Thursday, July 30, 2015

Spanish Color By Conjugation! Back to School, Autumn themed FUN Spanish lesson for verb conjugation practice!

Help your students practice verb conjugation in a fun & artistic way!

Color by Number is something my students enjoy, so I decided to create a similar activity to help them practice recognizing verb conjugations with this fun Color by Conjugation activity.

This particular Color by Conjugation packet has 3 coloring sheets, each practicing a different present tense theme:

- Present Tense, -AR, -ER, -IR, Regular Verbs
- Present Tense, SER
- Present Tense, -AR, -ER, -IR, Stem Change E-IE

The images are perfect for Back to School, Autumn and Thanksgiving!  The coloring pages are of pumpkins, owls & a turkey.  :)

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La Profesora Frida

Monday, July 27, 2015

Take What You Need Posters, Toma Lo Que Necesitas, Spanish lesson

"Take What You Need" posters have become a phenomenon of happiness and goodwill and an expression of personal artistic nature.  Please visit my Pinterest board titled “Take What You Need Posters” to see more lovely examples and links to articles about this illustration of human kindness.

“Take what you need” posters are set up like  “for sale” flyers that you might see tacked to a bulletin board at a grocery store or on a college campus.  Instead of contact information on the tabs across the bottom, there are pieces of hope to help bring a smile to someone’s face. 

I've created a poster template and example posters for you to use with your students!  (Click here to visit my TeachersPayTeachers store!)
Back to School time is the perfect time for your students to support one another and creating a "Take What You Need" poster and hanging them up around the school is one small way they could do that. 
And of course, because I'm a Spanish teacher, I immediately saw the potential to use this as a Spanish class lesson.  Here is my Spanish version of this poster:
Mine says "Toma lo que necesitas," and the tags say "amor, felicidad, sonrisas, paciencia, paz, motivacion, esperanza" and "valor." 
I also created an English version, in a fall color scheme:
Please share the versions you and your students create!  I would love to display them here on my blog! 

Paula Kim Studio clip art

Monday, July 20, 2015

Back to School Teacher Problems, No Cell Phones In Class Please!

Back to School Teacher Problems
I got 99 problems, and you being on your cell phone is 1 of them.

It's that time of year again.  Back to School!  Which seriously, I love.  I get giddy with back to school excitement and even have my own BTS ritual of watching "School of Rock" (Jack Black) the night before the first day of school. 

But let me tell you what I don't love: Having to deal with teenagers and cell phones.

Whoever the first teacher was to post THIS sign in his/her class is a down right genius in my book.  And I might need to follow suit.  Teenagers can appreciate some sarcastic jabs, right?

Here's another great one that I think can go right in the middle of my bulletin board:
All joking aside, how are we to handle all of the inevitable and against-the-rules cell phone usage we will see as school starts up again?
First, we need to know what the school policy is.  And enforce it. 
But secondly, my strategy is to keep my students so occupied and engaged by the lesson that they won't have time to look at their cell phones
I rarely have a lesson in which my students are seated for the entire class period.  Mixing things up is the name of the game!  They already are enrolled in classes where they have to sit through lectures- when they get to my class, I want them to know to expect to be an active participant in the lesson.  Which leaves little room for checking their FB or Instagram. 
That's my plan!  What about you?  Any good suggestions for how to deal with students and cell phones?  Leave a comment and let me know your strategies!
~La Profesora Frida

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Jalepeno! A fun communication game for Spanish class! Free instructions!

As foreign language teachers, one of our goals is to ensure that our students feel comfortable communicating in another language.  What better way to give them the speaking practice they need than with a fun game?! 


¡Jalapeño! is a great activity that gives your students the opportunity to:

· Speak in the target language

· Practice asking and answering questions

· Develop their vocabulary and practice pronunciation

· Use body movement and get up out of their chairs!

· Build confidence in their foreign language abilities

· Have fun!

¿Cómo jugamos?

1. Students stand in a circle.  One student stands in the middle of the circle.

2. All students close their eyes.  The teacher will pick one person to be “it” for the game (the teacher can tap a student on the shoulder), who is then known as “el jalapeño.”

3. All students open their eyes and the game begins!

4. The student in the middle of the circle will ask a question (En español, por supuesto.  The teacher can model the question or give the student in the middle the exact question to ask.).  The student will ask one person at a time the question. 

5. All students except “el jalapeño” will answer using a complete sentence.

6. When the student in the  middle asks “el jalapeño” the question, “el jalapeño” must answer the question by shouting out ““¡Jalapeño!”

7. This is the signal that ALL students MUST move to stand in a different place in the circle!  Students are not allowed to move to the space next to them; they must move at least 2 spaces away!

8. The person who doesn’t find a place to stand in the circle is the new person to stand in the middle who will ask the next question!

Tips & Hints!
1. Students need to know where the allowed spaces are to stand.  Or sit.  If you have chairs available in your class, you can set up chairs in a circle.  In my class the chairs are attached to the desks, so we can’t use those.  We put down some washi tape / masking tape and leave it on the floor so students know exactly where the circle is and where the spaces are for the game.
2. The game is meant to help students feel more comfortable speaking in the target language.  Modeling the question for the person in the middle takes away the fear of  having to come up with the question on their own.  This is especially important for students new to the target language.  Students in upper levels might be perfectly    confident and comfortable coming up with the questions on their own.  Modeling the   answer is also important.  Before each round, model the question then model the    answer and give the students standing around the circle time to formulate their answer in their heads before the game begins. 
This game can be used for just about ANY unit in the foreign language classroom! Questions can be as simple as “¿Cómo te llamas?,” an intermediate “¿Qué hiciste el fin de semana pasado?” or a more advanced “¿Quién se lo dio?”
If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact me! I would love to hear how you use this game with your classes!  Please leave a comment below!
~La Profesora Frida 

The beautiful graphics in this packet were used with permission from:  
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