Digital Learning for Upper Level Spanish and French

It’s so hard to know what to do to engage students in language at the upper levels! We want to challenge them yet make it interesting. We want them to learn language but also learn life lessons… That’s why I write the units I write! By using the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals as a base, I can create engaging units that let my students examine world problems through the lens of their new language.

Now that we are at home, I didn’t want to miss using my favorite spring units in levels 3 and 4!! I always do Mar de plástico in April in Spanish 3 and Basura cero in April in Spanish 4. With the help of Martina Bex, I was able to digitize both! THEN, Marcy Sheldon came to the rescue and helped me digitize Mer de plastique so that the French classes who use it could have access to the new, digital booster pack too! THANK YOU BOTH!

If you HAVE Mar de plástico, this is the link to the new booster pack that will give you a 2 week lesson plan and links to the activities! Mar de plástico Booster Pack

If you don’t have Mar de plástico, you can find it here: Mar de plástico Unit

If you have Mer de plastique, you can find the Booster Pack here: Mer de plastique Booster Pack

If you don’t have Mer de plastique, you can find it here: Mer de plastique

The new Basura cero Booster pack is here: Basura cero Booster Pack

If you need the original unit, look here: Basura cero

While I use Mar de plástico in Spanish 3 and Basura cero in Spanish 4 there is no reason why they are not interchangeable! Use both in both levels if you’re new to the units!!

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","Bananas", "Sostenible", and "Papálotl" 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. So it took me a while to read this tab that I opened to keep track of 🙄 haha, but I can’t believe you’re offering these booster packs for free! WOW! Carrie, you are an incredible human being!!! ❤️

    1. I’m doing the units with 3 and 4 right now and the digital resources have made it feel a little more like we are together in class! I hope your students enjoy the units too!!!

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