Happiness mini-unit: Novice students

This year, one of our central themes was joy and togetherness. With this idea, I decided to ask the question of my sixth graders: what makes us happy? I have to say that a lot of this was inspired by my conversations with Samara Spielberg who has done a lot of work on social-emotional learning.Continue reading “Happiness mini-unit: Novice students”

Heavenly Bites: Mexico Tortas

I really love a lot of the documentaries that Netflix has been producing that focus on various cultures in Latin America! The most recent one is Heavenly Bites: Mexico. I created a few day lesson plan to look at the tortas episode. Overall, we are studying the influences of other cultures on Mexican food andContinue reading “Heavenly Bites: Mexico Tortas”

Super Bowl Lesson Plans: 2022

Happy week before the Super Bowl! Next week, I am going up to present at NECTFL twice! (If you are going, I am presenting on Comprehensible Pop Culture and Best of GWATFL about Interpersonal Tasks and Assessments on Saturday. I would love to see you there!). For both my fifth and sixth graders, I amContinue reading “Super Bowl Lesson Plans: 2022”

Links to help during January

I know that many teachers are feeling frustrated with the flux of what is happening in schools. Many days, we don’t know how many students will actually be in our classes. There are a lot of different scenarios- but some of the main threads are similar. There will be days this month that we wantContinue reading “Links to help during January”

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 round-up of online resources and final novel project

Final project for middle schoolers This week, I designed a final project for my 8th graders. (The link has the instructions and a rubric as well.)They just finished reading Bianca Nieves and we had embedded a few cultural topics throughout. I wanted to try to have my students revisit the activities that they had doneContinue reading “A round-up of online resources and final novel project”

Online and printable activities for extended closings

Whew! That was a week. It was definitely difficult. I am sure that my week mirrored your week. I was dealing with making plans for my own students and then BAM! My son’s school decided to cancel for Friday. At 11:30 PM. After telling us earlier in the evening that they wouldn’t cancel on Friday.Continue reading “Online and printable activities for extended closings”

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”

A performance artist eats $120,000 banana!

Did you see the story about the man who decides to eat a banana that was part of an art exhibit in Miami?!  A performance artist ate a banana that was taped up to the wall that someone had already paid $120,000 for!  (FYI- I saw this reminder somewhere else, but you can pay .19Continue reading “A performance artist eats $120,000 banana!”