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Thursday, October 15, 2009

KWL Charts and Generators

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Looking for a good anticipatory set?  A KWL chart has one already built in.
Go here to easily generate and customize your own printable KWL chart. These are great easy to make graphic organizers.
I love how one of my credential students does this.  At the beginning of a chapter she passes out a sticky note and has her students write down anything they know and then puts it up on butcher paper.  At the end of the chapter she revisits this and they can write a whole lot more.  They can see their progress.  What a great visual!
Go here to check out a Spanish KWL chart and how to use KWL charts in your Spanish class.
You might also want to read how to Create a Rubric to Assess Student Performance using Rubistar. 
or check out my article on how to create a great anticipatory set for your lessons and motivate your students

A "discipline hierarchy"

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I am a firm believer that if students know exactly what you expect of them and exactly what will happen if they don't meet your expectations that your class room will run a lot smoother.

"discipline hierarchy" is one in which you have a list of 3-6 consequences for breaking your rules or not meeting your expectations.  Each time a rule is broken during class there is a consequence that is more punitive or restrictive than the previous one.

These vary according to your style and school policies but mine were usually something like this:

1- Warning 
The first time a rule is broken I'll say, "Johnny, you have a warning."
2- Stay after class.
The second time a rule is broken I'll say, "Johnny, I'll see you after class."
3- Step outside and phone call home.
The third time a rule is broken I'll say, "Johnny, step outside."
4- Go to the office. (This will include a phone call home.)
The third time a rule is broken I'll say, "Johnny, now you may go to the office."  This might happen if I have told a student to go outside and they argue.


*Severe clause:  I reserve the right to bypass steps 1-3 for certain behaviors.







Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Carlex online

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Have you seen the Carlex catalog? I always find so much in there I'd love to use. If you go to the website you can search for more sale items or just get some good ideas.

A lot of the foreign language posters are a little lame. This one is one I happen to like.






Monday, August 17, 2009

Some of my favorite websites

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This website was done by a Spanish teacher of the year. Definitely worth checking out.
Click here for Spanish language, culture, literature links, and much more
Internet Activities for Foreign Language Classes
Here find all the Spanish grammar (w/ quizzes) imaginable.
This site includes many activities to help students practice various topics normally covered in a first or second year Spanish class.
A bunch of tools for teachers as well as students.
Create review games for free here.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Why do you teach Spanish?

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Why do you teach Spanish? For that matter why is it important to learn Spanish or another language.  It is important to know the answer to this question so that you are able to have the greatest effect and impact on your students. 

"Take away the cause and the effect ceases."

-- Miguel de Cervantes

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Spanish Learning Games: "Matamoscas" (Fly Swatter)

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You've heard of the fly swatter game. But how do you play?
You'll need:
Overhead projector to project about 10-15 words and a couple fly swatters or word swatters. 
Divide the class into 2 teams. (Or more depending on class size)
Teams line up. Person in front of each line has a swatter. Teacher calls a vocab word. Students race to swat the correct translated word on the wall.
The above swatters are no ordinary fly swatters. In fact they're not fly swatters at all. They are
word swatters
Turn this into a paired activity.

This is...Jeopardy!

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Did you ever want to play jeopardy in your class but didn't really know how to go about it. Well here is a power point template where you can just plug in the material you want. Jeopardy for class!  Woo hoo!  And it is on power point! Power point jeopardy so that you can tailor it to fit what your class is working on.

You can also check out the directions for classroom jeopardy.

Tools For Teachers

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Check this site out for a bunch of links to help teachers.

Here is what you will find there:

Quiz Generators| Worksheets & Flashcards | Games & Puzzles | Certificates & Charts | Forms, Surveys, & Calendars | Miscellaneous Tools | Templates for the Classroom | Places to Post Homework |WebPage Building | Bookmarks and Documents On-Line |
Free E-Mail Accounts

Spanish Bingo for any vocabulary or numbers

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My friend Darlene told me about this website for your own Spanish Bingo. Make your own Bingo in Spanish cards for free online. Customize them with your vocabulary words. Several sites do this.  Here is one site in which you can make printable Spanish Bingo cards.

Bingo with Numbers
Have your students play Numero to help them learn Spanish numbers. Have them make their own "Numero Card" (This Bingo variation comes from the resource section of Realidades.)  Students fold a paper in half vertically (hot dog) and then in thirds.  They unfold the paper and repeat the process horizontally.  When students unfold the paper again, they should have 36 squares.  Instruct the students to write n-u-m-e-r-o in the top six squares.  Then they fill in the remaining squares with any number 1-100 (or whatever numbers you want them to focus on as long as there is a range of at least 40 numbers.)

Next call out a number from 1-100.  Note that number on  a paper that your students can't see. If the students have that number on their card, they cross it out.  When a player has marked off an entire row vertically, horizontally or diagonally he or she calls out Numero!  That student then reads those numbers out loud so that you can match them with what you wrote down/ called out.  Learning Spanish numbers can be a lot of fun. Bingo/ Numero  is always a great way to start out.

