Are you a newer teacher who could use some guidance and Spanish lesson plans from a veteran teacher?
Are you teaching multiple levels of Spanish classes at once (3-5 preps)?
Do you wish your students were more interested and engaged?
Are you looking for fresh ideas to spice up your class?
Do you feel really tired from trying to do it all?
What if you could get ready-made, teacher-created Spanish lesson plans that your students will love?
Believe me, I know what it’s like to feel overwhelmed with prepping for multiple classes, to struggle to get students to learn tricky Spanish grammar, and to be tired and a little burnt out. I’ve seen what works and what doesn’t work in class. There is no need for each teacher to spend hours, weekends, and vacations reinventing the wheel. In this post, I’ll be sharing my favorite Spanish lesson plans, the ones which spark joy so that both my students and I love coming to class each day. (Well maybe not every day, but most days). 🙂
The post is sorted into categories, organized alphabetically: culture, games and fun, grammar, holidays, speaking, writing, and vocabulary and verbs.
Spanish Culture Lesson Plans
Most textbooks don’t teach enough culture and this is what students love to learn the most. My Spanish Speaking Countries Bundle is instant culture for the whole year. Each week, pick a Hispanic country and plan a cultural Friday where you show 6-8 colorful photos from the country, color a country flag, learn interesting facts and travel virtually with a few short video clips. Also includes large flags to hang in class, map practice and quizzes, nationality practice and quizzes, country-capital practice, speaking activities, etc. This is one of my most popular resources.
Print these euros on cardstock and laminate them for classroom manipulatives. Great for practicing numbers and conversation skills. We set up a marketplace in class with clients and customers. Students love this!
Spanish Games and Fun Activities
Do you ever run out of fun review games to play? I know that by March, I’m pretty tapped out and on the hunt for something new. Re-energize your class by designing paper T-shirts, enjoying authentic food at your own language cafe, playing classroom sports, singing songs, writing fairy tales, and reviewing verbs and vocabulary with fun games. Your students will learn a ton, but won’t even notice because they’ll be having such a blast.
This is a PPT presentation based on the game, “20 Clues”. Students read each clue in Spanish and try to guess the famous person. Each student writes a guess for each clue. The student with the first correct guess gets to read and click the next set of clues. Follow up by having students write their own set of clues for homework. More advanced students do a famous Hispanic research project and presentation. This resource is great for sub plans. Just print the English translations of the clues and sub instructions, and you’re good to go.
Picked some of my favorite inspirational quotes and made them into class decorations with beautiful photos. I hang up a new one every week or so. The kids love deciphering what they mean.
Spanish Grammar Lesson Plans
Each of these grammar units includes everything you need to teach these concepts from start to finish.
Formation guides, homework practice, quizzes, games, songs, pamphlet projects, stations, Internet practice, readings, and a composition.
These two tenses are perhaps the trickiest topic to teach in Spanish. This mega bundle took me months to create. Use the PPT slides to teach formation and usage, as well as for practice activities. Follow the step-by-step instructions of how to teach both of these complex tenses so that your students can use them easily and know how to choose between the two. Songs, video stories, memes, flashcards, fill-in-the-blank stories, quizzes, tests, task cards, writing activities, and more. Having this unit would have made my life so much easier when I first started teaching and the best part is that you get to use it every year for the rest of your career! That’s at least a three-week break from lesson planning each year.
For some reason, students really struggle with these, but they don’t have to be so hard. They’re such crucial words for understanding language! This unit covers them all and gets students practicing in real-life situations. Also, teaches the difference between “qué” and “cúal”.
Oh – the dreaded subjunctive that students never seem to understand. Throw out the old ways of teaching with WEIRDO and other strange pneumonics. Students learn when to use subjunctive or indicative the best when they use them in context. This 2-3 week unit will walk you through each step of teaching this tense. Includes formation guides, speaking activities, games, quizzes, tests, Internet activities, songs, memes, etc.
Spanish Holidays Lesson Plans
Textbooks rarely include activities for holidays, but they’re a great opportunity to learn new vocabulary and culture. Each of these bundles has enough resources for each holiday for your whole teaching career. Perfect for all levels of Spanish language learners.
My favorite Hispanic holiday! Colorful PPT presentation, video clips, a song with activities, crafts, make your own memorials, word wall words, skull mini books, etc. These activities really bring this holiday to life!
Need some time to bake pies and clean the house before your guests come or to pack before you travel? These print and go writing activities, lesson plans, games, and crafts have everything you need to make it through the last 3 days before Thanksgiving break.
Games, structured writing, elf activities, video links about New Year’s traditions, etc.
Use these vocab expressions, games, speaking and writing activities, crafts, and cheesy love songs to guarantee that every student has a special day (at least in Spanish class). Speed dating, vocab games, serenades, cootie catchers, etc.
Same as above, but for grades PK-6.
A PPT presentation with colorful photos from my month-long trip to Mexico. Throw out the stereotypes and teach your students what Mexico is really like. Debunk the myths surrounding Cinco de Mayo with the real facts and history of this holiday.
Spanish Speaking Activities
40 speaking situations to use for quarterly oral exams or as speaking activities in class. A variety of scenarios for all levels ordered from easiest to hardest.
Students pretend to be on the show, “Top Chef”. Using cards with visuals, students ask each other if they have done certain cooking tasks. “Have you prepared the soup? No, not yet. Hurry up! Do it now!”
This makes the perfect final project for juniors or seniors. Using vocabulary and verb tenses that they’ve learned throughout the year, they work in groups to write and illustrate fairy tales. Step-by-step instructions with rubrics, transition words, and peer edit sheets. All self-guided work – the perfect cure for senioritis!
100 transition words for beginners to AP students. 3 levels of words with sample sentences for each. Dramatically improves their writing. No more choppy sentences!
This yearbook page for Spanish class is a fun writing activity to review favorite moments from the year.
Spanish Verbs and Vocabulary
I got so sick of traditional flashcards that didn’t work very well, so I invented these flashcards with a photo on one side and the word in the target language on the other side. Students tape them directly into their notebooks and practice writing underneath the flaps. No more lost or misspelled flashcards! Great for visual learners.
A more advanced version of INB flashcards. These strips of paper tell a small story. Students fill in the blanks in the stories on one side and then fill in more parts of the story on the other. Lastly, they write the complete sentences in their notebooks. These make great sub plans!
Are you planning a curriculum of Spanish lesson plans for PreK-8 language learners? These vocab themes list keywords, how to pronounce them, and show simple grammar concepts that go with each theme. A perfect jumping-off point for your curriculum.
Add some pizzazz to your food units and classroom marketplaces! Flashcards, game ideas, video clips, etc.
Phew! That’s a lot of stuff!
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If the price is just too much right now, consider treating yourself to 1 or 2 of these Spanish lesson plans. Always helps to add a few new tools to your teacher tool belt.
If you’re totally strapped for cash, but want some new Spanish lesson plans, join my Free Resource Library. I’ll be adding new items all year long. Not sure what this is? Read more about it in this blog post.