Sunday, September 28, 2014

Gearing up for Day of the Dead and a FREE banner!

Whether or not you actively celebrate El Dia de los Muertos in your Spanish classes, it's nice to decorate!  La Profesora Frida has a FREE Day of the Dead banner for you to download in her TpT store!  Pretty Day of the Dead colors and Day of the Dead flowers adorn this lovely banner.  Download it now for free!
What kinds of Day of the Dead activities do you use in your classroom?
I usually get a student (or two, or three...) who ask if they can make "Day of the Dead Bread" and bring it to share with the class.  Who am I to turn down homemade "Pan de Muerto??"  (Find a recipe for Pan de Muerto here.)
Sugar Skulls!  Calaveras are SO beautiful and such a BIG part of El Dia de los Muertos.  I just found a lovely short film about Sugar Skulls on YouTube.  Such a poignant little film that brings the "why" of sugar skulls to life.  This would be a beautiful film to show your students to help them understand this cultural icon. 
--Up for making some Sugar Skulls with your students?  I just found this Sugar Skull Mold sheet for sale at Crizmac.  Make sure to try making a Sugar Skull at home first so you can help your students with theirs!
--Not up for the mess of making Calaveras with your students?  Download some free Sugar Skull coloring pages for a mess free way of decorating. 
Ofrendas.  I started offering Ofrenda creation as an extra credit activity for my Spanish students because I actually had one mother call in to complain about the religious significance behind it, even though I explained that we were studying the culture not the religion, she didn't want her daughter to participate in the activity.  Which is ok.  Which is why I started to offer it as an outside of class, totally up to you, extra credit option.
--And boy oh boy have I gotten some neat submissions!  :)  One year a student made an Ofrenda for his favorite musical artist who had passed away.  He had a hidden compartment where he could hook up his iPod and speakers that played the music of the artist!  Neat!
How about you??  What kinds of activities do you offer in your classes to celebrate El Dia de los Muertos with your students?
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~La Profesora Frida

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Lesson plan: How to make reviewing Spanish letters and numbers FUN!

How do you make learning and reviewing numbers and letters in your Spanish class FUN?

How do you encourage your students to use the target language to practice their ABCs and 123s?  Please leave a comment below and share your ideas with us!

Here are some ways that I've used with my Spanish classes:

1.  Through song!  Even though I work primarily with high school students, they still get into singing the ABC song in Spanish.  :)  The ABC song that I use in my classes is: "El Alfabeto," from Sing, Dance, Laugh and Eat Tacos 2! by Barbara MacArthur.

2.  Asking for phone numbers.  Students can be silly with this one and pretend they're asking for a date.  :)  They can pretend they are someone famous and they don't need to use their real phone numbers.

3.  Math and the Maya.  Teach how the Maya wrote numbers.  Even if you're not a "math person," it's fascinating to learn that the Maya were one of the only ancient civilizations that had the concept of "zero" and place value!  Discovery Education even has a Brain Game using the Mayan math system!  SO cool for fast finishers.  You can find YouTube videos that explain Mayan Math.  One year my students got so into Mayan numbers that they always used the Mayan math symbols to keep score of games we played in class!

4.  Connect The Dots!  Using not only NUMBERS but ABCs too, these partner Connect The Dots activities are super fun!
This is a Communicative, Partner Activity-- Students pair up and practice listening and speaking skills while one guides another through a dot-to-dot activity! ( GREAT for foreign language classes, but also awesome for younger students learning their ABCs and numbers! )

The letters and numbers are in a specific order, but NOT in numeric or alphabetic order. Students need to pay attention and listen to their partner to connect the dots in the correct order! The order is given at the bottom of each page.

10 separate dot-to-dot activities are included in this packet and each set of instructions guides your students to create a different animal. 

Make sure you have enough time to give each student a chance to be the one giving directions and the one listening and connecting the dots.  I would also suggest printing off 2 and sticking them right into your emergency substitute folder!  ABCs and 123s are ALWAYS a good thing to practice, no matter what time of year.

If you check these out, please let me know what you think!  Positive feedback makes my day!  :)

~La Profesora Frida

Sunday, September 21, 2014

"Magic Words," Days of he Week, 800 followers celebration!

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