Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Matrix

Gone are the days of rote memorization! Don't get me wrong...it is still important to memorize things, however, putting them in a more practical, real-life situation makes learning more meaningful for students. Isn't this what CCSS is all about...practical application?  It is becoming clearer to me--as I continue my eleven year journey of teaching--that students should be showing what they know, not just answering multiple choice questions on a test.  That's why I absolutely love this unit that our dept has created on Spanish-speaking countries.

We assigned students a Spanish-speaking country to research. Then we had them type their info in a Google Doc that was shared with the entire class. So really, all students were entering in their info into one "living" document.  I called this doc "The Matrix".  You will see why below. :)

We printed "The Matrix" for the students to do some comparing/contrasting.  Man, it was amazing to see the learning take place as they studied this doc! It stirred up inquiry...it made meaning...it just created a spark in some of them that I had never seen.  They were finally seeing the BIG PICTURE! Those are the exciting moments in teaching.

But here comes the even bigger kicker...then we assigned them a vacation project.  Who doesn't like dreaming about a vacation? Lol.  The kids then got to choose five Spanish-speaking countries to visit. They have to tell different things about these countries, show us their travel route, and present their vacation to the class.

I am so excited about this project. I realize that this make take some extra time for this, but seriously...they need it! We had one kid that thought China was on the pre-test of Spanish-speaking countries! Sigh.

So check out "The Matrix below".  The possibilities for this are endless! I added the link here for you! Enjoy!


Friday, September 5, 2014

Tu vs Usted Interactive Notebook Sheet

In our creation of the PE Unit for Spanish I, we realized we left off an important concept-Tu vs. Usted.  So I've added this to our notebooks for the unit.  Please feel free to take, download, edit, or use in your classroom!  Tu vs Usted INS sheet Enjoy!!!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Spanish Numbers Battleship

I'm sure I have seen this somewhere...so forgive me if I stole this from someone! This has been the best interactive notebook activity! I gave the students two 1-100 number grids.  I asked them to draw a letter of the alphabet anywhere in their grid and shade it in lightly with a pencil or highlighter. This is their "battleship". They must not show their partners! Then students take turns calling numbers in Spanish attempting to sink their "ship".  Students respond with "Sí lo tengo or No lo tengo".  If the student had that number, their partner would mark with a highlighter or shade in that number.  If the student didn't have that number the partner would mark an X in that numbered box.  Students continue playing until all the letter is revealed.  This is a GREAT numbers practice! The best part is I get to be a facilitator and not the "sage on stage"! YES!

ENJOY! Here is the word document for the blank numbers chart.  Each student gets a printout with both grids.