebies for teaching Film
8 Movie activities for teaching preterite and imperfect- reading, writing, and viewing! (Freebie) (Spanish 1+)
This activity is loosely based on Movietalk. I used this with my Spanish I students, to practice the preterite and imperfect structures. Many scaffolding activities are included as well as the script I used for asking questions about the movie.
Film vocabulary, movie summaries and questions activity. This activity can be a great companion to your film unit, substitute lesson or in-class cultural activity.
Spanish Series Starter Kit (Freebie)
This resource features links to Spanish series/ trailers and vocabulary activities aligned to those trailers. I used this for teaching/ reviewing the subjunctive with my Spanish IV class.