Spanish Poems to Celebrate National Poetry Month

Sunday, April 15, 2018
Every April is celebrated in the United States "National Poetry Month," and I couldn't let April go by without sharing some of my favorite poems in Spanish. The poems are a goldmine in the Spanish literature. Since I teach in a FLES program, I only share portions of  the poems because some words are not easy for elementary aged students in a FLES program to understand.  I've included poems by Juan Ramón Jimenez (Spain), Federico García Lorca (Spain), Gloria Fuertes García (Spain),  and Amado Nervo (México). Download them all here!







Happy National Poetry Month!
Carolina

Free Professional Development for World Language Teachers

Thursday, April 12, 2018
Let's be honest! Paying for professional development from a teacher salary is not an easy thing. Many school districts also have limited budgets to pay for outside professional development. I remember a time when I really wanted to attend a weekend conference in the same state of the school where I taught, and I had to put my name in a hat along with seven other Spanish teachers to choose to winners to go to the conference. I remember being sad because I didn't have the opportunity to attend. Going to a conference or a training also give you the opportunity to meet other colleagues face to face, and as I refer to it,  "sharing the same air with people who like to do the same you do." 

Nowadays, there are endless possibilities for free professional development online. The teaching community is one of those communities where individuals really like to find ways to give back and offering opportunities for others to have access to professional development at no cost is one of them. Planning your summer? Here are some options for you!

Online Course

The University of Texas at Austin has a complete course called "Foreign Language Teaching Methods." It has different modules for teachers to get training in the different aspects of language teaching. 

Podcasts






Twitter Chats



#EarlyLang hosted by NNEL





Have an awesome professional development from the comfort of your own couch!
Carolina

Earth Day Resources for Elementary Spanish Class

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Earth Day is around the corner and what a great opportunity to connect it to Spanish. Here are a few resources I have found, and I think are great for elementary school.

Songs


Visit Rockalingua to download the free resources that go along with this video.







Short Clip


Online Games

Online Free Spanish has tons of great activities to celebrate Earth Day in Spanish class, from coloring pages, matching games to word search puzzles. Yes, they are online! No need to print! 

Google Earth


Google Earth is one of my favorite resources to use for taking virtual trips in class. How about visiting some protected areas in Spanish speaking countries? I highly recommend you visit the Cocora Valley and Tayrona National Park in Colombia.


Nature Calendar

As many of you know, I am all about Colombia, after all I was born and raised there. Download this awesome calendar by the Ministerio del Medio Ambiente y Desarrollo Sostenible in Colombia. The calendar has information about important eco-hightlights in the country. 




Have a fun Día de la Tierra celebration!
Carolina


Ideas For Teaching The "Los Pollitos Dicen" Song

Monday, March 26, 2018
"Los Pollitos" is one of those traditional songs that everyone who grew up in a Spanish speaking country knows from childhood. It's catchy, cute, and fun so I make sure to teach it every year to my Kindergarten students. I am sharing some ideas that I use while teaching this song.

Use TPR while teaching the song. I like using American sign language, or I sometimes create the gestures along with my students. Click on the links below to see some of the signs for the song:

dicen  pio, pio, pio
cuando tienen hambre,
cuando tiene frio. 

el maiz y  el trigo
y les presta abrigo (I use love /hug for this one).

Bajo sus dos alas, (I point at the arms and bend them like wings),
Accurrucaditos, (again use sign for love or hug)
Hasta el otro día, (ASL for "next/ day")
Use plastic Easter eggs and markers to have your students create their own pollitos. Place the lyrics of the song inside the egg and send it home for your students to sing to their parents.  Download the lyrics here.



Make props to use while singing the song. Download them here.




After singing the song, your students can color a simple page related to the song. Download it here.

I’ve had the chance in previous schools to have real chicks in the classroom and sing the song to them. We don’t have real pollitos now, but I was able to find these pretend hatching eggs called "Growing Pet." *Affiliate link


Watch a time-lapse video of little chicks hatching 


There are different versions of the song on YouTube. Choose the one you like or think works best for your classes.












