Monday, March 16, 2020

FREE Remote Learning Resources and Ideas for Spanish Teachers

See below for a list of free remote learning websites and ideas for Spanish teachers.



It is hard for me to put into words what I am feeling right now. Along with being a teacher, I'm a mom, a daughter, and a granddaughter. My mind is on the health and safety of my loved ones. The last thing I want to be thinking about right now is lesson planning. That is not where my heart is. I have a feeling I am not alone. Below is a list I have compiled of FREE resources and ideas for remote learning. I hope they help you plan for the weeks ahead so you can get back to what's important, staying safe and caring for each other. 

1. CHOICE BOARD



This amazing choice board from @lasaladelsenor is AMAZING (so is @lasaladelsenor- go follow him!). Students can work their way through the board in any order they would like, so long as they complete all the activities. If you would like to edit this choice board to suit your own needs, click HERE to get the Google Slides version. You will need to make a copy as it is currently in VIEW ONLY mode. 

Here's an example that a teacher, Sra. Wood, made for a Spanish 2 class.



2. FREE DIGITAL TASK CARDS FROM LA PROFE PLOTTS


Grab free digital task cards (Boom Cards) for regular verbs in the present tense from La Profe Plotts! Boom Cards an interactive, fun way for your students to practice Spanish in a digital format. Students will be engaged as they work their way through the cards. Boom Cards work on smart boards, computers, tablets, and other mobile devices. Perfect for distance learning! Click HERE to download the cards.

See how fun they are for yourself! Click HERE to play a few cards.


3. MOVIE TALK + ACTIVITIES FROM AUTHOR A.C. QUINTERO


Author A.C. Quintero has created 14 activities to go along with her free movie talk/book trailer for La Clase de Confesiones. Click HERE to get them!


4. SEÑOR ASHBY


All of Señor Ashby's are FREE for the next three weeks! Click HERE for his website.


5. KID WORLD CITIZEN


Kid World Citizen is reading books aloud in Spanish on her Facebook page! You could have students listen and write a few sentences about the book. Click HERE for more information.


6. FLUENCY MATTERS


Fluency Matters is offering free e-course access for some of their novels like Brandon Brown quiere un perro. Click HERE to visit the website. 



7. SPANISH E-PALS


An awesome teacher put together a Spanish email-pal program for students to practice their Spanish with each other! Click HERE to access the Google Drive with more information.


8. VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF ANTHROPOLOGY IN MEXICO CITY


Click HERE for a list of 12 museums offering virtual tours, including the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City.


9. SEESAW, FLIPGRID, GOOGLE CLASSROOM, & EDPUZZLE


Jen from Spanish with Sra. Shaw wrote an amazing blog post for Secondary Spanish Space about how to easily use these EdTech tools. She says, "In the last few days, the technology needs for lots of teachers have changed immensely due to COVID19. Many of use are being faced with converting out traditional classrooms to distance or e-learning methods literally overnight. Because I already use a lot of these EdTech tools in my regular classroom, I feel prepared, but I keep hearing about a lot of teachers that are overwhelmed and not sure how to proceed. Amigos, I've got your covered. Here's an overview of my favorite websites and apps that would be perfect right now as we adapt to a new frontier of teaching." Click HERE to read her post.



10. ZOOM


Zoom CEO Eric Yuan is giving K-12 videoconferencing tools for free. Click HERE to read more about how to access ZOOM.



11. LIVE DANCE CLASS WITH CLI STUDIOS


I am crossing my fingers for Latin dance classes! Click HERE for the website and schedule.


12. ONLINE BOOKS


Spanish Mama has a great list of online books in Spanish! Click HERE to see it. 


13. WIZER.ME


A free website for interactive digital worksheets. You can even attach videos! Click HERE to visit the website and get started creating worksheets or search the hundreds that are already made.

Prop tip from a Wizer user: "The first login is weird because it comes up with an error message. Just open the website in a new tab and you're good to go,". 


14. GO.FORMATIVE


A user says Go.Formative is useful for doing worksheets digitally and monitoring student progress.


15. SEÑOR WOOLY


Señor Wooly is offering two free weeks of Señor Wooly PRO for all teachers. Click HERE to visit his website.


16. KAHOOT


Teachers get Kahoot! Premium for free right now. Kahoot! is offering free access to all features to support distance learning in schools affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Click HERE to sign up.


17. FREEKIDSBOOK.ORG


Free kids books in Spanish either online or in PDF format.



18. STORYWEAVER


Students can create their own stories for free at www.storyweaver.org.in.


19. EUROCLUB SCHOOLS


Tons of great videos and activities to help students learn about culture. Click HERE to visit the website.


20. VIRTUAL FIELD TRIP TO SPAIN


One amazing educator has created and graciously shared worksheets to go along with virtual field trips to Madrid, Barcelona, and Valencia. Click HERE to visit the website. You will find the worksheet where is says VIRTUAL FIELD TRIP TRAVEL GUIDE.


