We're looking to add some targeted interactives for Spanish teachers to our EDSITEment offerings. Any ideas out there?
Director, EDSITEment Project
National Endowment for the Humanities
Here are some records that have recently been cataloged as Spanish Versions. Some are Partner Developed and some are Partner Reviewed:
Treasures of American History: Spanish Verison - http://americanhistory.si.edu/treasures/Treasures-Spanish.pdf
Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program 1942-1964 - http://americanhistory.si.edu/exhibitions/small_exhibition.cfm?key=1267&exkey=770
Bracero History Archive - Spanish Version - http://braceroarchive.org/es/
Rachan's Escape Plan - 4 page Spanish Version - http://literacynetwork.verizon.org/tln/content/rachans-escape-plan
Rachan's Escape Plan - 20 page Spanish Verison - http://literacynetwork.verizon.org/tln/content/rachans-escape-plan
Get Out Alive - 4 page Spanish Version - http://literacynetwork.verizon.org/tln/content/get-out-alive
Get Out alive - 20 page Spanish Version - http://literacynetwork.verizon.org/tln/content/get-out-alive
We are just beginning to be able to catalog resources and mark them in Spanish.
Here are a few more:
Spanish Glossary of Math Terms - http://www.mathnotes.com/aw_span_gloss.html
Cervantes Project - http://cervantes.tamu.edu/V2/CPI/index.html
Kid's Place - http://www.eduplace.com/kids/hml/index.html
Five Artists of the Mexican Revolution - http://artsedge.kennedy-center.org/content/2253/
Barahona Center for the Study of books in spanish for Children and Adolescents - http://www2.csusm.edu/csb/
Museum de Arte de Puerto Rico - http://www.mapr.org/
WWW Virtual Library Internation Affairs Resources Web - http://www2.etown.edu/vl/spanish.html
Got it, I should have read more closely what you are really seeking here.
The Spanish Teachers (and in fact the foreign language teacheres at all grade levels) in my courses are looking for Verizon Thinkfinity resources to enhance student learning and are finding very few. Not all of these suggestions are interactives but they are resources they say they would use to create learning activities for their students.
A fun adventure through a spanish-speaking country that exposes students to the culture, the art, the music, the crops grown, etc.
Interactives that help students create an International Day, such as recipes from different countries that they can create for tasting, tickets they can create for admission, passports they can create and stamp as they visit the different countries in person or virtually, and travel brochures they can create for their countries to entice their classmates to visit and taste the food of that country. Those who have held one of these activities may have more requests.
Even better this idea came up in recent discussion so I will add it. How about an interactive contains a web ring of learning for each of several countries and students get their "passport" stamped for touring the resources on each country. (added 15/22/10)
Current Verizon Thinkfinity interactives and content rewritten in Spanish.
Quality Children's Books (written in Spanish) listed for classroom and home use
Interactive Books read in Spanish that students can hear and see (they also what to have it so students names can be inserted)
Games that students in spanish-speaking countries actually play that are unique to the country
Current news items (that relate to core subjects) written and spoken in Spanish (podcasts with transcripts would work)
Links to newspapers and magazine articles written in Spanish
A way to connect with Spanish Pen Pals and Sister Schools
Latino Links that have been carefully reviewed
A Spanish Word-A-Day
Spanish videos that show students' daily lives
Interactives that teach about Spanish Holidays
I'm sure you will get more from the members when they find this discussion. This field is wide open for adding interactives that teachers and students will enjoy. I look forward to reading what others suggest.
Edsitement has a Foreign Language category and one lesson there is on La Familia. The lesson is extensive and includes several suggested activities:
There are many additional resources linked from this lesson such as Learn Spanish: a Free Online Grammar Tutorial.
Thinkfinity Community Host
Carol, I think it is wonderful your site is reaching out to teachers to ask what they want added to EDSITEment! I actually just had a Spanish middle school teacher requesting more resources that he could use in his classroom. He even suggested it in his follow up survey. I did show him the Edsitement “Foreign Language” tab. He mentioned that he would like to see resources that would help his student practice Spanish, such as, building their vocabulary and conversational Spanish. I was envisioning some of the “Student Materials” from ReadWriteThink where students work on word families, crossword puzzles and ABC matching. Now, you would need to adjust for the older students. Could you create interactives where Students would need to label items in Spanish? Or match the English phrase with the Spanish phrase? Of course, you could duplicate the interactives for other languages. I will see if I can find the teacher from my training in the community and ask him to post suggestions here.
Tammy, Thank you so much for your reply. The more voices the better! Please keep the ideas requests coming. All this is extremely helpful to us as we go about strengthening our World Language content. Our intern at EDSITEment this summer, Luisanna, a native Spanish speaker, is on the Community and has been posting some links to Spanish-only sites that have great interactives for schoolchildren, as well. In addition to creating our own material, EDSITEment will also be creating a page with premier, edited links such as these to help teachers engage their students at every level.
