Food unit – El juego perfecto

Today, after chatting about our favorite foods with two of my dear friends, I realized that I needed to make a change to the lesson plan on the food unit. I realized that if I wanted my students to buy into this unit, I needed to make it completely relatable. So, below you will find the modified version of the “food unit”, part A of the lesson that is written around  the movie “The perfect game” – El juego perfecto.

Everything else will remain the same.

Go Cardinals 🙂


The perfect game – El juego perfecto

Here it is, my last unit plan for the school year. I have never been a fan of any kind of sports because culturally speaking, sports are not meant for females, they are to be played and pursued by males. However, living in a home where the Yankees, the NY Giants, and Chelsea are teams that are constantly watched, whether in person or on television, I have had no choice but to join the party boat. For one, I am now the oddity and the rival in my own house, as I have chosen to follow the St. Louis Cardinals as my ultimate favorite baseball team. Needless to say, this is not good in a Yankee’s house…but, such is life.

Anyhow, the plan you will see here uses the movie The Perfect Game to bring comprehensible input to my students, and in that process, talk about sports, food, sportsmanship, goals, and cultural aspects that are clearly displayed in the movie.

I will use this resource in two different ways: One, to accommodate the “food” thematic unit that is mandated by my district, and two, to bring lots and lots of input to my students. There is an IPA, multiple activities, and several quizzes.

Go St. Louis Cardinals! Go get your perfect game!


El camino, The way, El peregrino

The movie called The way, is one of my ultimate favorite movies. I have watched it at least 15 times. I have read the book by Paulo Coelho and yet, every time I watch the movie I learned something new about myself.

Typically, the topic of El Camino de Santiago de Compostela is one left for a level  3 class because…well, I have no clue. It seems to me that everyone has a personal journey, whether you are 10, 15, 18, or 51. A journey is a personal path and everyone has one. So, in honor of Saint James, here is my lesson plan.

Many thanks to Martina Bex for creating some pretty amazing documents which can be found on her TPT page. I will enhance my lesson plan with two of her brilliant ideas. Gracias amiga.

Below is the link to my lesson plan. Hope it inspires you 🙂




La palabra secreta

Bryce Hedstrom is a gracious and giving soul. He inspired me to start an FVR program in my classes and has now inspired me to add the “secret word” routine to start my day. You can read all the details about the secret word in his blog but here is a brief summary:

For me, classroom management starts at the door, with me greeting each and every single one of my students at the door. I usually say something like: Hola, Buenos dias, Buenas tardes. Last year, I had a student who wanted to be the greeter and basically emulate what I did. It worked great. However, after reading about the “secret word” on Bryce’s blog, I realized that he was presenting an opportunity for WL teachers to add authentic and useful input that our students can and will use when they visit Spanish speaking countries or even when they meet a native speaker, right here, at home.

So here is a list of some of the phrases that I will teach my students and use to start the day, right at the door:

Update: Alina Filipescu, a Spanish teacher whose blog is started the palabra secreta many years ago. I had no idea. Alina, gracias. Please check out her blog for this and many other wonderful ideas on teaching with comprehensible input. Some of the words/phrases that she used: lo siento, lo que sea, no es justo, mil gracias.


My way to school

As a way to teach the “school – school supplies ” unit, I was inspired by a French documentary called My way to school, that I found on Netflix. The documentary highlights the importance and value of receiving an education and how children from different parts of the world do what seems to be the impossible in order to get to school.  The documentary is no longer available on Netflix and it is very difficult to find for purchase, but the trailer is available on you tube.











Padlet is a fantastic web tool to help students create a presentation. Padlet is basically a canvas that allows you to include visuals, attach documents, music, voice recordings, etc.

Here is how we used it to help students represent who they are, their legacy and their heritage.

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