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Mr Luna is absent

Las personas que eligen=escogen=seleccionan sus decisiones son más independientes y autónomas.

Choose any two of the following activities to complete. They must be turned in by the end of class. Keep in mind that this choice board is used for all levels of Spanish – you have the same guidelines, but my expectations for the product you produce are much different.  If you’re in IB, don’t turn in something that a student in Spanish 1 could produce.  And if you’re in Spanish 1, don’t turn in something you could have done during the first week of school.

Crossword puzzle

Create a crossword puzzle with 15 vocabulary words from the current unit. Clues must be in complete sentences in Spanish. Include both the finished puzzle and an answer key.

Write and illustrate a 6-10 panel comic strip using at least seven current vocabulary words and three examples of the current topic. Highlight the vocabulary and grammar examples.
Flexible task

Grab your computer and visit this link. Choose one task from here and attach it to an email to your teacher.

Choose a familiar tune and make a song based on your current grammar or vocabulary topic. Be prepared to either sing your song OR have someone else sing it to the class.

Create a set of picture flashcards for at least 20 vocabulary words from your current unit. Write the vocabulary word on one side and draw an illustration of it in the other side. You may use notebook paper or make them on your computer.

Come up with 15-20 questions based on the current vocabulary, grammar and/or cultural unit. Use the questions for your game board, include an answer key.

Play Scrabble with 2-4 of your classmates using the set we have in class. Make sure you use words from the current vocabulary unit. If you don't know the rules for this game, flip the board over.

Create a survey based on your current unit. Interview at least half of the class and take notes on their responses. Then create a graph to summarize your classmates' answers to each question.

Write an entry in your journal reflecting upon your current unit, an activity, a particular assignment, etc. what could you do better, what could be improved and make a personal connection. Use He + participio to express your ideas.

Sign up clicking here and create a Kahoot based on your current unit/topic. Share it with your teacher and enjoy while the class is playing and you know all the answers ;)
Pen pal

Write an email to a Spanish pen pal. Use more than 10 words from the current unit and 3 examples of the current grammar topic. Highlight vocabulary and grammar examples.

Write ten questions using vocabulary words from the current unit. Interview two classmates and write down their answers. Please, write in complete sentences.

Write a letter. Imagine you are writing to an Internet Manager from a company of your choice. You get tons of Spam and you want to complaint because of this.
  • Greet him/her and explain your problem
  • Express what do you would like to happen and why

With a partner create a dialogue based on your current unit. Write at least ten lines per person.
Remember to be accurate with punctuation. For instance, in Spanish we use two question marks: ¿ ... ?
Word search
Create a word search with 10-20 vocabulary words from the current unit. Clues must be in complete sentences in Spanish or visuals. Include both the finished word search and an answer key


This choice board is just my own, but you can find multiple types and different content-based on the Internet.

If you like this idea, you may check this post about Flexible tasks / homework as well.

Share your knowledge. It is a way go achieve immortality

Dalai Lama

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Bellwork is just an activity that students complete as they walk into the class before the bell rings for the lesson. 

That's the definition, but we don't need to be that strict when doing bellwork in our classes. Actually, there are activities in this bellwork presentation that will last 10 minutes, that will have a different impact in your instruction time depending on how long your classes are or any other factors. 

Anyways, the idea behind our bellwork activities is that our students are engaged as soon as they walked into your classroom and (hopefully;) focused on the subject. 

Different light: use these activities as an exit ticket from your class, or as flexible homework, or as enrichment, sub-plans, or ... 

It is impossible for a man to learn
what he thinks he already knows

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El Condicional

The Conditional tense must be introduced to students in early stages, the CEFR places it in the A1,A2 level, that is an emergent communicator phase or beginners level. The expression possibilities that we are opening up for our students are very interesting. 

The theory is not really difficult is just adding endings to the infinitive and if you work with patterns or chunks it can be combined at early stages with some really difficult tenses such as subjunctive, as we do for instance in the Twitter activity in the presentation.

Education is no substitute for intelligence
Frank Herbert
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ab Initio Unit: Problemas ambientales

This unit focuses on Environmental problems. As it can seem a bit technical at the beginning it turns not that complicated if you connect it to their other subjects: Environmental Science, Biology, Geography, etc

Usually, most of the content of this unit is well known by our students, we just have to activate it in the target language and for that, it is fundamental we use their prior knowledge.


Presentation + Activities

Oral activity

Believe in yourself,
everyone else is already taken
Oscar Wilde
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ab Initio Unit: Relaciones

En el tema Relaciones se pueden tratar diversos aspectos, pero si hay que priorizar los más importantes serían la familia, y los amigos. Después hay temas que son muy interesantes como pueden ser los estereotipos o los festejos familiares. 

