Medicina o Cura Hook

I just put the finishing touches on a Medicina o Cura unit a couple of weeks ago and it was finally time to try all the new parts with my intermediates.  Many will pursue a career in healthcare and I’d love for them to take away the understanding that our class gives them a skill not everyone has!

We started the unit with a hook.  If you buy my TPT unit, I have the handouts and specific instructions and questions but basically I brought a boiled egg to school and drew on some clothes.

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I needed one per class so I made triplets!

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When they came in, we listened to our song of the week “A mi burro” and did a manipulative activity then I picked up my egg and introduced him.  We talked about what he looked like and what we thought his personality was like.  Then I handed him to this guy, Dash.  IMG_5140

Unfortunately when we finished talking about what great friends “Huevo-bert” and Dash were, Dash passed him to me and he fell…. and cracked.  I didn’t do the best job of making it look natural but most of them bought it.

We took pictures of his injuries on my phone.  This class is small so I didn’t need to project them, we just looked at his injuries together.  We used the structures on our list to diagnose what was wrong with him and then filled in his medical chart. (All docs are available in the unit if you don’t have time and energy to make your own!

Poor Huevo-bert.  He was in bad shape.  Lots of injuries to his spine and head.  A broken arm and a cracked booty! ¡Ay, ay, ay!

I pulled out my first aid kit and we went to work deciding what kind of treatment he needed.  It was a lot of fun and the Spanish was flowing both as we talked about Huevo-bert as an egg friend and about his injuries after he had the great fall.  Day 1- Success!

I’ll post about our other medical adventures!

Author: senoracmt

I began teaching Spanish in Illinois in 1994. I have taught levels 1-4 in a small rural high school, 8th grade introductory Spanish, Biology 1, and 101 and 102 at the community college level. My Spanish classes are partnered with the community college to offer students 8 semester hours of dual credit on completion of Spanish 4. In 2011 I met Carol Gaab and Kristy Placido and have since co-authored the book "La hija del sastre" with Carol Gaab and authored the novels "La Calaca Alegre", "Bianca Nieves y los 7 toritos." "Vector," "48 horas" and "Bananas" through Fluency Matters. In 2006 I became National Board certified and I have been serving as a mentor both for candidates seeking certification in world languages other than English and a virtual mentor for candidates in all certificate areas. I completed my Masters degree in Spanish education in 2011 and did my research on the use of Understanding by Design to create meaningful cultural units for the language classroom. I am a frequent presenter on this topic, please consider me if you are interested in a workshop on backward design. In 2013 I was named the ICTFL Foreign Language teacher of the year and in 2014 I was selected as CSCTFL's teacher of the year. In November of 2014 I was lucky enough to be one of the five finalists for the ACTFL National Teacher of the Year in San Antonio, TX. What a "Cinderella" experience! You can reach me via email at senoracmt at gmail.com.

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