Abril, lluvias mil

Hopefully, we start getting just the perfect weather to say “¡Adiós, Coronavirus! . In the meantime, let’s enjoy every day and the opportunity to work together to help our kids succeed in our Spanish class.

I just contributed this Seesaw activity for my kids to review the calendar and numbers. Click on the picture below to add the activity to your classes.

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¿Cómo estás, Paco?

Before entering my classroom, I used to check on each one of my students and they usually replied with one or the same words. To add more variety, I listed some expressions they could use instead of the ones they had been using and assigned one to each student. Then, I took a picture of them, recorded a clip of them using and acting out the expression. With their photos, I added the expressions in big letters to turn them into small posters I used to decorate the entrance of my classroom. With their videos, I created a slideshow and post it on Seesaw so that they could practice the expressions at home and teach them to their families.

Now, my kids will be reviewing the expressions with their parents using this Seesaw activity. They will check on Paco first to get some oral input before I get to see them Live at some point in the next weeks.

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Since I won’t be there to clarify what the expressions mean, I translated the expressions for the parents to guide their kids and you can find the link to the video and the PDF file with the images below.

Video

PDF

Los Koalas, animales en peligro de extinción

My second graders had finished studying about Koalas before our Spring break and that would be the first thing I would like them to review on our first week back right after they get to see me greeting them in a video and wishing I could also see them all.

We will start Distance Learning next week and we will see how our plan works and the modifications we would need to incorporate. I am planning a Seesaw activity for each one of my classes for them to access asynchronously. I teach Pre-K to fifth grade and I am a little nervous but excited at the same time to be back and figure out what our new adventure brings. One thing I know is that once the Seesaw activities are ready in my account and in the library, I can decide when I want to use them and that gives me some peace of mind.

Click on the link to access the activity and add it to your classes. Please let me know how it works for you.

Súper Siete: Hay

I will continue adding the story I created for each Súper Siete along with activities. For “Hay”, you will find two Seesaw activities. The first one contains a listening and a reading comprehension exercise. Please forgive my silly voices that only my students were to hear in my classroom : ( but circumstances demanded another approach.

The second activity needs to be shared once the first activity has been completed since they are connected. The second Seesaw activity has the answers to the first one and consist of the comic strip, acting/narrating, and drawing.

Please leave me a comment and let me know if you get to use the activities I am creating and what your experience with them was.

Video and activities about the Súper Siete

My third to fifth grade classes were reading a different novel each before we went on our Spring Break and I would need to make progressive adaptations to my curriculum. Two areas we focus on on a regular basis are question words and the Super Seven to check for comprehension. I had created comic strips to review the Súper Siete in context and I am planning to use the one about “Está” the week we go back to school (virtual classes).

I added my voice to the video so that my kids can still hear me and created two Seesaw activities to check for comprehension. I like to include information about my students in my plans to relate to their lives and establish connections and I had to create a separate Seesaw account to share a more standard plan with you. These two activities are part of a continuum and should not be assigned at the same time. The second one has the answers students would need to include on their own in the first part.

Hope you and your kids can benefit from these activities! I would love to hear your feedback to know you would be interested in the other comic strips and their activities.

A cold story

Not long ago, it used to be just normal to catch a cold over the winter or during this time of the year. A while ago, I created this story thinking of a way to address the causes, the symptoms, and the consequences of a cold in my class. Unfortunately, I never thought that what I thought could be a funny way to talk about a cold, now could be considered something sad and scary. Balancing the pros and cons of sharing it, I thought of the topic and the vocabulary we could address in our classes. The video can be used in any language and you can add the narration that you find more convenient for your classes. Maybe, just maybe, this can convince anyone who still needs convincing that it is better to be home at the moment.

Video

New Seesaw activities contributed to the library

Although I still have one more week for my Spring Break to go, I am planning for my online classes and hope the activities I added to the Seesaw library can help lessen your workload, somehow.

For most activities, I created a video for my students to watch as input and in preparation for the task. I am sharing the link to the video on the picture and the link to the activity on the caption. The video is included into the Seesaw activity, too. The calendar activity will be updated every month in case you are interested in trying it regularly.

Calendario

Seesaw activity link

Las estaciones

Seesaw activity link

El clima

Seesaw activity link

La temperatura

Seesaw activity link

La hora

Seesaw activity link

El reporte del clima

Seesaw activity link

Please let me know if you try the activities and how they work. All the best in our remote teaching journey!

Learning and Planning my Virtual Classes

We just started our Spring Break and still have almost two weeks to start with my virtual teaching but I have to say it is difficult to relax knowing that so many colleagues are in distress looking for ways to communicate remotely with their students. I want to be there for them and especially for you who are reading this post.

At our school we have been provided with support to explore different ways to approach this challenge. We were enrolled in an online class with GOA (Global Online Academy) and I joined three Facebook groups to learn about what other colleagues are doing. What has resonated with me after all the multiple advices and kind sharing of ideas is that we need to start simple. We cannot overwhelm our students with the anxiety we have but give them a sense of calm that a simple routine can bring.

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At the Lower School we use Seesaw and this is a platform that not only our students but their parents are familiar with. I think that would be the way I would address my communications and assignments. If you haven’t used this platform and you teach the little ones, I highly recommend it!

I have to acknowledge that with Pre-K, Jr. K, and K I have not used the “activities” section much. That is why I started exploring how I could review one song all my kids knew already. This is what I came up with:

Click on the picture to see the video. The instructions are updated on the Seesaw post.

I contributed this activity to the Seesaw library and you can find it using this link or searching the title “Dos manitas – Two little hands”. The Seesaw library is a treasure waiting for you to explore it. Many teachers have contributed activities for different subjects and about different themes that you can assign and adapt for your students. I will be contributing more.

Another resource my third to fifth graders are familiar with is Edpuzzle. This is a list of some Edpuzzles I have created or adapted with the free version. I hope you get as excited with this tool as my students and I are. My school is considering going for the Pro version.

Another tool my students and their families are familiar with is my webmixes. These are collections of links to websites to learn and practice Spanish. I put them together years ago and every year I try my best to check if all the links are still working. Some might not but I hope you can find some that you can use. Please let me know which ones are not working or if you have suggestions of other websites I could add.


Anaranjado: websites with games for kids learning Spanish.
Verde: apps you can download to your smartphone or iPad.
Azul: websites for children with an advanced knowledge of Spanish.
Blanco: websites for parents to learn Spanish
Pink: Videos for pre-schoolers
Light green: Video series for elementary students
Blue: Trailers
Yellow: websites with interactive activities and games
Turquoise: Websites for Spanish speakers
Songs

I will keep adding more activities in another post and I will be very happy to help you if you have any questions about the resources, how to use them, or how to create activities with them.

Happy Remote Teaching!

@la.profe.de.espanol

Juego de vocabulario: Día de San Patricio

A comprehensible activity for my kids to learn vocabulary about St. Patrick’s Day by playing a game.

Instructions:

1.Reveal slide by slide as you read along and have your students guess. Then, reveal the picture.

2. Have students guess under what item the leprechaun is hiding on slides 13, 15, 17, and 19.

3. Hide the printout from slide 21 somewhere in the classroom asking “¿Dónde está?” “Si lo buscas, ¡lo sabrás!”