21. PULSERA PROJECT


Pulsera Project has some ready-made distance learning activities!

Cultural Practices

Cultural Perspectives

Cultural Products

22. SEÑOR JORDAN VIDEOS

Tons of free videos for learning Spanish that are great for review! Click HERE to visit his website.


23. MUSEO FRIDA KAHLO


Tour Frida Kahlo's museum virtually by clicking HERE.


24. ACIS EDUCATIONAL TOURS


Free lesson plans for things like a video shot in Madrid, famous monarchs in history, and an online tour of La Alhambra de Granada. Click HERE to visit the website.


25. AUDIBLE

Audible says, "For as long as schools are closed, we're open. Starting today, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories including titles across six different language, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone, or table." Click HERE to start listening.


26. FABULINGUA

FabuLingua is waiving its subscription fee right now and offering everyone free access to its app. FabuLingua teaches Spanish through fun, interactive stories. Click HERE to visit the website.


Looking for more ideas? Check out this HUGE list of educational companies that are offering FREE subscriptions due to school closings.



I hope these ideas are helpful to you as you plan for the coming weeks. Any others I should add to the list? Please share! Be safe and well, amigos. ❤️




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Monday, February 3, 2020

Can't Miss Deals + a Giveaway!


I love February. To me, February means winter is almost over, Valentine's Day, my birthday, and, of course, a big Teachers Pay Teacher sale! 😍Now is the perfect time to stock up on fun and engaging resources to help you finish out the school year. Here are some of the amazing deals you will find in my store during the sale February 4th and 5th. Make sure to enter the giveaway for your chance to win a $10 TpT gift card, a $10 Starbucks gift card, a $10 Target gift card, AND your choice of a La Profe Plotts resource at the bottom of this post!


1. TASK CARDS (only $3.42 per set!)


Task cards are HANDS-DOWN my favorite resource. They get students out of their seats, promote collaboration, are super easy to use, provide a well-rounded review, and can be used in a ton of different ways! Essentially, they are small cards with tasks for students to complete on them. It might be a verb to conjugate, an open-ended question to answer, finding an error in a sentence and rewriting the sentence correctly, filling in the blank with the correct form of a provided verb, or something else. Here are a few of my most popular sets.












See all 60+ task card sets in my store by clicking HERE.

Read 7 ideas for using task cards in Spanish class HEREGet 5 more ideas HERE.



2. CONVERSATION CARDS (only $3.42 per set!)


Looking for a super low-prep activitiy that will give your students a ton of input and output in the target language? Check out conversation cards! Conversation cards are an easy and fun way to get students speaking Spanish. They all want to talk with each other anyways- why not do it in Spanish? Here are a few of my most popular sets, including one that will be perfect for next week!






Click HERE to see all the conversation card sets in my store. 

Get some ideas for using conversation cards in Spanish class HERE.


3. JEOPARDY-STYLE TRIVIA GAMES (only $3.04 each!)


Looking for super fun, NO PREP activities to review grammar and vocabulary with your Spanish students? Play Jeopardy-style trivia games with them! Students will be engaged as they work in teams to answer questions in categories like El Vocabulario, Fill in the Blank, ¿Dónde está el error?, Translation, Un Poco de Todo, and more. In addition to the traditional point value questions that start at $100 and get increasingly more difficult as students work their way up to the $500 questions, there is also a bonus "Make a Wager" option for each category that is like Final Jeopardy.

Included with each game:
* Interactive trivia game in Power Point
* Score sheet for teams to keep track of their points
* Comprehensive instructions and tips for playing the game (including how I play so every team answers, every time, and students stay engaged and learning!)
* Terms of use and credits

Here are a few of my most popular trivia games.




Save BIG with these already-discounted trivia game bundles!



See all 40+ Jeopardy-style trivia games in my store by clicking HERE.

4. PESCA GAMES (only $2.66 each!)


Students of all ages love playing Pesca, the Spanish class version of the classic game Go Fish! Pesca is a fun way to review both verb tenses and vocabulary themes. Here are a few of my most popular Pesca games.





See all 60+ Pesca games for Spanish grammar and vocabulary in my store HERE.


5. CUCHARAS GAMES (only $3.04 each!)


Students love collecting all the conjugations of a verb and racing to grab the spoons with this fun twist on the childhood favorite, Spoons! This game is a great way to get students engaged and focused on the details of verb endings! They will literally be exposed to verbs dozens and dozens of times while playing. There is an included extension activity that has students writing and speaking with the verbs after each round.

OBJECTIVE: Collect all seven cards for one verb (infinitive + all six forms- for example: CORRER, CORRO, CORRES, CORRE, CORREMOS, CORRÉIS Y CORREN) and/or not be the person left without a spoon! Read about how to play HERE.

Here are a few of the Cucharas games you will find in my store.




