NEW & UPDATED Señor Wooly March Madness Bracket

Because of the AWESOME videos released during SEÑOR WOOLY WEEK, I updated my bracket to include the new videos along with adding Me Duele which was not included in the original.

Get the NEW & IMPROVED BRACKET here.

1) Each of the students fill out their own bracket (just like a March Madness tournament bracket).
2) Each day we watch the videos from that round, and then the students vote by secret ballot.
3) We call out the votes, and reasons for each vote.
4) Each class votes and the video with the most votes moves on to the next round, and is added to the large classroom bracket.

For more information and examples of teacher’s who have done the same with popular music see previous post.

How did I divide the songs?

1) I divided 24 videos into 4 subcategories: Older videos, Newer Videos, Animated Videos and Wild Cards
2) There were 6 videos in each category. I chose my favorites and/or favorites from previous years in each category, and they got an immediate pass to the second round.

Celebrating Señor Wooly Week

If you haven’t heard, it is SEÑOR WOOLY WEEK!!!! There are surprises each day for subscribers starting today with the release of the video “NO LO TENGO.”

My students LOVE Señor Wooly, and the subscription to his website is money well-paid! So I thought we would enjoy Señor Wooly week to the fullest at my school.

So I created the SEÑOR WOOLY TOURNAMENT BRACKET which includes the bracket in PDF form, an editable Word document, and ballots for voting.

I got the the idea from the people below who have done this with Popular Spanish Music:

**  Bethanie Drew

** spanishplans.org

**  Mis Clases Locas

How did I divide the songs?

  1. I divided 20 videos into 4 subcategories: Older videos, Newer Videos, Animated Videos and Wild Cards
  2. There were 5 videos in each category, so the math doesn’t quite work. So, I chose my favorite from each category, and it got an immediate pass to the second round.
  3. The second round has a choice of 3 videos instead of 2.
  4. There are technically 21 videos, but my students have never seen Me Duele in my class.  I took that one out because it made the math easier.

Now what…

  1. Each of the students fill out their own bracket (just like a March Madness tournament bracket).
  2. Each day we watch the videos from that round, and then the students vote by secret ballot. **The second round has 3 videos to choose from instead of 2.
  3. We call out the votes, and reasons for each vote.
  4. Each class votes and the video with the most votes moves on to the next round, and is added to the large classroom bracket.
  5. If everything goes as planned, we will have a CAMPEÓN Friday afternoon.

My students are really excited! I can’t wait to see who wins.

 

 

Story with Señor Wooly song titles

SO EXCITED!! I am at iFLT 2016 in Chattanooga. That means lots of ideas, learning and free time to work on school.

I was SO excited to be in a Fluency Fast class this past weekend for Advanced Spanish with Jason Fritz. He did something in class that I have planned for the first week back for my 8th graders.

In class this weekend we discussed a famous Spanish director Pedro Almodovar. After a video that lists Almodovar’s top ten movies, Jason led the class to create a story that inserted the titles into the story. While I might watch one of Pedro Almodovar’s movies, I can assure you that I WILL NOT be showing his movies in class. But…

My students LOVE Señor Wooly! They know his songs sometimes better than me. So why not do the same thing with them to review as we get back in the grove. I have heard from many teachers to start the year not with a syllabus but with Spanish. Here is my plan:

  1. Upon entering 1st day: Students name as many Señor Wooly songs they know. (¿Puedo ir al baño?, ¡Qué asco! etc.) After 3 minutes we discuss the list. Who named the most? Do we have a Señor Wooly expert?
  2. PQA- What is your favorite Señor Wooly song? Why? Do you like the video? general discussion or a poll/vote
  3. Review the SUPER SEVEN verbs (Terry Waltz)- My students are familiar with these verbs and this is NOT the first time seeing them. Go over verbs listed on board to review.
  4. Challenge: Tell a class story that uses the titles of the Señor Wooly. The titles have to be inserted in the story. (probably the rest of the class time)
  5. Next day: Beginning activity- (Martina Bex Textivate activity) Draw a picture from the story and add 2 dialogue bubbles. Share with table and share 1-2  with class.
  6. Write the story together:  Review the story by writing in PAST TENSE the story from yesterday in a storyboard sheet. (Teacher asks questions and writes on overhead as students write on their own copy. Another Jason Fritz idea!)
  7. Students add dialogue bubbles and draw story. (rest of class)

This is the first time my kids will see these verbs in past tense. My Goal for the year is to discuss what they are going to do on the weekend the Friday before in class then discuss in past tense the following week. This is my introduction to the SUPER SEVEN in past tense. This will be a super simple retell of the story in past tense.

