Author: Annette Merzouk Frey

I am a World Language Instructor with 20 years of experience teaching French, Spanish, and ESL ages preschool to adult. My M.A. is in Education and Language Acquisition/ESL, and my B.A. is in French and Spanish. I love helping students understand how the language works, teaching the how to's, why's and the exceptions to the rules. Making real connections with my students is my goal and passion. I truly love what I do and am generally available anytime of the day. Accepting new students both virtual and face to face.

Spanish Lessons December 2018

Spanish 1 and 2

Quizlet Christmas Terms

  1. Go to Christmas Wish List  and Amazon Spain to make a wish list in Spanish then be ready to say aloud for the class.
  2. Go to Spanish Christmas Songs to go over the words and sing with the class.
  3. Go to Navidad Radio Latina to listen to some Spanish Christmas songs live to see what words you can hear and understand
  4. Go to Tarjeta de Navidad to see a list of words and phrases to make a Christmas card in Spanish
  5. Go to Spanish Christmas Stories to choose a story to read a passage aloud for a grade. Watch your vowels.
  6. Christmas Cookies: Do a search for Christmas cookies in Spanish then write a list of ingredients in Spanish. Click on Bilingual Ingredients to see a list of ingredients in Spanish
  7. Go to Spanish Christmas Terms to see cultural notes then write in your journal about a Spanish Christmas. Supplemental: For a Nativity skit in Spanish go to Prima Navidad and Ideas for Spanish Christmas Skits
  8. Marzapán: Go to Origins of Marzapán to write a summary of the sweet Marzapán. What city in Spain does Marzapán come from? Why did the nuns make Marzapán during the Arab rule? What are the main ingredients?
  9. Turrón: Romantic Turrón Story and Turrón Traditional Sweet When did Turrón come to Spain? What are the main ingredients of Turrón? Who were the Moors and why were they in Spain? For how long? What is the story of the snow and planting almond trees?
  10. Polvorones: What are polvorones? What does polvo mean? Do a search to find a recipe of polvorones to share with the class. 
  11. Tronco de Navidad: What is it?
  12. Dec 6 – Saint Nicholas day. Go to the links below to learn more about this holiday celebrated in many parts of the world Saint Nicholas    Saint Nicholas of Myra    Saint Nicholas and your Shoes

10. Dec 16 – 24 Las posadas. Go to the following sites to answer these questions on your own paper

 Bilingual Mexican Posadas Song    Chart Mexican Posada Song   More on Posadas Celebration and Crafts  Las Posadas Tradición de Navidad    Mama Lisa Las Posadas   Pedir Posadas

What is under the Christmas tree in Mexico? What is placed under the tree at midnight? What do some house holds fix for dinner on Christmas Eve? What do the families do each year on this night in Mexico? See Christmas Eve in Mexico for more information.

Las Posadas from St. Louis Review on Vimeo.

11. Dec 21 – Las hogueras. Go to Las Hogueras Fire Jumping to answer the following questions on your own paper. What does it mean ‘las hogueras’? When does it take place? What do the people do during this time and why? 

 

12. Dec 22 – El gordo. Go to the following links to learn about El gordo then write a summary telling about the annual event. 

Cultural Notes about the Lottery Christmas Lottery in Spain and El Gordo

Where is El Gordo played? How many people can play? What town did all but one residents win? How many hours does the game take place? What do the people do during the drawings?

13. Dec 24 Nochebuena. Misa del Gallo? What about the rooster?

14. Dec 25 Día de navidad. Papá Noel and the Reyes Magos. Who brings gifts and when? January 6? What do the people of Spain eat? Truffles in the turkey?

 

                                                                 

15. Dec 25 – Jan 5 Twelve days of Christmas. Go to 12 Days of Christmas to see traditions of countries around the world then write a summary of what you find. When does it begin and when does it end? What celebration starts the following day? What takes place on the 12th night and what is the cake eaten? How do people celebrate? What activities take place? How does this relate to Saint Nicholas Day and December 6?

