Stay on Task and in the target language with transition videos.
A Spanish teacher, Patty, asked for ideas for teaching ordinal numbers.
I make a class set of ordinal numbers inside page protectors and attached with ribbon – I want them to last until I retire!
Each student hangs it on his or her desk. The desks are in a circle so that we can see one another’s number.
We do a chant – slap the desk twice and as you snap the first time you say your number and as you snap the second time you say the number of someone else.
Once the person you have called upon passes successfully to the next person, then you can lift up your sheet and not be called on.
I use this month to talk about Equatorial Guinea, to talk about Choc Quib Town’s take on racism, and to show the diversity of Latin Americans via Calle 13’s song, LatinoAmérica.
During the first week, for the bell ringer, I play the Equatorial Guinea Video with pictures of that West African country and its national anthem.
On Monday, students read the lyrics in both English and Spanish.
Tuesday they do a word search with pictures from the video.
Wednesday and Thursday they color a little booklet with the flag, currency, national bird, tree, flower, popular
dessert, scene from the capital and some wildlife.
Friday the last five minutes we p lay bingo on pre-printed cards and a PowerPoint with the pictures.
The singing and videos are made by some Venezuelan friends who need work to survive the Venezuelan crises.
Here is a video of what I just described.
The next week I show a clipping from Jorge Ramo’s interview with Choc Quib Town and a few G-rated clippings from their song “De Donde Vengo Yo’.
Then I have students discuss with a partner what they would expect to see in a video showing the depth of differences among Latinamericans. They come up with a list of ten expectations and then I show them this song and we discuss what they had expected and what they saw.
As students return after Winter Break, help them to express their thoughts about the football playoffs and about potential snow school cancellations.
These catchy songs will work their way into your students’ speech and will help build a sense of community about anticipating future events.
Our most popular video last year was the five versions of “Feliz Cumpleaños” – teachers play it to acknowledge their students’ birthdays and half birthdays if they were born in the summer!
Although 20% of the sales of this song goes to TpT, the remaining 80% go to the Venezuelan singer currently living in Colombia.
To help him and his sister still in Venezuela, he will customize your song with a name for $12.00. We need three weeks to make it. Just send me an email with the name to email@example.com and when the song is ready we will post it as a custom purchase for you. No need to pay anything until the song is ready. It will have three versions in it.
Here is an example.
Meanwhile, we have added versions that include “Profesora” “Maestra” and “Maestro” that are also $5.00 each.
We predict that next year’s most popular will be either the football song “Súper Juego” or the song about hoping for a snow day,”Ojalá Que Nieve”