Amy Altamirano

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Amy Altamirano
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This whole class game requires students to practice the Realidades 1 Chapter 4A vocabulary in sentences. This zip file includes a powerpoint presentation and 1 sheet of printable response cards in both pdf and word doc formats. I really like
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This is my favorite way to present new vocabulary to my students! Presenting vocabulary in context while remaining in the target language requires a lot of planning and preparation! This ppt will help you get started (or serve as a good practice
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Use this activity to give students the vocabulary in Spanish to discuss Thanksgiving. The first page introduces important vocab with images and has students complete a brief description in Spanish of this American holiday. Then, students will
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After years of teaching, this is my favorite way to present new vocabulary to my students! This ppt contains Spanish 1 vocabulary for physical descriptions (part of Realidades 5B plus a few more). The vocabulary is presented in a question format
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This ppt presents Spanish 1 vocabulary to describe personality. The vocab is presented as an "input activity" which includes the Spanish words with images as well as questions and sample sentence starters for answering the questions. Each slide
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Use these two classroom activities to get students speaking and writing in Spanish. I use these with the Realidades 1 Chapter 3B vocabulary and grammar, but they could be used with any curriculum. The first activity is an interview activity in
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These activities practice vocabulary for breakfast and lunch. Activities include: *Brand name matching *Categorizing new vocab into meats, dairy and more *Choose the food being described (short) *Interview - Mark "yo" preferences, then interview a
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This is my favorite way to present new vocabulary or even to review before an assessment! This "Adonde Vas?" presentation and worksheets will help provide comprehensible input for your students, while they actively connect previously learned
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I always wondered why we teach students to talk about hamburgers and french fries in Spanish class! :) I decided I needed to teach my students that not all Spanish speakers eat jalapenos and tacos. :) I started with this powerpoint. The ¿Te
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This partner, info-gap, speaking activity is well-received by my students. They enjoy practicing vocabulary to describe family members with these two television families: The Simpsons and Family Guy. This activity corresponds well with Realidades
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Music adds so much to my curriculum: authentic language use, exposure to new artists and musical genres, a way for students to bring language home and share with others, and a lot of fun during class as well! Here are 7 of my favorite songs to use
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This reading guide was made for the Santillana “lectura graduada” version of the novel Marianela by Benito Pérez Galdós. I have included a wide variety of activities specific to each of the twelve chapters. I allow students to identify
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Get your students actively conjugating present tense -ar verbs with this pack including powerpoints and other materials I use to enhance our curriculum and keep my students engaged! Some of these activities are sold separately on my TpT store, if
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Tic-Tac-Toe Game – Common Stem-Changing Verbs in Spanish This game practices the following present tense stem-changing verbs: empezar, pensar, dormir, poder, entender, almorzar, pedir, servir, repetir, preferir My students enjoy playing this game
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This reading guide was made for use with the TPRS novel Pobre Ana by Blaine Ray. Use this to guide whole class reading or to guide your advanced students as they read on their own. Chapter by chapter questions and simple activities that help ensure
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My students LOVE doing Reading Action Chains as a review! I have created a chain of 31 actions that review subject pronouns and present tense -ar verb endings in a fun, sometimes funny way. Each student receives a strip of paper (or more if
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This pack contains a powerpoint for introducing and practicing new vocabulary (vocabulary for activities) as well as 4 additional activities. See below for specific details. Check out the preview to get a good idea of what is in this pack. This
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Use this activity to further practice food vocabulary in sentences. The slideshow contains "YO" statements (with images). For each statement students stand and call out "Soy yo!" if the statement describes them. A fun and interactive class
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This presentation is also sold as part of part of a pack of subject pronoun and -ar verb activities found here: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Spanish-1-Subject-Pronouns-AR-Verb-Powerpoints-Activities-Pack-Realidades-2A-1570998 This
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Use this ppt presentation to teach students the story behind this important cultural celebration that takes place every December. The ppt presents the story of San Juan Diego completely in Spanish at an appropriate level for students (mainly using
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have extensive experience teaching Spanish! I have taught in elementary, middle and high schools. Most of my formal training came as TA in grad school while earning my Master's degree in Teaching Foreign Language and Literature. I had excellent professors who taught me how to best guide my students to language acquisition. For the past 10 years I have been working at a high school, where I have taught every level from 1-6, plus Conversation & Culture and a new Spanish for Spanish Speakers course. Outside of education, I live and work with the Spanish-speaking community in WI. I have worked in social service and have some training and experience interpreting and translating. I also try to advocate for my Spanish-speaking students whenever I can! I have an intense interest in increasing cultural understanding and global citizenship!

MY TEACHING STYLE

Engaging! My goal is to get students engaged in the content - whether it be through games, songs, speaking activities, funny stories, dancing, silly "tricks" to remember content or simply conversing with them about their lives! I am never done innovating and am willing to try anything that will help my students learn. I believe in using language in context, encouraging students to read, write, speak and think in Spanish. My upper level courses focus and center around cultural units and challenge students not only in language, but in seeing the world from a different perspective. I also believe that students learn best when they feel at home in the classroom and make a targeted effor to get to know them personally and create a fun, family atomosphere in the classroom through humor and genuine caring.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

National Board Certified Teacher in World Languages, Master of Arts in Teacher Foreign Language & Literature, Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language & Literature, Sociology

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Marquette University (graduate degree), University of Notre Dame (undergraduate degree)

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