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.


Here’s the video:

Here’s the lyrical video:

Game: Más o Menos

I’ve enjoyed a nice hiatus and am now happy to be back with some great new ideas, games and songs.

Here’s a new game, Más o Menos, I adapted from an activity from this blog. This is a great review / practice game, and can even be easily done with just a few minutes left in class.

Here’s what you need:

  1. Image of numbered circles (I used this)
  2. Your own colored answer key (I made several different ones, so the kids couldn’t cheat)
  3. A list of questions you want to ask

Here’s how you play: 

  1. Divide the class into groups of 2-4 people.
  2. Project the numbered circles.
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  3. Give each group a dry erase board.
  4. Ask the entire class a question. Each group discusses and writes their answer on the board.
    • If correct: They get to pick a number from the board. They then get whatever that question is worth (either +1 or -1) depending on what your answer key says.

      Here’s my answer key. You can see that half of the circles are green (+1) and half are yellow (-1). So if a group chooses #44, they get +1 point. If a group chooses #53, they get -1 point.


    • As each group chooses numbers, you might want to cross them off on the board so that another group doesn’t choose that number.
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That’s it! This game can easily be whipped up in a few minutes. All you need to do is think of what questions to ask.


Frida Kahlo

This chapter, my students are learning about Mexico. One of the topics we discuss is Frida Kahlo, a famous Mexican artist. This year I did what I did last year, which was to come to class dressed up as Frida. I told my classes about “my” life and art, and I even managed to stay in character the entire class. After learning about “my” life as an artist, we painted.

In preparation for this day, I went in search of age appropriate videos or activities to share with the kids in Spanish. During my search, I came across two really great resources:

  1. Zamba: Excursión al Museo de Bellas Artes
    1. This was a cute video which nicely explains Frida in just under 4 minutes.
  2. La Casa de Frida
    1. This was a great, interactive website, in Spanish, that allows students to investigate into Frida’s house, La Casa Azul.


Canción de la Semana: “Corazón de Campeón” por Jesse y Joy

I’ve been wanting to post about this song for a while, but every time I would start a post, the video would have disappeared. So strange! I decided to try to search the song again, and I found a slightly different version (with AT&T as the sponsor) that I like better.

Here’s what I like about the song:

  • It’s a sing along!: This is a great opportunity for your students to sing along with the song, or just to visually see the words they are hearing in the song.
  • Evolution of fútbol: The song also narrates the beginnings of fútbol and the evolution it has taken to be what it is today.
  • Sports unit: This is an excellent song for sports units (equipo, fútbol, etc.)


Canción de la Semana: “Que Bailes Conmigo Hoy” por Fifth Harmony

I’m fairly confident that most people are familiar with Fifth Harmony by now. Their song “Worth It” was a HUGE hit this summer (and even made it’s way into the Dance Fit class I take). So when my wonderful colleague, Sra. Williams (¡Hola!), suggested this song, I thought it was a great idea!

Here’s what I like about the song:

  • Familiar: Since most kids are probably familiar with Fifth Harmony, they will most likely be interested in hearing a song in Spanish by this group.
  • Ir + a + raw/infinitive: There are some great examples of this concept, among other grammar concepts, in the song.


Canción de la Semana: “Perfecta” por Agapornis

It’s really great when I come across a band that I’m unfamiliar with and then find a song by them that I love. This is the case with “Pefecta”.

Caution: This song is a sweet love song, but does feature two homosexual couples in the video along with other heterosexual couples. Of course, their contact is completely PG, but some students/schools might not appreciate this video.

Here’s what’s great about this song:

  1. Preterite: There are a whole bunch of examples of the preterite in the song.
  2. Easy lyrics: The lyrics are easy enough that even Spanish 1 students could pick up on a lot of what is going on, even though the grammar is more appropriate for upper levels.
  3. Love: It’s nice to show a video that shows all different kinds of love (if your school allows).