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Glyphs

2 Mar

I love doing glyphs with my students.  It incorporates many parts of languages, reading, writing, speaking…  I hope this description will make sense to you.  Keep in mind that this is done in the TL but I have switched it to English because some of you are not Spanish teachers….

Glyphs make pictures out of information.  Students draw a portion of a picture for each prompt given.  This one is an example of one that I use for the end of the first month for review.  Some of the prompts require a bit of charades to explain in the TL, or vocabulary drawn on the whiteboard (eyes, pointy, etc.).  I have changed the sentences to English, they would be in Spanish.  It forces them to read and apply what they are learning.  Instructions include telling them to read all of the prompts before beginning.  Below this glyph I have some further examples of how I use it in my class:

 

 

  • If you are 14, draw a large cat’s body (80% of page).  15, draw a medium cat (50%).   Any other age, draw a small cat (30%).
  • If you prefer to write with a pencil, draw a fat cat.  Pen, draw a skinny cat.
  • If you have a calculator in your book bag, draw a long tail.  If not draw a short tail.
  • If you have a cell phone, color the eyes green.  If not, color them blue.
  • If you have more than 3 pencils with you, give the cat pointy ears.  If not, draw rounded ears.
  • If it is sunny today, draw a black nose and mouth.  If it is not sunny, draw a brown nose.
  • Draw a stripe on the cat  that represents the number of the month in which you were born.  Example:  May = 5 stripes
  • Draw a whisker for the day of the month that you were born.  (Ex: 10th = 10 whiskers)

 

Extensions:

 

 

  • Tape up the cats and have students try to identify to whom each belongs.
  • Have students exchange glyphs and write the facts they learn in the TL about the other student from examining the picture.
  • Have students write facts about their own glyph to substantiate the drawing.

 

I have also used a house as a glyph.  The prompts can be changed so students have to color the house, draw a certain number of windows, etc.

You can really have them draw any picture you wish and make the prompts fill it in.

Partner crossword puzzles

24 Feb

This activity gives students practice reading and speaking.  Be sure to tell students to give reading the clues in the TL a fair try, not to resort to English too easily (or at all preferably).

Prepare two different crossword puzzles.  The clues to each puzzle are switched on the puzzle pages.  Label one Crossword A and one Crossword B so you know the difference.
In pairs, students take turns reading the clues on their puzzle page to their partner.

Variations:
1.  Prepare one puzzle but give one student the horizontal and one the vertical clues.
2.  Have students create puzzles.  They put the puzzle on one page and the clues on the other.  Students read the clues they made for their partner to complete the puzzle.  

Snowball review

2 Feb

I saw someone on another blog post this not long ago as Papeles Locos.  I am not sure which blog it was, I see so many of them.  I played it in class last week.  It went really well.  I wrote a sentence starter on the top of each paper and had them complete the sentence (but while rewriting the sentence starter.  I left the verb un-conjugated, another task they had to complete.
Write a different vocabulary word on the top of several pieces of paper, and each team (of two to three students) receives a different color marker.
Write about ten vocabulary words for four groups.  You could really go crazy, and write a lot for an exam review.
Then, crumple all of the papers up and put them in the middle of the room.
Each team picks a paper and has to write a sentence using that verb or noun and include their team number.  They crumple up that piece of paper and pick a new one.
Give extra points to teams who correct another team’s sentence and to the team that writes the longest sentence on each piece of paper.
They cannot write similar sentences, or they will not receive any points.
They can also write an additional sentence if they pick up the same piece of paper.  It is a quick review that is very effective.

I made a time limit of 10 minutes to increase the urgency and teamwork.

Penny

PocketMod: The Free Recyclable Personal Organizer

21 May

PocketMod: The Free Recyclable Personal Organizer.

I am thinking this might be a great way for students to create a review sheet for exams.  In the future, possibly to make verb charts, sort vocabulary, lots of ideas.  

If you use it, please let me know what you used it for and how it worked out!  

Gracias, Penny

Here is their description:

The PocketMod is a new way to keep yourself organized. Lets face it, PDAs are too expensive and cumbersome, and organizers are bulky and hard to carry around. Nothing beats a folded up piece of paper. That is until now. With the PocketMod, you can carry around the days notes, keep them organized in any way you wish, then easily transfer the notes to your PDA, spreadsheet, or planner.

The PocketMod is a small book with guides on each page. These guides or templates, combined with a unique folding style, enable a normal piece of paper to become the ultimate note card. It is hard to describe just how incredibly useful the PocketMod is. It’s best that you just dive in and create one.

Online comics for WL class

3 Jun

Assigning creation of an online is a great way to assess students understanding of vocabulary and structure.  Get them writing in a fun and imaginative way.  It is something that we do occasionally in the computer lab, but it always an option in their homework Matriz.

Always make sure to offer a checklist or short rubric of what should be included (current vocab, grammar structures, questions…).  Most can be emailed to the teacher or printed out.
I have also taught the students to do a print screen then paste into Paint, crop around the comic and save as a .jpg.  The next step would be to post it on their wiki page.

Here are my favorites.  Let me know if you know of others:

Make Beliefs Comix: My favorite.  Can print or email.  Scroll to the bottom for lots of resources and free printables!

Marvel Create Your Own ComicSave as pdf file or print

Strip generator: finished comic can be emailed or printed

Comic Master:  Graphic Novel creator.  Registration required.

Domo Animate: animated comic generator

Here are also some comics in Spanish that you can use for reading and vocabulary practice:

Tiras Cómicas: from Zachary Jones

Gaturro: Comic strips from Argentina

Happy comic making!

Penny

 

Spanish Food Unit: Some online finds

22 Apr

Here are some resources from the Internet that can be used with a unit on Food.

Spanish Campbell’s Labels for Education Flyer

Nourish Interactive:   Las hojas imprimibles de educación nutritiva son actividades divertidas que estimulan el aprendizaje y la discusión sobre las opciones alimenticias saludables y la nutrición. Los niños aprenderán de la pirámide alimenticia para niños, el comer saludable, el vocabulario de nutrición, los grupos alimenticios, las combinaciones saludables de alimentos, y más.

Spanish Language Restaurant Menus:  Nice compilation by Harry G. Tuttle.
El Desayuno en Arte:  by the fabulous Zach Jones
Amigo Foods:  Great pictures!
That is my short list of links.
Some of the activities we do:
Speaking:
Discuss food you eat with your family, with your friends, at school, at other events.
Writing:
On a paper plate, draw and label your favorite meal.  Draw what a favorite meal for someone your age in Mexico/Spain would be.
Redesign the cover of a cereal box, can of corn, or whatever to be in Spanish.
Of course we do skits and projects, usually a Photo Peach since that lends itself well to pictures.  We did do Glogsters this time.
I had less time than I thought to blog today…  Please share what you do in your class and what online resources you have, I know you do some great things!  
Penny
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