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Every year, Americans around the nation get together to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15th through October 15th. The contributions Hispanic Americans have made to the United States are endless and inspiring, and they have had a profound and positive impact on our county.

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Adriana Perez August 30, 2011 at 7:17 PM Reply
I teach at a Spanish Immersion school and when we get back to school we have to get the kids back into SPANISH mode. In 4th and 5th what I do is SING with them a lot. I pick songs that are cool (according to me), teach vocabulary, and usually deal with a social issue. I always start with No Dudaria from Rosario. They have to infer that the author did something bad like killing someone and that they regret their actions. We sing a lot during the first week and they love it and are begging to sing and later start using the Spanish vocabulary in the song a lot. I do one song every two weeks and we sing it during those two weeks over and over and then throughout the year. It is very hard to find songs with no bad words or songs that don't mention God. After No Dudaria I do El Presente by Julieta Venegas. Minas By Juanes is great for talking in Spanish about poverty/war/mines in places around the world. OMG!! I can't wait to get back to work tomorrow!
Janice August 30, 2011 at 7:26 PM Reply
My favorite thing to do is to interest the students in the language by introducing things related to the culture. I have the whole year for grammar instruction but I like to get them going with la CULTURA!
Des August 30, 2011 at 8:14 PM Reply
I love to begin my school year by sharing my experiences as a teenager growing up in Spain. All of the sudden the kids get excited about the languages, it magically becomes something they can relate to, laugh about or even imagine themselves emerged into it.
Arlene Ramos Rivera August 30, 2011 at 8:27 PM Reply
We started already and what I did to get the students ready for school, is open a Facebook account with the class related videos clips from You Tube and a discussion board. I took the names from the pre-registration and ask them to be the class facebook friend. These students are really into technology and they were really exited when we started school. They did at least the first week through the internet before we started.
Hernan Ochoa August 30, 2011 at 8:55 PM Reply
My favorite thing to do is to interest the students in the culture and language is introducing them to things related to the hispanic culture. We also sing and role-play a lot using the Spanish vocabulary.
Fran White August 30, 2011 at 9:51 PM Reply
I like to get kids back into school/spanish mode by discussing the great things we will be doing throughout the school year and then reviewing vocab using skits/role-play. This is the first time I will be teaching middle school... so I'm thinking I will also ask about their summer.
Regina August 31, 2011 at 12:22 AM Reply
I do a lot of warm-ups that review numbers the first weeks, even in my Spanish 3 and 4 classes. The students are familiar with them, but always need practice. Tape a paper with a 3-digit number written on it onto a new pencil or other prize. Students guess a number one at a time as I write in on the board, telling them to guess higher or lower. I go around the room in order. The student who guesses the number gets the pencil. I usually do 3 prizes each time.
Mike Pavone August 31, 2011 at 5:59 AM Reply
What I like to do for some cultural understanding with my students is "Palabra Del Dia". I pick each 'word of the day' based on a country and then I try to use it in context that will allow the kids to figure it out and see if they can come up with any other words (more commonly found in a dictionary) that will work for it too. They really enjoy it because these 'PDDs' are not commonly found in our books and some are really fun to say. There are a few that have stuck with the kids and they use them in context all the time in and out of the classroom.
Mike Pavone August 31, 2011 at 6:02 AM Reply
I forgot to mention that I like to start this right away to get them thinking and typically, the word and its sentence is fairly easy so they can get it right away and feel like they've accomplished something.
Kim Ellis August 31, 2011 at 6:18 AM Reply
For my 8th graders in their second year of Spanish, I like to review all of our songs we learned in the previous year. It's a fun way to review the vocabulary, and standing up to belt out a song is a way to get their bodies and brains moving again after a summer of too many video games!
Mildred Rojas August 31, 2011 at 1:23 PM Reply
I teach Spanish in a school with a large population of Latino teens. To get them back into school mode, I have them share about what they did (or would have liked to do) during the summer by bringing a picture with their name or image on it. The picture prompts to guess where and what each did during the summer. Many Students travel to Dom. Rep. or Puerto Rico.
Mara August 31, 2011 at 2:42 PM Reply
On the first day of school with a new beginner class, I give them a list of Hispanic names and they have to choose one that they will go by in the Spanish class all year round. It's double the work for me because I need to memorize 2 names but they love it!
Fran White September 1, 2011 at 1:15 AM Reply
Hi Mike.

I like your idea of "Palabra del dia". Do you get it from a particular link?
Mike Pavone September 1, 2011 at 4:49 PM Reply
Fran,
I use a variety of sites and books. I have a few Spanish slang books and I do some searching on websites (one being Nicholas Crowder's website "Spanishwordoftheday.com"
Evan Overton September 4, 2011 at 5:12 PM Reply
I plan on showing a few PowerPoint presentations highlighting what the Spanish language is, where it comes from, and why one would want to learn and use it. Hopefully I can fill these up with all kinds of interesting artwork and visual depictions, music and video, and photographs of places in the world where people speak Spanish (including parts of the city in which they live).
Norrie Brassfield September 18, 2011 at 1:02 AM Reply
I start the year with songs. The alphabet song, a song called Buenos Dias I wrote, another one about question words, etc. We also start a resource notebook for grammar principles and vocab. lists. The notebooks get the kids organized for the year and the songs start the year off on a happy note!
Karolyn September 20, 2011 at 2:11 PM Reply
As a middle school Spanish teacher, I find students are usually apprehensive to learn another language. They feel overwhelmed and sometimes feel like they are already going to fail. It is also the first year where all 8 elementary schools in the district come to one school, so often students are thrown into classes with kids they have never seen. I start the year off by having the students learn a few adjective cognates (to show how easy it can be to identify words in another language), the 21 Spanish speaking countries, some interesting cultural facts and then create their own 'culture' posters. They research their heritage and make a poster all about their culture (such as flags of the countries their ancestors are from, pictures of their families) and things that represent them - pets, hobbies, sports. Then we share. Many students are more relaxed seeing similarities between themselves and the other students and it creates a great "United Nations" in my classroom!
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