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.
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.