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Lista lunes: August

Lista lunes: August


Resources from around the web to inspire your Spanish teaching for the rest of the month of August. 


La Tomatina mini unit

La Tomatina in Spain
This fun fiesta happens to be right at the start of many school years, on August 31. Make your first unit this mini cultural unit by Martina Bex, which will get students reading and listening to Spanish right away about a topic they will be interested in, a giant food fight. Then build relationships with a food fight by Amy Lenord, which uses the game "snowball fight" with red paper to help students get to know each other. We did this activity two years ago when Amy posted it and the students had a blast, as you can see in the action packed photo below. 

Students having their own Tomatina Fight - by Amy Lenord

The Olympics

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There are so many great authentic resources out there right now for an Olympic themed unit to start the year. Not only could you use it for a sports unit, but also to talk about relationships, family, commercials, music, poverty, geography of the world, gender equality, and so many other high or low level topics. I personally love the Olympics (especially women's gymnastics) and now will forever associate Winter 2014 with being home on maternity leave and Summer 2016 as my last month of pregnancy. 

Check out this round up Creative Language Class with ideas for all kinds of authentic resources. The Rio 2016 Website in Spanish is the perfect place to start as a jumping point for many other resources. 
Also, Infografias en castellano has had a TON of Olympic and sports related infografics this summer that would be great for interpretive reading. 




Proficiency Discussion

Proficiency Puzzle

The beginning of the year is the perfect time to make sure that students understand language proficiency. To plan where they are going, they need the roadmap of how to get there. In my class I like to use the Proficiency Puzzle activity to get the discussion started. I have seen some great bulletin boards inspired from this graphic as well. Below you can see how I have the proficiency descriptors above my bulletin board on my wall. My students and I reference it ALL the time to show where we are and where we are going. 

Proficiency Descriptors on my wall - inspired by the Creative Language Class



Back to School Resources

Back to School Resources
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