El Carnaval de Barranquilla {Cultural Corner}

Every year in February, the city of Barranquilla, Colombia hosts one of the most beautiful carnivals in the world: El Carnaval de Barranquilla. 
Picture from the official website
This carnival has been declared by UNESCO as one of the “Masterpieces of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.” That’s a mouthful, but it really is amazing! It’s important to share this with our students not only because of its recognition, but also because it’s an opportunity to bring some language to the classes in a colorful way. It’s also worth mentioning that this is the city where Shakira was born and raised.

I am a big fan of using Google Earth in class when doing cultural explorations. You can also add the use of play passport.  With your students, first locate Colombia and then find Barranquilla. Bring the language alive by asking students question such as:
¿En qué continente está Colombia?
¿Cuál es la capital de Colombia?
¿Qué lengua se habla en Colombia?
¿Dónde esta Barranquilla? ¿En el norte o en el sur?
¿Qué pasa en Barranquilla en febrero?


Carnival time is a happy one in Barranquilla. Dances, parades and even children celebrating in their schools. Here is a short video of “El Carnaval de Barranquilla.”


One of the most iconic characters is la Morimonda. It’s a funny character – a combination of monkey and elephant.


Here is a cute video of two kids trying to figure out what “la marimonda” really is.




Children recreate Marimonda dances at school.



Here is a video of a professional group of dancers.


Now it’s your turn! Have your students create their own Marimondas and get ready to celebrate carnival in your class!

Download your free mask HERE
Enjoy,
Carolina

Valentine’s Day – Spanish Teachers Blog Hop

I have teamed up with a group of ten World Language Spanish teachers who have teaching-related blogs and are active sellers on Teachers Pay Teachers. I am so excited about the diversity of this group – with elementary, middle and high school teachers. We have all prepared resources that will help you enhance your lessons to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Spanish class. Many of these resources will be free during the dates of the hop which are January 31 and February 1, 2015
I am a K-3 elementary Spanish teacher. My students always enjoy mini-books in class, and I have put together one for you to use with your students.

Here is your freebie!

Hop over to Fun Monkey Bars to see the freebie she has prepared for you!
¡Feliz Día de San Valentín!
Carolina

November Bilingual Blog Hop

This month I have joined a group of amazing teachers in a bilingual blog hop. You will be able to download free resources for your classes. 
Here is my free product for you:
A Thanksgiving Pie in Spanish
A cute mini-book to count up to 10
Download your freebie HERE!
Please stop by my Teachers Pay Teacher store for more freebies and holiday resources for teaching Spanish. Don’t forget to like my page on Facebook to stay updated about more teaching ideas!

Next stop is at Maestra Sandoval’s blog! Make sure to visit her to get the awesome freebie she created for you!

http://www.maestrasandoval.com/2014/11/bilingual-blog-hop.html
Happy Thanksgiving!
Carolina