Sneak Peek of Animal Unit

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Yesterday I blogged that I’m working on a unit based on children’s books and built off of animals.  Here is a sneak peek at what I’m putting together.  It’s just the vocab sheet (VocabSheet1) and a few days of lessons plans (LP1-5) so far.  I haven’t made all of the materials yet but hopefully this will give you an idea of where I’m going and maybe a few new ideas how to introduce or practice vocabulary!  If the lesson plans seem very wordy it’s because they are.  I’m trying to explain ideas in more depth than I would if it were just me using these plans as well as give a few different options of how to do things based on class size and your preferences. LP1-5 is Lesson Plans Day 1-5 (only day 1 and 2 in first drafts so far).  I’ll be updating and re-posting materials as they evolve.  Let me know what you think and enjoy!

Until Next Time,

Maestra McH.

Baby Brain, Board Books & a New Unit

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¡Hola! It’s been a long time since I’ve been in the blog world.  This is mostly due to the fact that I gave birth to my first child (a healthy baby girl who I’ll call “L” here) in September and moved into a new house in December.  It was a busy and blessed autumn for my family!

Around three months postpartum the baby brain started to clear (kind of!) and I began to crave something more enriching than the one-sided conversations I was having with L.  I am taking some time out of the classroom to be “mom” but my teacher hat kept coming on as I read books to L.  If you have a child, you probably know the name Sandra Boynton.  She is author to tons of well-known children’s board books.  I soon began to see a trend between the books and couldn’t help but see a unit start to develop based around animals.  I am currently working on constructing a unit designed for middle school or elementary Spanish classes primarily but that could also be used with high school students inspired by Sandra Boynton’s books.

The unit will revolve around animals and build into animals sounds and corresponding verbs like “dice” and “digo”, emotions, colors, the alphabet, “getting ready verbs” (reflexive verbs) and whatever else I end up tying into it.  It will use the Spanish versions of Boynton’s books, other children’s books and authentic and created material I’ve found and/or will make.  I plan to post the unit materials (including handouts, activities and mini-projects) and lesson plans here as well as on Teachers Pay Teachers for free once I complete the unit.  I hope to build a unit that would span several weeks and be suited to beginning Spanish students.

I’m not sure how long it will take me to complete the unit which will mostly be created during L’s naps and late at night but I look forward to devoting more time to creating and teaching, even while out of the classroom.  I also hope to return to Twitter (find me at @lisajmch) as I’ve been absent from there as well!  Stay tuned!

Until Next Time,

Maestra McH.

Baby L at 3 weeks old.

Baby L at 3 weeks old.