The Ecuador unit contains a colonial legend with fill in the blanks with the Preterit vs Imperfect, a grammar worksheet for the Preterit vs Imperfect based on the history of Ecuador, a PPT in PDF format for the beautiful Galapagos Islands, and a Web Quest.
Introduce students to Ecuador with a Web Quest. Can be done at school in the computer lab or assigned as HW. Great way to utilize technology:
Legend with fill in the blanks to review Preterit vs Imperfect. Great way to give students the opportunity to read aloud and practice their Spanish pronunciation. It's a spooky legend so students really enjoy it!
History of Ecuador with fill in the blanks with the Preterit vs Imperfect. Great way to make connections to History while reviewing grammar and building students' vocabulary:
Galapagos PPT in PDF format. Great way to make connections to history and Charles Darwin's theory of evolution:
I also have students take notes while viewing the PPT. Afterwards students write a paragraph using their notes. The writing prompt I use is a simple one: ¿Qué son las Islas Galapagos?" Students get points for note taking and it's great writing practice in the target language. It helps them with word order. I also have students read aloud their paragraphs for extra speaking in Spanish practice.
Suggested activities to accompany PPTs would be a KWL chart:
Students can also label the islands on a map:
As a closing activity I have students view and listen to a You Tube video of Ecuadorian Instrumental music. The video also contains sights of this beautiful country:
On Fun Fridays I like to show students an episode of Bizzarre foods. Here's one for Ecuador:
1.2 Interpretive Communication: Learners understand, interpret, and analyze
what is heard, read, or viewed on a variety of topics.
2.1 Relating Cultural Practices to Perspectives
3.1 Making Connections: Learners build, reinforce, and expand their