Valentine’s Day FREE Lessons for Spanish Teachers


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Spanish Class Game, Agarra la Rana!

We’ve been playing “Agarra la Rana” to review vocabulary in our Spanish classes! Check out how to play and find the link to a free printable of Frog Points to use with your classes!

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Gearing up for Day of the Dead and a FREE banner!

Whether or not you actively celebrate El Dia de los Muertos in your Spanish classes, it’s nice to decorate!  La Profesora Frida has a FREE Day of the Dead banner for you to download in her TpT store!  Pretty Day of the Dead colors and Day of the Dead flowers adorn this lovely banner.  Download it now for free!
What kinds of Day of the Dead activities do you use in your classroom?
I usually get a student (or two, or three…) who ask if they can make “Day of the Dead Bread” and bring it to share with the class.  Who am I to turn down homemade “Pan de Muerto??”  (Find a recipe for Pan de Muerto here.)
Sugar Skulls!  Calaveras are SO beautiful and such a BIG part of El Dia de los Muertos.  I just found a lovely short film about Sugar Skulls on YouTube.  Such a poignant little film that brings the “why” of sugar skulls to life.  This would be a beautiful film to show your students to help them understand this cultural icon.
–Up for making some Sugar Skulls with your students?  I just found this Sugar Skull Mold sheet for sale at Crizmac.  Make sure to try making a Sugar Skull at home first so you can help your students with theirs!
–Not up for the mess of making Calaveras with your students?  Download some free Sugar Skull coloring pages for a mess free way of decorating.
Ofrendas.  I started offering Ofrenda creation as an extra credit activity for my Spanish students because not all parents want their students to create an ofrenda due to religious reasons. Offering it as an extra credit activity allows those who wish to participate the opportunity.
–And boy oh boy have I gotten some neat submissions!  🙂  One year a student made an Ofrenda for his favorite musical artist who had passed away.  He had a hidden compartment where he could hook up his iPod and speakers that played the music of the artist!  Neat!
How about you??  What kinds of activities do you offer in your classes to celebrate El Dia de los Muertos with your students?
If you download my FREE Day of the Dead banner, please remember: Positive feedback makes my day!  🙂

FREE lesson for Spanish classes! But also great for Culture, Social Studies, History (and other Foreign Languages!)!

Let’s dispel the myth of the “ignorant American” by allowing an opportunity for our students to study current events in other countries ON A REGULAR BASIS!  Not just for a day or even just a week, but dare I say for an entire semester??  Or, GASP, an entire school YEAR??

Current Event Articles are a fantastic way for students to take charge of their own education, learn to use multiple resources, and to research a place in the world that they find interesting.

Depending on your classroom needs, this could be a weekly, monthly, semester or year long project for any class!  This activity is perfectly suited for a government class, world history, social studies or foreign language classes. But I can see this research being done in so many different classes. It would be a wonderful activity for a speech/public speaking class too.

I wrote this document for use in my Spanish classes, but as you can see, it can easily be changed for any foreign language classroom, social studies, or government class. And being the creative teacher that YOU are, I’m sure you can think of many more applications!

My students are having a blast this semester with this activity. They know that every Thursday their Current Event Article is due, and they get to share the articles they found for the week with their classmates.

I also offer a few points of extra credit for students who share their articles in front of the class– You wouldn’t believe how many students clamber to share their articles! And they find the most interesting news!!  (Have you heard about the lady in Spain who `bought´ the SUN and wants to CHARGE every inhabitant of Earth for using it??  Can´t make this stuff up!  Check it out!)

My students are not only keeping themselves and their classmates up to date on world news, they’re helping to keep ME informed as well!

This is a FREE lesson you can download in my TeachersPayTeachers store!  I really hope that you will also find it useful.  Positive feedback MAKES MY DAY ~~ If you have a wonderful experience or anecdote about using this product in your class, please share it here!!

Thank you!