Thursday, December 15, 2016

I have added so many more Draw-On-Grid Activities for Christmas, Winter, and El Día de los Tres Reyes Magos!

Please let me know in the comments if there are any other grammar topics that you would like me to add!  ¡Gracias!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

¡Feliz Navidad! Iron-On Transfer

This is a design I created for a cute Christmas shirt wishing everyone a ¡Feliz Navidad
Print this design onto Iron-On Transfer Paper that you may purchase from stores such as Target, Jo-Ann Fabrics, Hobby Lobby, Staples, etc.
Iron it onto a favorite T-Shirt or Sweatshirt. 

This is sure to be a hit with your students! 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

¡A decorar!

Decorate your classroom, door, or bulletin board, worksheets, etc. with these festive papel picado letters!  ¡Feliz Navidad!

¡Feliz Navidad!

These Draw-on-Grid assignments continue to be popular in my TpT Store!  They are a great assignment to do during the holidays!  They are also great for keeping students engaged while doing speaking tests with students one-on-one.  Look for more creations coming soon!  But, for now, try out one of these!  You can find them here at my store!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

¡La familia!

¡Hola!  I am getting ready to post more activities/assignments, etc. for my family unit in my TpT store.  I just wanted to share with you something that I do as I begin this unit.  You might do this before or after you present a vocabulary list for the family.  Students should be able to understand what you are saying by the pictures in your PowerPoint and, therefore, learn the vocabulary or at least recognize it in context.

I put together a PowerPoint with pictures to introduce my family and some of my extended family to my students.  

I then type up a list of questions to go along with the PowerPoint (each slide is numbered to help them stay on track.)  This is not a very difficult assignment, but it does encourage the students to participate in a listening activity completely in Spanish!  I collect their papers at the end and I do grade them for right/wrong answers and enter as a homework or participation grade.  It has been a great success!  

I try to make sure to add questions with fun and interesting trivia about my family.  For example, I am a twin and I had twins.  Also, both of my grandmothers had the same first name, Iva. (What are the odds of that?)

Friday, September 16, 2016

Decorate Your Spanish Classroom with this Calendar Set

Here are some ways you might make a calendar bulletin board in your classroom:

Included in this product are printable slides/jpegs for:
--Months in Spanish
--Days in Spanish
--Numbers for dates
--Signs that say, "¿Cuál es la fecha de hoy?" and "Hoy es ____ el _____ de ____ de 2016 (editable)."
--"Feliz Cumpleaños" jpegs in the papel picado font.
--Examples of how to change colors, etc. for a colorful display.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

¡Hola!  Check out this video I posted today with one of my favorite ways to study vocabulary.  It works!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

You asked for it! Every Spanish teacher needs some (MORE) papel picado! Here is a collection of PNGs of my new papel picado font. Includes the entire English and Spanish alphabets (including accented vowels, ñ, and the upside-down punctuation marks!) These make beautiful bulletin boards as well as hallway displays for Open House or Hispanic Heritage Month! They also look great on worksheets and handouts.
I have put the PNGs together in a Power Point file for easier manipulation if you would like to make different background colors for the letters. Since they are PNGs, they are able to be transparent, resizabe, etc.

Find it HERE!

Monday, August 15, 2016

During the first week of school, we do our best as teachers to make sure our lesson plans are complete from bell to bell.  It really is important to establish this during the first few days so students know that we will use class time to be productive and then they will not expect “free time.”  However, even best laid plans fall short at times.  Then we are left with an awkward 5 to 10 minutes with nothing left to do except allow the students to talk or work on other homework…this is not a good way to start the year.  Furthermore, I don’t know about you, but my heart would always sink when the principal would do a walk-through and my students were off-task with seemingly “nothing to do” all because the lesson plan ended early. 

Here is a great game (with minimal preparation!) to fill in left over minutes!  (We play these games in Spanish class, but they could be easily adapted to any language class!)
¡Vocabulary Hot Potato! (¡Papa caliente!)  This works especially well for Spanish II and up (once students have learned enough vocabulary.)  Use an alphabet die from the game Scattergories (or you can purchase your own online at Ebay, etc.)  Have students get into groups of 4 to 6.  The teacher rolls the die and lets the students know the letter.  As soon as you announce the letter, use a timer for 1 minute.  Students have to go around the circle within their group saying words that begin with that letter of the alphabet.  When the timer goes off, the student who was up to say the next word is “out.”  (So, this encourages the students to try to keep it going quickly and stay in the game.)  The student that is “out” is eliminated for the remainder of rounds until there is finally a “winner” (last one standing.)  With groups of 4 to 6, you will be able to play several times (so those who get “out” will get to play again in a few minutes.)  This game is exciting and students are surprised at how many words they do remember.  What a great way to review vocabulary!  (Reward the “winners” with candy or your own reward system of bonus points, etc. to keep them motivated to play.)

Variations of this Game: 
(1)If you don’t have an alphabet die, then just print out aset of cards with every letter of the alphabet and randomly draw a card before each round. 
(2)  To make this less teacher-directed, purchase enough dice for each group to have one, then students could roll their own die and keep a timer within the group for each round.  (Or, print a stack of cards, as mentioned in number 1 above, for each group.) This makes it more challenging as well as students may not hear other groups shouting out words within the same category (letter).
(3)   Play without a die…
You will find a lot more ideas like these in my 125 Koosh Ball Activities and my Arrebato Games in my Teachers Pay Teachers store!

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What will you do for Open House?

Your school has scheduled an Open House night where the parents get to attend each class on their student’s schedule! You, the teacher, get to talk to them for 10 minutes! However, you are so swamped with all of the meetings, lesson planning, and paper administration for the first few weeks that you don’t even know HOW you will prepare for Open House! Well, here is your salvation! 

