On Monday, we are going to start with El Ekeko in Spanish 1! I am really excited to start this book! Many people ask how to use news articles. One way is to find a collection of news articles for each country To start, I had students read some of my news articles about Bolivia. I used this article on Gran Chaco and a biologist working there. I used this article about movies in Bolivia. Finally, I also used this article on Morales. I wanted an overview of the country, and I used this article, but I cut out half of it to make it more feasible for my level 1 students. I like to throw in a menu as well, so I found this one.
On our first day, I asked questions about each article. I put the answers into a crossword puzzle (which is why I haven’t shared it here!) But many of the questions include: who the president is, key words in Spanish from each article, different tourist places and food highlights. For example, I asked which dessert costs 6 bolivars. Again, I hope that students have an introduction to a country that they haven’t really studied. (Plus, when we print out the papers, we can go outside to read and complete the puzzle!)
On Mondays, I have started each week with Kara Jacob’s story listening for songs. I am obsessed, and I have been seeing big gains with my students. With El Ekeko, I read this post about using the song Latinoamérica by Calle 13. I decided to take a crack at making my own story script. On the doc, I shared the script with an idea for four corners activity throughout the story. I also created a short Kahoot Jumble activity and a translation sheet. I look forward to using this on Monday!