Mar de plástico: en acción

I had one more reader based unit to finish before I could wrap up the year with my Mar de plástico unit! I have been so excited to start!

Today we did the unit hook: how biodegradable is it? I brought a bag of “trash” and we sorted it out via 4 corners.

They used Spanish to categorize and argue why they felt an item belonged. In a particular category!

After we finished categorizing and I helped lead them to the correct answers, they created a graphic representation of their data.

When they finished, we hung their graphs in the hallway! It is fun to see other students (even those who don’t take Spanish) looking at them!

93E99BD1-B2D9-4F91-944A-2C7FB6DA6567I also printed and prepped the Mar-mory game for tomorrow!

We will share as we go through the unit! Hope it helps as you do as well!

Abridged unit (2 week)

Mini unit (1 week)

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

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