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Spanish Word Of The Day: Pez
Dorothy shares the word of the day in Spanish. It is pez, which means fish.
Spanish Word Of Day: Silla
Rosita shares the Spanish word of the day, silla, which means chair. It's a silly and fun film to share with students.
Spanish Word Of Day: Casa
Slimy shows what the word casa means. This is just a short video, but it could be used as part of an exploration of Spanish. You could share a word a day in the classroom.
Spanish Word of the Day: Baila
The Spanish word of the day is discussed in this film. An elephant in a tutu dances to illustrate the meaning of the word baila. It's a fun and silly exploration.
Gestures, Signals, and Sign Language
Distinguishing between hand gestures, standardized hand signals, and formal sign languages is focus of this lesson. Additionally, learners will identify groups of people who routinely use hand signals, or sign languages, and discover the reasons why. Tip: Great for disability awareness.
The Rigors of Learning a New Language
Learners consider the immensity of the the task the author undertook to learn Chinese. They examine the rigors involved in learning another language-particularly one as notoriously difficult as Chinese and compare aspects of Chinese culture, such as teaching style and treatment of foreigners, with those in the United States.
Temas contraversiales del mundo hispanohablante:Controversial Themes of the Hispanic World
Eleventh graders brainstorm controversial themes of Spanish-speaking countries. They read articles written in Spanish. They discuss the articles, practicing their Spanish speaking skills. Students conduct research and design a presentation about one of the themes from above.
Come to the Market!
Second graders build skills in communicating effectively while shopping in an open-air market. They identify, describe and classfiy different foods in the Spanish. Students express their likes and dislikes using the food vocabulary. They ask and answer questions about their food preferences, and graph their favorite foods.
Hacia el futuro ??Esta??s listo?
Twelfth graders investigate various jobs for which having studied a foreign language might be beneficial. They research job interviews and participate in a mock interview for a job of their choice. The practice is practical in preparation for competing in the job market.
Maggie's Earth Adventure
Students practice Spanish and English vocabulary. In this vocabulary lesson, students go to the scholastic website to play the games on "Maggie's Earth Adventure." This lesson contains the learning goals for several games on this site.
Maggie's Learning Adventure
Students strengthen academic skills by playing online games. In this online game lesson, students practice grammar skills, vocabulary, and make connections between English and Spanish. Students track progress on progress sheets.
Chespirito, "Los Asaltantes Del Banco"
High schoolers brainstorm and make list of successful and funny classic TV comedy shows, discuss, in Spanish, specifics of shows on list, review biography of Mexican comedian Roberto Gomez Bolanos, and view episode of Chespirito, jotting down information about setting, characters, and sequence. Students then rewrite actions in proper sequence, compare and contrast Mexican and American television comedy, and compose and present original comedy scene.
Students research the culture of Mexico. In this Mexican culture lesson, students view a PowerPoint presentation about the culture of Mexico and the students take notes. Students write an essay about what they have learned.
Trip to an Art Gallery
Have your Spanish speakers give museum tours with this interactive plan. To simplify this entertaining idea, bring in art pieces and create a gallery in your very own classroom. Provide the names of different works of art and have your class conduct research to prepare for the tour.
Where in the world are you?
Students give directions in Spanish
Donde en el mundo estas?
Students give & follow directions given in Spanish, using oral, written and graphics. They use maps, globes, atlases, and remote sensing, GIS, and GPS to acquire and process information about places.
Bill Please! - ¡La Cuenta Por Favor!
Apply knowledge of adding and subtracting decimals by using a Spanish food menu to simulate a real-world restaurant experience. Calculate the bill of various food items that are consumed and explore practice using spreadsheets.
Me gusta! Spanish speakers discuss the food pyramid, their daily eating habits, and foods they like or dislike. Before exiting, provide learners with a short informal assessment to gauge vocabulary development.
The Barking Mouse-Bilingual Fun
Students explore the Cuban folktale, The Barking Mouse. In this folktales lesson plan, students read the tale and role play scenes from the book in both English and Spanish languages.
The Little Yellow Chicken
First graders are introduced to the story, The Little Yellow Chicken by Joy Cowley. They discuss the title and cover of the book and then make predictions about the story. They complete a language experience story of a new invention of the story.