Does your school have a Spanish club? Whether you want to start one, or students want to get one going, it’s great to have different activities handy. Check out these ideas for Spanish club in your middle school and high school!
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Starting a Spanish Club
Personally, I think it’s a great idea to have a Spanish club in your school if there’s interest. It’s a great place to do some enrichment and offer some opportunities you just don’t have time for during the school day. That being said, I think the ideal situation is to have student officers in charge of the planning and organizing as much as possible, with you acting as a supervisor/advisor. This way you don’t have a huge burden of planning, organizing, advertising, running, and cleaning up events throughout the year on top of your teaching duties.
Find some officers from the Spanish classes in the school and make sure they know what their responsibilities are. Of course, you might need to be okay with less than perfect events, or things that are a little more laid back than you would usually plan things – that’s okay! It’s a good experience for your officers to take charge of things and for you to advise when they ask for help.
How often do you meet?
This will vary based on how big your club is, and how active (a lot of that will fall on your officers)! I think a good policy is to only have officers meet with you – before school, during homeroom, during a shared lunch, or quickly after school to plan events. Then the club as a whole will attend the planned events, whether they’re quarterly, monthly, or a few times a month!
What’s the cost?
Please, please don’t empty your wallet for the club! There are a few ways you can earn funds:
- Members join and pay a nominal fee to be part of the club. Use the fee to buy materials for your club fundraisers.
- When planning events, officers budget the items that will need to be purchased. Students who plan to attend pay a small fee ($2-$5) to attend to cover the materials.
- Talk with your school! Sometimes there’s a budget for extracurricular activities – you won’t know unless you ask.
Activity Ideas for Spanish Club
- Snacks & selfies – set up a cute photo booth and let them snap pics to share with their friends
- Use Goose Chase to host a scavenger hunt – in the school building is a fun way to start, but if you have older students you could do places around town, or in a location in your city!
- Take a virtual field trip together
- Design the club t-shirt
- Make cascarones
- Visit local museums with related exhibits
- Decorate the doors of Spanish classrooms for different cultural celebrations throughout the year
- Cook food together
- Pulsera Project
- Café y Charlar – (or just a hot beverage of their choice) and chatting in Spanish!
- Dance lessons/demonstration – bring in a professional dance teacher to give our students salsa lessons – or do a lower budget version by watching videos on YouTube together!
- Make papel picado
- Watch movies together
- Go to a local restaurant together and do their best to speak Spanish
- Make sugar skulls
- Make Ojos de Díos
- Make/break piñatas
- Guest speakers from the community or local colleges
- Divide up in groups to present on a country and the culture – bring in food, share idiomatic expressions, talk about celebrations and the places there! A research poster project is a great support for this, too!
- Do a fundraiser together & choose a related cause to donate the funds to
- Listen to music together and choose faves – a March music tournament is a great option, or you could set it up like Música Miércoles!