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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.

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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.

Enjoy!

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Mad Libs en Español

I’m always looking for creative ways to get my students using the material we have been learning and practicing in class. One of the ways I have tried and liked is to create a mad libs activity for them.

I created this activity for my Spanish 1 students who were practicing the following concepts:
-ir+a+infinitive
-sequencing words
-adjective/noun agreement

Here’s what my students filled out on the front:

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Here’s what the story looked like once they plugged in their answers from the front:

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I heard lots of giggles and laughs when they were reading how their stories turned out. I let my students work in pairs, but the one or two kids who preferred to work alone did just fine by themselves.

In the attached file, you will find two different stories. I did this to just add some variety to what they were writing.

Enjoy!

Mad Libs

 

5 New(er) Songs for Spanish Class

I’m back after a bit of a break! Hopefully, I can share some ideas with all of you as often as I can, however, my personal life is about to get a bit more hectic because I’m expecting!

Here are 5 new(er) songs that my students have been really enjoying. 

  1.  “La Bicicleta” por Shakira
    • My students love this song! I was a little more hesitant to show the original music video, because there is a bit more skin showing and hips moving than I feel comfortable with. However, this Just Dance is an awesome way to get the kids up and moving while listening to the music.
  2. “Los Charcos” por Dani Martin
    • A highly unusual music video. It is about a man that creates a female robot, teaches her how to be human, and falls in love with her in the process.
    • Nice, slower lyrics.
  3. “Bailar” por Deorro ft. Elvis Crespo
    • A music video that involves a quinceañera. Dad gets jealous that his daughter is in love with a boy, so he does all he can to prevent the boy from making it to his daughter’s quinceañera.
    • One of my students’ favorites.
  4. “Tu Enemigo” por Pablo López ft. Juanes
    • Great song about tolerance and acceptance. Based on the singer’s experience with traveling to the US and getting stopped and questioned at customs every time he comes here.
    • Quote from the beginning of the song: “La tolerancia es el fundamento de convivir en paz y entendiendo que en el mundo somos diferentes”
  5. “Déja Vu” por CD9

Canción / Video de la Semana: “Pura Vida” por Don Omar

I just very recently found this song/ video and I just LOVE it. This comes from an album, Pura Vida, that Pepsi put out around the time of the 2014 World Cup. Be warned: this video is a bit long at 6:51, but super cute.

Here’s what I love about the song / video: 

  • Great Message: Try, try and try again until you succeed. I especially love how the kids take dance class to get better at the game, and of course, it all pays off in the end.
  • Fútbol: Great way to get kids excited about soccer/ fútbol.
  • Pura Vida: The team name can lead into a nice discussion about Costa Rica’s slogan.
  • Wilmer Valderrama: Need I say more?! Hubba hubba.

**You can watch the video here.

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Interrogatives

I find that each year I teach interrogatives I try to find new activities to help practice this difficult concept.

Here’s a new one I used this year:

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I had students grab a notecard. On their notecard, they had to create an original question using an interrogative we’ve been practicing. They also had to draw a quick illustration of that question. Then, I had them tape their card outside of my room next to the interrogative word they chose to use in their question.

Here’s an oldie but a goodie:

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This is a fun way to help kids remember the interrogatives. It’s sung to the tune of Jingle Bells. (Ignore the colors; I teach interrogatives in two chunks)

Enjoy!

Canción de la Semana: “Vivo La Vida” por Olga Tañon

In Spanish class, we are just beginning a chapter that focuses on Cuba. With all of the recent developments between Cuba and the U.S., I thought this song was just perfect to help me introduce the chapter.

Here’s what I like about “Vivo La Vida”:

  1. Cuba: It’s awesome to give kids the possibility of seeing into a country that before we didn’t have much information about. The video is set up like a documentary / news clip, so it’s neat to see local musicians, dancers (and even antique cars) in Havana.
  2. Merengue: Great music/dancing.
  3. An Optional Accompanying Article: Here’s an article People En Español did about the making of the video.

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Here’s the video:

Here’s the lyrical video: