A NEW WAY TO PLAY THE UNFAIR GAME

My students absolutely love the Unfair Game! I first heard about this game on Martina Bex’s blog. You can read her blog post about the game right here. In the original version, the game is played in teams. After answering a question correctly, the team gets to decided if they keep the points or give them to the other team.¬† Every single question has a … Continue reading A NEW WAY TO PLAY THE UNFAIR GAME

THOSE DAYS WHEN YOU JUST CAN’T

We all have those days. You’re exhausted. You don’t feel well. You don’t have the energy to go on with your regular lesson plans. Something happened at home and you are not mentally prepared for school. It’s one of those days when you “just can’t”. I have had quite a few days like this. I don’t feel well but I can’t miss another day of … Continue reading THOSE DAYS WHEN YOU JUST CAN’T

LAS 12 UVAS: PLANS AND RESOURCES

Are you looking for lesson ideas for the day after winter break? Consider teaching your students about las 12 uvas, a New Year’s Eve tradition in Spain. It’s the perfect time of year to do this! I did this last week and kids loved it. It was a great way to ease back into our class routine while incorporating culture through the TL. Here are … Continue reading LAS 12 UVAS: PLANS AND RESOURCES

TEACHING A NOVEL: EL CAPIBARA CON BOTAS

El capibara con botas by Mira Canion is by far my favorite book to teach. Currently, I use it with 7th and 8th graders as their first novel. I’d eventually like to move it down to 6th grade, but we’ll see when that happens. Here are some ideas and resources that I use when I teach this novel. BEFORE THE NOVEL In my previous post, … Continue reading TEACHING A NOVEL: EL CAPIBARA CON BOTAS

TEACHING A NOVEL: BRANDON BROWN QUIERE UN PERRO

Last year I used novels in my classroom for the very first time. I was able to get four classroom sets of novels through a Donors Choose project. I was very excited to have the novels but I didn’t know how to use them with a whole class. I discovered that Allison Wienhold had a lot to say about this topic, so I read all … Continue reading TEACHING A NOVEL: BRANDON BROWN QUIERE UN PERRO

TEACHING IN THE TARGET LANGUAGE (PART 2)

In part 1, I shared what helps me teach using comprehensible TL in my classroom. Continuing on to part 2, I will share my lesson plans for the first two weeks of class with total beginners. These are 5th grade students that have zero experience with the TL. I do not always use 90%+ TL with these students right away, but we slowly build up … Continue reading TEACHING IN THE TARGET LANGUAGE (PART 2)

TEACHING IN THE TARGET LANGUAGE (PART 1)

My goal this school year has been to use as much target language (TL) as possible in a way that is comprehensible to students. My first couple years I really struggled with this. I used Spanish that students did not understand and often reverted to English. Once I ditched the textbook and started teaching with comprehensible input, my classroom changed. Teaching in the TL became … Continue reading TEACHING IN THE TARGET LANGUAGE (PART 1)