What is next??? – On Monday we will share drawings of the story together and I will introduce the song “La Cumbia de Batman” to introduce va a + infinitive. My goal is for them to be able to use this structure on Friday to discuss what they will do on the weekend. Then the following Monday we can check in with students to see if they did those things.

 

FAVORITE prop in my classroom- Señor Patata

DSC00040I am going to warn you now. My favorite prop has become a student obsession!

His name? Patata…Señor Patata.

Last year as I was starting 1st grade’s unit on “le duele” in the second book ¿Qué comes? from ConversaBooks. I needed to review BODY PARTS. We had sung “Cabeza, hombros, piernas, pies”, “Chuchua” from Cantajuego, but I still wanted more repetitions in context. It just so happened that at the same time my 2 year old twins got “Mr Potato Heads” for their birthday. I was working with them to say all the body parts. Where is his nose? Does he have a big nose? Why is his ear on his head?

THEN IT HIT ME!!! I was doing CI with my kids in English

…so I could use the same for my Spanish classroom.

I was nervous the first day. Would they think I thought they were babies? Would they check out?

THEY LOVED IT!!!

I started with Señor Patata with no parts. I had all his body parts in a bag, and I proceeded to have each child pull the part out of the bag. (¿Qué hay en la bolsa? style) Thanks Carol Gaab and ConversaBooks for that great activity that never gets old.

The repetitions and language are endless. “Tiene dos brazos. ¡Oh no! Tiene un brazo pero quiere 3 brazos.” “¡Pobre Señor Patata no tiene pelo! Quiere una gorra.”

***My favorite is when a student pulls out “the mouth”, and we decide how he feels by turning the mouth upside down or right side up. ¿Está contento? ¿Está triste?

My first graders LOVED it and we did it for 3 class times in a row. It was the new PAT activity. Then I realized I could make more activities for it.

My 4th graders did the SAME activity but we added. “no puede + infinitive” He can’t sing because he doesn’t have a mouth ¡Pobre Señor Patata! He can’t see because he doesn’t have eyes. (Even better when coupled with Señor Wooly’s “Billy la Bufanda”)

Then I took photos of Señor Patata, and we did reading, listening and writing activities.

Now Señora Patata shows up in all my stories. The first picture that you see in the blog is from 5th grade where he shows up at the dump to look for legs. (Don’t worry. He uses bacon.) One group even had him fall in love with Barbie at the dump.

He stays in my room on a shelf, and my students between classes will change him. I never notice until the next class comments. I even do this same activity with 8th grade on KINDERGARTEN Day.

I have thought about adding a video from Toy Story or the Mr Potato Head commercials to get more repetitions. Who knows what Señor Patata will do next?

Sooooo…long story short,

That is why Señor Patata is my FAVORITE prop.

What is yours? What gets your students excited?

NTPRS- Star Struck!!!

Attending the NTPRS conference this year in Chicago was the fulfillment of a 6 year wish. I have been reading and listening to all these presenters for years, and suddenly here I am surrounded by my heroes. These people taught me how to teach! And they are willing to talk to me and help me!

I mean…I was in the elevator with BLAINE RAY. I shared a taxi with JASON FRIZTE! I shared ideas with CAROL GAAB, and ate lunch surrounded by countless others that fill my inbox with their blogs and my bookcase with their writing. I GOT A PICTURE WITH SEÑOR WOOLY!!!

This will now be framed, and it will be in a place of honor next to Billy...Billy la Bufanda.

This will now be framed, and it will be in a place of honor next to Billy…Billy la Bufanda.

Am I dropping names? HECK YEAH I AM!! For one of the first times in my professional life I got to “talk shop” for a whole week with everyone I met. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

OK so now I am going to calm down and actually process what these celebrities taught me this week. I will try to share what I learned, and what I saw. This conference taught me so much, and one of those things was to continue to develop a PLN (Personal Learning Network). So Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and countless blogs become your encouragement and your classroom. This job is hard enough, why isolate yourself?