I don’t remember exactly how I came across it, but during a late night scroll through Facebook (late night teacher time: read 8 pm), I stumbled upon a timely post by Martina Bex’s The Comprehensible Classroom. It was titled “Lesson plans for COVID-19 school closure / 10+ days of Spanish class work.” I’ve followed her pages for a while and really enjoy her work, so I was excited to see what she was promoting.
Essentially, if you sign up for her newsletter/website, you will get access to her lesson plans via Google Drive. The lesson plans are a series of readings and choice boards, 4 documents in total. Each day the students read a story and complete activities of their choice. However, the document is editable, so you can decide to change some of the activities or add to/alter the stories. You can pare down or expand the activities. Her website also offers links to additional reading material such as one on Justin Bieber, which the kids might find interesting. This is ideal for Level 1B and above.
If I decide to use this, I would incorporate a daily “journal” component and have the students record their daily observations and answers into Google Classroom (via Google Docs). That way, I can stay on top of their progress instead of waiting until the end when I would inevitably get a handful of students who will say “I didn’t do it because I didn’t get what I was supposed to do.”
Even if you don’t have threats of school closure, I would recommend that you download this activity and keep it in your back pocket for a rainy day. You never know when you’ll need a sub plan and now you have 10 days worth of plans! I’m hoping to keep teaching as normal with different distance learning apps and websites, but it is very confusing as to what exactly is required of us teachers right now.
Let me know what you think about this free resource in the comments! These are all my thoughts and I wasn’t paid or asked to write this post.