Spanish Back to School Activities & Lessons

It’s almost here, la aperatura de las clases, or the opening of school!  New or recycled school supplies, or unos materiales escolares, are on eveybody’s mind.

Hispanic Country Cultural Note

Spanish speaking countries have big-box stores that sell school supplies, but there still remains the small office supply or school supply store, la papelería.  Many people head there to get the following:

  • unos lápices= some pencils
  • unos bolígrafos= some pens
  • un bloc de papel= a packet of paper
  • unas carpetas= some binders
  • unos cuadernos= some workbooks
  • unas gomas= some erasers
  • unos marcadores= some markers

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Spanish Oscar Activities

It’s Academy Award time!  Spanish students, especially the tween and teen set, love talking about the Oscars. Be ready for Los Premios Oscar 2011 with These Activities. Students also have practice using the superlative, mejor, or the best.

Spanish Oscar Vocabulary

  • la película – the film
  • el actor- the actor
  • la actriz – the actress
  • el director- the director
  • la película documental- the documentary
  • la película animada – the animated film

Spanish Super Bowl Vocabulary & Activities

January 15, 2011 · Posted in Middle School Spanish, SPANISH CLASS NOW, Spanish Vocabulary · Comment 

It’s almost here!  Check out the free Spanish football and Super Bowl Activities below.

Free Super Bowl Vocabulary and Activities

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Día de los Muertos- Day of the Dead Vocabulary

October 4, 2010 · Posted in Hispanic Culture, Mexican Culture, Mexico, Spanish Vocabulary · Comment 

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Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos, is almost here.  Sound creepy?  Well, it’s not.  Some Americans, or really many people, mistakenly think that Día de los Muertos is a Mexican Halloween.  It’s not.  No lo es.

Día de los Muertos is the opposite of morbid and macabre.  It’s a spectacular, colorful, happy, but respectful time to honor loved ones who have passed away. Think Memorial Day to the thousandth power.

History of Día de Muertos

Día de Muertos is celebrated on November first and second.  When the Spaniards arrived in Mexico in the 1500’s, they came upon the native peoples, the Aztecs as one group, celebrating their dearly departed and the after life itself in August.  As the Spanish Roman Catholic missionaries made headway in Mexico, they combined the native memorial celebration with their own All Saints’ Day.  The dates for Día de Muertos evolved into the first two days of November.

Celebrations, Imagery, & Symbols

Mexicans have an ingenious way of combining symbols and adding a distinct humor to the heavy concept of death, or La Muerte. La Muerte is both personified and humorized into the dancing, laughing skeletons. The colors used on decorations, pastries, and candles are bright and contrasting.  Here is a little vocabulary.

Da de Muertos Vocabulary

  • death= la Muerte
  • candle= la vela
  • bread of the dead= el pan de muerto
  • candied skull= la calavera
  • decorative crepe paper hangings= papel picado
  • decorative memorial= la ofrenda

Spanish Clothing Podcast – La Ropa

Here is a short, basic list of Spanish clothing items.

Spanish Clothing Items

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Spanish Weather Podcast – El Tiempo

Talking about the weather is a true basic. Here is a list of basic Spanish weather expressions.

Spanish Weather Phrases

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Spanish Days of the Week – Los Días de la Semana

A free podcast of the days of the week, or los días de la semana.

Spanish Days of the Week

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Spanish Descriptions or Adjectives Podcast

A few, basic Spanish adjectives commonly used for descriptions.

Spanish Descriptions

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