Teaching Spanish culture can be a fun and interesting experience for both the students and the teacher. Here are a couple ideas you can do for teaching holidays, geography and the flags of Spanish speaking countries.
This Spanish Speaking Countries PowerPoint is used to assess students on their knowledge of the Spanish Speaking Countries Geography and Flags. It can be used to assess the entire class informally. Divide the class into groups and give them something to write with (small whiteboards work great). Go through each question one at a time allowing groups to determine and write down the answer. Check answers and give points accordingly.
This Spanish Speaking Countries Blank Map is an assignment students can do individually or in partners. They are given a blank map with labels for the Spanish speaking countries. On the 2nd page they will find clues as to where each country is located. Students use the clues to fill out the map then can keep the assignment as a study guide.
This Spanish Culture Presentation Rubric is a great way to teach Spanish speaking countries culture. When Spanish teachers usually give cultural presentation projects they will assign each student a different Spanish speaking country, then they will present on very superficial or general topics about the country. In this assignment, the class will vote on a Spanish speaking country and then each student will be given a different category (35+ to choose from; listed on the rubric) to present on. That way the class will learn very much in depth on one single country rather than touching the surface on many different ones. When the class decides on a country, each student owns their category and becomes excited to teach it.
NOTE: There is a grading section on the rubric titled "Class Contribution" where students can earn points for. This part of the project gives the students the opportunity to summarize their research down to 1-2 sentences and add it to the large poster paper that the teacher as prepared. This poster paper should have each student's category and a blank space next to it to allow them to fill it in. The poster is to be displayed in the classroom throughout the unit. Students can also post a picture of their category on the paper. Once students have filled it all in, all can see the hard work they've put in