What do you do to teach your students numbers in Spanish?  Leave your idea in the comment section.

You can have the students keep playing but try to make another Numero and then have them make an X or a + on their Numero board.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Teachers Pay Teachers

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This is a site that you have to register for but registering is free. There are a bunch of free items as well as fairly inexpensive ones. You can put in Spanish as a key word search. Click here to check it out. This is the site where I found the preterite packet.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Verb Battleship

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Give each student a battle ship board with subjects along the left and verbs to conjugate along the top. Students draw in their ships (same size ships as in battleship). Then to guess they must accurately conjugate the verb in the tense you tell them. If their opponent hears them conjugate it wrong, they should not tell them whether it is a hit or miss and they lose a turn. This way it really gets kids listening for the correct conjugations. First person to find all of their opponent’s ships wins. Here is a sample game board.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Vocabulary Practice

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Draw and guess (Thank you Ninfa)
  • Teacher draws on overhead (which is turned off) while students guess what the teacher might be drawing from the current chapter.
  • Once the vocab word is guessed that person comes up and takes a turn.

Battleship (Guerra Naval)

There are tons of things you can do with this. The most obvious is to practice numbers and letters. You can always change the numbers if you want your students practicing different numbers. To print: Click on the image or go here.

Give each student a battle ship board. Students pick vocabulary words as their ships. I usually tell them to pick 3 (or 4 if they are shorter words). They then write them with one letter in each box either horizontally or vertically. Have students play battleship following the typical rules of battleship (but in the target language). When someone hits their ship, they also give the letter so their opponent starts seeing a word appear. First one to find all ships wins. This game is practice recognition more than production and is great after just introducing new words. Here is a game board .

Circumlocution (for Spanish II (possibly at the end of Spanish I) and higher)
In its most basic form, circumlocution is using many words (such as "a tool used for cutting things such as paper and hair") to describe something simple ("scissors"). In this sense, the vast majority of definitions found in dictionaries are circumlocutory.
Use this as an activity for students to describe words that they may or may not know in Spanish. For example, they may not know how to say the word ‘hanger’ in Spanish but they can describe it. I have used it with the game Catch Phrase but you can adapt it to any game that has lists of words. Use it to review the vocabulary lesson that you are working on or the next lesson. This can be done with the whole class, partners or small groups.

Vocabulary for Circumlocution
Es parte de

Es un verbo
Es como

Es lo opuesto de

Es lo que (usas)
Es lo mismo que

Es un tipo de
Es un sinónimo de

Es grande/ pequeño
Es parecido a

Se parece a
Se usa para
Significa
Es rojo, amarillo…
Es un animal, persona, lugar, cosa, fruta, color…


Vocab grab (Thank you Jared)
Students work in pairs with about 9 flashcards layed out on a desk. (Some teachers have the students use pictures that represent the vocab words.) Teacher calls out a word and the students grab the correct one. Now if you don't like the idea of crinkling up the vocab cards you could put them into baseball card holders and then the students would just have to slap the word first.


Do you have an idea? Please feel free to leave a comment!


Susanita tiene un raton (video)

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Rubistar to create rubrics

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This is a great site to help you create rubrics.

If you are a new user you will need to sign up.

Oh. And its free.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Some useful websites

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Internet activities for foreign language classes.

Here students can watch a short video and fill in the blanks with missing vocab. It also has images of road signs from Spain.

clip art

Here are some Resources for teaching, learning and practicing.

This website was done by a Spanish teacher of the year. Definitely worth checking out.

This site has Spanish Language, Hispanic Culture and Literature Links, and Much More.

Here is all the Spanish grammar (w/ quizzes) imaginable.

Topics normally covered in a first or second year Spanish class.

Web Quests & Tracks

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A WebQuest is a learning activity used by educators. During this activity learners read, analyze, and synthesize information using the World Wide Web. Webquests were invented by Bernie Dodge and Tom March at San Diego State University in 1995. Click here for more information on what a web quest is.


Go here  to create a web quest.

Click here to create a Track. Tracks are similar to web quests.  The internet is a huge ocean of material that your students can easily get lost in or worse find the wrong kind of information.  Keep your students "on track" by using this tool.  (Pun intended.)

This is an example of a web quest that a teacher designed to have students practice with weather and geography in Spanish.

Here is another track where students can practice the preterite.


Browse a little bit on your own. Go to the website and look at some tracks that have already been done.
  • In the top box on the right titled "find a track" click on Browse by standards and Grades
  • Click on non-English languages and other relevant information.
  • Go to the home page and enter in a keyword search.


Now get ready to make your own tracks.

Click here for the track star tutorial.


Click on “Preplanning a track” and review all the information there.
Go back to “Need help getting started?”
Click on “Making a track” and review the information there.
Now click on “Make a new track.”





Ar verbs Present Tense Handout

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