The Cold War, John F. Kennedy, Nakita Khrushchev, and the Cuban Missile Crisis come to life in this U.S. History simulation. Let your students become Ex Comm Advisers to JFK and help him make decisions during that high stakes week in late October of 1962. Students can do this individually or in small groups. They will get to make real decisions that were being discussed during the crisis. It is set up similar to a choose your own adventure and students will be able to keep score of their progress. This product includes a PowerPoint and a Word Document that students complete as they go. This is a great way to get students discussing and gives them a chance to put themselves in the situation room and think about the effects their decisions will have on all those involved.This is designed for a one 55 min. class period. The word document is the free preview file and the PPT is the paid product.
This performance task includes a launch document and grading rubric as well as all four checkpoints with directions, neatly arrange so that students know exactly what they are to be doing and when each component is due. By the end of the task students will be able to discuss food and drink, restaurant vocabulary; they will be able to read and order from a Spanish menu that they created and they will have completed a 100 word restaurant review in Spanish.
Great Project for chapters covering stores and store items. Students create a Spanish Tv Commercial / Radio Ad that will be aired during the Super Bowl. It is their job to select a store and product and promote them. First students are asked to fill out the brainstorming doc., then create an advertisement plan, followed by a commentary outline. As a final step they are asked to voice or video record their ad to share with the class. Students really enjoy this project. I recommend this for Spanish 2 or higher. Allow 5/ 60 min classes for the entire PT including 1 day to show final products. This resource includes all detailed directions, checkpoints to keep students on task, launch document and grading rubric.
This is a word document with links to seven different websites where students are asked to read short passages about food ranging from tapas in Spain, to Mexican Churros, to Costa Rican “casados” and Tamales.One link is an actual tapas menu from Spain and students are asked to order a meal. Have students answer all questions from each website to be turned in via hard copy or electronically if you run google classroom or another online turn in program.
Students get to express their opinions using comparisons and superlative statements. The material is contextualized, hitting on some fun popular culture (iphones, superman, Justin Bieber etc…) A great way to practice the more advanced comparative and superlative structures. Designed for Spanish 2 and 3.
This is a short activity (about 7 minutes) that runs the course of 4 days. Students are to complete each time trial in the time allotted. Each round gets more challenging as they have less time to complete that round. Set student goals at an 80% pass rate for each round as well as a class average of 80% or higher for all four rounds. Choose a prize as an incentive to reach the goals. I throw a fiesta if they achieve their goal. Students love this short, simple activity. It makes for a great exit ticket.
Students know Batman, Superman and Spiderman, but do they know the Latin equivalents like Kaliman, El gato Negro and El Dorado? Students love this take on a Spanish cultural lesson where they are first introduced to 9 superheroes of Latin America (ppt), and then asked to think about a superpower they would like to have. This is then followed by a project (word doc) that allows them to create their own superhero using ser + descriptions. As an additional element to the lesson I often let students’ superheroes compete in a competition where students describe their superheroes and the class votes on which one would win in a showdown. Think “Batman vs. Superman”
If you enjoy this activity check out the follow up lesson here:
Super-Villains of Latin America
This is a mini assessment aka quiz, prueba, pruebita, scrimmage, designed to be completed in approximately 30 min. It is an editable document to fit your needs. Answer Key included. I give this quiz in Spanish 1 after the first 3 weeks of school.
Topics on this quiz include:
-days of the week vocab.
-greetings and goodbyes vocab.
-telling time vocab
-Definite articles grammar
-Fill in the blank
This is a PowerPoint Presentation Jeopardy game that covers all major vocab and grammar structures in Spanish 2 based on the Realidades textbook. I use this for my Final Exam Review day, but it is a nice recap that could be used at the start of Spanish 3 as well. Categories include (Vocab, preterite regular verbs, Direct and Indirect Object Pronouns, comparatives and superlatives, present progressive and informal tu commands). It also has two daily double jeopardy plays and final jeopardy. I also throw a third element in my jeopardy games called club play where all teams playing have to be the first to come up with the correct answer if a club play pops up (it adds a nice dynamic to the game and keeps kids paying more attention when it is not their turn). Once club play is over the team that hit the club play originally will get to complete their standard turn. This PPT is NOT set up to keep track of questions already asked and therefore you will want keep track off to the side via whiteboard or piece of paper. This PPT does have transitions from the home jeopardy screen to questions and back with ease (answers are also included on all slides with the click of a button)
This wonderful, editable activity was designed for my Spanish 2 class but could be adjusted for levels 3 and 4 by adding more past tense in descriptions and clues. During the “party” a mysterious murder will occur and it is students’ jobs to talk to each other in the target language to gather and infer information to make an accusation at the end of the game. My students love this game and talk more in Spanish than in any other oral activity that we do. All students receive character cards days before the game starts to tell them how to act, what info they know and what secrets they have. Packet includes an optional prezi to guide the game, directions, plot, character cards, name tags, character list, clues and data report sheet for students to fill out while in conversation. Allow 2-3 days for completion. Designed for my Spanish 2 class but could be adjusted for levels 3 and 4 by adding more past tense in descriptions and clues.
