I started Piratas del Caribe y el mapa secreto at the beginning of the month in level 1, but due to snow days/delays and other cancellations, I have only seen my students four times so far. If you are interested in how I teach novels, you can check out this post here. My students have been enjoying the unit so far, but I wish that we have had some time for a few extra activities. I wanted to share some of the resources that I have made for the book so far.
- To start, I varied an activity by Eric Curts to have students create their own pirate on Google Slides. Students enjoyed creating a variety of pirates then uploading them to Seesaw. Seesaw allowed the students to add comments to each others’ pirates as well.
- I have also created a brainstorm list for each chapter. After listening to Retrieval Practice, I have my students close the book and write down as much as they remember in Spanish or English after each chapter or the beginning of the next class. I also encourage them to write down any words that they learned in Spanish.
- After chapter 1, we did a collaborative mural a la Martina Bex. This is one of my favorite activities! I have students upload the mural to Seesaw, then they can discuss it there.
- I love using Quizizz. If you haven’t checked it out- do so! It is a self-paced Kahoot, and it also gives you great feedback on each question. You can also add questions from anyone else’s Quizizz. I can assemble a Quizizz game and tailor it to my class in about 5 minutes! I put together this Quizizz (based on others’ games!) for chapters 1-2.
- Before chapter 3, I noticed that a few students were struggling with “querer.” I could also highlight capturar and pistola. We watched the video Carrot Crazy on YouTube. I created this outline to help my students. While I ask many questions while they are watching, I have found that having the key vocabulary in front of them and highlighting a few questions helps to focus my students.
- After the end of these chapters, I am introducing these Puedos a la Laura Sexton. I am going to use these to propel an interpersonal conversation. (If you have any other suggestions for questions, let me know!)
- I also want to work digital storytelling into my day, but we haven’t had a lot of time! Here is how I used digital storytelling with the story Billy y las botas (and Snapchat!)
Share your favorite activity to do with books or with Piratas!