Inside: March in Spanish class ideas. March Music Madness, a no-prep activity for before and after Spring Break, resources to teach the Spanish festival, Las Fallas, and more ways to add culture to class this March.
Can you believe it is already almost March!? With state testing, breaks, and Prom on the horizon, this is when it starts to get crazy at the high school level. Here are some of my favorite ideas to inject fun, culture, and community into March in Spanish class.
March in Spanish Class
This is the perfect time to plan for your march Music Madness bracket. See this post for all of the information of how I implement it and previous brackets.
I highly suggest Brand New Mania Musical 2022 which includes all current music. Or if you want to plan ahead and have more options, this Growing Music Bracket Bundle has resources for eught separate high school brackets, as well as gets a new bracket each spring when I add a new one. Below is our bulletin board from a few years ago where we will track who moves on.
If you have younger students or a more conservative school, I suggest the Brand New YOUNGER Mania Musical 2022. Or get all young music brackets together here in this Young Music Bracket Bundle
The last few years I have loved teaching about a fun festival that takes place in Spain March 15-19, Las Fallas. I created this blog post brainstorming the unit years ago while teaching an elective culture and civilization class, but have used it each year since in Spanish 1 or 2 as a fun way to fill a short week around Spring Break. Students are obsessed with fire and anything that involves it. Depending on how much time you have, it could be a few-day unit or just a one-day cultural exploration during March in Spanish class.
**Update in 2021 I fully upgraded the Las Fallas Unit to all digital so I can put everything all on Google Classroom for a mini-unit for my Spanish 1. Get the ready-to-go unit here.
While for years I personally get robbed of a Spring Break and instead just had a long weekend for Easter, I am always looking for a ready-to-go activity for the day we get back.
DISTANCE OR HYBRID – NEW SLIDES!
These slides are great for hybrid or distance learning as they are both editable Google Slideshows. Each set has 15 class starter slides & 15 Spring Break Chat Discussion Slides
The first 15 Weekend Chat class starter activity slides would be great to post as the first activity before or after the break. They are separated into reading, speaking & writing practice & could fill up a whole class period.
The second 15 in each set are general questions to click through and discuss or have students write down or discuss answers. You could pick a few to focus on and discuss before or after the break. For distance learning, you could go through the slides together or maybe have students answer the questions using Flipgrid and respond to each other, or have students go through them in small groups in breakout rooms.
IN-PERSON – Find Someone Who
Print them out before leaving, do nothing related to school over break, and show up and just talk about what we did when you get back. To get a more detailed idea of how I use this activity after a break, check out this post. (plus you can use the TPT Digital version to do these paperless or distance as well).
Find Someone Who – Before Spring Break (future)
Find Someone Who – After Spring Break (past)
Other Ideas for March in Spanish class
While I am not sure how much more I can fit in March, here are a few more ideas.
St. Patrick’s Day
While not immediately culturally connected to the Spanish speaking world, in my mom’s 100% Irish family, it is one of the most important days of the year. If you have ways of how you could connect it, let me know!
Semana Santa Resources
When I taught at a Catholic school, the holy week was a perfect way to combine the culture of the Spanish speaking world, and religion. I collected resources to use in this post, for what will be the last week in March this year.
Also coming up in April – Earth Day
What did I forget? What would you add?
originally posted 2.26.18 – most recently updated 1.24.22