Hansel & Gretel: Activate the Interpretive Mode

By |2021-08-21T19:59:08-06:00August 21st, 2021|

This is the perfect unit for when the teacher is out of the classroom for a few days: It delivers comprehensible input, it gives students a concrete task, it is multi-level, and the accountability is built in. Plus, the sub doesn't need to know the language or how to [...]

Start the School Right and Get Students Reading

By |2021-08-11T14:29:44-06:00August 11th, 2021|

This just-published unit can be the first full story of the school year for a Spanish I class. It can be told at the beginning of the second or third week of class, or it can be saved until later. It explains how to get students reading right away. [...]

Celebrate and Explain Cinco de Mayo

By |2021-05-05T21:48:18-06:00May 4th, 2021|

SONGS FOR CINCO DE MAYO This is a set of 11 traditional Mexican songs—lasting favorites that will not go out of style in 2 weeks. The songs are in Spanish, with English translations and colorful graphics, and there are historical and cultural notes in English for each song. You [...]

VALENTINE’S DAY ALTERNATIVE ACTIVITY

By |2020-02-04T12:03:22-07:00February 4th, 2020|

Eres Tu Valentine's Day Activity This is an activity for the majority of students that feel the vomit rise in their mouth when they see over-the-top Valentine's Day expressions of puppy lust. All. Day. Long. It's been a hit with students for years. Use it as a brain break [...]

100 UNPROMPTED, UNIQUE SENTENCES IN LEVEL 1

By |2017-10-11T13:22:12-06:00September 19th, 2017|

It was chaotic. It was noisy. It was heavenly. When the students wanted to keep talking in Spanish, I threw out my lesson plan and let them talk. It gives me hope that this work is not in vain. These are the sentences that my fifth period Spanish 1 [...]

BRAIN/BODY BREAK: MMA HEAD & SHOULDERS, KNEES & TOES

By |2017-10-11T13:22:12-06:00September 7th, 2017|

Here is a fun full body movement song that you can use as a brain break: Sing the children's song "Head & Shoulders, Knees & Toes" in the target language with different verbs and actions attached.  Even my high school students enjoy singing and acting it out. Here's how [...]

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