LUIS PESCETTI’S GROUP GAMES

LUIS PESCETTI’S GROUP GAMES

Luis Pescetti is an Argentinian musician, writer, actor, and storyteller. He is also known for for his great group activities that are fun and encourage movement (which is why they are called ‘dinámicas’ in Spanish). Some of his group games work great in the Spanish classroom and can be used as energizers or brain breaks for you and your students.

For this game I would suggest you ask your students to be in groups of five or less to keep it safe.

¿Por qué me sube la bilirubina? No sé porque.

¿Por qué me sube la bilirubina? No sé porque.

A moler café, a moler café, a moler a moler a moler café.

A moler café, a moler café, a moler a moler a moler café.

This is simple but a bit challenging for second graders. I mostly use it for third graders and up. A lot of fun!

Palo, palo, palo, palo bonito, palo eh,

eh, eh, eh, palo bonito, palo eh.

This is one of the group activities my first graders love. The first time they saw the video they were scared, but we couldn’t stop laughing afterwards. It’s great to use during Halloween!

Se hace de noche,

se ve un castillo,

se abre una puerta,

sale un vampiro,

saca un cuchillo y …

unta pan con mantequilla,

unta pan con mantequilla,

unta pan con mantequilla.

This activity works great in a circle. This one gets everyone quiet and focused on the movement. My students were a little frustrated at first, but once we all got it, it became a fun challenge.

Bale, bale, bale, pata zum, zum, zum,

bale, zum, zum, zum,

pata zum, zum, zum.

Bale, bale, bale, pata zum, zum, zum,

bale, zum, pata zum, bale zum.

This can be done with different ages. It can be done fast or slow. A lot of fun!

A ram sam sam,

guli, guli, guli, guli, ram sam sam.

Arabi, arabi,

guli, guli, guli, guli, ram sam sam.

This video gives a little background for the song “A ram sam sam”.

Have fun!

5 MOST READ BLOG POSTS IN 2019

5 MOST READ BLOG POSTS IN 2019

I am always grateful for the teachers who come to this blog to read my posts. I share them with a lot of love and really hope I can save busy teachers out there just a little bit of time (time is such a precious commodity for teachers!). This blog was started as a way to connect with other teachers because for a while I was the only Spanish teacher in one of the schools where I taught. Having this blog made me feel connected and part of a larger community.  Thank you for stopping by to read my blog!

These are the five most read posts this year:

1. 14 Jokes for Elementary Spanish

2. Brain Breaks for Spanish Class

3. Traditional Game: Tingo Tango

4. Call and Response Chants in Spanish

5. Canción: El monstruo de la laguna

Thank you for an amazing year!

 

#TFLA2019 SESSION: COMPREHENSIBLE INPUT IN THE ELEMENTARY SPANISH CLASSROOM

#TFLA2019 SESSION: COMPREHENSIBLE INPUT IN THE ELEMENTARY SPANISH CLASSROOM

It was so great to meet so many elementary teachers during #TFLA2019. It was exciting to share with you about Comprehensible Input in the elementary Spanish classroom, and I truly hope you were able to use some of what I shared as soon as you entered your classroom on Monday.

As I mentioned at the end of my session, if you are really interested in bringing CI into your teaching life, I recommend you start out by reading the research done by Dr. Stephen Krashen. Once you have that clear, choose one or two strategies to bring to your classes as a starting point, and little by little start building your CI toolkit. The best thing about CI is the sheer variety of techniques you can choose from. You and your students will never feel bored, but remember to add your personal touch to anything you do.

During the TFLA session, we explored some CI strategies that I have successfully been able to use in my elementary classes. We peeked inside my classroom, saw a few routines in action (e.g. la frase de la semana y el saludo). We also talked about MovieTalks and Story Listening, and I was able to incorporate some brain breaks and breathing techniques throughout the session.

If you are new to CI, I highly recommend you start with this video:

I won’t share my full PowerPoint presentation here since it might be quite overwhelming if you didn’t attend the session. But I hope this is a nice refresher for the teachers who attended this session and talking points and ideas for those who couldn’t make it.

Last but not least, stop by Comprensible to learn other CI techniques, and join our Facebook group where you can freely ask or share about CI.

Happy teaching!

 

SUMMER MOVEMENT CARDS IN SPANISH

SUMMER MOVEMENT CARDS IN SPANISH

Summer is around the corner and these movement cards are perfect to get your younger students ready for the season! Make sure to explore this blog to grab the different movement cards and brain breaks I have shared in the past.

Download them all HERE!

Have fun!


You might like these resources available on Teachers Pay Teachers:

VALENTINES MOVEMENT CARDS IN SPANISH

VALENTINES MOVEMENT CARDS IN SPANISH

My students have been enjoying the chance to use movement cards for our brain breaks, especially my kinder students. They love seeing the different themes for special occasions. Feel free to explore all the different movement cards featured on this blog. For now, here are the ones for Valentine’s Day!

Download them here, and get ready to have fun! Read them aloud to your students, and have them do what the cards say. Movements cards are not only great for brain breaks but also a good way to introduce or reinforce vocabulary.

Have fun!

You might also like these resources available on Teachers Pay Teachers