Monday, February 23, 2015

La Profesora Frida's TeachersPayTeachers gift code GIVEAWAY! Celebrating 1,000 followers on TpT!

I am feeling so blessed and so humbled to have reached 1,000 followers in my TeachersPayTeachers store.  I want to celebrate and give back to YOU, the people who keep me motivated to continue creating lessons to share with teachers around the world.

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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Spanish Valentine's Day Lessons!! El Dia de San Valentin, El Dia de los Enamorados!

Valentine's Day is just around the corner!!

Come check out La Profesora Frida's 37 page packet of Valentine's Day activities for your Spanish classes!
There are a bunch of fun activities in this packet that you could use all week!  Choose one or two to supplement your lessons each day leading up to Valentine's Day, or set up Dia de San Valentin stations and have students work through the activities at their own pace.

They're not only fun for you to use with your students, but are also great to have on hand for your Fast Finishers during the month of February, and are perfect emergency sub plans because they are self contained lessons.

Included in this 37 page packet are the following activities:

-Tips and Suggestions for use
-Bulletin Board elements
-Valentine's Day vocabulary handouts
-3 dictionary activities
-4 word searches (just for fun!)
-A Spanish Valentine's Day Glyph
-An activity for "anti" Valentine's Day :)
-M.A.S.H. (Mansion, Apartment, Shack, House) game in Spanish
-"Speed Dating" communicative activity for Spanish classes

What some people have to say about this packet:

"Lots of stuff here! I was able to adapt for multiple grade levels. Definitely useful for older students!" ~ Cassandra

"Me encanta la variedad de actividades en este paquete."  ~Ginger

"Profesora Frida, you rock! I love this whole packet. So much better than what I had for Valentine's day activities. I did stations and it was fun for the students and for me."  ~Susan

Don't have much time for celebrating El Dia de los Enamorados with your students?  Check out this fun communicative activity, called "Speed Dating!"

This activity is a BLAST!!  It is an awesome say to get your kids communicating 100% in Spanish in short bursts.  What you do is set up your class like you're hosting a "speed dating" session, haha!  My students often choose to take on a persona for this game-- Pretending to be someone famous! The responses they come up with are hilarious! :)

"I really LOVED the speed dating activity! My students were so invested. Some of the bachelors/bachelorettes were: Hitler, Frankenstein, Miley Cyrus, The Easter Bunny, etc. They did great!"  ~Christine

Having students take on a persona makes things more comfortable - we want our kids to have fun, right??  Well, they DO when they're pretending to be Cinderella or Bruno Mars instead of themselves! 

"Students were talking about this months after it happened. Before they knew what was going on, I had them come up with a celebrity that they wanted to be for the whole period. So, instead of dating each other, they were dating the celebrities. I think it made it easier for them to participate. Thanks for this awesome activity! So great!"  ~Perla A.

In the lesson packet there are easy to understand instructions as well as a "citas rapidas" tracking sheet for your kids.  It helps them remember questions they may want to ask.

The kids also fill out a questionnaire at the end, a good way to wrap up the activity.

So many fun choices for Valentine's Day!!  I hope you have fun with your students this week!  :D
If you do happen to use any of my lessons this week, I'd love to hear how they work for you!

~La Profesora Frida

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Mindfulness Week 1 Check In

Hello all!

My first week of Mindfulness was.... not what I expected.

I have no doubts that Mindfulness is for me.  And no doubts that it does work and can work.  I went into this expecting it to be amazing and wonderful!  What threw me for a loop was that....  The first meditation we were supposed to do every day for 45 minutes was SO boring!  haha  NOT what I expected.

I'm not a total newbie to meditation and I already had experience.  So.... 

The first meditation we practice for 45 minutes each day, ahem, supposed to practice 45 minutes every day.  The first night I did it while getting ready for bed and actually fell asleep because I was bored.  The 2nd night I decided to try the 20 minute version instead, but was still bored.  The third day I thought, why don't I just do one of my other meditations that I already KNOW I enjoy??  So I did that for the rest of the week.

And then I had to go to my 2nd Mindfulness class and fess up that this girl who was SO excited to try Mindfulness meditations couldn't even DO them because she was bored.

My preconceived ideas of what to expect totally sabotaged my first week of Mindfulness meditating! 

My (awesome) teacher asked what she could do to help me want to do the meditations every day.  And I said that a reason to do them would be nice, lol.  I mean, why do something that I find super boring if I don't *have* to? 

Her reason is a good one: Because it works.  The science proving that it works is remarkable.  It is going to work.  But it is not going to work if I don't do it.  'Nuf said.
(Learn more about Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction at the University of Massachusetts Medical School website HERE.)

Here's to Week 2 and actually using the prescribed meditation this time!!  My plan is to use Young Living's Stress Away oil with each meditation this week.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Free Spanish Lesson! Grin & Grab It Day this Sunday!

Grin and Grab it Day 1-25-2015 Free Products for One Day

This post is about another blog hop Grin and Grab it Day 1-25-2015 with free products for one day. Several bloggers have joined this blog hop and by visiting their blogs you can see which usually priced products on TpT are free this Sunday only. We live in different time zones, but products will be marked down in the morning and be priced again in the evening. We just ask you kindly rate them while they are still free as after they are again priced, people who get them for free will be unable to rate them at that point in time. Grin-and-Grab-it day get a usually priced product on TpT on 1-25-2015
First, La Profesora Frida who I have written about previously on this blog, has a Spanish Adjective Agreement and Clothing Practice product. No prep! Just print and go! The activities in this packet are designed to supplement your already in place Spanish curriculum and to offer extra opportunities for your students to buff up on their adjective agreement skills. Spanish-Adjective-Agreement-Practice-with-Clothing-La-Ropa-1622297
Charlene Tess who has written several guest blog posts on this blog has a lesson in comparing and contrasting two short stories and a rubric for grading the composition product that will be free Sunday. Included in the packet are: • a note to the teacher with instructions on how to present the lesson; • 2 sample rubrics; • a graphic organizer on which students take notes on the plot, characters, theme, point of view, and tone of two short stories; • and more! omparing-and-Contrasting-Two-Short-Stories-140235
Artistic Educational Tools has Rhyming Word Family Flip Books, for grades 1-2. This version is black line only. The black line version is well suited for students to color their own flip books. It is also nice for schools and homeschools with limited or no color printing capabilities! Rhyming-Word-Family-Flip-Books-Grades-1-2-Black-Line-Only-471975
The Silent E Love Bugs and Magic e! Valentine's Day Literacy Center is being given by Teaching Resources for the Classroom. This product helps meet CCSS RF.1.3, RF.1.4, RF.1.3e, RF.K.3, and RF.2.3 as well as providing fun learning experiences.
Wise Owl Factory is joining in this free product day, too. The Mice Themed Prepositional Phrases product will be free Sunday. It helps meets CCSS L.1.1i and L.K.1e.Mice-Themed-Prepositional-Phrases-Center-and-Writing-Frame-PDF-135745We hope you enjoy our free product day and that you will enjoy the lessons and activities
Thank you for reading, Carolyn