I’m all about keeping life simple and that means one of my teaching secrets is I try to do the same activity for al my levels (but with different vocabulary or degrees of difficulty). So that means if I do a running dictation or play bingo with Spanish 1 that Spanish 2 will be doing the same kind of activity. A few days ago, I shared resources I’d used to help prep my students to learn about Venezuela before we read El Silbón de Venezuela by Craig Klein (tweeter: @profeklein; blogger: spanishcuentos.com).
I have many similar resources but for Costa Rica as Spanish 2 is preparing to read Robo en la noche by Kristy Placido (Tweeter: @placido; Blog: kplacido.com) that I’d like to share to help out others. If you want to read more about the process or what I stress with each activity check out my detailed explanations for El Silbón de Venezuela.
- KWL for Costa Rica and a spot to make a prediction about the novel.
- Map of Costa Rica that we drew on and labeled.
- Fill-in-the-blanks about Costa Rica’s geography
- Statements to translate about Costa Rica’s geography
- We watched the Jeff Corwin Experience Costa Rica Coastal Ecosystem video and students answered these questions (which I whole heartedly admit are not my best work but they got the job done!). I like that this video takes place in the area where the novel happens so it let students picture where the novel takes place.
Although this is my 6th time teaching this novel, I’m hoping I can still learn something new about Costa Rica!