Save BIG with this money-saving bundle of 19 fun Cucharas games!


See all 20+ Cucharas games in my store HERE.



6. REALIDADES RESOURCES (prices vary)

Looking for resources to spice up the Realidades textbook? Click the links below to find task cards, Jeopardy-style trivia games, Pesca games, and money-saving bundles that complement the chapters of the Realidades textbooks.

Realidades 1

Realidades 2

Realidades 3

7. BUNDLES! (prices vary)


Bundles are EASILY the best deal during a TpT sale because you save 25% off the already-discounted price! That means steep savings for you and hours and hours of engagement and fun for your students! Here are a few of my favorite bundles.





See all my deeply-discounted bundles HERE.



Who doesn't LOVE a giveaway? One lucky winner will receive a $10 TpT gift card, a $10 Starbucks gift card, a $10 Target gift card, AND a La Profe Plotts resource of their choice. The giveaway ends at 11:59pm on Tuesday, February 4th so enter now! If you stop by my Facebook page, show it some love and give it a like. 💗

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Friday, December 6, 2019

How to Make Holiday Cards for Staff in Spanish Class


As you most likely know, being a teacher is often a thankless job. Students are usually so wrapped up in their own lives and phones to notice all the staff members that keep a school functioning. Every year, right before Christmas Break, when students are antsy and hopped up on candy canes and the anticipation of vacation, we take a class period to make holiday cards for the staff at our high school. We start the class period by learning some simple holiday phrases like "Feliz Navidad" and "Próspero Año Nuevo". A list of those phrases is left on the board for students to refer to throughout the day.

Here are some ideas for your list:
Feliz Navidad
Próspero Año Nuevo
Felices fiestas
Que tenga una Navidad llena de amor, alegría y salud
En Navidad y el Año Nuevo mucha alegría y felicidad
Mis mejores deseos para la Navidad y el Año Nuevo
Le deseamos una feliz Navidad

Each student makes two cards: One that is for a staff member of their choice and one that is assigned. I get a master list of all staff members, not just teachers, and keep track of who is getting a card made for them. Once students know who their choice is, I ask them to tell me so I can check that person off my list. Then I write the names of staff members who don't have a card yet on sticky notes and students come up and grab a sticky note with a name on it for their second card. That way I can make sure every staff member gets at least one card and no one is left out. Students can keep cards generic and only write the Spanish phrase and sign the card "La clase de español" or they can make them more personal by writing notes to their recipients in addition to the Spanish phrase. Expressing gratitude verbally can be hard, especially for teenagers, and I have seen some really neat notes from students to staff members that have made an impact on their lives.

While students are happily making cards out of the materials provided (construction paper in various colors, cotton balls, pipe cleaners, scissors, and glue usually- NO GLITTER. I learned that the hard way my first year 😭. Read more about my material boxes HERE. ), we listen to Christmas songs in Spanish. We sing, we craft, we learn holiday vocabulary, and we have a lot of fun! I even like to put up a fireplace video I found on YouTube up on the projector screen to make the room cozy. Get it HERE.

T.A.s sort the cards and deliver them to their recipients. I have had staff members tell me getting their Christmas card(s) is the highlight of the year and they look forward to it every year. One person told me it was usually the only Christmas card he got each December. From anyone. 😭😭😭 I may or may not have rigged the process the next year so he got about five. 😊

Please note: Every school I have done this at has had 80+ minute periods and this activity definitely took up the whole period with pre-teaching vocabulary, actually making and decorating the cards, and cleaning up. If you have shorter periods, I would suggest planning on extending this activity to more than one class period.

Looking for other fun holiday activities? Check out these bundles of festive resources like task cards, conversation cards, Jeopardy-style trivia games, and Pesca! A bundle + making holiday cards and you would be set with engaging lesson plans for the whole week before Winter Break!




If you end up making cards with your classes, I would love to see how they turned out! Please tag me on IG (@laprofeplotts) or let me know on Facebook! As always, if you liked this post, please pin it so others can enjoy it, too! You'll find the pin below.  Thanks!

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Monday, November 11, 2019

10 Spanish Teacher Finds on Amazon Under $50

Teaching Spanish and Amazon- two of my favorite things! Here are some fun ideas for Spanish teachers on Amazon* for under $50! Happy shopping, amigos!



1. LLAMA UTILITY TOTE




2. WORLD'S BEST SPANISH TEACHER WINE TUMBLER





3. MINI DRY-ERASE BOARDS + PENS AND ERASERS




4. LED WORD CLOCK





5. LLAMA SHOES



6. ¿CÓMO TE LLAMAS? SWEATSHIRT


7. ESPAÑOL SHOES









8. FRIDA FLOWERS AND ANIMALS SKIRT




9. SUGAR SKULL RAINBOOTS






10. COMPLETE SET OF STORY CUBES



(Read about how I use story cubes in class HERE.)

Looking for more ideas? Check out these lists!





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