Canción de la Semana: “Yo Te Quiero Más” por Ventino

My favorite girl band is back at it again! If you haven’t heard of Ventino, check out their song “Me Equivoqué“. I bet you’ll love their song (and cool outfits) as much as I do.

Here’s what I like about this song:

  • Easy to learn lyrics
  • Nice, school appropriate group

Here’s a link to the video.

I also made a cloze activity “Yo Te Quiero Más “ por Ventino with the lyrics.




Gaming Websites: Gimkit, ClassTools and Wordwall

Just like my students, I get bored playing the same Kahoots and Quizlets each class. While these sites are fun, and I use them frequently, I like to throw other sites into the mix as well.

Here are some of my favorites:




-It is similar to Quizlet live or Kahoot.
-Students earn fake money for each question they get correct. They also lose money for each question they miss.
-The neat part is that they can use their money to “buy” things like multipliers (gets you more money per correct question), insurance (helps you not lose as much money if you miss a question), streak bonus (gets you more money for each question you get correct in a row)
-You set a money goal for the class, such as $2000, and play until someone reaches that goal.
-Can play on team mode where the game is played as usual, but your team’s money is pulled. So when you get a question wrong or purchase something from the store, the team’s money goes down.
-Gimkit has a free version that only allows teachers to create a few sets, but their paid version, which is what I have, gives you unlimited sets.



-Allows the teacher to create questions with multiple choice answers (similar to Kahoot) and play games with those questions.
-The airplane game, where students fly into correct answers, and the maze game, where students run to correct answers while avoiding monsters, are two of my favorites.
-Free to join.
-Has option of printables with the questions you created.




-Allows kids to play arcade games like Pacman and Pong with questions you create.
-Free and easy to use.
-The only negative I see is that there are lots of adds on the side of the screen when they play.


Canción de la Semana: “El Arrepentido” por Melendi y Carlos Vives

Happy end of the school year! El Arrepentido is a song I used earlier in the year with my students. It just came out in February, so it is relatively new.

Here’s what I like:

  • Hay que”: Expressions with hay que come up several times in the song.
  • Message: The message of the song, living with regret, is great topic to use to create group discussions in your classes about regret in our own lives.

Here’s the song. 

Have a great summer! You deserve a break.


Canción de la Semana: “Movimiento Naranja” por Yuawi

This. Is. The. Song. Of. The. Year.

Movimiento Naranja is a super catchy song packed full of meaning. It features a boy from Jalisco, México singing this short song while dressed in indigenous clothing. The song discusses “Movimiento Naranja” which refers to “Movimiento Cuidadano”, a political party in México. They are the force behind this HUGE hit and created this song/video in preparation for the elections in July.

Here’s what I like about the video:

  • EASY lyrics: There are just a few lines in the song. Very easy to follow and the lyrics are displayed during the video.
  • Political discussion: This a great opportunity to discuss politics in México, different political parties, and the upcoming elections. Perhaps you can compare and contrast with politics here.
  • Clothes: The boy in video wears some really awesome indigenous clothing.


Here’s the video.

Here’s a fun remix version.

Here’s an article that gives more information

movimiento naranja

Canción de la Semana: “Isla Bendita” por Unidos por Puerto Rico

Recently I sat down and found a ton of great music videos that I can’t wait to use in my Spanish classes. This song, though a little late, is awesome for discussing the hurricane’s affects on Puerto Rico.

Here’s what I like about the song:

  • Authentic news clips: There are great video clips, mostly in Spanish, that portray the extent of the devastation in Puerto Rico.
  • Famous Puerto Ricans: A whole bunch of great Puerto Rican singers, from Luis Fonsi to Juan Luis Guerra, joined forces to help raise awareness and funds for Puerto Rico.

Here’s the song.

isla bendita

Game: Reacción en Cadena

One of my favorite quick games to play is what I call Reacción en Cadena. It is kind of like the game telephone that you might have played as a kid. The best part about this game is that you stay in the target language the entire time!

