Category Archives: Quality of Life

más actividades para la primavera

En el huerto de primavera:  try something new! We have a school garden and I was surprised when we visited the garden recently that most of my Spanish 2 students couldn’t predict what they would find growing there in the spring … Continue reading

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actividades para la primavera: planeta sano, yo san@

 Here’s an assignment to integrate sustainability themes into a Spanish 2 unit on health vocabulary.  Grammar points=preterit and imperfect contrast, commands (formal or informal), future tense or future expressions (ir + a + infinitivo, etc.) and possibly present tense subjunctive. … Continue reading

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cosas que puedes hacer con Cajas de Cartón, parte 2

Environment and sense of place  Environment, climate and geography play an out-sized role in the lives of Panchito’s family, and others like them, by  pushing them towards new places as single crops planted in large scale for the national market ripen … Continue reading

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soluciones

The blog 3.500 millones, sponsored by Madrid’s print and on-line newspaper El País, focuses on solutions to seemingly intractable problems such as la pobreza, la contaminación, el sobreconsumo y la indiferencia.  In their own words “3500 millones es la mitad de la población … Continue reading

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cosas que puedes hacer con Cajas de Cartón (el cuento corto), Parte 1

Students can get into Cajas de Cartón, the widely-read short story by Francisco Jiménez, by examining sustainability themes.  The ideas below focus on using the title to explore multiple perspectives and experiences within the story and beyond, as well creative … Continue reading

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Actividades ambientales fáciles que puedes hacer con las clases

Looking for meaningful ways to help students put their language skills into action?  This web site from Chile, El Libro Verde de los Niños, includes instructions in simple language (lots of informal commands, basic vocabulary) for projects, experiments and environmental … Continue reading

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Vamos a la playa

Vamos a la playa, a mí me gusta……¿bailar?  ¿nadar?  ¿tomar el sol?  ¿LIMPIAR?  My students love to talk about (and sing about) the beach.  But no one likes to see the trash that washes up on shore.  This September 2012 … Continue reading

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Como la vida misma

Como la vida misma, the short story by Rosa Montero, puts you in the driver’s seat during a morning traffic jam in an anonymous city.  Humorous at times, the present tense, second person narration pulls you into the stress, aggression, euphoria, … Continue reading

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Ágata y las Olimpiadas: Contaminación del aire y los derechos de niños y niñas

The Olympic Games in London this summer surely will leave us with new heroes and heroines and inspiring stories to tell.  Here’s another perspective on the hopes and dreams of young athletes.  La red por los derechos de la infancia … Continue reading

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Del huerto urbano a la sala de clase

The global trend towards urbanization has been well-documented:  small cities are becoming big cities and some big cities are becoming mega-cities.  Not only does this pose challenges for providing these populations with fresh fruits and vegetables, consider that (according to … Continue reading

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