Keeping Day of the Dead 90% target in level 1!

If you haven’t seen it, this is a great resource! Since there are no words, it lends itself perfectly to a movie talk and movie talk is a great way to provide input!

At one time, I thought that I had to do cultural lessons in L1 because the kids didn’t have enough L2 to handle the discussion… but I have found that any cultural topic can be discussed in TL if there are loads of cognates and lots of reps of the new structures!

Before introducing the video I asked them about Halloween. I wanted to establish the difference right away. We decided it was a day to be scared. (One of my structures for today was tener miedo- to be scared) Then I told them that Day of the Dead was like Memorial Day, a memorial to the dead. (we learned como for like/as early on and use the words simile and metaphor from level 1 to discuss comparisons… they’re easy cognates, try it!)

After we had established the mood of the holiday we talked about how they decorate (decorate is another Spanish cognate). We talked about fruits, flowers, and photos… their three Fs of the day. Of course there are lots of other decorations but I didn’t want to overwhelm and these are all over the video! I also explained that an esqueleto decorated for Day of the Dead can be called a calaca. I showed them all of the skeletons in my collection and they decided which were calacas.

Next I started the video. It is 3 minutes but we discussed for 30. I stopped for every emotion (because we’ve had feelings) and to look at decorations. I also added the structures quiere salir (we’ve had both quiere and salir just not together for wants to leave), celebran, and the word spirit as we talked about whether the mom really visited her daughter or not. Of course it was a great way to give them CI but they had plenty to say too! We have 11 weeks of Spanish under our belts now so they gave some great answers! (This is output and they are sticking to the 90% too, but remember it isn’t forced output if they have the language to say it!)

They have a full background on the holiday and later in the week we are going to do something simliar with the trailer for “The Book of Life”.


Appily Ever After

This is a summary of the apps we talked about in the session at Maine TCI this week:

Educreations: great app for students to use, fast and easy to insert pictures, you can draw on the slides as you record, no learning curve! Caveat- once you start recording, you can’t stop, you have to keep going and save or you lose your work!

Explain Everything: great app for presenting, you can have more than one open draft of a presentation so you don’t have to record immediately. You can use it to “app smash” by bringing in pictures and videos from other apps. You can draw and write as you record. A little bit of a learning curve with the buttons but that just means it has more features than educreations!

30 Hands: Another great app for recording using pictures and videos smashed in from other apps. One amazing feature is that you record each slide separately AND can re-record them so if you make a mistake it is super easy to edit. Not quite as fast to use as educreations but it is a great app!

Haiku Deck: Pictures/Words… A great story telling app when you want to build a story from images. Don’t forget that images can help your emerging readers see the story in their mind!

Fun ways to retell stories:
PuppetPalsHD! It is so worth it to buy the director’s cut! You get a lot more characters!!

Strip Design: Create a comic strip style story board.

Felt Board: A labor of love but very cute when you make the scenes on the felt board!

Sock Puppets: A cute, novel way to retell but talk slowly so that your voice isn’t too hard to understand when it is made into a cartoon!

Flipagram: music, voice and pictures combine to make a great story retell!