Green. Artsy. Fashionable. Busy. Buenos Aires.

I have been using pictures from my travels to teach for a long time. For instance, I remember using pictures from Perú, India, Nepal, Austria, and Switzerland when introducing activities, emotions, food, and manners.

As I was sorting through Buenos Aires pictures, I realized they can be used to supplement our units as well. They show every day life: streets, people, stores, transportation, customs, and foods. So, below is a selection of pictures from Buenos Aires that could be used in our thematic units.

Las tiendas

Book shop, pastry shop, souvenir shop, housewares shop. 

Key terms that can be taught: buy, pay, cost, money, show conversion rate, talk about differences between American dollars and Argentine pesos. 


La Recoleta Cemetery

You know you have kids that are goth that love all the dark stuff-why not show them La Recoleta Cemetery? Notable people include: Eva Perón, various presidents of Argentina, Nobel Prize winners, the founder of the Argentine Navy, and a granddaughter of Napoleon.


El Teatro Colón

The holy of the holies if you like opera and classical music.

Another idea: send students to browse the website and create an interpretive activity with questions like, what shows are available, how much are they, where is Teatro Colón located, would you like to visit, and why/why not? 


El Caminito en La Boca District

Key terms that can be taught using El Caminito: tango, dance, restaurant, café, market, street, puppet, souvenirs, money, shopping, eating, strolling, river, colorful, artsy, avant-guard. 

Also can talk about La Boca neighborhood and why it's called 'the Mouth'

El Ateneo

A book store that used to be a theater. Can talk about genres of books [biography, gardening, mystery, romance, reference, etc]. Can talk about prices of books, and whether paper books are being read anymore and why. 

Street Life

Can use this to talk about how in Buenos Aires, flowers are sold on every corner and what it means for the city. Can talk about whether BA is clean or dirty, big or small, and how many people live in it. With younger kids, maybe do colors? For example, "name the colors of the flowers you see."

El desayuno

This can be incorporated into our foods unit. perhaps compare it with an American breakfast or a Chilean one? Especially, good to talk about the jelly, manjar [caramel-like stuff in the middle, very cultural and extremely delicious], and cream cheese.