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Christmas Activities for Spanish Class

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Some time ago, we grabbed this thread from the Spanish Teachers Chatboard. This seems a good time to share it with a wider audience.

Posted by Licha

Hi there, I need ideas for Christmas activities tied into Spanish. I’d appreciate any help – it’s my first year! I teach high school Spanish II. Thanks!!

Posted by I’ve done this…

Here’s something that I have done off on and in years past when I had
a day or two that needed some “filler” before Christmas.

1.) Tell your students to bring in old Christmas cards and then go to
a discount store and buy some cheapo boxes of assorted Christmas
holiday cards… emphasis on the word “cheap”.

2.) You’ll need construction paper, glue, scissors, markers, etc,
however you normally get it for class projects, either students
provide their own, supply room, etc.

3.) Activity: have your students make Spanish Christmas cards for one
of their teachers, and specify that it cannot be you, but has to be
another teacher. The students use the construction paper to make the
body of their card, and cut the decorations off of the old cards and
glue them onto their construction paper card. Tell the students that
if they want “extra” decoration, like glitter, etc, they must bring
it themselves.

4.) Write sample Christmas expressions either on the chalkboard or on
a handout for them to write on the inside of their card. If you have
Jehovah Witness students, have them write a “Have a nice winter
break” card and find some snowman/snowflake decorations for them to
use.

5.) Have the students sign the card with their Spanish first name and
English last name (if you use Spanish names).

6.) Have the students write a brief note of appreciation to that
particular teacher on the inside as well, on the facing page. I
usually have the upper level students write this note in Spanish.

7.) Then, you deliver the cards by putting them in the teachers’
mailboxes.

The years I have done this activity, I have gotten tons of positive
feedback from the rest of the staff. They love getting the cards and
they always ask the students to translate them. It’s a great “PR”
project as well as keeping the kids happily busy for a couple of days.

Posted by ProfaAK  
I have Christmas carols in Spanish (I think I got them
from Teachers Discovery) and we sing them in class.
Depending on your group you can have the kids “carol”
around the school. I just get permission from other
teachers to come to their rooms. I’m not sure if the group
that I have right now can handle that part, but we will be
singing in class.

I also have a book called “The Night of Las Posadas” that
I read to the students so they understand the tradition.
You can recreate “Las Posadas” as well.

In the past we have made piñatas in class. This year I’m
skipping that because it can get really messy. I have the
students make the shells at home and then they decorate
them in class.

If your students have learned the past tenses they can
create a holiday newsletter about their past holiday
activities. The newsletters should be decorated for the
season.

Posted by Rachel M
Last year, I had my students compare/contrast different
versions of the legend of the poinsettia. Tomie de Paola has
a version, and I found a couple others on Google. I let them
work in groups to read/discuss their version. Then, they
retold the story to the class, and we talked about what was
similar/different after all groups presented.



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