Game: Reacción en Cadena

One of my favorite quick games to play is what I call Reacción en Cadena. It is kind of like the game telephone that you might have played as a kid. The best part about this game is that you stay in the target language the entire time!

Here’s what you need:

  • groups of 4 students
  • one dry erase board, eraser and marker for each group
  • maraca / bell

Here’s how you play:

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  1. Divide the class into groups of four students.
    1. If you have an odd number of students, have the one or two extra kids pair up with a peer and work as a team.
  2. Make sure that each group has one dry erase board, marker and eraser.
  3. Have students sit in a row.
  4. The first student in the row starts with the dry erase board, marker and eraser.
  5. Instruct all students to close their eyes / put their heads down EXCEPT for the first students in each row (those with the dry erase boards).
  6. While everyone’s eyes are closed (except for the first students in each row) the teacher writes down a word that you have been practicing on the board. The first students in each row then have about 30 seconds to draw a picture of that word.
    1. They can only draw a picture and cannot add any words.
  7. After about 30 seconds, shake a maraca or ring a bell. Then, the second person in each row will take the boards from the person in front of / next to them. They look at the picture and have about 15 seconds to write the word that they think that picture represents.
  8. Shake the maraca / ring the bell again. Now the third person in each row will take the board, look at the word that the person in front of them wrote, and will have about 30 seconds to draw a picture to represent that word.
  9. Finally, shake the maraca / ring the bell again and the last person will open their eyes. They get the board, look at the picture, and have about 15 seconds to write the word that they think the picture represents.
  10. After about 15 seconds, shake the maraca, have the last students raise their boards, and compare their answers to what the real word was.
  11. Next round, have the students swap seats so that they have a new role.

Variations:

  • You can play with more than four people in each group, just try to make the groups even.
  • You students can sit in a row, circle, next to one another or whatever placement you want. I’ve done this in rows with one in front of the other, tables with four students in one group, and side by side rows.

Enjoy!

 

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Canción de la Semana: “Carita de Buena” por Efecto Pasillo

Well hello there! It has been a while since I have posted, but I have an EXCELLENT excuse. I had two beautiful twins this summer: a boy and a girl. I’m totally in love with them, and I am just now getting back into the groove of things at school.

I chose “Carita de Buena” as one of my first songs to use this year, because I wanted a song that was peppy and upbeat; this one sure is.

Here’s what I like about the song: 

  • present progressive: There are a lot of great examples of present progressive, like “me estás enloqueciendo”.
  • reflexive verbs: Examples galore!
  • mood: As mentioned before, this song just puts one in a good mood.

Here’s the video

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Enjoy!

Canción de la Semana: “Me Voy de Viaje Solito” por Mera

With only 25 days left of school (hooray!), this song really gets me in the mood for summer.

Here’s what I like about it:

  • Excellent for Spanish 1: There are lots of easy vocab words for them to understand, like pueblos, conocer, amigos, etc.
  • Travel vocab: You’ll hear words that are typically covered in travel units, like casa, viaje, ciudades, lugares, ríos, playas, etc.

Here’s the song!

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Enjoy!

Canción de la Semana (parte 2): “Me Equivoqué” por Ventino

I have a ton of great songs by boy groups, but this is one of my FIRST songs by a girl group. I love to represent the ladies! Ventino is great, because they have a really young look, just like CD9, so my students were immediately drawn in.

Here’s what I like:

  • Girl Group
  • Preterite and Reflexive Verbs: This song, just like CD9’s “A Tu Lado”, is another great song to show examples of these concepts.

Here’s a link to the song.

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Canción de la Semana (parte 1): “A Tu Lado” por CD 9

Get your hankies ready. This is the newest (and saddest) song by one of my students’ favorite groups: CD9. This video features a really sweet/sad love story. I suggest watching it before you show it to the kids so you can get your tears out alone. I definitely cried when I saw it the first time (but then again I’m pregnant).

Here’s what I like about the song:

  • Preterite and Reflexive Verbs: This song is full of lots of great examples of both.

Here’s the link to the song.

Enjoy!

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Mad Libs en Español

I’m always looking for creative ways to get my students using the material we have been learning and practicing in class. One of the ways I have tried and liked is to create a mad libs activity for them.

I created this activity for my Spanish 1 students who were practicing the following concepts:
-ir+a+infinitive
-sequencing words
-adjective/noun agreement

Here’s what my students filled out on the front:

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Here’s what the story looked like once they plugged in their answers from the front:

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I heard lots of giggles and laughs when they were reading how their stories turned out. I let my students work in pairs, but the one or two kids who preferred to work alone did just fine by themselves.

In the attached file, you will find two different stories. I did this to just add some variety to what they were writing.

Enjoy!

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5 New(er) Songs for Spanish Class

I’m back after a bit of a break! Hopefully, I can share some ideas with all of you as often as I can, however, my personal life is about to get a bit more hectic because I’m expecting!

Here are 5 new(er) songs that my students have been really enjoying. 

  1.  “La Bicicleta” por Shakira
    • My students love this song! I was a little more hesitant to show the original music video, because there is a bit more skin showing and hips moving than I feel comfortable with. However, this Just Dance is an awesome way to get the kids up and moving while listening to the music.
  2. “Los Charcos” por Dani Martin
    • A highly unusual music video. It is about a man that creates a female robot, teaches her how to be human, and falls in love with her in the process.
    • Nice, slower lyrics.
  3. “Bailar” por Deorro ft. Elvis Crespo
    • A music video that involves a quinceañera. Dad gets jealous that his daughter is in love with a boy, so he does all he can to prevent the boy from making it to his daughter’s quinceañera.
    • One of my students’ favorites.
  4. “Tu Enemigo” por Pablo López ft. Juanes
    • Great song about tolerance and acceptance. Based on the singer’s experience with traveling to the US and getting stopped and questioned at customs every time he comes here.
    • Quote from the beginning of the song: “La tolerancia es el fundamento de convivir en paz y entendiendo que en el mundo somos diferentes”
  5. “Déja Vu” por CD9