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Spanish at Leyton High School

End of the school year

Posted by msrivas en 11 junio 2010

We have learned TONS of Spanish in these past two years at Leyton Public Schools.  Also, we had a lot of fun in class and we enjoyed learning a foreign language.

Check this video out and you will guess why Spanish is fun.


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Spanish II – Semester project and test

Posted by msrivas en 17 mayo 2010

Semester test – Useful information and games to practise.

Sports vocabulary

DO pronouns me, te, nos

Present tense of stem-changing verbs

Health vocabulary

Ser vs estar

Vocabulary about the summer and the weather expressions

Preterite tense of AR verbs

Preterite tense of regular ER and IR verbs, ser and ir, dar and ver

¡Buena suerte! Good luck!

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Spanish I – Semester project and test

Posted by msrivas en 16 mayo 2010

Semester test – Useful information, and games to practise:

Vocabulary about school and present tense of -AR verbs

Irregular -AR verbs in the present tense

Contractions a+el

Vocabulary about food

Present tense of -ER and -IR verbs

Family members’ vocabulary

Present tense of verb TENER

Possessive adjectives

Vocabulary about the house

“Tener que” and “ir a” expressions

¡Buena suerte! Good luck!

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La casa

Posted by msrivas en 15 mayo 2010

Let´s learn some vocabulary about the house.  Click on the image to listen to the parts of the house in Spanish.


House and family flashcards

Concentration game

Scrambled words

Rags to riches


Coma camaleón game


Being shown round a flat

Conversation: My house

The outside of the house


Household chores

Tell us about your home

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Spanish II – Mi autobiografía project

Posted by msrivas en 14 mayo 2010

Los estudiantes de Español 2 crearon una pequeña autobiografía para practicar el uso del pretérito.

These are some of their great presentations, with real pictures from their childhood!

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El Pretérito: ER and IR verbs, ser, ir, dar and ver.

Posted by msrivas en 13 mayo 2010

Remember that we use the preterite tense to talk about actions that took place in the past.


Practica en estos enlaces:

Charts to review regular and irregular preterite forms

Challenge board, AR and ER verbs

Fill in the blanks

The story of Alicia and David

Conjugate regular preterite forms

Columns verb “ver”

Battleship verb “ir”


Crossword: irregular verbs

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Madrid web activity

Posted by msrivas en 10 mayo 2010

You are going to learn some interesting information about Madrid.

Answer the following questions:

  1. What is Madrid famous for?
  2. What are the three best museums in Madrid?
  3. Click let’s go –vamos! What is the name of this classical building?
  4. Where are Madrid’s main attractions? How can you visit them?
  5. Click next. What is La Cibeles and to whom is it dedicated?        By the way, this is the monument where the Real Madrid soccer team fans always meet to party their victories.
  6. Click next. When can you visit the museums for free?
  7. Click next and next again, until slide 6. What kind of art can you see at the Museo del Prado?
  8. Go to slide 8. What kind of art can you see at the Museo Thyssen Bornemitzsa?
  9. Go to slide 11. What can you find in El Parque del Retiro?
  10. Go to slide 13. What happened in Spain and in Madrid when Dictator Franco died in 1975, after 4 decades of Dictatorship?
  11. How is this cultural movement called, meaning “the movement”?
  12. Slide 14. What do you have to do to taste the real Madrid?
  13. Go to slide 15. How many metro lines are there in Madrid?
  14. Click next. Where can you go for a quick meal? What are “tapas”?
  15. Click next. What type of art does el Museo Reina Sofía host?
  16. What is the most important painting you can see there?                                                                                                                 What does this painting illustrate and what does it denounce?
  17. Go to slide 20. What is the name of this square and when was it built?
  18. Go to slide 26. How is Spain now? Describe its government system.
  19. Go to slide 33. What is the name of the highest building in Madrid? How many inhabitants has Madrid?
  20. Go to slide 36. What’s the name of the best soccer team in Madrid?
  21. Go to slide 44. Which are the 2 most famous streets (calles) where you can go shopping?
  22. Go to slide 46. What’s the name of this square? Why is it famous?

Virtual Madrid

Gran Vía video and pictures

More pictures and interesting information

Madrid daily passion blog

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Spanish I – Mi familia fantástica project

Posted by msrivas en 7 mayo 2010

Los alumnos de Español 1 trabajaron en el proyecto “Mi familia fantástica”.

They had to create a video about their fantastic family, using family members vocabulary and adjectives to describe everybody in the family.

Check out these awesome videos!

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Cinco de Mayo

Posted by msrivas en 5 mayo 2010

¡Viva México! ¡Viva Benito Juárez!


The holiday of Cinco De Mayo, The 5th Of May, commemorates the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at The Battle Of Puebla in 1862. It is primarily a regional holiday celebrated in the Mexican state capital city of Puebla and throughout the state of Puebla, and especially in U.S. cities with a significant Mexican population. It is not, as many people think, Mexico’s Independence Day, which is actually September 16.


Would you like to send a Cinco de Mayo Card?

Cinco de Mayo vocabulary

Cinco de Mayo recipes

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El Pretérito: AR verbs

Posted by msrivas en 1 mayo 2010

We are going to learn one of the past tenses we have in Spanish: el pretérito.

First, we will know how to conjugate the preterite of AR verbs.

The verbs ending in -car, -gar and -zar have an irregular preterite.

Did you get it?  You may need to practice…

Preterite endings


Challenge board


Drag and drop

Irregular AR preterites

Rags to riches

Rags to riches -car, -gar, -zar

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