I am so annoyed that I couldn’t have TRIED this with students BEFORE today, so that I could have shared it for y’all to use TODAY! Darn it!
Well, save this post for next Valentine’s Day because OH MY GOSH this lesson was DY-NO-MITE and you can TOTALLY use it for multiple levels (I am obsessed with making planning easy… I know I have said that A LOT)….Or you could just use it tomorrow to talk about Valentine’s Day again! YAY!
This is what my classes looked like:
Students came into class and had to write (in Spanish) all they knew about Valentine’s Day on their “do now”sheets. Some students were able to circumlocute and tell me the whole history of how Valentine’s Day came to be, and even my newest students were eager to share what they wrote (Chocolate es muy muy muy importante para personas en Día de San Valentín).
After 2 minutes of writing and 1 minute of sharing, I gave students these infografías. If you click on the image in the document it will take you to the actual website where I found them. I LOVE using info-graphs in class because MOST of the time they are written in the TL for NATIVE speakers. They are not written for students studying Spanish. They are fantastic authentic texts. If you HAVEN’T used authentic texts before, take a minute in English to explain why it is important for students to start looking at them, and talk about different reading strategies they can use to try to “find meaning”and get the gist of what it is talking about. (Perfectionists struggle with this because often times they want a word for word translation, that is why using authentic texts every now and then is so important) I used the same info-graphs in all of my classes today. (I BLACKED OUT THE PARTS ABOUT CONDOMS AND VIAGRA, SO PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU DO IF THAT WILL BE AN ISSUE IN YOUR CLASSROOMS). HAHAHA!
I passed out the document to every student and gave them a marker. They had 4 minutes to read silently and annotate all over the paper. I modeled this before having them do it. After 4 minutes, I pushed unmute on my computer’s music (I ALWAYS have Pandora playing in the back ground) and modeled the next task. I explained (in SPANISH) that when the music was on, students had to dance dance dance or move move move, and when the music stopped they had to discuss their info-graph annotations with the person nearest them, then when the music started again, they would dance again. It is very important when you model to USE the language you want to hear from them. So when I modeled, I danced (PHENOMENALLY) then stopped and turned to a student near me saying “Yo pienso que la información habla de blah blah blah ” (I think that the information means blah blah blah). If they have a few sentence stems IN the target language they are much more likely to use them. ALL of my students (even the 6th graders) were impressed with how much of these info-graphs they understood. 7th and 8th grade were awesome at staying almost completely in the TL as they discussed their ideas.
Next, I wrote “pasta de dientes” on the board and had students guess the meaning. After we giggled about “spaghetti in your teeth” one student inevitably exclaimed “tooth paste”. We did some PQA talking about what tooth paste each of us prefers, and why. One of the classes we ended up diverting for a long time talking about flavored tooth pastes for children. (Go with that! Always remember to be flexible!!! If they think they are de-railing the class by distracting you and getting the conversation off topic, engagement is up, but really YOU are winning because you are still speaking in Spanish and they are getting lots of valuable input!!! They think THEY are winning but really EVERYONE is!)
Then, I told them I had a VERY ROMANTIC video for them that I was ready to movie talk. We quickly reviewed my Movie Talk rules, then jumped straight into THIS gem….
Click on this link “Paste of Love” for a version on YouTube with sound. It was giving me trouble earlier, so it was easier to show the vimeo version above. I played it WITHOUT sound anyways. I seriously could have stretched this for DAYS…. but, I knew somebody would be a butthead and go home and watch it and spoil it for everyone, so I had to finish it…. HOW AMAZING IS THIS SHORT FILM?!?!?!? I can’t even…. I am obsessed. Their reactions were PRICELESS, and I really wish I had filmed them…. I will be teaching it to my adults tonight…. and live streaming as usual so hopefully they will react big! 🙂 The best part is that you can vary the language so much with Movie Talks and can differentiate according to each of your classes. SO great!
Here is a link to my live stream of adult class.
One of my favorite moments was when I asked (in Spanish) What is he saying? One of my 8th graders rose his hand and without missing a beat started singing “Soy Guapo soy muy muy guapo!” and ALL the other kids joined in and so I let the movie play silently while they sang the famous Señor Wooly lyrics. It was AMAZING.
Ok YAY! Happy Valentine’s Day all!
I hope your days were as full of joy and love as mine! (Which started with my car seizing and dying on me while I was driving Isla to school 😦 It all turned right around!!! )
Until next time,
La Maestra Loca