Here is how I taught Mexican Independence Day to grades K-5. I used this collection- Mexican Independence Day for Spanish I
1. Warm Up: Students worked on this Mexican Independence Day Word Search. I acted out each term while we checked them.
2. I presented simple vocabulary in a simple reading first in this Power Point with lots of gestures, acting out and TPR.
3. I then read aloud a simple reading from this Mexican Independence Day Activities collection.
4. Partners then took turns reading a line to each other from a handout with the reading.
5. Student volunteers read a sentence at a time aloud — from the same reading.
6. I read the Spanish True – False statements and solicited volunteer answers.
7. Video–I showed from 3 minutes 10 seconds- Presidente Calderón shouting El Grito during the 2011 Mexican Bicentennial.
8. Students then practiced yelling “¡Viva México!” three times. We even went outside to yell it.
Grades K-2- Concentration on the Mexican Flag & El Grito
1. Reviewed colors with manipulatives with emphasis on rojo, verde, y blanco– the Mexican flag’s colors.
2. Video of El Grito. Showed the Video of El Grito- Presidente Calderón shouting El Grito We then shouted it ourselves.
3. Posted a Mexican Flag on the big screen. Described its colors and shapes- 3 rectangles. Described the symbols– el águila, la serpiente, y el nopal. Did lots of animal actions TPR for the eagle and the snake.
4. Listen and Color. Students went to their tables to listen to Spanish directions on how to color the Mexican flag on a handout. I asked them to lift a specific crayon high, then only color the labeled flag-rectangle when I said to do so. After we did rojo y verde, we went on to the animals and symbols systematically and in unison. Great listening comprehension activity and formative assessment.
5. Reading. Grade 2 read the simple, descriptive text below the flag aloud in groups, and then I took a few volunteers. This is the beginning of de-coding and great pronunciation in Spanish!