Here at EDSITEment I recently came across a terrific enrichment resource that may be useful to Spanish language and culture teachers. I came across it while I was researching/composing a new spotlight for our June page, The Road to Santa Fe: A Virtual Excursion.
This resource is from the International Folk Art Museum in Santa Fe - a curriculum guide on that site with bilungual components called, Hispanic Folk Arts & the Enviornment: A New Mexican perspective
You’ll note for each of the four features covered in this guide, they provide an historical overview in both Spanish and English. Also they provide a timeline, multi disciplinary curriculum connections for different subjects (including real life applications), picture gallery and reference desk (bibliography and related websites annotated.) I especially like their short vocabulary English – Spanish insert which pops up when you click on a highlighted Spanish word in the text.
The International Folk Art Musuem also has a number of other Educational Curricula offerings dealing with the folklore and folk art of that region which may be adapted for use in Spanish language classrooms.
Educational resources will continue to be added regularly for different levels in an effort to reach all those from the Thinkinfinity Community interested in the teaching of Spanish as a foreign language, as well as Hispanic culture.
¡Saludos, miembros de la comunidad!
Se seguirán añadiendo recursos educativos con regularidad para los diferentes niveles para intentar alcanzar a todos los miembros de la Comunidad de Thinkinfinity interesados en la enseñanza del español como lengua extranjera, así como la cultura hispana.
The Letters of the Alphabet Tree/ El árbol del alfabeto (vocales y consonantes/vowels and consonants):
Are your students entirely new to Spanish? A good start is the alphabet in Spanish… An excellent site is at:
has a downloadable power point presentation of all the letters in Spanish, excellent for eliciting from students the sounds (in Spanish) of each letter. The Powerpoint presentation (“descargar aqui” / download here) entitled “Árbol de las vocales y consonantes” The lesson is designed for first and second grade students (native Spanish speakers) and is ideal for students first starting to learn Spanish to be used by students working on their own, or in a classroom.
The Alphabet/ El alfabeto:
To teach the alphabet, there are some resources and sample lesson plans at: http://www.educabolivia.bo/Portal.Base/Web/VerContenido.aspx?ID=130843&GUID=d9d57dde-cd95-42f1-b667-ab33bbfac569
At this same website, there is a PowerPoint presentation to teach the letters of the alphabet with images of animals corresponding to every letter, among other resources to go with the suggested lesson plan (Nota Bene: if a PowerPoint presentation fails to open, try opening up Microsoft PowerPoint before prior to downloading and opening the file).
At: http://www.primeraescuela.com/themesp/alfabeto.htm , there are activities and materials to create manual work for all the letters of the alphabet for younger students.
Secretaría de Educación Pública (SEP, The Public Education Secretariat)
Has resources for all levels of education (pre-school, kinder-garden, elementary) for activities and games. The pdf format booklets give many activities, which are intended for young children who are native Spanish-speakers, so they can be used to teach young students learning Spanish.
The Secretariat’s main portal, at: http://www.sepiensa.org.mx/sepiensa2009/docentes.html
educators can select “contenido” from the navigation bar on top, to then select “historia” from the drop-down menu to find some excellent materials on history. There are some great lessons with visuals on Pre-Columbian history and culture. Under “niños y niñas” from the navigation bar, at: http://www.sepiensa.org.mx/sepiensa2009/nyn.html
, one can find by selecting “la cultura” from the drop-down menu to access some excellent resources, such as brief texts on Galileo or other important people, for instance in the drop down menu by clicking on “ciencia” and going through the list of resources available on the menu box to the left side of the screen.
Secretaría de Educación Pública (SEP, The Public Education Secretariat, Mexico)
For Spanish students at the intermediate level of proficiency, there are resources available online on all subjects to teach not only the language, but culture, history, literature and art. For example, at the Secretariat’s main portal, http://www.sepiensa.org.mx/sepiensa2009/docentes.html, educators can select “contenido” from the navigation bar at the top of the page, to then select “historia” from the drop-down menu to find some excellent materials on history. There are some great lessons with visuals on Pre-Columbian history and culture, for instance. Under “niños y niñas” from the navigation bar, at: http://www.sepiensa.org.mx/sepiensa2009/nyn.html, one can find by selecting “la cultura” from the drop-down menu to access some excellent resources, such as brief texts on Galileo or other important people, for instance in the drop down menu by clicking on “ciencia” and going through the list of resources available on the menu box to the left side of the screen.
I hear a lot of requests for interactives to help with vocabulary - all languages, all levels. More and more teachers are moving to a conversational style of instruction with lessons that target the appropriate vocabulary to work with the specific conversation. For example - ordering in a restaurant, making plans to get together with friends, getting to know families or how to get around town.
