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Exploratory Spanish - What to do with 1 Quarter

For the last three years I have had the chance to teach Exploratory Spanish to 7th and 8th grade. It is a great opportunity to reach ALL junior high students with Spanish, including those who think they have no desire to take Spanish in the future, and students with 504 plans and IEPs who are pulled out for many general education classes. It is my personal goal to hook every student by showing them Spanish is fun and to make them feel successful. My first year I posted 6 Week Plans for Exploratory Spanish, while we were on trimesters. While I still use some of what I did then, after having eight sections of absolute beginner Spanish, I have refined my exploratory plans even more. 

Exploratory Spanish - What I do with 1 Quarter


Exploratory follows my Para Empezar format, but to be honest the only days I am faithful with are música miércoles & baile viernes. Depending on the time of year they may vote in the Hispanic Heritage Month Bracket or March Madness Bracket too. We do daily brain break, since middle schoolers right after lunch need to MOVE. 

Depending on the school calendar, some of the little units were in a different order each time. I like to have a full week of school for Martina Bex Somos resources, while I find Sr. Wooly units work well on strange weeks with early outs or less days due to the flexibility. (I have Sr. Wooly Pro & you can see what I do with it here). 

Here is my ideal plan for a quarter of IN PERSON Exploratory Spanish. (50 minute class everyday for 9 weeks) See below for digital and distance learning plans. 

On day 1, students learn to introduce themselves, while I secretly learn all names the first day of class. 

(es, tiene, le gusta, hay, está, va a, quiere)

Each of the mini units below is about a week and can vary depending on the school calendar. 

SOMOS Unit 1 (dice, es)

SOMOS Unit 2 (camina, corre, ve)

Sr. Wooly - No lo tengo (school vocab)

Gusta & What do you like more? Game (le gusta, me gusta)
great for a shorter week

Sr. Wooly - Es una ganga (basic shopping)
great for a shorter week

SOMOS Unit 3 (abre la puerta, nunca cierra, son las...)

Sr. Wooly - Guapo (descriptions)

El libro de vida film - last 2 days of class (no final needed)


Above is basically what both of my 7th grade sections did this fall, each about 9 weeks long. 

My Spring group of 8th graders will be different, since they did all of the above last year. My tentative plan for the 8th graders is to basically complete what my Spanish 1 did first quarter this year. (Special Person Interviews with Super 7 Unit with Find Someone Who, SOMOS Unit 5 & El Capibara con botas with Ecuador reading & Stations). It will be the earliest I have ever tried a novel, but I think it will go well considering (some of) my Spanish 1 said it was too easy!


2020 UPDTAE: What if my exploratory will be distance or blended learning?
This is everything you need for up to 7 weeks of digital learning using high frequency verbs. It could be a stand alone digital resource to start middle school exploratory. This is my tentative plan if we start the year all digital with my 7th grade exploratory in the fall of 2020. If we will be blended, I will use the resources below. 



How to Start Spanish 1 online with distance learning - high frequency verb unit - shared by Mis Clases Locas


If you want to be prepared for both digital and in person learning and do not already have some of my high frequency resources, you will want the brand new Blended Learning High Frequency Verbs Bundle. It includes the high frequency verb unit, the new distance learning unit, plus in person activity ideas of Find Someone Who and Question Cards, all recycling the same material. It will help you be prepared with some paper activities if you get a chance to see students in person, as well as digital while learning remotely. 

How to Start Spanish 1 online with distance learning - high frequency verb unit blended learning BUNDLE - shared by Mis Clases Locas


It all depends what happens this fall for what I will specifically use. I do know I plan to focus on high frequency verbs in Exploratory. 

Do you teach exploratory Spanish? What do you do?



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