Mar de plástico for Distance Learning

My favorite unit to teach in the spring is Plastic Ocean. I love being able to share this unit with my Spanish 3 classes and I was really looking forward to starting this month at school… but as you know, we aren’t in school!

My friend (and hero) Martina Bex (check out her amazing distance learning plans here) helped me digitize parts of the unit that I would normally do as printable manipulatives in class and my new friend Megan Loveless helped me learn how to assign Google Slides through my Learning Management System (LMS) Schoology.

If you are already using Mar de plástico, I want to share these with you! This is the Mar de plástico DIGITAL adaptation for Distance Learning.

The foundation of the unit is still the original Mar de plástico. Most of the resources in that unit are easy to deliver via your LMS for students to read and respond. This booster pack doesn’t remake the whole unit but it does digitize the floor memory activity and the unit hook!

I hope this helps you bring Mar de plástico to your students even from afar! If you’re new to this unit, check it out here:

Mar de plástico

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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  1. Thank you soooo much! I use your Mar de Plástico unit every spring as well and I was wondering how best to adapt it on my LMS. You are an angel! Also, thanks for your kind words of wisdom “if learning without the teacher were easy, they wouldn’t need to hire us back”. So true!!

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