High School Spanish Video Project

January 17, 2011 · Posted in Middle School Spanish, Projects, SPANISH CLASS NOW · Comment 

Spanish Class Now: Student Videos

Calling all high school teachers or anybody who works with tweens and teens in Spanish.  Here is an organized Video Project Handout that you can customize to your students’ texts, content, and units.

I find that students needs explicit detail, especially when they go nuts over making a video. Think and implement CONTROL, ORGANIZATION, MINUTE TO MINUTE MANAGEMENT.  The video projects require us all to be way on top of our game.

CLICK ON THE IMAGE FOR YOUR OWN COPY.

Spanish Culture Activities- A Trip to Mexico City

May 21, 2010 · Posted in spanish speaking activities · Comment 

Mexican cultural activities and materials are at your finger tips in Passport to Spanish Fun: Mexico City Marvels! Pick, choose, or use all of the activities and ready-made materials and printables to give learners of all ages a life-like travel experience to the wonders of Mexico City.

Several hot-links to sites ready for you to view and use.  Here are some of the printables:

  • American Passport
  • session schedules
  • boarding passes
  • post card

Spanish April Fool’s Fun

April Fool’s Day in Spanish?  Sure, there is fun to be had. But the true Fool’s Day in the Hispanic world is December 28th, el Día de los Inocentes.  So bring el Día de los Inocentes into April and have some fun!

Fool’s Day Spanish Vocabulary

  • bromar= to joke
  • la broma= the joke
  • el chiste= the joke
  • engañar= to fool
  • el engañado= the fooled one
  • prestar= to lend
  • devolver= to return an object

History & Culture

El Día de los Inocentes, or Day of the Innocents, commemorates the biblical tragedy of the massacre of male infants ordered by King Herod. Hispanic culture has interpreted the tragedy in a way to make it less so.  Los Inocentes became those fooled by pranksters.

In another specific practice, lending- prestar- and returning- devolver have become central to pranks in Mexico. If you lend something out in Mexico, you may not get it back for a while.  If you do, you’ll get a traditional note with candies and treats. In Spain media hoaxes take place on December 28th.

Click Spanish Fool’s Day Freebie for your free printable handout.

Practical Applications

Practice your Spanish with lending and returning activities!  Bring in some fun with candy and treats upon returning borrowed items.  For Fool’s Day activities, click here.

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