Friday, November 28, 2014

FREE lesson plan! Winter Writing (Literacy) AND Bulletin Board Elements for your K-12 class!

This FREE writing lesson and  bulletin board activity is suitable for ANY class.  It’s great for K-6, but also fitting for middle school and high school classes.  Great for EAL and foreign language classes too!

Simply print the snowflakes provided in this packet and decide what you want your students to practice writing.

Here are some thoughts to inspire:

· adjectives that describe snowflakes

· words to describe winter

· complete sentences (focusing on capital letters, finger spaces between words and full stops at the end of a sentence)

And a few ideas especially for foreign language teachers:

· use known vocabulary to describe a snowflake / winter

· look up new words to describe (using a foreign language dictionary, website or app)

· practice using specific verbs (What do you like to do in the winter?)

· practice using specific verb tenses (What did you do in the winter when you were little?  What will you do next winter?)


This is the beginning of our class “Winter” bulletin board.  The students help add to the festive snowflake theme as they continue to write WOW words all about snowflakes and the season.

Some students have spent the time to cut the delicate edges of the snowflakes, but it’s not necessary as we back each snowflake in a festive blue or silver color.
When students are done writing (and revising if necessary) they can color the snowflakes pretty wintery colors and then cut around the edges and glue them on a pretty matching paper for display.
We used matching shades of blue and silver for our display.  (You could even use aluminum foil if you don’t have silver paper.)  I hole punched some and strung them together with ribbon and attached them near the top of bulletin board so they can “blow in the wind” to look like it’s snowing! 
We’ll continue to add to this bulletin board and the snow will continue to pile up under the painted tree.  We had Autumn leaves on the tree before they “blew away” and left the tree bare, we’ll use this bulletin board all year to depict the changing seasons.
I hope these ideas give you a solid place to start in creating your own winter themed bulletin board for your classes!
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~La Profesora Frida



Sunday, November 16, 2014

Spanish "Wordoku," or "Sudoku" with Spanish vocabulary words

Help your students learn THANKSGIVING DAY vocabulary with these TWO fun SPANISH sudokus!

I'm not much of a Sudokuer (is that a word?), but my husband is.  I decided to try my hand at creating some "Wordokus" using Spanish vocabulary instead of numbers!  My puzzle-loving students love these, and I bet yours will too!

These are a great way to add El Dia de Accion de Gracias (Thanksgiving Day!) vocabulary to your classroom without necessarily having to add a Thanksgiving Day lesson. 

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The vocabulary in the first sudoku:
agradecido/a (thankful)
el arandano rojo (cranberry)
la cena (dinner, the meal)
gluglu gluglu (gobble, gobble!)
el maiz (corn)
el pavo (turkey)
el pastel de calabaza (pumpkin pie)
el pure de patatas (mashed potatos)
el peregrino (pilgrim)

 The vocabulary in the 2nd Sudoku:
el name (yam)
el otono (fall)
el pavo (turkey)
el relleno (stuffing)
el pudin (pudding dessert)
la cazuela (casserole)
el futbol americano (American football)
la indigena americano (American Indian)
la familia (family)

(Teacher keys are included!)

These are wonderful for your FAST FINISHERS.  Also great for
homework, in class activity, partner activity, review, vocabulary building, substitute plans or extra credit!

I hope you give them a try with your students!  If you do, I would LOVE to hear how it goes, please swing by and let me know!  :)

Friday, October 24, 2014

Time Spanish Lessons, Teaching Time in your Spanish Classes

How do you go about teaching TIME in your Spanish classes? 
I've put together a packet of activities that I use to teach time in my Spanish classes, and I hope these are helpful ideas for you too!

We all know how important it is for our students to remember their numbers and practice telling time in Spanish.  I've included printables in this packet of Spanish lessons to help your students practice reading and recognizing numbers, as well as practicing proper spelling. 
These printables are great for in-class practice, at home practice, to use with “Fast Finishers” bulletin board activities and for tests and quizzes!

Practicing and Reviewing the NUMBERS:

   6  ½ worksheets:
           50-69 and 70-89
        1-100 and tens place numerical order

  Practice Writing Time with clocks      
Here's a bit of an example:


  Reading Comprehension Paragraph with Time
  There are 2 Reading Comprehension practice worksheets, that look a bit like this.  Students read and write in the times they've read.


  "Math Geniuses” – fun math problems with time

  There are 2 "math geniuses" worksheets in which students do some math problems with time to get them thinking!


  Telling Time Listening worksheet/quiz page – 16 blank clock faces

no key given, as this page is meant for a listening activity, the teacher says the times and the students draw the hands on the clocks in the correct positions

 telling time listening & writing worksheet/quiz – 8 blank clock faces + writing

element    teacher key – except for the blank clock faces, where the teacher chooses answers

  Game - Shark Tank!
  My students LOVE this game!  I'm sure yours will too!  Students pair up (groups of 3 is fine too) and race each other to be the first to find the TIME on the sharks' bellies!  (The teacher calls out the times and the students race.)  The students can keep track of points on their own worksheets. 

I hope this gives you an idea of some activities you can do with your students in your Spanish classes too! 

I would love to hear your ideas too!  What do you do with your students in your classes to help them practice telling time in Spanish??  Please leave a comment below!

~La Profesora Frida


Friday, October 17, 2014

Giving Thanks in your Foreign Language classroom, Activities and Lessons for the month of November

Thanksgiving is an important part of our American

  culture.  Not only is it important historically, but it
provides a wonderful opportunity to teach our young ones
about the importance of being thankful for all we have.


 Read through these suggestions for bringing

  the Gratitude expressed during this season of
 Thanksgiving into focus in your classroom.  Please click
 I hope you find some or all of  these ideas useful!

What is “Thanksgiving?”


These are a few activities to help your students discover

what Giving Thanks means.  Do some or all of the activities-

You will know what is right for your class!


1.   After discussing the history of Thanksgiving with your students,

ask them to brainstorm with a partner the different traditions associated       

with this holiday.  Ask them to name specifically what they do with

their families on this day.  Have students take turns sharing with the

class and make a list on the board for all to see.


2.  Ask your students what “Thanksgiving” means.  Guide them toward

the “Giving Thanks.”  Ask them if they know any other words that mean

the same thing as “Thanks or Thankful.”  Create a list on the board for

all to see.  Some words to guide them towards:  Gratitude, Grateful,

Appreciation, Appreciative, Recognition.


3.  Have students work in pairs to come up with ideas of HOW to express

thankfulness.  Ask students to list things that they have done to let some-

one know they are thankful.  Have groups take turns sharing with the

class and make a list on the board.


4.  Provide students with paper and give them a set amount of time to write

a story about something they are grateful for.  At the end of the time

limit, do a pair share.  Provide construction paper and have students

attach their story to a fall-colored background paper.  Make a display

for your hallway or classroom to remind everyone that there is something to be
thankful for.


5.  Ask students to brainstorm different ways of thanking people.  Write all

of the ideas on the board.  Then ask each student to think of someone that

they would like to say “thank you” to.  Common ways to say thank you

of course are cards.  Have supplies ready and lead your students in a

“thank you” making activity.


Classroom Thanksgiving Tree
-colored paper
-markers, crayons or paints
This activity can be done with some or all
of the suggestions listed below.  You will
know what is right for your class!
    Using construction paper, cut a huge tree for your classroom, or to
  place just outside your classroom.  (If you have older students or you’re
  lucky enough to have a student TA, this is a great job for them!)  Hang
  up the tree wherever is best for you.
   Have plenty of fall-colored construction paper on hand.  Ask students
   to cut out a leaf and write a word (or short sentence) about something
   or someone they are thankful for in the middle of the leaf.  (If you teach
   a foreign language, this is a great opportunity to use known vocabulary
   or look up new words in the target language!)
   Allow students to tape their leaf onto the tree.  This is a wonderful
   way to keep thankfulness and gratefulness at the forefront of
   everyone’s mind during this Thanksgiving season!
   Every day allow time for students to cut out another leaf to place on
   the Thanksgiving Tree.  (This is also a great suggestion for those
   fast finishers in your classes!)
   At the end of the Thanksgiving Season, don’t just take it down.  Make
   it into a classroom activity.  Have students take down a handful of
   leaves each and then once they are seated again have each student read
   out the Thanksgiving leaves he/she has in her hand.

Classroom Thanksgiving Turkey!

   Use the same ideas as listed in the Thanksgiving Tree suggestion, only make a turkey!  :) 

   Students can add new "turkey feathers" each day with words written on the feathers to

   express what they are thankful for.

Say “Thank You” in many languages.


Teach your students to say “thank you” in many languages.

Create a list on your board (you will find a few “thank yous”

in other languages below) and assign one word per student (or partner pair).


Have each student (or partner pair) write their assigned word

very large in the middle of a piece of paper (construction pap-

er or colored paper is great!) and have them decorate their new



Display the “thank you” decorations around your classroom,

or better yet, in the hallway outside your classroom for the

entire school to enjoy!

Basima           Sayol                Tai merban    
Assyrian             Azerbaijani                     Balochi (Pakistan)
Hvala vam         Blagodarya       Merci
Bosnian                      Bulgarian               French
Gracias             Dank je            Urako
   Spanish                     Dutch                 Comanche
Pidamaya ye      Mahalo              Arigato
      Dakota                 Hawaiian                   Japanese
These are only some of the ideas shared in La Profesora Frida's FREE download for Thanksgiving!  Please swing by La Profesora Frida's TeachersPayTeachers store today and download the entire packet of ideas!
And remember-- Positive feedback make my day!  If you enjoy even 1 of these ideas, please take the time to let me know!  :)
~La Profesora Frida