Good Spanish Language Resources

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Many teachers, students, librarians and others are interested in locating good Spanish language resources. No matter what statistics you hear about the growth of the Internet, the number of good Spanish language sites doesn't seem to be keeping pace. We created this web site because we are concerned about the lack of resources and lessons available.

This web site is based on the "Hot Internet Sites in Español" presentation. Various links are followed with suggestions given along the way as to how they can be incorporated into a learning environment. It is divided up into four sections:

  1. a brief description of hotlists,
  2. activities and resources appropriate for elementary students
  3. activities and resources appropriate for middle/high school students
  4. links to professional bilingual educator sites, internet tutorials, and other resources.


 
Hotlist

A hotlist is a collection of hypertext links. While there are many hotlists on a variety of topics, the pages in themselves do not provide learning opportunities. That is up to you! They can become the foundation for more structured learning if they link to good, reliable, credible sites. We created these hotlists and will use them to structure and demonstrate how hotlists can be used for classroom and library activities.



It´s Elementary!

Here are several websites which you can use in the K-6 classroom or library. These are just a few of the many resources linked off of these homepages. Don't forget to explore other links off of these sites too.


Title What is it? Ways to use it.
Colorear Simple" drawing tool, easy to use, but may be slow to load. Select "points" to draw curves and continuous shapes. Click on the MenuBar "Reload" to clear the page. 1. Draw
2. Practice using mouse.
3. Each person pick a color and take turns drawing a monster, a landscape, or something else piece by piece.
El Tesoro del arcoiris

and

Los Siete Poderes

Stories. 1. Read in class
2. Print + read at home with parents.
3. Illustrate the story.
4. Suggest different endings.
5. Tell the story from another point of view.
Galería para los chiquitos Cyberspace refrigerator Post drawings, stories, personal pages made in class.


  • Jardín Mundial Kindergarten is available in both English and Spanish. You must follow the Spanish pages to get to the Spanish resources. This site is one of our favorite sites because of the Proyectos Kinder page. Most of these projects can be easily replicated or can serve as a template for projects that you create.

For example, you can't go wrong with the Earth Day Groceries Project. This project is easy to follow and includes and FAQ, Project Pictures, Starter Kit, and Archives that go back to the 1994 project inception. note: The directions are in English only.

  • Mundo Zoo has beautiful illustrations and short, informational paragraphs in Spanish. You can choose from animals that fly, swim, walk the Earth, or are usually kept as a pet. They also include links to zoos and insects. Anyone familiar with "Plan, Do, Review" which is shortened version of The Big Six? This worksheet encourages the use of the Plan, Do, Review model of information problem solving for young students. Basically, this involves:
    • PLAN: Students are given a task or assignment. It's a good idea to discuss the assignment and your expectations. For younger children, and in any web-based activity, it's best to have the resources available ahead of time that students will need to complete the assignment. Students must also decide if they need to explore other resources.

      So in this case, the assignment is to pick an animal to write about and answer a few questions. Students are encouraged to get more information at the library or from other places or people if they need to or want to. In order to support their research, they can use the Mundo Zoo webpages and select an animal.

      By skimming the information, they can see whether there is enough there to answer the questions listed in the "DO" section. If there isn't, they might want to select another animal or think about other ways to get the answers.

    • DO: Complete the task or assignment. In this assignment, this means doing the reading and taking notes to answer the questions: What are 2 things about this animal that you did not know before? and What is your favorite thing about this animal? Students should write down the answers and think about how they will fill out the worksheet. They will need to draw pictures to accompany their answers so they may want to practice first or use a draft worksheet.
    • REVIEW: Once the assignment is complete, students can reflect on what they have read and done. This provides an opportunity to double-check that the assignment has been completed according to the expectations, and to suggest topics for future research or ways that the assignment could be improved. note: An assignment can be refined by cycling back through the Plan, Do, Review process a few times. The worksheet prompts: Have you answered all of the questions?, Do you need or want more information about this animal? Where else can you get information about animals?
  • Vistas del Sistema Solar is easy to use, is great for younger grades, and has really cool pictures and lesson plans for educators. That in itself makes it a good resource for teachers and librarians. However, we envisioned a longer project for this resource. Here is an idea for a project that students could work on for about an hour a day over an eight week period.

Divide the students into groups, each with a different planet. Have students brainstorm and write down the answers to these questions without doing any research.

