July 2017 - Mis Clases Locas

Box 1

Box 1
Teaching with Novels

Box 2

Box 2

Box 3

Box 3
Meet Sra. Wienhold

What's in a Bundle?

You may have noticed that this summer I have added quite a few bundles to my TPT. I have found that when buying items myself, I would much rather be able to get everything all together at once, especially when doing a school purchase order. (Have you asked your school if you can use your classroom or curriculum money on TPT? If not Do It!) 
A perk on a bundle is that are usually marked at about a 20% discount! Since I want to make sure you are clear on what is in each bundle, I figured I would break it down.

Música miércoles GROWING BUNDLE!

Música miércoles GROWING BUNDLE!

For the Música miércoles music loving classes, this will get you enough music for life! This bundle has the added perk that each time I add a Música miércoles resource, the bundle will be updated, and you can download it again at no additional cost. It currently includes the following 5 slideshows. 
Música miércoles.
Más Música miércoles.
Música miércoles 3
Música miércoles 4
Música miércoles 5


1st Day of Spanish 2 & 3 Plans (without a syllabus)

Inside: Plans for the 1st day of Spanish 2, Spanish 3 or Spanish 4 that get your students up and moving!

1st Day of Spanish 2 & Spanish 3 Plans - without syllabus day

I have realized that there are so many back to school or 1st day of Spanish class resources that focus on level 1. I think this is because it is easy to start at the beginning. When everyone is starting from ground zero, you can start with anything. Starting with higher levels is messier. Students are possibly coming from a variety of teachers and schools and have a wide range of prior Spanish knowledge. You can read here why I don't start with a review unit and what I do instead. At the same time you need to get some kind of baseline of where your students are at, as well as get to know them. 

I have a unique situation as a #deptof1 that I will have previously taught all of my incoming Spanish 2 and above students. This means that day one I can skip the introduction of myself, the expectations, and the name games and get right to communicating in Spanish. Our first day is a short one and I wanted to start with a big weekend talk to hear about the students' summer (and sneakily use past tense). I do not know about your school, but I know that the first day my students can not wait to talk to each other and move around. They are bored stiff from syllabus day in every other class and just want to catch up. Instead of fighting  the chatter and trying to spend the whole class discussing and circling, I decided to create a "find someone who" people search to get them up and moving.
**Update** I now have the same resource available in FRENCH too!
**Update again** if you need something to mix it up, I now have a similar activity, but now with differentiated question cards for the first day of Spanish 2+!


Planning for El capibara con botas

I mentioned in my curriculum plan for this year that I was going to add the novel El capibara con botas by Mira Canion for the first time.  The book came out after I had already done my big curriculum purchase last Spring, but I knew it would be a perfect culture filled first novel. I even wrote about ideas for the novel last summer here - libro lunes - El capibara con botas. So this year, I asked if I could use my yearly "classroom supply" allowance to instead by a class set of novels. It was approved and I would much rather have books than supplies. (I can buy those cheap myself at back to school sales:) Here you can purchase the El capibara con botas & the teacher's guide

This year my freshman Spanish 1's previous Spanish knowledge includes two seperate quarter long exploratory Spanish classes over the last two years, where they have done the first few SOMOS units, special person interviews, some Sr. Wooly songs, and other various cultural units. I plan to use this novel towards the end of the first quarter of Spanish 1, as well as during y 8th grade exploratory Spanish second semester. 

Resources for teaching the novel El capibara con botas by Mira Canion


43 New FREE Resources for Spanish Teachers

Are you looking for some new FREE resources for your Spanish class? If so, check out the Free Ebooks below, each with many amazing resources. There is a Secondary Spanish Ebook 2017: Tips and FREE Resources & Elementary EBookEach page has tips and ideas for the best school year ever from a teacher, with a links to resources. I even have a page in the secondary book! Download today to get your creative juices flowing.

Spanish Secondary Ebook: Tips and FREE Resources

 Secondary Spanish Ebook 2017:  Tips and FREE Resources


FREE BOOKS in Spanish & English for your Classroom

Are you looking for a way to build your classroom library for free?

How to get Free Books in Spanish & English!


Back to Spanish Class: 1st Week of School - sss

Are you looking for ideas of what to do the first week of Spanish class?

Back to Spanish Class - What to do the 1st week of class

A Classroom Without Desks - #Deskless FAQ

Last fall I posted about my (student) deskless classroom. Since that post was published one day after ditching my desks, I decided it was time for an update. Since I went to only chairs in the end of November, I have not gone back. Here I will address some of the frequently asked questions I have gotten about not having student desks. 

Deskless Classroom in High School Spanish class. FAQ

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