16. Dec 28 Día de los inocentes. April fools day? Go to Día de los Inocentes to answer these questions on your own paper. What is Día de los Inocentes? When is it? Why does Spain celebrate Día de los Inocentes? What do the children do on this day?

17. Dec 31 Nochevieja. What do you eat at midnight on the 12 strikes of the clock?

18. Jan 6 – Día de los reyes. Gifts for Christmas? January 6? What is in the bread and what is inside? What is la cabalgata? Do a web search to see what you can find about Roca de reyes then write a summary on your own paper.

 

Click on the word search below to play the interactive game

Spanish Lessons Week of December 3, 2018

Spanish 1

1. Reading and Writing: Christmas lyrics and poem

2. Speaking: Go to Past Tense Practice to see a list of activities in the preterite then write three sentences in Spanish saying what you did over the weekend.

3. Grammar: Click on Present Regular Verbs to review the AR, ER and IR present tense Spanish worksheet. Be ready to turn in for a grade.

4. Vocabulary: Christmas

5. Culture: Go to Spanish Christmas Songs to hear some Spanish Villancicos and sing with the class

Spanish 2

1. Reading and WritingSpanish Tongue Twisters

2. Speaking: Go to Past Tense Practice to see a list of activities in the preterite then write three sentences in Spanish saying what you did over the weekend. Each sentence must have more than just the verb. Example: vi películas sobre la televisión.

3. Grammar: Go to Preterite Regular Verbs to review the AR and ER/IR preterite tense Spanish worksheet.

4. Vocabulary: Go to Around the House to see a list of house related terms then be ready to read aloud

5. Culture: Go to Spanish Christmas Songsto hear some Spanish Villancicos and sing with the class

 

Spanish Lessons Week of November 26, 2018

Spanish 1

1. Reading and Writing: Workbook

2. Speaking: Go to page 5 on the Student Interview to see past tense phrases in Spanish then write five sentences in Spanish telling what you did over the holiday. Be ready to say aloud for the class.

3. Grammar: Click on Present Regular Verbs to complete the AR, ER and IR present tense Spanish worksheet. Be ready to turn in for a grade.

4. Vocabulary: Review time, weather, numbers 1 to 1000

5. Culture: Go to Spanish Christmas Songs to hear some Spanish Villancicos and sing with the class

Blanca Navidad

Spanish 2

1. Reading and Writing: Workbook. Go to Spanish Tongue Twisters

2. Speaking: Go to page 5 on the Student Interview to see past tense phrases in Spanish then write five sentences in Spanish telling what you did over the holiday. Be ready to say aloud for the class.

3. Grammar: Go to Preterite Regular Verbs to complete the AR and ER/IR preterite tense Spanish worksheet. Be ready to turn in for a grade.

4. Vocabulary: Go to  to see Around the House to see a list of house related terms.

5. Culture: Go to Spanish Christmas Songs to hear some Spanish Villancicos and sing with the class

Culture:

 

Spanish Lessons Week of November 13, 2018

Spanish 1

1. Reading and Writing: Continue working Thanksgiving Vocabulary to see Thanksgiving related Spanish vocabulary then complete the activities on your own paper. Be ready to say aloud for the class.

2. Speaking: Go to the student interview Getting to Know You to practice with a partner.

3. Grammar: continue practicing ser and estar

4. Vocabulary:

5. Culture: See below

Spanish 2

1. Reading and Writing:

2. Speaking:

3. Grammar: Go to the link below for the guided writing activity

4. Vocabulary: Go to Thanksgiving Vocabulary to see Thanksgiving related Spanish vocabulary then complete the activities on your own paper. Be ready to say aloud for the class.

5. Culture:

Culture:

 

Spanish Lessons Week of November 5, 2018

Spanish 1

1. Reading and Writing: Continue working on Vowels Numbers Telling TIme

2. Speaking: Go to the student interview Getting to Know You to practice with a partner.

3. Grammar: continue practicing ser and estar

4. Vocabulary:

5. Culture: See below

Spanish 2

1. Reading and Writing:

2. Speaking:

3. Grammar: Go to the link below for the guided writing activity

4. Vocabulary: Go to Nature Vocabulary to see nature related Spanish vocabulary then complete the activities on your own paper. Be ready to say aloud for the class.

