“I can’t be at my school, which is fully live, in school every day. I need lesson plans for non-Spanish-speaking substitute teachers. I need at least 2 weeks, probably more, I think. I found the 5 intermediate substitute lessons on your website. Any suggestions for how/where to go in your site to get more?”
This week I received that message from a fellow Community member in quarantine asking for help to put together 2+ weeks of sub-plans for a non-Spanish-speaker teacher that covers her in-person classes.
My first thought was: “OMG, I totally understand you. I’m quarantined too since Monday!”
So, I gave her a list of options and I think it would be nice to also share it with you, just in case you get into this situation that always happens unexpectedly.
1. Look inside the Sub-plan area
The sub-plans are divided from novice to advanced levels and were created so any teacher can cover you, even if he/she doesn’t speak Spanish.
2. Use the Scaffolded Cultural Activities
I also recommended her to look at the scaffolded cultural activities. While these are not labeled as “sub-plans” they can provide your students with meaningful “busy work” to cover any gaps. These activities are leveled from Novice to Intermediate-High. The teacher’s notes are in English, so it is easy to follow for any sub.
3. Consider these extra lessons
- Day of the Dead Lesson Plan – For students at any level! Page 17 has the English version for this lesson and all the videos are in English.
- Google Translate Lesson Plan – It is never too late to reinforce when it is ok or not to use this tool. This lesson plan is fully written in English.
4. Contemporary songs in Spanish
For one day, you can do a selection of 3 to 4 songs in Spanish based on the topics we have available. For example, if they already know the subjunctive, a class can be dedicated to practicing it with songs. There are activities for 5 songs with the subjunctive.
Check out our list of Spanish Class Activities.