Mexico Internet Research Project

March 29, 2011 · Posted in Mexico, Middle School Spanish, SPANISH CLASS NOW · Comment 

Mexico Research on the Internet

Sometimes just diving in to Spanish and sifting through it teaches you best. Reading in Spanish on the Spanish language Internet is a vital skill, and like anything else, the more you do it the better you get at it.

Print out this handout on Mexico. Mexico Internet Research Points.   You then need to change the language preferences on Google to include español. Search for each topic and write down what you have found in SPANISH.

Now, here is a quiz or basic assessmentÑ  Mexico Internet Research Questions . Students formulated their own Spanish questions based on the Research Project. Formulating and asking QUESTIONS is a vital skill.

Free Unit & Lesson Planners

For you teachers or anybody up for organizing Spanish time, here are some free graphic organizers for planning. They are perfect for all types of teachers or group leaders: homeschooling, clubs, camps, meetings. Write or scribble your notes into these and you will feel ORGANIZED, WITH IT, and ON-TOP of it all. Get the FREE PLANNERS NOW.

Spanish Body Parts Podcast

July 17, 2010 · Posted in Middle School Spanish, Podcasts, Spanish Vocabulary · Comment 

Two basic podcasts of a few Spanish body parts and some descriptions of animals.

Spanish Body Parts

Body Parts & Animal Description

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Basic Spanish Verbs Podcast

Here are some basic Spanish verbs in the third person, present tense.  He walks or It flies.

Spanish Verbs – third person, present tense

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Spanish Alphabet and Vowels Podcast

The Spanish Alphabet and Vowel sounds.

El Alfabeto- The Spanish Alphabet

Spanish Vowels & Tongue Twisters

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Spanish World Cup Vocabulary

www.foreignlanguagehouse.comZakumi el Leopardo- La Copa Mundial 2010

The World Cup Soccer Tournament, or La Copa Mundial, is almost here!  Beginning on June 11, or el once de junio, the most exciting and most-viewed sporting event in the world takes place in South Africa, or Sudáfrica.  The excitement of La Mundial 2010 is impossible to describe.  La Mundial inspires national patriotism in Spanish-speaking countries like nothing else.  Check out the glorious Spanish language site (

Spanish World Cup Vocabulary

  • el equipo= the team
  • el jugador= the player
  • el estadio= the stadium
  • el campo= the field
  • el balón= the ball
  • los espectadores= the spectators
  • jugar= to play
  • lanzar, and patear= to kick
  • bloquear= to block
  • cabecear= to head (the ball)
  • correr= to run
  • ganar= to win
  • perder= to lose

Use a web-quest, or internet scavenger hunt, to make your way through the FIFA site. Soccer picture flashcards and games really score goals too.

Spanish Conversation Podcast for Novices

For any and all who would like some listening practice to basic Spanish Conversational Questions, here is a podcast. The most important thing is to try to understand the Spanish questions and to try to communicate the answers if you can.  You can do a number of practice activities with it:

CLICK: Spanish I Chapters 1-7 Interview Questions

Practice Activities for Spanish Conversational Podcast.

1.  Dictado.  Dictation.  Very old school, but fun for those who like it.  Write down every Spanish word that you hear.  Punctuation too!

2.  Contesta las preguntas oralmente en español. Answer the questions orally in Spanish.  The best practice.

3.  Escribe las respuestas en español.

4. Escribe las respuestas utilizando frase completa en español.  Write the answers in complete sentences in Spanish. This is the premium level; you’re doing several language functions in Spanish.
5.  Traduce las preguntas al inglés.  If you must, translate the questions in to English.
6. Traduce las respuestas al inglés. If you must, translate the answers in to English.

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Spanish Day of the Dead- Free Spanish Vocabulary

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.

Día 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
  • parade= el desfile

Read more description and detail about Day of the Dead and learn and practice basic Spanish within the context of Día de Muertos

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