En el currículo específico se detallan:
  • amigos
  • familia y festejos familiares
  • animales y mascotas
  • asociaciones
  • comunidad
  • estereotipos





You never really learn much from hearing yourself speak

― George Clooney
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ab Initio Unit: Atributos personales

Usually this is our first unit when starting our ab Initio courses, along with greetings and introduction dialogues. 

The guide from IB recommends the following break down for this particular unit:

  • Casa: habitaciones, mobiliario
  • Dirección
  • Edad
  • Fecha de nacimiento
  • Idiomas
  • Nacionalidad

It is crucial that we introduce our students in a comprehensive manner to such important verbs in Spanish as Ser / Estar / Tener.

It is the perfect time to start talking about the difference between Ser and Estar. If you want to know more about this, please click here.

Something I always connect with this unit is body parts, if you want to know more about this, please click here.

In this presentation below you will find tons of visual resources to learn/teach personal information, basic numbers, physical descriptions and character along with activities.

Actividades en línea

Actividad oral
Selecciona=escoge=elige una imagen y descríbela, usa el grabador abajo para grabar tu respuesta y enviársela a tu profe.
Presta atención a sus comentarios y soluciona tus problemas.

Read a short story every day.
By the end of the week you would have read volumes of stories.

― Lailah Gifty Akita
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ab Initio Unit: El barrio

El barrio es una unidad que esté intrínsecamente conectada con la unidad de "La ciudad y sus servicios". Una forma natural de estudiar estos temas es de forma conjunta o uno después del otro.

Si no lo haces así, asegúrate de que mencionas la otra unidad y realizas conexiones de forma continua para que tus estudiantes comprendan las relaciones entre una y otra. 

En esta unidad puedes comenzar estudiando el vocabulario necesario a través de Quizlet (justo aquí abajo) y después puedes empezar con la presentación de GoogleSlides que te guiará a través del contenido de la unidad. La unidad se basa en preguntas y respuestas que ayudan a los estudiantes a adquirir el vocabulario necesario y también se pueden utilizar para interactuar en clase de forma permanente.

“Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing”
― Barry Finlay
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Los adjetivos

The adjectives in Spanish is something perfect to teach at early stages and practice agreement, ser/estar, etc.

It is important also to highlight that gender is variable from language to language, which can be masculine in German could be feminine in Spanish and viceversa, so they understand better language differences linked to cultural differences.

I did put together a presentation based on visual learning / comprehensible input to explain the articles to my students, you can find it here.

More Resources:

- Activity #1 [web]
-  Activity #2 [web]
-  Activity #3 [web]
-  Activity #4 [web]
-  Activity #5 [web]

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new
Albert Einstein
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ab Initio Unit: Compras

This unit is really rich in content. There are lots of new words to learn and connect to prior knowledge. 

It is also a great opportunity to review some basic content such as numbers, colors, basic questions, greetings, basic dialogues, etc.

Study your words first using Quizlet and then start with the presentation. In the presentation you will find a lot of opportunities to interact with your students, make the questions and let them answer, review their answers, let them come up with a dialogue on their own. Practice situations that might arise during their orals. For instance, a day shopping in the mall, shopping with the family, include daily routines, etc.

The presentation comes with activities to help internalize the content, prioritizing the oral interaction.

“Study without desire spoils the memory,
and it retains nothing that it takes in.”

― Leonardo da Vinci
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Mi cuaderno de lectura [Como agua para chocolate] Nivel Superior

Gracias a la fantástica Fátima Dif incorporamos nuevos materiales para el curso de Nivel Superior. En este caso, nos trae un cuaderno de lectura para la novela Como agua para chocolate, la novela escrita por Laura Esquivel en 1989 y que está incluida entre las 100 mejores novelas del siglo XX.

Si estás interesada/o en trabajar estos materiales, lee con atención las instrucciones que se proporcionan y descárgate el cuaderno de lectura en pdf. Recuerda que el trabajo no termina al leer la novela, lee los comentarios de tu profe y presta atención a las acciones recomendadas para mejorar. Una buena estrategia puede ser idea un plan de acción con fechas concretas para poder medir tu progreso.

El cuaderno de lectura consta de:

  • 10 páginas con preguntas que te ayudarán a guiar tu lectura y comprender y extraer conclusiones de una manera más ordenada y acertada sobre la novela.
  • Anexo 1: Una tarea creativa para seguir consolidando conocimientos después de la lectura de la novela.
  • Anexo 2: Un planificador para realizar tu trabajo escrito





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