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los fenómenos naturales y los seres humanos

Our essential question for the official, textbook related “environment” chapter in our Spanish 3 class is “How does the natural world impact you (human beings)?  How do you (human beings) impact the natural world?  This question, of course, unnaturally plucks … 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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Tox Town y la Salud Ambiental

“¿Sabe usted qué riesgos para la salud ambiental existen en su comunidad?”  The National Library of Medicine has produced a Spanish-language version of Tox Town, an interactive web site created for children to learn about health hazards in their environment. … Continue reading

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La Vida Verde-comprensión auditiva con RNE

Radio Nacional de España offers a weekly radio program, La Vida Verde presented by Pilar Sampietro Colom, that explores green initiatives throughout Spain.  The radio programs are about 50 minutes long and incorporate several segments, including new music from Spanish artists, … Continue reading

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Two short activities with maps

“Nuestro Norte es el Sur” Estas palabras del artista uruguayo Joaquín Torres-García acompañó este dibujo famoso del América del Sur al revés. One of the habits of mind essential to creating sustainable communities is to seek to understand and value … Continue reading

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Yasunízate-should some oil be left in the ground?

In 2009 Ecuadoran president Rafael Correa offered a pact to the world:  If the international community contributes to a fund to offset half the cost to the national economy, Ecuador will refrain from exploiting the oil reserves beneath its Parque Nacional … Continue reading

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“Quiero dormir:” Noise pollution & conflict resolution

A colleague shared the following video with me a couple years ago and I used it for the first time this year to set up skits students created to practice conflict resolution. This music video spot from Spain depicts a … Continue reading

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“Una Carta a Dios”-reading literature through a sustainability lens

Una Carta a Dios, a short story by Gregorio López y Fuentes, appears on many intermediate and advanced Spanish reading lists.  Below are a few ideas for integrating sustainability themes into the analysis of the story.  (Scroll to the end … Continue reading

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el Mapa Verde-creating livable cities

For the first time in history most people on the planet live in urban settings.   There are few places left in the world more than a day’s travel from a city.  The growth of cities, both in population and … Continue reading

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Riesgolandia-a game about preventing environmental disasters

A fun way to integrate weather and geographical vocabulary while learning to prevent environmental disasters is to play Riesgolandia.  This board game was developed by UNICEF, the Red Cross, the Red Crescent and EIRD.  Color PDF files of the tablero, two … Continue reading

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