Los Reyes Magos - Three Kings Day Presentation

Los Reyes Magos - Three Kings Day Presentation

Teach your students about how Spanish speaking countries celebrate Epiphany (Día de los Reyes Magos) with this authentic resource. Contains a powerpoint presentation of Nicaraguan Poet, Rubén Darío's poem "Los Reyes Magos," with background information on the author and holiday, and a listening guide (in .doc and .pdf format) with directions for students to write their own letter to the Reyes at the end. WARNING: Because of the holiday, the poem has Christian elements in it. I recommend that you read the poem before buying. Just Google "Rubén Darío Los Reyes Magos."
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Por vs. Para Graphic

Por vs. Para Graphic

I developed this graphic to help my students conceptualize Por vs. Para. This graphic illustrates the transient nature of Por while showing Para as more of an end point. On page 2 I have written color coded sentences that illustrate the explanations on the graphic. The sentences are exactly alike except for the word Por or Para. There is also an explanation of what is being said in parentheses.
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Carta a los Reyes Magos - Letter to the Wise Men

Carta a los Reyes Magos - Letter to the Wise Men

This authentic resource guides your students through an interactive website from Spain that allows children to write a letter to the Wise Men for the Día de los Reyes Magos. The download contains a .pdf and .doc that can be edited. I first work with students to figure out keywords that they will encounter. I then have them look up the words they didn't get in small groups. After that, they must individually go to the site and successfully create a letter to one of the Wise Men and answer the questions on the Preguntas page which includes a Venn Diagram for comparing and contrasting Christmas in the US with Los Reyes in Spain. After they have written the letter, they are given the option of printing. Would be a great way to decorate your classroom.
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Un Restaurante Latino Extra Credit

Un Restaurante Latino Extra Credit

The form that I use for students who would like to get extra credit by going to an authentic Latin Restaurant (i.e. Mexican, Salvadoran, Ecuadorian, etc) and putting their Spanish to use in an authentic, outside of class, context. This Doc has my specific information but it is very simple to modify to meet your needs.
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"Si El Norte Fuera El Sur," Immigration, Imperfect Subjunctive

"Si El Norte Fuera El Sur," Immigration, Imperfect Subjunctive

This is an activity that I developed for my Spanish 4 students. In our Unit on Immigration, we also work with the Imperfect Subjunctive. I teach that first, then introduce this. Later students will use the Imperfect Subjunctive to put themselves in the shoes of immigrants. This Word Doc has key vocabulary and terms front loaded. There are also questions that promote higher order thinking. Also included are the song lyrics, a link to a Youtube version, and discussion questions at the end. *Warning. The lyrics reference drugs, alcohol, topless bars, Lorena Bobbitt, and has the word "ramera." I recommend you look at the lyrics online before buying. I avoid the first verse and most of the chorus (where all of these are contained) and focus on the second verse. Also, the official video has a child urinating in a bucket and you can see his exposed buttocks. The video link I have included shows the album cover throughout the song.
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Incident Report (Preterite vs. Imperfect)

Incident Report (Preterite vs. Imperfect)

When I first introduce the concept of the Preterite vs. Imperfect in class, I set up a time with a colleague to come into my class while my back is turned and "steal" something. When I turn around and my students tell me what happened, I feign shock and tell them that we will need to write up an incident report and turn it in to the office. That's when I hand each of them one of these forms. :) You could adapt the "incident" to be anything you want. This form is general. Students begin to see how describing the scene is usually in the Imperfect and describing the specific actions is usually in the Preterite. I use DUWIT (Imperfect) and DISC (Preterite) but this is in Word Doc format so you can replace this with your own acronym. You can also add your school logo, if you would like, in order to make this more "official" looking. Also included is a poster that I put up that illustrates DISC vs. DUWIT.
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El Gusano Vocabulary Review Game

El Gusano Vocabulary Review Game

This is a low prep, high impact review game. Great for sub plans. Students write in their vocabulary words on the spaces (in English or Spanish). Then in teams of 3-4 play by rolling, moving their piece, and then saying the word. If they get it wrong they must go back. I have a box of 10 or so dice that I can pass out to the students and I usually just have students make their own game pieces out of coins, paper scraps, erasers, etc.
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Spanish Names - Los Nombres en Español

Spanish Names - Los Nombres en Español

List of over 130 boy and 130 girl Spanish names on each page. Simply print the two pages and copy about 20 of each onto blue and pink sheets of paper respectively. Great to hand out at the beginning of the year when students choose their Spanish names. Collect them and reuse year after year.
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El Alamo Introduction Powerpoint

El Alamo Introduction Powerpoint

This is a Powerpoint, completely in Spanish, that I use to introduce the events of the Texas Revolution. Could be used as an intro to TPRS novel Rebeldes de Tejas, although, for copyright reasons, it makes no reference to the book, just the historical events. Also included is a 1 page student guide with an answer key that students can use to write the vocabulary and create a timeline to visualize the events from Mexico's independence to the Treaty of Velasco.
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Semana Santa Videogame Authentic Text Activity

Semana Santa Videogame Authentic Text Activity

This authentic text from April 7th, 2014 talks about the release of a new game based on Semana Santa en Seville, Spain. The runner style game has the traditional "nazareno" in pointed hood and cape running through the streets of Seville to get to his processional on time. There is so much good vocabulary in this 3 paragraph, high interest, authentic text. Who knows, you may even have a student download and play the game. Included is the original text and a teacher's guide.
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Spanish Prepositions, Las Preposiciones Rhyme

Spanish Prepositions, Las Preposiciones Rhyme

When teaching the location prepositions in Spanish, I use this rhyme with gestures to help my students. This Word doc includes the rhyme (with the English translation) and a link to my Youtube video showing the gesture for each preposition.
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Imperfect Subjunctive Powerpoint

Imperfect Subjunctive Powerpoint

This is the Powerpoint I use to teach my students the Imperfect Subjunctive. This Powerpoint assumes that they have already learned the Present Subjunctive. I use WEDDING for my Subjunctive triggers. Since this is a Powerpoint file it could be easily modified for the WEIRDOs out there. (a little Spanish teacher joke) :) There are 14 slides with 3 interactive ¡Practiquemos! slides to allow students to check their comprehension.
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El Camino de Santiago

El Camino de Santiago

PPT presentation with listening guide that gives background into Spain's famous Camino de Santiago de Compostela. St. James Way. This presentation is completely in Spanish yet very comprehensible. A great way to give your students background on this cultural phenomenon. Also comes with a listening guide to keep students engaged during the presentation.
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Dice Game - Conjugation Practice

Dice Game - Conjugation Practice

This simple, low prep game is a fun way to help students practice conjugating verbs. This game can be reused every time you introduce a new verb tense, i.e. Preterite, Imperfect, Future, Conditional, etc... Included is a PDF and DOC so that you can use right away, or modify this to fit your specific needs. Also included is an instruction page for the the teacher with tips on how to best implement this in your classroom.
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Present Subjunctive Presentation

Present Subjunctive Presentation

This presentation talks about how and when to use the present subjunctive using the popular acronym W.E.D.D.I.N.G. and asking students to visualize the word "que" as the ring that binds the two separate clauses together. This presentation also introduces the most frequent irregular verbs using the acronym D.I.S.H.E.S.
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Don Quijote (Quixote) Intro Powerpoint

Don Quijote (Quixote) Intro Powerpoint

This is the Powerpoint I use to introduce students to Quijote and Cervantes before we read the Teacher's Discovery graphic novel. This multimedia powerpoint is almost entirely in Spanish but with vocabulary helps to make it comprehensible for Spanish 3's.
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