Teaching Spanish in Elementary levels can be a hard job, specially when you have twenty groups and you see each group just half an hour. Most of the groups just have half an hour a week of Spanish and they aren’t exposed to the language in other occasions. Finding an activity that would allow them to have fun in Spanish and learn some of the basic vocabulary and structures can be challenging.
So I decided to start an exchange with the school in Spain where I was teaching training last year. This will give them a new perspective on Spanish, they will discover that it is useful outside of the classroom and that it is a REAL, LIFE language that is used on regular basis by people in other countries, and that they can use it for COMMUNICATING (which is why languages exist for!).
As we have been working with The Gruffalo story book and movie, we decided to act out some of the dialogs. The oldest kids (5th graders) have actually been writing their own scripts based on the story. Our movies will be sent to the Spanish kids. They are so engaged on the activity! They know somebody is going to watch their movies, that someone out there is waiting for them, and this makes them stay interested in the activity.
Besides, there are great ressources on The Gruffalo website (check it out: www.gruffalo.com) that I can use. You may also have fun looking it, even if you are not a kid!