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
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.
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.
In this activity students are asked to read Spanish lyrics of 12 different popular Disney songs and figure out which movies they are associated with. This can be completed as a standard worksheet exercise or you can spice it up a bit by making in a competition, where students are given a set amount of time to complete as many as they can. I don’t allow any translation via computer or phones for this one because it would make it too easy. Instead I encourage the use of dictionaries. This also makes a quick and easy sub plan or homework assignment. Also just FYI, students really enjoy listening to Disney Spanish soundtracks on Youtube while completing this assignment.
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.
100% online and ready to go! No prep necessary! After happening upon a zombie in the janitor’s closet toward the end of the school day, students must quickly begin to make decisions on what to do about it. Each decision they make will lead to a different outcome. Most outcomes in the game lead to them encountering zombies and forces them to start over. However one path allows them to escape. Along the way they will have to read through the Spanish story line and choose their own fate, in between decisions there are also a few google forms that ask them to write out the explanations to their decisions before moving forward in the game. This is a super engaging reading and writing exercise for upper level Spanish 3 or 4. This is my favorite Spanish resource that I offer here on TpT! I do not recommend this activity for lower level Spanish classes. Duration is 45-55 mins.
**Game requires access to a computers. This is ran on google sites + google forms.
Students know The Joker, The Goblin and Lex Luthor, but do they know the Latin equivalents like La Arana Negra, El Diablo and Black Tarantula ? Students love this take on a Spanish cultural lesson where they are first introduced to super villains of Latin America (ppt), then they are asked to create their own supervillain using ser + descriptions. As an additional element to the lesson I often let students’ supervillains compete in a competition where students describe their supervillains and the class votes on which one would win in a showdown. Think “Batman vs. Superman” This is a follow up lesson that I use a few weeks after completing the Superhero Project but could be used as a stand alone assignment as well.
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.
Make Spanish reading comprehension fun with this “zombie survival guide”. Students will read through the definition of a zombie, the virus, recommendations for surviving etc… then they will be asked 8 follow up comprehension questions. This makes for a great supplemental ready activity, homework or nice sub plan. I recommend this resource for levels 3 or higher. If your students like zombies I also have two awesome digital zombie escape rooms that I use with this lesson.
These 5 resources are my all time favorite lessons to implement across all levels of Spanish and are among the best of what I offer here on TES. The links below will provide more detail about each lesson individually.
[Choose your own adventure Zombie Escape (Spanish 3](https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/spanish-choose-your-own-adventure-digital-escape-room-zombies-at-school-11992908?theme=1
Spanish Escape Room (any level)
Spanish Murder Mystery Party Kit (Spanish 2 or 3)
Spanish 1 Menu Performance Task Project
Spanish 1 Final Exam Jeopardy Review
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.
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)
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)
Great Cumulative Spanish Review in both of these Powerpoint Jeopardy Games. This is a bundle of 2 Powerpoints, one for Spanish 1 and the other for Spanish 2. I use these as my final exam review day, but they could also be used as review at the beginning of the year for Spanish 2 and Spanish 3. These are largely based on the Realidades textbook, but can be easily used in any Spanish class. These can also be bought separately at my store. Categories include; Spanish1-Vocab,Verbs,Articles, Adjectives, Ir+a+infinitive and Misc. Spanish2-vocab, preterite, informal tu commands, present progressive, Direct and Indirect Object Pronouns, and Comparatives/Superlatives
Included in this bundle is a set of 2 Spanish Bell Work packets that have a combine total of 120 Do Nows and Bell Ringers that I use for Spanish levels 1 + 2. The exercises are largely based on the the Realidades 1 Textbook, chapters 1-8, however all subjects are hyperlinked for use in any Spanish classroom. You can also buy these two sets separately for level 1 or 2 at my TpT store. Exercises include translation, fill in the blanks, riddles, multiple choice, corrections, listening, visuals and much more!! Check out the preview page for the table of contents and some examples from the packet. Thanks for looking!
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.
This Simulation will have students talking about the Cold War for the rest of the semester. My students love this simulation! It is complex and detailed to the point that students get an authentic, hands-on experience as to what it was like to make some of the tough decisions as govt. leaders during the Cold War, yet it is simple enough to explain and execute with no high tech computer software required and very minimal prep work involved (only word docs). Students get to collaborate in groups as they represent different country during the Cold War. Each group will consist of a Chief Decision Maker, an Ambassador, an Economic Advisor and a Military Advisor (so all group members are involved). Over the course of four days, students will be faced with different scenarios from the Cold War and will attempt to reach their country’s customized objectives in order to score points. Students will have to collaborate within their own group as well as with other groups to accomplish these objectives. Students will also have to consider things such as trading natural resources and investing in their military/economy in order to develop their country for subsequent turns of the simulation. Included in this 19 page package is everything needed to complete the simulation; a user manual, a terminology page, chart templates, an assessment reflection sheet and all four scenarios. Scenario 1 is (Alliances NATO/Warsaw Pact), Scenario 2 is (Expansion vs. Containment), Scenario 3 (Collective Action Asian Influenza), Scenario 4 (Nuclear Proliferation). Duration of simulation is 5 days 55min. classes (1 day for explanation and 4 days for 4 scenarios). You will not be displeased with the engagement nor the higher-level of learning that takes place during this simulation.
This is a great contextualized Spanish Project that introduces students to Project Change, a non-profit organization that focuses on the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals . See their website here: https://www.afsusa.org/project-change/learn/ . Through this project, students are asked to research Project Change, then create a new project proposal for the organization. They will be asked to choose a developing country on the list and a particular UN goal to focus on while creating a solution to a particular global problem of their choice. Students can take this one step further by actually submitting their proposal to Project Change. Occasionally the organization does a contest to encourage young “changemakers” to submit their ideas. Winning proposal is presented with a trip to that country where students actually participate in a service learning program. They currently have a contest open until November 2, 2018. Allow 4-5 days for completion. This project includes a grading rubric and links for the research portion. Recommended for upper level Spanish classes.
This is an auction simulation covering store items vocabulary in Spanish. Shampoo, soap, lipstick, batteries, scarfs, shoes etc… This is an editable resource that could easily be change to fit any set of vocab. For example instead of store items it could be for clothing, foods etc… This is a conversational based activity that I use in Spanish 4. I do not recommend this for lower level Spanish classes because a lot of Spanish conversation and comprehension is required. As the teacher be prepared to lead this activity as the auctioneer. My students love this activity and really get into the bidding. Items for sale in the auction are contextualized for current pop culture. For example one item for sale is Kim Kardashian’s Personal Lipstick, another is Kanye West’s toothbrush. Play money is included with this resource. In pairs students must make decisions about what items they want to buy and must bid against other groups in order to win the item. When they purchase items they are given points. The team with the most points at the end wins the game. Duration is about 55 min.