Creating Spanish substitute lesson plans for beginner students can be tricky because it is necessary to ensure that the content is accessible and appropriate for their level. It can become particularly challenging if the sub-teacher does not have a good understanding of Spanish basics or where the student is at in their language development. In addition, finding a sub-teacher that speak Spanish is like fining a needle in a haystack.
12 Spanish Sub-Plans for Beginner Students
Here is a list of ready-to-use sub-plans designed to that any teacher can cover you, even if he/she doesn’t speak Spanish.
Quinceañera Infographic – Spanish Substitute Lesson Plan for Novice Students
After watching videos about a quinceañera, and comparing and contrasting this celebration with one of our own, students will show their understanding by creating their own infographic about what happens during a quinceañera celebration
Synonyms for Classroom Objects – Spanish Sub Lesson Plan for Novice Students
Students will play a vocabulary-building game that asks them to label objects in the classrooms. The vocabulary cards used during the game will contain synonyms of words the students should already know (desk, wall, etc.). After playing this game, students will pair up to create a vocabulary quiz that can be used to assess their learning another day.
Cultural Scavenger Hunt Substitute Lesson Plan
By the end of this activity, students will have created a visual presentation of the Hispanic cultural topics listed on a scavenger hunt list. Students will also have a deeper awareness of Hispanic culture.
Festival of Tomatoes Sub-plan for Novice Students
By the end of this activity, students will have learned about the Spanish festival of La Tomatina that happen every year on August 31st in Buñol, Spain.
My Music Journal – Spanish Substitute Lesson Plan for Novice Students
Students will research Hispanic music artists and create their own music journals. They will share a brief bio about the artist, as well as the song of their choice, with the song title and music video.
By the end of this writing activity, students will have created a Spanish cartoon demonstrating their Spanish language skills.
English to Spanish – Practice with Cognates Substitute Lesson Plan
By the end of this activity, students will understand the concept of the cognates and practice reading in Spanish, applying their newly acquired knowledge to the identification of cognates.
Cognate Dictionary Substitute Lesson Plan
By the end of this activity, students will have created a dictionary of Spanish/English cognates. Students will also have a deeper understanding of the Spanish language and a greater ability to identify words similar between Spanish and English language.
This lesson is meant to be completed after the students have learned about cognates.
Tips to Prepare a Spanish Sub-teacher
1. Always have a sub-plan ready and set in your classroom with copies and instructions for the sub-teacher. If something unexpected happens one day and you can’t go to school, you just tell the teacher where to locate it.
2. Provide an overview of Spanish with key terms for the substitute to become familiar with. This could include basic Spanish words such as greetings, colors, numbers, and common objects.
3. Give the substitute a list of resources that they can reference during the lesson, such as flashcards, videos, books, or worksheets.
4. Set up activities that students can do while the substitute teaches that rely heavily on visuals, such as matching games or labeling exercises where the students match photos with their Spanish names.
5. Have a sample dialogue written out in Spanish that the substitute can show and have students repeat as they practice vocabulary words and pronunciation.
6. Create fun activities like a cultural scavenger hunt or having students identify cognate words they learned in class.
7. Encourage students to ask questions in both English and Spanish so everyone is comfortable participating regardless of language ability level.
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