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!

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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!

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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!

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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. 

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Raising Awareness to Protect the Spectacled Bear #PonteLosAnteojosPorLaVida

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

February 21st is International Save Bears Day. This day seeks to raise awareness to protect these beautiful animals. The National Park Service of Colombia has made this day "El día del oso de anteojos" (spectacled bear), in order to raise awareness in the country. El oso de anteojos is also known as the "oso andino." It is found in the Andean nations of Venezuela, Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador and Perú. Will you put on your glasses to join the celebration? Find out more about how to join this effort to raise awareness at "Conservemos la vida": http://conservacionosoandino.org/

Get ready to sing this song to celebrate los osos de anteojos!

Visit Mundo de Pepita's blog to print the awesome glasses template she created to help you take part in this celebration!

Last, but not least, visit la Corporación Autónoma Regional de Cundinamarca to see this beautiful oso in action!

Don't forget to put your glasses on and join #PonteLosAnteojosPorLaVida

Fun Call-and-Response Chants in Spanish

Sunday, February 18, 2018
Yes, sometimes using our chime or clapping our hands doesn't work! I have found that call-and-responses work magic to get my students' attention while using the language. I am sharing some that I have learned from other colleagues, at conferences as well as some that have simply occurred to me. I like keeping a variety of them and start introducing them one by one so I can have a big repertoire. I use the short ones with my K-1 students and the longer ones with my 3-5 students. I put them on posters and am sharing them with you in this post. Click here to download them all. And if you have more call-and-response chants, please share them with me in the comments below. I would love to keep adding more to my repertoire!

Have fun!

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Fun Valentine's Game to Play in Spanish Class

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Valentine's Day is one of those non-cultural celebrations that I love incorporating into Spanish class because it appeals to students and is easy to connect with the class content. Through "El día de San Valentín" you can teach or review colors, sizes, numbers and ever a few phrases related to friendship in Spanish. Here is a fun game I play with my students. This game is perfect for grades fourth and up!  This game is available on Teachers Pay Teachers. Divide the class in pairs. Each pair should have a die and one of the pieces that says "Jugador #1" and "Jugador #2 to keep track of their points. Each player will have a turn rolling the die. The player will have to read the sentence aloud. Every time the player gets "Feliz Día de San Valentín" sentence, he or she will score a point. Whoever gets the most points wins. The players can decided the amount of time they want to play.
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Valentine's Day Craft for Spanish Class

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Valentine's Day is a great opportunity to reinforce friendships at school. It's also an opportunity to review colors and numbers, and to talk about likes and dislikes in Spanish class. I have a few blog posts where I have shared different activities for class:

I have now added this easy craft. Click HERE to download the templates. Make sure to print them on stock paper.* You can print the black and white version to let your students decorate it. Please see the pictures below to put the craft together. 

Happy Valentine's Day!

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