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Take your class outside!

Spanish 1 has officially finished reading Tumba by Mira Canion! I would highly recommend it for a novice level Spanish class.  

Last Thursday, we read chapter 9 together as a class, circling, checking for comprehension, and personalizing. Then last Friday afternoon the weather was a Gorgeous and sunny 75 degrees (one of the few and far between perfect days in Iowa). My upper level classes missed out since they watch El Internado on Fridays, but Spanish 1 was in luck! I decided to adapt the plans and move class outside. 

I got the class pumped up as they entered with talk of an "aventura." I explained the 3 tasks they were to complete with their partner and the supplies their would need and we were off. The tasks for the day were:
  1. Re-read chapter 9 with their partner 
  2. Work together to complete a graphic organizer of the chapter 
  3. On their own, create a 10 question True/False quiz in Spanish for their partner 
    • For those that had time they gave these quizzes orally to multiple people



Tips for taking your class outside:
  • Give directions INSIDE before the caged animals are set free. 
  • Set boundaries as to how far students can go to work. 
  • Have tasks that do not require computers, as I did not want to risk their livelihood. 
  • Keep it as a special occasion or treat, as to not get old and stale like the classroom:)
  • If you do not want to go the whole class time, use outside as a "brain break" in block classes, playing a 5-10 minute game in the TL such as Simon Says, Red Light Green Light, Fruit Salad, or What Time is it Mr. Fox? (can you tell I spent 5 summers as a summer day camp counselor :)

As for chapter 10, we read it as a class, answered questions, and then took a fun summative Kahoot quiz. 

This week students will be completing interpersonal speaking assessments in pairs, as well as individual presentational writing assessments. We will finish the unit watching El Libro de Vida

**Update** You can get the assessment here - Tumba - Writing Assessment


What kind of things have you done outside with your students?

7 comments

  1. ¡Me encantaría el documento! Muchas gracias :) jmidyett@richmond.k12.va.us

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    1. Thank you for reading Jamie! They have been shared with you!

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  2. Could you share the document with me as well? I've enjoyed reading about the activities your classes have done with Tumba. ksmith-fausset@atlncs.org

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  3. Hola - your blog has really helped me develop great lessons while reading Tumba - thank you so much! Could you share the assessments with me? Gracias, Megan megan.straube@tusd1.org

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  4. Hello! I plan on starting La Tumba with my classes next week. Could you please share the documents? I've been sucked into your blog for the last hour and half and am loving it! Lmichalczuk@hotmail.com.

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    1. Thank you for reading!
      I shared it with you.
      Allison

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