Here’s what you need:

  • groups of 4 students
  • one dry erase board, eraser and marker for each group
  • maraca / bell

Here’s how you play:

reacción en cadena

  1. Divide the class into groups of four students.
    1. If you have an odd number of students, have the one or two extra kids pair up with a peer and work as a team.
  2. Make sure that each group has one dry erase board, marker and eraser.
  3. Have students sit in a row.
  4. The first student in the row starts with the dry erase board, marker and eraser.
  5. Instruct all students to close their eyes / put their heads down EXCEPT for the first students in each row (those with the dry erase boards).
  6. While everyone’s eyes are closed (except for the first students in each row) the teacher writes down a word that you have been practicing on the board. The first students in each row then have about 30 seconds to draw a picture of that word.
    1. They can only draw a picture and cannot add any words.
  7. After about 30 seconds, shake a maraca or ring a bell. Then, the second person in each row will take the boards from the person in front of / next to them. They look at the picture, erase it, and then have about 15 seconds to write the word that they think that picture represents.
  8. Shake the maraca / ring the bell again. Now the third person in each row will take the board, look at the word that the person in front of them wrote, erase it, and will have about 30 seconds to draw a picture to represent that word.
  9. Finally, shake the maraca / ring the bell again and the last person will open their eyes. They get the board, look at the picture, erase it and have about 15 seconds to write the word that they think the picture represents.
  10. After about 15 seconds, shake the maraca, have the last students raise their boards, and compare their answers to what the real word was.
  11. Next round, have the students swap seats so that they have a new role.


  • You can play with more than four people in each group, just try to make the groups even.
  • You students can sit in a row, circle, next to one another or whatever placement you want. I’ve done this in rows with one in front of the other, tables with four students in one group, and side by side rows.



Canción de la Semana: “Carita de Buena” por Efecto Pasillo

Well hello there! It has been a while since I have posted, but I have an EXCELLENT excuse. I had two beautiful twins this summer: a boy and a girl. I’m totally in love with them, and I am just now getting back into the groove of things at school.

I chose “Carita de Buena” as one of my first songs to use this year, because I wanted a song that was peppy and upbeat; this one sure is.

Here’s what I like about the song: 

  • present progressive: There are a lot of great examples of present progressive, like “me estás enloqueciendo”.
  • reflexive verbs: Examples galore!
  • mood: As mentioned before, this song just puts one in a good mood.

Here’s the video



Canción de la Semana: “Me Voy de Viaje Solito” por Mera

With only 25 days left of school (hooray!), this song really gets me in the mood for summer.

Here’s what I like about it:

  • Excellent for Spanish 1: There are lots of easy vocab words for them to understand, like pueblos, conocer, amigos, etc.
  • Travel vocab: You’ll hear words that are typically covered in travel units, like casa, viaje, ciudades, lugares, ríos, playas, etc.

Here’s the song!



Canción de la Semana (parte 2): “Me Equivoqué” por Ventino

I have a ton of great songs by boy groups, but this is one of my FIRST songs by a girl group. I love to represent the ladies! Ventino is great, because they have a really young look, just like CD9, so my students were immediately drawn in.

Here’s what I like:

  • Girl Group
  • Preterite and Reflexive Verbs: This song, just like CD9’s “A Tu Lado”, is another great song to show examples of these concepts.

Here’s a link to the song.


Canción de la Semana (parte 1): “A Tu Lado” por CD 9

Get your hankies ready. This is the newest (and saddest) song by one of my students’ favorite groups: CD9. This video features a really sweet/sad love story. I suggest watching it before you show it to the kids so you can get your tears out alone. I definitely cried when I saw it the first time (but then again I’m pregnant).

Here’s what I like about the song:

  • Preterite and Reflexive Verbs: This song is full of lots of great examples of both.

Here’s the link to the song.