ACTFL was so much fun but it also took a lot of planning to leave a sub ready for 3 days in a Spanish classroom. There is no one in the district who speaks enough Spanish to handle a lesson so I have to leave “virtual me” when I am gone if I want to keep moving forward.
In Spanish I I left lessons I created on the iPad with educreations and 30Hands. We are working on climates here and everywhere as part of our stories so I started with a review and then a short story… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pCHU-pr8f8&list=UUQnG4I7ho6xAI6nqrN6ZpmA
In Spanish 3 and 4, I left a murder mystery. I pretended that Virtual Me was going to teach the class but as the video began, a masked stranger entered and we suddenly had a murder to solve! Here is what students saw on Day 1… It includes some “hallway gossip” between our English teachers and even the librarian as they try to figure out who might have committed the crime!? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBIOBoVMpNg&list=UUQnG4I7ho6xAI6nqrN6ZpmA My friend, Martina Bex, created an AMAZING looking worksheet (from my plain old word docs) that students completed as they collected evidence over the three day project! (If you make something similar, watch out, a couple of times I unconsciously used informal when I had been interviewing with Ud)Murder worksheets
Day 2: Using witness testimonies on video and transcripts made by Martina, students listened to the two prime suspects’ description of what happened. They made notes on their worksheets as they gathered evidence to solve the crime.
The other Spanish teacher’s testimony: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4T2oSnctFFs&list=UUQnG4I7ho6xAI6nqrN6ZpmA
The English teacher’s testimony: (Kids liked watching their other teachers struggle with using Spanish!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRiUcs5BrGc&list=UUQnG4I7ho6xAI6nqrN6ZpmA&index=3
Day 3: Students received an evidence folder with pictures of the evidence EvidencePhotos
and a video of the officer who collected it. (Me in my neighbor’s outfit and an uncle Sy beard) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLIW2wDNmCg&list=UUQnG4I7ho6xAI6nqrN6ZpmA
They also saw this expert testimony from the chemistry teacher and handwriting analyst, Mrs. Lingley. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=by_5ciD2RQ4&list=UUQnG4I7ho6xAI6nqrN6ZpmA&index=4
The murder mystery filled the 3 44 minute class periods and the kids did a lot of great writing as they theorized who might have done it and why. One negative is that they didn’t pick up on the biggest piece of evidence and so they were pretty evenly divided about who they thought the killer was… It was interesting to see them support their choice and I think they had some great points! I wish I had made it more obvious that there was one person whose timeline didn’t match everyone else’s! Another negative is that it took a LONG time to make and edit the videos! But the positives SO outweighed the negatives. They got lots of great input and did lots of great written output as they solved the crime!
Adapt as needed for your classroom!