This is a Power Point template to help you prepare a professional and personal presentation to help the parents get a good understanding about the class(es) you will be teaching and what they should expect. It is created for Spanish class, but could easily be adapted for other World Language classes.

This presentation includes 43 editable slides including an explanation of how to use the presentation, an outline of topics to discuss (Welcome, About Me, Course Descriptions, Course Expectations, Materials Needed, Philosophy Statement, The 5 C’s of Language Learning (with a link to a handout or poster on this), Homework Policy, Units to Study, Upcoming Projects, Other Opportunities for Language Learning, and even a fun pop quiz for the parents if you have time left over!

Also included with this product’s zip file are:

(1) an editable handout for the parents to take with them as well as (or instead of) using the Power Point (especially for those times when technology decides not to work!) I have also included with this handout a copy of my list of “Language Learning Strategies” that I give to the students so the parents can help them to be successful.

(2) editable sign-up sheets. Copy these (if you have to turn them in to the school office) and file them in a folder marked “Open House” to refer to later when contacting parents. It helps to know who has heard your expectations and who has not.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

These "papel picado" letters welcoming students back to school are a very popular product in my Teachers Pay Teachers store! For teachers that are decorating their classroom, bulletin board, etc. with these letters...I have a special offer for you!  Please email me a picture of your display (to that I may use on Facebook, my blog, etc. and I will send you my product, 125 Koosh Ball Activities for Middle or High School Spanish for FREE! This promotion ends at midnight on Wednesday, August 16, 2016. ¡Muchas gracias! I can't wait to see the pics!

Friday, August 12, 2016

FREE for a limited time! 

This idea/product is free for a limited time in my TpT store! This is a great assignment for the students to do to stay productive while you take care of first-week-of-school administrations!

Saturday, April 2, 2016

One of the ways I begin this unit, is by presenting a Power Point of pictures of my own childhood talking in Spanish about what I used to do and like to do.  Even if the students do not know how to form the imperfect tense yet, they understand what I am saying because it's delivered in context. Here are some of my slides that I use (think about how you would describe them with childhood vocabulary and the imperfect tense.) I have also used a simple T/F or short answer worksheet for students to fill in as I go along in the Power Point--keeping them listening and on task .  I collect this at the end for a participation grade.  

Next, I show my students a Power Point of childhood pictures of other teachers/staff in our school. The students LOVE this!  (Make sure you put in a request to your colleagues well in advance with a deadline for a picture and a brief paragraph about what they were like as a child, where they would go, what they liked.)  I read a paragraph about the childhood picture with plenty of imperfect verbs and vocabulary in there.  Then, the students have to guess who it is before I reveal the picture of what they look like now (request this, too, if you are not able to find pics on your school website.)  This REALLY keeps the students' attention!

As years have gone by, I have gotten a little more creative with this Power Point.  You may purchase my template here.

Have students fill in the English translation while presenting each vocabulary word or phrase.  You may find my list and Power Point here.

Nothing wrong with having them repeat each vocabulary term in their head while looking for it in their wordsearch

This is always a great activity that the students really enjoy doing! It gets them thinking about the vocabulary while drawing. Even stick figures can turn out really cute! I have the students present their best four drawings using the overhead projector or elmo. Can be used for any language!

Present a formal grammar lesson on how to form the imperfect tense in Spanish.  Both student and teacher copies are found here.  

This is one of my most popular activities both in my classroom and in my store!  Students work in pairs matching the Spanish verb to its English translation.  The cooperative learning that goes on during this activity is pretty amazing!  There are puzzles for just the -ar verbs and one for practice with regulars and irregulars together.

My students always enjoy playing this game.  See my version (which I call "Barcas") here.

Students have to do and think a little more with this assignment.  They will first fill in the blanks with the correct form of the verb in the imperfect tense. They then find the conjugated verbs in the wordsearch. 22 words.

Here are two great assignments available for this.

This is such a cute activity and keeps the students reading and writing in the imperfect tense!  It's so fun to try and guess who is in the picture before turning the paper over.  Makes a really cool bulletin board display in the classroom and is quite impressive in the hallway as well!

This is always a great go-to activity that involves really no preparation other than keeping a classroom set of medium-sized dry erase boards, dry erase markers, and either tissues or erasers enough for each group.  Divide the class into groups of 3 or 4 and have them come up with 3 or 4 sentences that are true for each of them and their childhood.  For example, 

"Veíamos Barney todos los días."  
"Todos teníamos una bicicleta azul."
"Nos gustaba dibujar en la acera con tiza."

Give the students time to write their sentences.  Walk around and give them hints if they need to make corrections.  Then have them present their sentences to the class by reading them out loud.  

You can add to this activity by:

--having the students write two sentences that are true for them and one false.  The class then has to determine which one is false.  These can turn out to be really crazy and fun!

--having the students write sentences about what the teacher used to do as a child.

--having the students write sentences about what a famous person used to do as a child.  (You could have them put the name of the famous person on top of the board, or just have the sentences and then the class will have to guess who it is.)

"Jugaba al fútbol americano con sus amigos." (Cam Newton)

This activity is one of my most popular productS in my Teachers Pay Teachers store!  Students will draw a scaled version of what they see in the little square in the grid for each conjugation.  In the end, they end up with a fun picture!  This makes a great bulletin board display as well.  You may also vote on the clearest picture for a small prize.  I have created several of these for different holidays as well.

Included in this product are three quizzes and 1 test (2 versions each.) These are matching tests and quizzes versions A and B of each (to discourage cheating and/or to have extra versions for those who were absent.)

Answer Keys included for easy grading!

I sincerely hope this helps you in planning an exciting unit on Childhood in your Spanish class!  Please give me feedback on how it goes!