Looking to supplement your viewing of Coco? This is a four part movie guide that consists of defining Spanish words and expressions used in the film, a pre-view reading synopsis of the film (in spanish), short answer questions, and a family tree diagram to be filled out after the movie. This movie guide is basic and straight forward. Easy to use and edit on the fly. I use this in my Spanish 1 class. Also makes a great sub plan.
Students get the opportunity to become travel agents making their own brochures through this fun informational research project. Student must choose a Spanish speaking country to research and provide detailed info via a travel brochure. This project is well organized and detailed, giving students specific directions and guidelines for thing to research and what include in the brochure. I base this project off of the Realidades 2 Ch. 8 travel theme and have students incorporate subjunctive by making suggestions for travelers. Example: If visiting Cuba I recommend that you bring your passport. This is also a good way to practice Spanish composition outside of the standard essay format. Duration is 1 week.
This is a fun travel themed activity that can be done on the fly even with a sub. The context is that students wake up late for a flight to their vacation destination and have to work their way through the airport to catch it. To do this, they must place all the actions in the correct sequence for example; check bags before going through security, show boarding pass before boarding etc…To add a little fun I time the students and give them only 20 minutes for this part. When they complete the sequence they then must answer questions from the airlines safety card before take off.
This Performance Task is designed for a Spanish level 3 or 4 class. It focuses on story telling using preterite and imperfect together. The performance task includes a writing component (approximately 100-150 words) that is then transformed into a script (100-150 words) and live performance or drama. Students really enjoy these absurd stories and performances that are created in a collaborative manner. Expect to laugh at the ideas that students come up with! Allow 6-7/ 60 min class periods to complete. This product includes a launch document, detailed checkpoints with directions and a grading rubric.
Nice Intro Reading Comprehension in English that discusses terminology (Hispanic vs. Latino), Geography, a bit of history and Languages. This is a super basic Spanish cultural reading with follow up questions and a blank map of Central and South America. Great no prep supplemental reading, homework or substitute plan. Could be used on the first day of class. Simple and straightforward editable document. Duration is about 25-30 minutes. Option 2: Translate this document into Spanish and have your upper level students complete it.
Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr. Montgomery Bus Boycott, Voting Rights Act, it’s all here in this comprehensive 21 slide PPT over the Civil Rights Movement. It is accompanied by a detailed, customized guided notes word document. This PPT is straightforward in a timeline fashion, with no animations, so as to be easy for you to customize it to fit your style. It includes detailed info, pics, a wordle exercise and video URLs covering from 1941 (desegregation in the military) up to 1968 (MLK Jr.’s assassination.) It covers all major events such Freedom Riders, Brown vs. Board, Civil Rights Act of 1964, Montgomery Bus Boycott, Selma March, Voting Rights Act, NAACP, CORE, Black Panthers, Rosa Parks, MLK Jr., Malcolm X, etc… This was designed around an American Anthem history textbook, but could be modified to fit your own. This covers all four sections of the chapter. It can be completed in 2-55 min class periods or 3 if you watch full length of speeches and videos.
This is a nice, simple activity (25-35 min) that does not require any preparation. Students love this approach to practicing translation. With all the favored Disney quotes on one page, students translate them from Spanish to English and then try to figure out what movie they are associated with. Dictionaries and/or textbook recommended. As a follow up, the students are asked to write down their own favorite Disney quote and translate it into Spanish. Designed for Spanish level 2 or 3.
Reading Comprehension that compares and contrasts family life in the U.S. and Mexico. This is a super basic Spanish cultural reading with follow up questions. Great no prep supplemental reading, homework or substitute plan. Simple and straightforward. Duration is about 25 minutes.
This is a PowerPoint Presentation Jeopardy game that covers all major vocab and grammar structures in Spanish 1. I use this for my Final Exam Review day, but it is a nice recap that could be used at the start of Spanish 2 as well. vocab and grammar are based on the Realidades textbook, but it can be used for any level 1. Categories include (Vocab, verbs, definite and indefinite articles, possessive adjectives, Ir+a+infinitive, and a miscellaneous). It also has two double jeopardy plays and final jeopardy. I also throw a third element in my jeopardy games called club play where all teams playing have to be the first to come up with the correct answer if a club play pops up (it adds a nice dynamic to the game and keeps kids paying more attention when it is not their turn). Once club play is over the team that hit the club play originally will get to complete their standard turn. This PPT is set up to keep track of questions already asked and transitions from the home jeopardy screen to questions and back with ease (answers are also included on all slides with the click of a button)
This is a bundle of 7 Spanish Class Sub Plans that can be implemented on the fly with no prep involved. The 7 lessons include the following: (these can also be purchased separately)
Donde Esta El Profesor? (Spanish 1)
Proyecto Superheroe (Spanish 1 or 2)
Cognate Story (Spanish 1)
Cultural Reading “Casas” (Spanish 2 or 3)
Cultural Reading “La Familia” (Spanish 2 or 3)
Cultural Reading “Supersticiones” (Spanish 2 or 3)
Cultural Reading “Dia de Muertos” (Spanish 1 or 2)