My favorite time of year in Spanish class is finally upon us...March Madness! This is my second year doing Música miércoles (thanks to Allison Wienhold for the idea) and it has been a huge success for various reasons...
*My bulletin board is big so I had to take 2 pictures to get both sides of the bracket.
Today in class each student will fill out a bracket. Each week in class the students will vote via Survey Monkey on the songs that they want to advance forward to the next round in the bracket. We will re-watch parts of different videos and have a lot of PQA (personalized questions and answers) discussions about how their favorite songs are doing. When we are done I will give the students their brackets back and they will see how well they did--special prizes will be awarded to anyone with a perfect bracket!
Are your classes doing a March Madness bracket? If so what song do you think will win this year?
When I first started teaching I remember frantically trying to come up with activities for every holiday that occurred during the school year. These days there are plenty of times when I don't even acknowledge holidays in my class because the students are already engaged in something else.
This Valentine's Day it seems that the starts aligned for my classes to celebrate because we are between units and it is also Música miércoles! Woohoo! I decided to show Yo contigo, tú conmigo by Morat and Alvaro Soler.
On Música miércoles the students complete some sort of activity using the lyrics of the song for their warmup (I post the lyrics digitally on Schoology in English and Spanish). Examples include:
Once the students have interacted with the lyrics we read about the artist and watch the music video. Afterwards, the students talk to their partners and share their reactions to the song/video (they must back up their opinions with evidence from what they heard/saw). If your students don't have the language to do this yet you can project a slide with adjectives and other phrases that they will need to express their opinions.
To complete our Valentine's Day fun students will complete one of the following activities: