Category Archives: My Classroom

This page will be updates on my classroom, any changes or additions that I might make.

Do I know? Dominoes!

I’ve made my first set of dominoes for my classes. I’m so excited about them. :D

Dominoes game

I knew that I wanted to use them in my classroom but after some research, I decided against buying them. They either are pricey or they eat up the color ink in your printer.  Therefore, I did what I quite often do…got crafty using what I had on hand.

Items that I used:

Dominoes supplies

  • card stock
  • scrap construction paper
  • glue (I had Aleen’s tacky but Elmer’s will work fine.)
  • scissors
  • MS Word (not pictured)
  • Laminator (not pictured)
  • crayons or markers (not pictured)

Step 1

I created a table on MS Word (10 rows by 4 columns, I didn’t want the pieces too small) and added the color words in Spanish in the 1st and 3rd columns. I decided to use 2 sheets per domino set.

Step 2

Using scrap construction paper, I cut strips and then chopped them up into little pieces. I used my muffin tin to keep these pieces organized. My daughter helped me to glue the construction paper pieces to the boards.

Glueing

We had to get creative with grey (gris). I didn’t have grey construction paper so I had my daughter color a sheet of paper grey with a crayon.

Step 3

After they dried, I trimmed the blank border around the table to help cut down on the amount to be laminated.

Trim and laminate

Step 4

Next, I flip the trimmed tables over and color them with a crayon. Both sheets for a set were colored the same color and each set getting a different color. I did this so that if I find the random domino piece on my floor, I know exactly which set it goes with.

Marking

Step 5

Laminate the sheets.

Step 6

Cut out the dominoes and put each set in a baggy. (My son lent a hand with this.) I made a total of 15 sets for a class of 30.

Cut and Package

I can’t wait to bring these out in class. It’s hands on and an easy game for everyone to play! I already have plans to make more sets…adjective opposites, countries and capitals, and verb conjugation.

Hasta luego!

Sra S

 

 

 

LEER es PODER!

(Translation: Reading is POWER!) I

I am on a mission!….ok, again, but still! :)

As I’ve taught Spanish 2 over the years, I’ve asked myself countless times why my students didn’t read more in Spanish 1. Now, I am find myself in the other set of shoes, looking at Spanish 2 in a different light. My entire class prep load this fall is nothing but varying sections of Spanish 1. (My system teaches Spanish 1 over the 7th and 8th grade years.) I decided it was time to be part of the solution so I’m building a classroom library!

After much perusal of Pinterest, I made some choices and am going head first into this project. I’ve been visiting local used book stores, collecting Spanish and Dual Language books as well as looking for a mixture of levels and topics as well. I would say that I’m off to a good start. After thinking things over concerning how I would like to put the library to use, I think I need between 75-100 books. I’ve collected approximately 20 books this past week with plans for more collecting throughout this summer. This is just a few of the books that I’ve found so far.

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Being my crafty self, I need to add some flair to my soon-to-be library corner. I was walking through Michael’s with my latest weekly discount coupon burning a whole in my pocket when I found these letters. They are 9″ in height and plain white so to brighten them up, I went to the scrapbooking paper section. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find some paper that just screamed “BUY ME!” so I got some plain textured paper in my classroom colors to make it work.  I painted the edges black to give it a shadow effect. I traced the letters laying backwards on the back side of the scrap booking paper. After cutting them out, I used Modge Podge to attach it to the letters. Once the base layer was dry, I pulled out my paper cutter and hole punch to tie the three papers together. I added another couple of layers of Modge Podge just to be on the safe side. I’m quite pleased with how these turned out.

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(LEA means READ!)

Now for my BIG step in this library building process, I signed up at DonorsChoose.org and created my own project!  EEEP! It’s a bit nerve wracking as you wait to see if there are people out there in the World who are willing to help you reach your goal. My fingers are crossed. However, I’ve decided today that I will continue to work on my library and if my project gets funded, I’ll throw myself a mini fiesta!

DC Project Pic

If you can, please consider supporting my library. No amount of donation is too small. If donating is not possible for you, you could share my project on Facebook or Twitter to help me get books in the hands of my students. Your help would be greatly appreciated. :D When I finally get into my classroom to set up my library, I will post a follow up to show you how it all comes together.

Hasta luego!

Sra S

And so it begins….again.

Hello!

Once upon a time, I used to blog about my crafy adventures but I grew bored of doing so. I was creating with no real purpose and that’s just not how I am so I took a break from Blog Land to regroup and reconsider.

I’ve come back to blog again, but this time, not about my crafts but my classroom. I’m a veteran teacher of 23+ years who has a few tricks of the trade to share, plus I believe that I’ll never stop learning myself. The purpose of this blog is to share what I know as well as learn from others.

I don’t consider myself any sort of education guru, hardly so, but I do know what has worked for me over the years.  If just one or two teachers can come away with anything useful from what I’ve shared, I consider this blog a success.

Let the blogging begin! :)

Sra. S.