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Holiday Fun And Activities for Spanish Class!

    Holiday Fun and Activities for Spanish Class!
I wanted to share some quick activities that I have used in my class for teaching students about celebrations throughout Latin America and Spain. Since Spanish is spoken in over 20 countries, it can be really difficult to nail down what celebrations to cover. So, I took the student-centered route; I had students research the celebrations on their own. It was super simple, and actually, it took me all of 5 minutes to plan:

1. Holiday Celebrations in December

1. Grab a stack of 30 index cards
2. Write two countries per card (15 countries total, if you want them to work in groups)
3. Distribute cards to students and have them research holiday celebrations.

I have them write the following in their notebooks:

For Spanish 1, they could write the description in English/Spanish. For Spanish 2+, they had to write in Español.

Google: Holiday Celebrations+ Country


New Year Tradition in Colombia and Venezuela

New Year Celebrations in Spanish-Speaking Countries

This year, my goal is to better immerse my students in the traditions and celebrations of the rich cultures of Spanish speaking countries. I say "cultures" to honor the wide range of traditions from Latin America, Spain and Spanish Africa.  We are a few days out until Winter Break and these activities were an attempt to bring in meaningful, comprehensible and fun activities. I have outlined my lessons plans below at the end of this post.  
For both classes, I will be doing the "Maleta" activity. I have seen this ritual in action and it's pretty fun. My husband is from Colombia and last year, at the brink of the New year, many people were running around Cedritos, the neighborhood in which his family lives in Bogotá, the capital.  The activity is pretty simple; you take an empty suitcase (although I would pack it with clothes) and you run around the block. Running about the back is called "dar una vuelta a la…

Las tradiciones de habla hispana- Activities for Spanish 1-4

This is our last week before break and I wanted to share some short but sweet activities for teaching holiday celebrations at this time.

Resource for Spanish 3 and beyond.
Navidad Hispana and Lotería resource- Spanish 3/4

Resource for Spanish 1
Navidad Hispana and Lotería Short film

The Navidad Hispana resource is by Sergi Martin, the video link is included in the documents. Click here to see the video.  I stumbled upon it this past week and quickly developed some activities that my students could connect to in addition to providing them with an overview of important cultural practices. The video is 14 minutes long,  but I only created resources for the first three minutes.  In an attempt to streamline,  the activity has the same formatting but is differentiated to suit the different levels of students.

Celebraciones de América Latina Videos and resources.

Resource for Spanish 3 and beyond.
Navidad Hispana and Lotería resource- Spanish 3/4 

Resource for Spanish 1
Navidad Hispana and Lo…

Internado Episodio 4:10 Freebies- Edición Escándalo- Gossip Column

5 Activities for processing chapter 4 of El Internado 
Chapter 4 of El Internado is one of the craziest and most scandalous in the fist suite of episodes. We learn the deeper secrets about the characters. We learn about el descaro de Elsa, la conflictividad sentimental de Carolina and, well, a fin de cuentas, somos de barro y no de hierro, en otras palabras, Iván as feelings too.

I created these resources for my students (free to you) because I wanted to capitalize on four things, hence this post: Discouraging students from speaking in English, Keeping them accountable for what they watch, Writing a Gossip Column about events, but with their own unique twists, reviewing by way of dialogue (I created a dialogue of two students talking about the steamy Internado episode). I found the dialogue to be a much better way of reviewing! 
Internado 4: Edición Escándolo Remix 
1. I was so irritated that students kept talking in English during the episode, so I gave them this  Expressions placemat …