“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.
*These lessons and materials are included inside the Spanish Teachers Community membership.
1. Look inside the Sub-plan area. (17 lessons available)
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. (23 activities to choose from)
I also recommended her taking a look a 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. (117 ready-made activities)
Maybe for one class, 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 practice it with songs. There are activities for 5 songs with the subjunctive.