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Students explore all the avenues of why its important to use a dictionary to find out what a word means. The functions of a dictionary is discussed in depth within this lesson plan. They create a Spanish/English Picture Dictionary to illustrate the important use of a dictionary.
Check out this overview of the parts of speech that includes English and Spanish examples. Each part of speech is highlighted in a different color for clarity. There is information on each part of speech here, and you or your pupils can navigate the to each one using the menu near the top of the page. Consider splitting up the material over several lessons.
Zoom in on a few parts of speech to strengthen and deepen understanding. Pupils examine nouns, articles, adjectives, and conjunctions in closer detail, looking at more complex grammatical situations. In addition to the informational page are three presentations, one each for nouns, articles, and adjectives. Spanish learners can find out how much they've learned with the exercises embedded in the presentations.
Grammar rules in all languages, but that doesn't mean it's the same from English to Spanish. This informational webpage describes the similarities and differences between English and Spanish for the following: periods, commas, question marks, exclamation points, quotation marks, capitalization, and various other less common symbols. There is at least one example for each punctuation mark and capitalization exception.
The passive voice was mastered by Spanish learners. Your class members can find out all about how to create the passive voice in Spanish using ser, past participles, por, and the impersonal se. Examples are provided for each situation.
Ninth graders analyze authentic news texts in Spanish dealing with the issue of crime in Spanish speaking countries. These texts include periodicals, Web sites and television news programs. Students report their findings to their peers in a panel discussion format.
Students read and are read various poems in their native language of Spanish. In groups or individually, they translate the poems into English and practice speaking English by reading them to the class. They answer comprehension questions for each poem to end the lesson.
Students examine the experience by immigrants coming to America who are Spanish-speaking. As a class, they define "Gringo" and read poems whose authors first language is Spanish. In groups, they participate in different sections in which they must write or talk in English to share their responses.
Sixth graders discuss the idea of separation in today's society. In groups, they examine the laws used in the past with a focus on "separate, but equal". They review the Brown v. Board of Education case and determine if it caused or solved more problems. To end the lesson, they examine the experiences of immigrants and how their language kept them separate from the population as well.
Students rehearse vocabulary used to describe body parts in Spanish. In this second language activity, students gain exposure to words identifying body parts in the Spanish language. Activities include students labeling the human figure with the correct body part, and playing a game of "Simon dice" (Simon Says).
Have your Spanish language learners compile a list of at least 20 words they currently know. After having a class discussion and having learners add words to their list, the teacher will guide them in dividing syllables. They take a Spanish word and decide where the stress marks would be. There's an easy guide provided here to help you!
Students study the culture and current events of one of the Spanish speaking countries throughout the year.
Students determine the size and amount of materials needed to build a small snowball stand at their school. They use a design from Honduras that is written in Spanish. They must translate the directions and covert the measurements using a Spanish/English vocabulary transition list.
Ninth graders examine the Muslim Arab influences on Spanish history. After watching a video, they make three maps of Spain: one before the invasion of the Muslims, one during the 8th to 15th century and one map showing the country as it is today. They compare and contrast main beliefs, values and heroes on each side and discuss the cultural legacy left by the Muslims. They practice using the correct tense to show the sequence of events in Spanish.
In this Spanish blogging lesson plan, language learners make four weekly posts on an Internet blog. Written in Spanish (or any target language) these entries can be in response to a topic generated by the teacher or the writer. A detailed assignment sheet, written in Spanish, and a rubric are included in the plan.
Students are introduced to the spanish words for family members. Using the character Dora the Explorer, they define new vocabulary and practice pronouncing them. They sing a song in Spanish and compare and contrast the lives of families in Spanish speaking countries with America.
Watch the video, La Catrina, before reading the text as a class and translating Spanish to English. As students read the book, they practice Spanish pronunciation, develop Spanish vocabulary, and complete extension activities to reinforce their understanding of the text.
Students present a Spanish grammar topic to the class. In pairs, they select and research a grammar concept, create an over-head transparency, homework assignment, and a quiz to use with the presentation, and teach their concept to the class.
Uno, dos, tres! Teach your youngest Spanish language learners how to count from cero to diez with these practice sheets. They will read the word, say the word, and write the word on the lines provided. There are extra lines on the last page; is there any additional number related vocabulary you want to practice?
Learners explore the Spanish language through the use of food and cooking. They identify words for other languages that are commonly used in the English language and then prepare foods that are ate in Spanish speaking nations while following the recipes.