 Have fun singing!
Carolina

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Teaching Days of the Week in Spanish

Sunday, March 18, 2018
This is game that works wonders with preschool students and, in my experience, is one of their favorites. I have never had a class that fails to embrace this game. In fact, because there is such demand for it, the game presents a great opportunity to learn "otra vez." Once students start saying (or pleading!) "again,"  just respond by asking them "¿otra vez?" I even use the song to teach "more" in sign language. This game is also great for students to learn how to be patient as waiting for the last person is not always something that kindergarteners and first graders like to do. This game doesn't require any preparation other than that you might want to teach this song before playing the game.

How to play the game:

Have your students form a circle while standing. Choose a student to start first. To choose students impartially, I like using chants similar to "Eeny, meeny, miny, moe" in Spanish. I use "De tin marín, de do pingüe, cúcara mácara títere fue, uno, dos y tres." Please share in the comments if you have any other ones you use!

After deciding on the student who will go first, we start singing the song for the days of the week while pointing at the students in the order of the circle. We sing, "lunes, martes, miércoles, jueves, viernes, sábado, domingo, siéntate." This is an elimination game. Whoever is after "domingo," we will say "siéntate" and that student has to sit. We continue the song until two people are left standing in the circle. We continue singing, and the last person standing wins the game. We also sing using different voices that vary according to speed and pitch (fast, slow, high, low).  I hope your students have fun playing this game just as mine do! Also, click on the picture below or click here to download some free cards to decorate your room! 



Have fun!
Carolina

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Cumbia in Elementary Spanish Class

Sunday, March 11, 2018
As a Spanish teacher, I like to look for opportunities to integrate culture into my curriculum. Sometimes this happens unintentionally, but I often have to look for opportunities to make it happen. I have found that music is a great way to bring some culture into my classes. This time I am sharing  a song with you that is part of my music collection which is available on iTunes. Before you start dancing with your students you might want to share with them that cumbia is a traditional music that has its own dance and originated on the Caribbean Coast of Colombia.  Cumbia itself has influenced other rhythms in Latin America. As a proud Colombian whose both parents were born on the Colombian Caribbean Coast, I grew up listening to cumbia and vallenato 24-7, so I have a special love for it.

What a great opportunity to pull out a map and locate Colombia. You can also show a clip of the Colombian cumbia dancers to your students. The song in the following clip is called "El Pescador" and is sung by Colombian singer "Totó la Momposina."

Ready to try some cumbia in your class? This cumbia is perfect for teaching parts of the body.








Have fun dancing!
Carolina

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Seasons and Weather Songs for Elementary Spanish

Sunday, March 4, 2018
This is a collection of songs that can be used with different grade levels. They include a variety of vocabulary to express weather in Spanish, so I recommend you listen to them all and  pick the one that fits your curriculum or lesson the most. Here are my favorite seasons and weather songs for elementary Spanish from YouTube.

1. Las estaciones

2. ¿Cómo está el día?


3. Las estaciones y el clima

4. La canción del tiempo

5. La canción de los climas


6. Lluvia vete ya


7. Qué llueva

8. Somos como las flores

9. Copo de nieve


 10. Sol, solecito 



Have fun singing in Spanish!
Carolina

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Fun Easter Bunny Song in Spanish

Wednesday, February 28, 2018


This is a fun song that will get everyone in your class moving. For this activity you will need a paper or puppet bunny. Place it in a bag or box, and have your students guess the name of the animal that could be inside. Once you introduce the bunny, tell the children that you have a “conejito
blanco,” and invite everyone to jump like the bunny. You also will need to pre-make some carrots      (using felt or paper) to feed the bunny. Give one carrot to each child in class. Tell your students that the bunny is hungry and that they will need to feed it with their carrots. Introduce each line in the song, and start singing with everyone. 




One more idea is to have each student decorate a conejito finger puppet. Click here to download the template. Students should cut out the shape and the circles to place on their fingers. 


Last, but not least, use this activity to review or introduce colors. Print and cut out each color bunny. Give them to your students. Instead of singing "el conejito blanco,"you can sing "el conejito azul," replacing "blanco" with different colors. The students who have that color will jump around the room. Click here to download the templates. 

You can close this activity by reading the books suggested below:
     
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Big thanks to My Doodle Scrapbook and Teacher's Tool Kit for their awesome talent and adorable clipart. 
Enjoy,
Carolina

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