    • How can you see planets?
    • How can you measure the distance from Earth to other planets?
    • Which planet will go around the Sun the fastest? Why?
    • What do rotation and revolution words mean? How are they alike and how are they different when thinking about planets? (See the Glossary for other terms.)

Over the course of the eight week period, the tasks and deliverables are:

    • Gather information (Library, Internet, Experts, ...)
    • Answer the questions, compare them with the answers they brainstormed and discuss the differences between the answers.
    • Type the correct answers into a word processor, print them out BIG enough to hang on the wall, illustrate concepts if desired.
    • Paint the planets or make them out of construction paper, hang them from the ceiling and make a mobile.
    • Each group produce a book about their planet, laminate the pages, make a formal presentation to the class using the book to structure the presentation.
    • Discuss citing sources, cite both print and online sources.
    • Discuss related topics for future research (Women in Space, Astronauts Astronomers, Math, etc.)



Middle and High School



  • Foreign Language Lesson Plans and Resources for Teachers contains a wealth of links to great sites and lesson plans, lesson plans, lesson plans! This site is part of an even larger site by Marty Levine, a professor in the Department of Secondary Education, California State University, Northridge, and is a "must see." Let's follow the link to Bascom's Lesson Plans for Languages Other Than English, and then to High School Lessons and Resources which includes selections such as the Preamble to the US Constitution in Spanish, letter-writing assignments, and putting together a Spanish language newspaper.

Cute worksheets can be found at the Más Arriba Home Page. This website currently consists of 14 beginner level lessons which include worksheets. Worksheets include topics such as Saludos, En la clase, Los colores, 'ser', Los países, Las estaciones del año, La fecha, La hora, El presente progresivo y más. note:You can print these out ahead of time and have these ready in case a substitute comes in!
  • C. B. Putnam's Home Page is a hotlist of hotlists. Clicking any link leads to lists of links. You could spend quite a bit of time surfing these and it would be well worth the effort. For our purposes, let's follow Resources in Spanish to Putnam's Teaching Activities for Newspapers where ideas for current events activities can be found. There are internet news resources supplied on this page.
  • Webspañol provides language resources for the beginner. There is a Spanish test, Spanish idioms with English equivalents, help with irregular verbs, an audio pronounciation guide, Spanish riddles, and other Spanish language links. One thing that really interests students is connecting with other students. Webspañol provides several resources for interactivity including an email Penpal Exchange, a bulletin board to post questions & comments about Spanish language study, and a Spanish Chat Room.

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Resources

This section provides links to predominantly English language websites and resources of professional interest to librarians and teachers. This is not an exhaustive list. We just want to provide a few sites that we especially like that will lead you to other avenues to explore. There are links to professional organizations, to resources that will help you learn to use the internet better, access to useful internet tools, and links to other resources. If you know of others, by all means, send them!

Professional Organizations, Listservs, and User Groups can be especially helpful when you need new ideas or answers to challenging questions. Here are some places that you may want to investigate. note:Before you join any organization, make sure you know if there is a cost involved and how much email you can expect to receive.

There are many sites designed to help you learn to use the Internet more effectively. Here are a few that are especially helpful.

There are Internet tools that can help you perform certain tasks or create web pages. We are only listing the free ones.

    • There are so many things that might be done with this tool. The Alta Vista Translator is a neat tool and a pretty good way to get English quickly and easily into Spanish. No, it's not perfect; but it's not too bad. Try dropping something like CNN's Western/Pacific Literacy Network Educational Archives into the translator. You'll have some short articles on a variety of topics, and can even translate the six accompanying activites too.
    • Another way to use the translator is with foreign language KeyPals. Perhapsyou would like your class to communicate with students from other countries. The translator allows you to translate in both directions (from English to one of several languages, or from that language to English). Try ePALS Classroom Exchange to locate keypals.
    • If you feel there's no other way to communicate with parents, a quick translation might be the answer. If you want to check the translation, translate something from English to the language, then back to English. This will give you an idea of how far askew the translation might be.
    • There are some great pages, by the way, from Internet Familia in Spanish designed to help parents help their kids succeed in school.
    • The AT&T Knowledge Network Explorer contains tools that will help you create webpages. You can create hotlists, treasure hunts, webquests and more using Filamentality. Creating homepages is easy! For libraries, there is HomeMaker for Libraries. For personal homepages, there is HomeMaker Online None of these tools require knowledge of HTML.

Finally, there are still more Internet resources that may be of interest to you.

 

Publicado el 19/11/2010

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