Miss Señorita
I'm pretty sure when I was learning Spanish in high school, we learned about culture in Spanish-speaking countries by reading blurbs in the textbook. Honestly, it's shocking we learned anything about how people live in Spanish-speaking countries. The internet is an amazing tool for teaching culture and truly letting students learn how people live in other countries. I love to use webquests to teach culture.  Here's how I create them! What is a webquest? Quite simply, it's a worksheet with questions on it that students find the answers to on websites that you direct them to. I like to include questions that are opinion-based to stir up discussion as much as possible. I also find questions where students have to compare/contrast something in the target culture to their home culture to be very engaging as well. And if I can find a website with an interesting video - jackpot . My absolute favorite webquest every year in Spanish 1 is during the housing unit.  Students watch...
If you're looking for a great way to wrap up Spanish 1 and let students show off all they've learned this year - have I got a great idea for you! Meet the Spanish 1 Final Project . Students create a booklet about themselves and cover just about every topic they've learned throughout the year. Their booklet can be done on paper or digitally and includes: their name and age adjectives to describe themselves what they like or like to do classes they have and materials they need for school who they live with describe their family chores they have at home foods they eat their daily routine what they wear in different seasons I've only had Spanish 1 students create this, but I'm sure it could be modified for upper levels.  Do you do a project like this to wrap up the school year? LMK in the comments below! ...
  I love a review game. I have blogged about bingo (lotería), dominoes , and charades . Let's talk about Memory....
Think about those tricky lessons you teach where the words change or move. Or where the words change AND move like with direct, indirect, and double object pronouns. I make a powerpoint that teaches my students what words change, what they change to, and where those pronouns move to. Like this: Students not only see the direct and indirect objects convert to pronouns, but then they see the sentence rewritten with the pronouns in their correct spots. I use this powerpoint (and powerpoints like it) to introduce direct, indirect, and double object pronouns. And if you'd like to know how I made this magic happen (so you can make it happen in your class for this or other topics), then here you go! How to Make an Animated Powerpoint Again, I'm going to focus on my double object pronouns example, but you can take these skills and apply them to other topics. 1. Open up Powerpoint. I know this seems obvious, but... just in case. 2. Format your slide.  Add colors, add text, make the fon...
I'm gonna go ahead and say the preterite vs imperfect is the worst part of Spanish 2. It's probably the hardest thing students have faced up to that point. And then they get to Spanish 3 and meet the nightmare known as the subjunctive. 😂 I have a few suggestions to make teaching preterite vs imperfect palatable and not pure horror. Teach the Preterite vs Imperfect Separately First  Please, dear lord, do not throw two past tenses at students simultaneously. Their brains might explode. 🤯 Really take your time (and then take a little longer) teaching the preterite. It's kind of a monster of a verb tense. I break the preterite down by verb type: regular -AR verbs -car, -gar, -zar verbs regular -ER & -IR verbs "Y" verbs stem-changing verbs review: -ER, -IR, "Y", and stem-changing verbs review: -AR, -car, -gar, -zar, -ER, -IR, "Y", and stem-changing verbs irregular verbs I explicitly teach students how they know if a verb is a "Y" v...
Most beginning Spanish 1 students probably think that everyone in the Spanish-speaking world eats tacos.  And while it's true some people in Spanish-speaking countries do eat tacos - not everyone does. And there are other foods besides tacos! If you're looking for an idea to teach students about foods of the Spanish-speaking world and expand their vocabulary beyond "los tacos" , then have I got an idea for you! Hispanic Foods Webquest & Menu Project So this 3-day project is 2 parts: first the webquest, and then the menu project. How to set up the webquest 1. Choose 3 countries you want to focus on that have very different traditional foods. It's easier if you choose places you're familiar with. I chose Spain, Mexico, and Peru. You could choose more than 3 countries, but you want students to complete the webquest in 1 (50-minute) period. Add more countries if you have more time. 2. Do some research about what the traditional and common foods are in the 3 ...
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