Tag Archives: Spanish

Te extrano – Extreme

24 Apr

Here’s another song we’ve practiced in class! My students LOVE this song, and we practice our Bachata moves with it. The verses are a little quick, but they can sing the chorus pretty easily.

Bailando – Enrique Iglesias

24 Apr

My Students and I have been practicing this song. It’s super fun and a little fast for Spanish 3/4 students. I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone under Level III or immature classes, because it has a pretty adult theme to it. I have found some resources online that suggest using the lyrics as a cloze activity, and having students fill in the cognates that they hear. We just did it for fun trying to get them to speak and practice it a little more, and they’re already pretty familiar with the song so they enjoyed it. Let me know if you have any other suggestions as to how you would use it in your classes!

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Mi Vida Loca

15 Nov

Mi Vida Loca

This site has a great miniseries called “Mi Vida Loca”. Here’s a quick synopsis of the story: You travel to Madrid to meet up with your friend, Theresa, however she can’t make it and leaves you the keys to her flat. When you get there, you realize that her sister, Merche, is living there and she becomes your impromptu host. You soon realize that Merche is a journalist, investigating some pretty intimidating people. Your relaxing holiday quickly turns into a mystery to figure out what Merche is investigating and following her around Spain.

 

This series shows a LOT about Spanish culture and takes you to Madrid, the countryside, and the canary islands. There are also print outs for vocabulary to practice with your students, and the series pauses so the students can practice what they have learned in each scenario. It’s a really great series, and I HIGHLY recommend it to anyone that teaches Spanish!

Mi Casa Ideal

27 Jan

¡Hola! Lo siento que no te he escrito desde diciembre. He sido muy ocupado en las meses pasadas. Aquí es una lección para los estudiantes al nivel colegio. Es una lección usando el tiempo condicional para describir lo que sería su casa ideal. En mi opinion, los estudiantes les gusta mucho esta actividad porque pueden ser creativos y expresivos. ¡Que disfrute!

Mi Casa Ideal

1. For this project, I want to know what your ideal house would look like. Write ten or more sentences describing your house. These can include (but are not limited to):

  • How many rooms would your house have?
  • Where would it be located?
  • What color would it be?
  • Would it be large or small?
  • What type of rooms would it have?
  • Who would live there?
  • Would you have any pets?

Do not use the same verb (for example: ser) for each of these sentences.

2. The second step in this project is to visually represent your dream home. You may use a poster board to create a collage, painting, drawing, etc. or create your dream home online using house design programs. Be sure that your dream home reflects what you have written in your description.

3. When you have finished the description and visual representation, you will present your dream home to the class. Please memorize the qualities of your house so you are not just reading your paper.

4. Get creative!

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Calle 13- “No Hay Nadie Como Tú”

8 Dec

Esta canción tiene un buen ritmo y letra bonita. Es una canción divertida y yo espero que te disfrute.

My Webliography

27 Nov

This is a list of the top 10 sites I use in my everyday teaching. I hope you find it helpful. If anyone else knows of any sites that I may have overlooked, feel free to add them in a comment! New ideas are always welcomed/appreciated.

  1. Spanish Dictionary http://www.spanishdict.com/

I use this website all the time! It is a quick and simple way to look up a word or two. I also like that they offer a “word of the day” There are also translation tools, conjugation videos and Spanish audio. Great tool for all students!

      2. Teachers pay Teachers http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/

This is a good place to find worksheets, powerpoints and fun activities for your students. Even if you don’t pay for the materials, just browsing the items on here is pretty inspiring. You also have the option to upload your own materials to share with other educators.

  1. National Geographic http://www.nationalgeographic.com/

This site can be used for ANY content area! I love this site/magazine for so many reasons, but one of them specifically for my class is that they have a travel section that I can use for any country/city we are studying to show my students all the fun stuff these places offer!

  1. YouTube http://www.youtube.com/

YouTube has a lot of great educational videos on here (and they are also pretty fun to watch). It’s so nice that we essentially have a giant library of videos we can easily share with others. I just used a great video on here about the Aztec city of Teotihuacan.

  1. TeacherTube http://teachertube.com/

Similar to YouTube, Teacher tube offers a multitude of educational videos that are just a click away. The nice thing about this site is that it’s definitely more educational than YouTube, and a lot of schools that have YouTube blocked actually have this site open for teachers.

  1. Study Spanish http://www.studyspanish.com/

This is an awesome site for refreshing your memory on different grammar topics. I like this because they have worksheets, quizzes and tests that can be taken either online or actually printed out. They also have very clear explanations of the more confusing topics.

  1. Powerpoints for Spanish Class http://tpduggan.tripod.com/powerp.html

This is nice for when I need a powerpoint and don’t have time to sit and make my own. He has uploaded so many different powerpoints for several topics. 

  1. Calico Spanish http://blog.calicospanish.com/2011/02/11/games-to-support-teaching-languages.html

This is a blog dedicated to finding good resources for incorporating games in the Spanish Classroom. I find inspiration in these sites that help me develop my own lessons that I know will work for my classes.

  1. People en Español http://www.peopleenespanol.com/

My students use this website to complete their assignments of creating a news program. It works well because it’s celebrities they actually know and care about.

  1. Smart Exchange http://exchange.smarttech.com/search.html

A nice site that has several lessons/ideas for incorporating your SmartBoard in lesson plans. I used this to find a good template for Jeopardy that my students love! It actually looks like Jeopardy and you can put the clue right up there. It works really well.

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Alba Learning/ Audio Books

27 Nov

Alba Learning/ Audio Books

This is a great site! I went specifically in search  for Pablo Neruda materials, but they have a lot of great stuff on here. I like that they have a native speaker read it- it sounds beautiful and it gives students the opportunity to hear different accents! Check it out and let me know what you think!