Hello October, welcome! And hola maestrxs, ¡bienvenidxs! Even though my banner suggests that this post is only about Día de los Muertos, I stuffed some other October-themed surprises in this post for you. Keep on reading, mis amores!!!
Ok, let’s start with October’s estrellita: introducing: Día de los Muertos:
Previous Helpful Blog Posts:
- Ways to Celebrate Día de los Muertos in Spanish Class!
- Get Your Class in the Mood of Día de los Muertos with a LyricsTraining Song!
- How to create a simple Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead Bitmoji Classroom
- Freebie! “La Llorona” Fill-In Song Cloze
- Pear Deck Freebie: A Taste of México Mini-lesson.
- Freebie! “La Llorona” Fill-In Song Cloze
- Trio of song clozes with comprehension questions for any level!
Awesome Resources for the Classroom!:
- Día de los Muertos Bundle | Activities | Projects | Songs | Mexico + LESSON PLAN
- EVERYTHING YOU NEED to teach Día de los Muertos in a fun & engaging way! Includes songs, presentations, Pear Decks, activity stations and more! Lesson plan included to organize the material for you! Check out the previews and grab these resources at a steal!
- Día de los Muertos | Day of the Dead Pear Deck Presentation
- A wonderful presentation to introduce students to Día de los Muertos! Colorful, multimedia, and engaging!
- Día de los Muertos: Creating Ofrendas In Person or Digital | Day of the Dead
- A project that can be done online or in person, students create ofrendas that are meaningful to them.
- A Taste of México: No Prep/Flexible Cultural Blended Learning Activity
- Teach students about México with this flexible resource! They can learn all about the country that they are exploring for Día de los Muertos.
- Día de los Muertos – Day of the Dead Webquest Activity | NO PREP & Answer Key!
- This Webquest is hands-down tons of fun. I do it every year with my students. Can be done as stations or individually. Activity sheet with answer key included.
- ******coming soon, Google Assessments for most resources as a closure activity! All Google Assessments will be ready prior to Día de los Muertos. Be sure to download your copies now before any price changes!
And now, introducing one of the official themes of October in the US–let’s welcome LGBT History Month! 👏🏽
Many of us teachers belong to a totally different generation than our students. However, characteristically, our students believe in inclusion and respecting the differences that everyone brings to the table. Acknowledging and making a space for LGBT History Month in your class may increase student buy-in, create powerful student conversations, and/or continue the work of social justice.
Social Justice work you can do in the class:
- First, educate students on the month and why you are doing this work. You can find a short summary here.
- To make it relevant to Spanish class, you may want to highlight famous Latinx people who identify as LGBTQ+ and do a biography reading/activity about them. In my Women’s History Month Activity, I have a great Pear Deck section about Chavela Vargas, who is an icon in the LGBTQ+ Hispanic community.
- My chiquis are making a bulletin board where they researched famous Latinx people in the LGBTQ+ community and printed pictures of them. That way, we can all learn & grow! I’ll be sure to post pictures of the final product!
- Update Oct 19th: as promised, here is a link to my board. You can also scan this QR code with your phone:
- This would be a great time to go over pronouns: pronouns that students identify with and pronouns in Spanish! See my available resources here! ➡️CHECK OUT THIS INFORMATIVE BLOG POST HERE!!⬅️ See an example of my posters with “elle” below, posted by @senoritacabral on Instagram below! Also, don’t forget to download your freebie below!
And just when you thought that the October festivities were over, it surprises us with another official theme relevant to Spanish class: National Emotional Wellness Month! 🙋🏽♀️
As a person who personally struggles with their mental health yet is thriving, I find this topic very important and close to my heart. So many of our students are hurting but don’t have the vocabulary to express their hurt. So many students have been traumatized by the pandemic but were ill equipped to handled the weight of that trauma. Our classrooms should be a safe space four our students. So here are some resources that I have/offer for the emotional wellness of our chiquis.
Daily SEL Activities
If you use Pear Deck, it is easy to include daily SEL activities in the class! SEL activities can allow us to check in with our students–a temperature check. Did you know that there are templates in Pear Deck for SEL activities? Did you know that they also occasionally release new SEL slides to add to your repertoire on their website?
- Link to Pear Deck Slides Library
- My Favorites from this Library:
- Pear Deck SEL Slides en Español (by The Cultural Classroom)
Sometimes my kids like to listen to ambient noises while they work. Or even watch other people study while they study. And honestly, so do I! It is so relaxing.
- Mindfulness Playlist en Español
- Link to seated yoga activity en Español
- Link to 5 minute yoga en Español
Recursos para “chilear” en la clase
- Descansos Cerebrales | Brain Breaks in Spanish
- *FREE* Spanish Language Choiceboard for Early Finishers
I hope this post gave you some fun ideas for October! Enjoy the month!
Con mucho amor y cariño,