Jamboard templates for articles, authentic resources and novels

I have been wanting to take some time to play around with Jamboard- one of the apps on Google. I have made a few this or that activities on winter traditions and the Super Bowl. One of my favorite features is how easy they are to edit! My students (especially my fifth and sixth graders)Continue reading “Jamboard templates for articles, authentic resources and novels”

Super Bowl: 2021 Lesson Plans

Happy Friday! I hope you are all doing well! My baby girl finally arrived last Saturday! I have been enjoying the time with her- but I wanted to pop on here to share my activities that I made before she made her grand appearance. Thanks to Bethanie Drew, Martha Balthaser and Vanessa Monell for helpingContinue reading “Super Bowl: 2021 Lesson Plans”

Introduction to Ecuador: Novices

I have one more week before teaching planning starts! I am really starting to switch from overall planning to starting to produce more materials for my students. Last year, I used Edi el Elefante with my fourth graders. It is a great novel! I loved the teacher’s guide, and we played some really fun games.Continue reading “Introduction to Ecuador: Novices”

Street Food: Netflix Viewing Guides

Have you seen the newest series Street Food: Latin America from Netflix? It is amazing, and the visual shots of food is worth watching alone! However, many of the episodes focus on the role of women in street food and at times underrepresented groups. Because of this, I knew that I wanted to use theseContinue reading “Street Food: Netflix Viewing Guides”

A week of online plans: Spain and the Dominican Republic

This week is our spring break. So we are traveling throughout the city via car and social distance. I am also prepping for next week. I wanted to share my general plans for my classes. Luckily, I was able to give out our end of the year books to my 6th and 8th grade classes.Continue reading “A week of online plans: Spain and the Dominican Republic”

Part IV: How I plan without a textbook; Comprehensible Input and Authentic Resources

This post is part of a series about how I plan without a textbook. The first part discusses how I decide what to teach, then how I decide on goals and finally assessments. Today, I will look how I plan a unit to include both comprehensible input and authentic resources. I believe that as teachersContinue reading “Part IV: How I plan without a textbook; Comprehensible Input and Authentic Resources”

Nailed It! Mexico: A mini-unit comprehensible for novices

I just finished Brandon Brown versus Yucatan with my sixth graders.  We have one week before break.  I wanted to create a small unit around either a movie or a TV show, but I couldn’t decide what.  If I put the captions on in English, they won’t gain much from the movie.  Plus, I don’tContinue reading “Nailed It! Mexico: A mini-unit comprehensible for novices”

ACTFL Reflections: Authentic Resources

This ACTFL, I really wanted to make sure that I had a chance to see people who I don’t get to see all year.  Therefore, my sessions weren’t focused on one single thing, but I ended up with a few key strands that I can develop and focus on this year.  One of the firstContinue reading “ACTFL Reflections: Authentic Resources”

Supplemental CI and authentic resource activities for a textbook

I am not a big jumper- in fact I frequently advocate for small change.  I admire people who ditch their whole curriculum and textbook and make sweeping changes.  I had been playing around with comprehensible input, teaching with novels and teaching for proficiency for about seven years before I ditched my textbooks completely.  I alsoContinue reading “Supplemental CI and authentic resource activities for a textbook”