5. Culture:

Culture:

Spanish Lessons Week of October 29, 2018

Spanish 1

1. Reading and Writing: Continue working on Vowels Numbers Telling TIme

2. Speaking: Go to the student interview Getting to Know You to practice with a partner.

3. Grammar: continue practicing ser and estar

4. Vocabulary: Continue working on Basic Vocabulary for daily practice with the class.

5. Culture: See below

Spanish 2

1. Reading and Writing: With a partner write a dialog shopping at una tienda de ropa. See the Restaurant Activity Packet link below for a list of restaurant words and phrases.

2. Speaking: Go to Money Numbers and Shopping to practice the dialog in groups of three people.

3. Grammar: Go to Guided Writing to answer the questions on your own paper.   Click on Direct Object Pronouns Spanish to complete the sentences aloud with the class.

4. Vocabulary: Go to the Shopping and Money Activity Sheet above to see shopping and money related vocabulary then complete the activities on your own paper. Be ready to say aloud for the class.

5. Culture: Go to All Saints Day in Spain to learn about the celebration and take notes. Be ready to discuss with the class.

Go to the Halloween Vocabulary document so see a list of Spanish English words and phrases.

Culture: Día de los Muertos

Questions: When is the Day of the Dead celebrated? What do the winds blow back? Why is it celebrated? What do they do with the grave sites? What flowers do they decorate with? What is the significance of the butterfly and the marigold? How many days does it take place? Tell about the sand and flower courtyard tapistries. What is the bread called? What are the skulls and skeletons called? What music is played? Who is Calavera Catrina and José Guadalupe Posada? Who is Xoloitzcuintli the hairless dog? Who began the celebration and why?

MEXICO, EL DIA DE LOS MUERTOS from enrico martino on Vimeo.


Oaxaca: The Day of the Dead from Bob Krist on Vimeo.

Click on the program below to listen to the program about Day of the Dead Texas Radio Day of the Dead

 

Week of October 22, 2018 Spanish Lessons

Spanish 1

1. Reading and Writing: Go to Vowels Numbers Telling TIme to practice Spanish vowels then be ready to read a passage from your work book for the class.

2. Speaking: Go to the student interview Getting to Know You to practice with a partner.

Greetings

Ser Dialog

3. Grammar: continue practicing ser and estar

4. Vocabulary: Continue working on Basic Vocabulary for daily practice with the class.

5. Culture: N/A

Spanish 2

1. Reading and Writing: With a partner write a dialog shopping at una tienda de ropa. See the Restaurant Activity Packet link below for a list of restaurant words and phrases.

2. Speaking: Go to Money Numbers and Shopping to practice the dialog in groups of three people.

3. Grammar: Click on Present Regular Verbs to complete the sentences aloud with the class.

4. Vocabulary: Go to the Shopping and Money Activity Sheet above to see shopping and money related vocabulary then complete the activities on your own paper. Be ready to say aloud for the class.

5. Culture: Go to the Halloween Vocabulary document so see a list of Spanish English words and phrases.

Culture

Spanish Week of Oct 15, 2018

Spanish 1

1. Reading and Writing: Dialog practice in groups text pp 59, 64 and 69

2. Speaking: CD from Text and website 1, 2 3 Spanish

Greetings

Ser Dialog

3. Grammar: continue practicing ser and estar

4. Vocabulary: Continue working on Basic Vocabulary for daily practice with the class.

5. Culture: N/A

Spanish 2

1. Reading and Writing: Write a with a partner ordering food at a restaurant. See the Restaurant Activity Packet link below for a list of restaurant words and phrases.

2. Speaking: Go to Hablamos Audio to listen to the podcast then write the words you understand. The be ready to say your Spanish restaurant dialog with the class.

3. Grammar: Click on Present Regular Verbs to complete the sentences aloud with the class.

4. Vocabulary: Go to TPT Restaurant Activity Packet to see restaurant and food related vocabulary then complete the activities on your own paper. Be ready to say aloud for the class.

5. Culture: N/A

Culture