This guide provides an overview for The Pulsera Project’s educational content, which is free to all schools hosting pulsera sales. All of the materials are available at www.pulseraproject.org/spanishmaterials.
All Spanish materials are based on the project’s four educational values - solidarity, humility, new understandings of poverty, and self-awareness. We now offer teaching badges based on our values, and encourage any interested teacher to apply!
Not sure where to start? Check out the Perfect Pulsera Week, which breaks down the best way to present the project by proficiency. Packets are all in Spanish, but some English versions are available on the Spanish Materials page.
New for 2022-2023:
Color The World
Our newest video highlights the philosophy, mission, values, and goals of the Pulsera Project. A perfect introduction for new students. Use our open-ended or guided Jamboards, do a jigsaw group project, and explore economic opportunities and cultural comparisons in these extensive activities.
Underemployment Pear Deck
Explore unemployment and underemployment and what they mean in daily life. Pair this no-prep lesson with our the Color the World video. The free Pear Deck add-on for Google Slides will automatically open key resources for students, allow them to share their responses, and let teachers share student comments live! Lesson can be "teacher-paced" (guided in class by the teacher), or "student-paced" (assigned for homework or left as a sub plan)!
Schools can now schedule video talks with Social Impact Coordinator Jorge Morales or with co-founders Chris Howell & Colin Crane.
Day in the Life of
a Nicaraguan Student
Bellringers & Brain Breaks
Get your class started with these quick, 5-minute activities to get students thinking. Put one slide on the screen at the start of class and have students jot down their responses in a journal or let students discuss in pairs.
Activities For All Proficiencies:
Video overview of in-person escape room
"Protege Las Pulseras" Escape Rooms
Introduce your students to The Pulsera Project’s mission using our engaging in-person escape room game, or use our digital escape room in your classes! Students will learn about Central America, the project’s main components, and touch on key language standards as they try to get pulseras released from customs within 40 minutes. Teachers are invited to buy their own supplies or request a kit for the in-person activity to be shipped with their pulsera box. Game is adaptable to both Spanish and English. An answer key is avialable for the digital escape room.
Los Artistas del Proyecto Pulsera
Artist interviews and more! Have your students get to know the artists that make pulseras using our interactive website, with video, audio and text interviews, maps, and more of over 100 former project artists.
Immigration: A View From Guatemala
Look at immigration from the perspective of some of the communities the project works with in Guatemala. This deep dive looks at immigration from a number of perspectives and is full of optional extension activities.
Indigenous Identity in Guatemala
Learn about the indigenous cultures of Guatemala. This introduction is just the first in a series of new units about indigenous issues in Central America.
A Day in the Life
This video follows a day in the life of a typical Nicaraguan high schooler and her family, highlighting the importance of education and the day-to-day reality of many Nicaraguans. Students compare their daily schedules and socioeconomic realities to Darling and her family in this engaging packet.
Challenge stereotypes about houses, and show your students how & where many Nicaraguans live. This activity and powerpoint shows many of the houses built through the Pulsera Project’s housing program and takes students step-by-step through the process of building a home in Nicaragua.
Aid vs. Development
Despite over a century of effort, poverty alleviation efforts haven’t eliminated extreme poverty. Students will learn about the differences between aid and development, and how these different approaches function in the world through a simulation, reading and discussion.
Handshake Pulsera Coloring Page
Students have a chance to create their own pulseras. This activity provides some discussion opportunities for students with limited Spanish communication skills.
Juan Carlos Life Story
Learn about the life of Juan Carlos Mayorga, the project’s Nicaraguan director from 2011-2015. Following his life from his time living as a street kid through his journey into the project. Note - this story contains heavy themes.
Advanced Immigration PBL
Look at immigration into the U.S. from a number of perspectives in this wide-ranging unit on the issues and challenges immigrants confront.
Investigate the history of fair trade and its implications for the world.