Tag Archives: Sustainable cities

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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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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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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Un Anuncio Incómodo de España

Below are some video spots on climate change.  I’ve used the first spot from Spain, “Cambiemos el mundo sin cambiar el planeta,” as a listening exercise, discussion starter and grammar practice (present perfect -indicative and subjunctive) using this handout: un anuncio … 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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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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Microquito: Stories about a city

What is funny, sad, unique, horrible, weird, beautiful, outrageous, boring or inspiring about where you live? How do places shape our sense of self and community? How does where we live impact us and how do we impact where we live? … 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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TUNZA: una revista ecológica internacional para jóvenes y por jóvenes

Tunza is a magazine produced by UNEP (United Nations Environmental Program) and written by and for young people across the globe.  Each magazine, available on their web site in PDF format, focuses on a particular environmental theme addressed from a … Continue reading

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