Any kind of interactive that targets the vocab found in these conversations that are typical to a day in the life of a student would be ideal. Something that allows a student to hear and practice common phrases.
Remember that the EDSITEment website will feature a compilation of resources for the teaching of Spanish, particularly of interactive activities. Here are some sites that could be helpful to teach greetings and to increase students' vocabulary through popular sayings.
Greeting Cards/Escribiendo tarjetas de saludo:
This is a lesson on how we greet in Spanish and how to write greeting cards, and it can be helpful to help students learn how to greet in the target language, as well as how to create their own greeting cards in the target language. This resource can help students practice their oral skills as well in the foreign language. This particular material is designed for native Spanish speakers in the 1st, 2nd or 3rd grade, it includes a list of necessary materials for suggested activities, and a group of questions to set the scene prior to the lesson, at:
Sayings/Dichos y refranes en español:
Sayings (in Spanish “dichos” o “refranes”) are an important cultural aspect of any language, and they can be a fun way to help students increase their vocabulary. Some sayings in Spanish are presented through a lesson (at: http://www.educabolivia.bo/Portal.Base/Web/VerContenido.aspx?ID=131142&GUID=d9d57dde-cd95-42f1-b667-ab33bbfac569 ) designed for native Spanish speakers in the 1st, 2nd or 3rd grade, and can be useful for both oral and written exercises in language acquisition classes as well. The lesson would be great for students who have an intermediate or advanced proficiency in Spanish. The lesson is designed to be taught on a weekly basis (or throughout the academic year or semester) and it gives the opportunity to teach about Hispanic culture as well as teaching the language itself, however, teachers can use resources like this as they see fit or may need or want to. The title of the lesson is “Let’s Listen to and Repeat What Our Grandparents Used to Say.” Some of the sayings and guessing games listed at: http://www.elhuevodechocolate.com/adivinanzas/adivina2.htm may be useful and entertaining for students while learning new vocabulary. Hints of the answers could be given through a visual to make the lesson more interactive for students. A collection of “Refranes” in Spanish (or sayings) is available at: http://www.terra.es/personal/maropabe/refranes.htm
Some resources that we, at EDSITEment, are compiling, which will be featured on our website, try to satisfy two needs: the teaching of Spanish and the teaching of the humanities. There may be a lot of teachers out there who have bilingual students (Spanish-English) and who are taught in Spanish some subjects, therefore, there is a need for resources on the web purely in Spanish. Many of the subjects that may be taught in Spanish could be in areas within the humanities, like Art and Art History. The resource here posted is excellent for art classes, or art history, for students to learn about artistic movements and artists' biographies in Spanish. This is also a great tool for students who are not bilingual, but who have a solid, advanced proficiency level in Spanish, to give them some tools to do research in the target language, and learn about art.
Biographies of Artists in Spanish
For teachers in a bilingual environment, or for students with an advanced proficiency in Spanish, or teachers who teach subjects in Spanish, this website has all its contents in Spanish in the humanities subject of art history, including pages discussing artistic movements, as well as the biographies of some of the world’s most important artists, like Toulouse-Lautrec, Caravaggio, Tintoretto, Picasso, among many others. The biographies appear on a page accessed by clicking on the “Biografías” tab on the menu on the left side of the screen. All these resources would be optimal to complement lessons for students, including writing essays and doing research assignents in the target language, as well as instruction on essential parts of the study of the humanities. Under the tab entitled “Historia del Arte” on the menu on the left side of the screen, there are topics (all in Spanish) including the following: Pre-Columbian Art, Roman Art, Pop Art, Egyptian Art, Mythology in Art, Baroque, Gothic Art, Renaissance, among others. The website is at:
We are excited to announce a new group—Recursos para docentes del castellano—for educators, parents, administrators and students to exchange ideas about teaching and learning Spanish. We welcome you to join and contribute your ideas!
A lovely poem with great activities to launch your summer by a world class new World Poet!
"Oda al mar" de Pablo Neruda: An Interactive Launchpad available in English or Spanish
ODA AL MAR
AQUÍen la isla
y cuánto mar
se sale de sí mismo
a cada rato,
dice que sí, que no,
que no, que no, que no,
dice que si, en azul,
en espuma, en galope,
dice que no, que no....
The poem “Oda al mar” was featured in the popular, world-acclaimed Italian film Il postino, in which Pablo Neruda was played by French actor Philippe Noiret. It appeared in the collection Odas Elementales (1954), and is available via the University of Chile. Odas Elementales reveals Neruda’s poetry as a way to appreciate everyday things for their individual essence or value and their relationship to the lives and struggles of the common man. The Odas Elementales explore the struggle of individuals and their connection with daily life and the universal. A translation of the poem in English is available through Calque, a literary translation journal. Follow the instructions to complete the exercises and questions below: