Actividad creativa: ¿Cómo conociste a tu mejor amigo? (pretérito)

Dibuja una pequeña historieta sobre cómo conociste a tu mejor amigo/a u otra persona importante en tu vida.

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Los líderes no crean seguidores…: Actividad de conversación y/o escritura rápida) (descripciones) (ser) (el presente)

 

los lideres crean “Los líderes no crean seguidores, crean más líderes.” – Tom Peters

¿Cómo interpretas esta frase?

¿Cómo es un buen líder? ¿Qué hace?

 

¿Conoces a un buen líder? ¿Cómo es esta persona?

 

Escribe 5-7 frases para describir a un buen líder.

 

 

Chick-fil-ar: Spanish verb inventing for beginners (metalinguistic awareness activity)

Yo chick-fil-o,

tú chick-fil-as,

él/ella/usted chick-fil-a

I just came across this hilarious meme and decided to make my own version with an added vaca hispanoparlante. At first it just made me laugh, but then realized it could be a starter for a verb-inventing game for beginners.

The objective, in addition to mastering present verb conjugations, is to develop metalinguistic awareness about how verbs conjugations work and the processes by which new verbs are created/adopted into a language.

Even though “chick-fil-ar” is a silly example, we know that new verbs are created in this same way! Googlear, tuitear, etc.  (To follow this pattern, it should be chicfilear, right?)

Let me know in the comments if your students come up with any good, new verbs!

chick fil a estudiafeliz

Mad Libs in Spanish: La fiesta de cumpleaños (Beginner) (Free PDF)

mad libs thumbnailRemember Mad Libs? I used to love doing them as a kid! Now I love using them in the Spanish classroom!

Here is a simple Mad Lib activity that I wrote for my beginner level class.

Click here for 2 page Mad Lib PDF activity sheet.

I hope to share more soon, and there are many other Spanish teachers who have shared their Mad Libs online as well!

If you use this in your classroom, I´d love to hear how it went in the comments!

Fun descriptions with SER writing activity: ¡Mentirosos!

Mentirosos activity handoutMy Spanish 1 students are working on descriptions with SER right now, and I’m always trying to find ways to switch up the usual “¿Cómo eres?” activities for practicing personal descriptions.

In this activity, Peter Griffin and Voldemort are “mentirosos” who have written very inaccurate dating profiles.

Students first re-write each profile to make it more accurate, and then write a new profile for a character of their choice. Correcting the profiles first serves as a model for writing the last profile on their own.

Finally, students swap to share their (often comical) character profiles and peer edit.

Peter Griffin and Voldemort are very recognizable for my college-age students, but the characters could be changed to best suit your students’ interests.

Here is a link to the printable PDF of the handout:

Descriptions. Mentirosos Handout Peter Griffin Voldemort

If you use this activity with your students, I’d love to hear how it went in the comments!

Song activity: “Sembrando flores” de Los cojolites (imperfecto del subjuntivo) (cultura y música: el son jarocho)

HB_CO_Ilustracion_SF_02 In this activity, students practice using the imperfect subjunctive in indirect speech, including a writing prompt to add verses to the song.

Also, conversation prompts based on the video and music are a great jump start for cultural discussion of the son jarocho.

For more information about the son jarocho, NPR´s All Things Considered has a great 8 minute episode on the topic. Also, www.sonjarocho.com provides detailed readings in both English and Spanish about this musical genre from Veracruz, Mexico.handout image sembrando flores

Access the PDF activity sheet and answer key with the links below:

Sembrando flores. Hoja de Actividades (activity sheet)

Sembrando flores. Clave de respuestas (answer key)

¡Qué disfruten el video y el son!

El panda inteligente: Mini-lectura interesante con preguntas de pensamiento crítico

Antes de leer:

¿Conoces estas palabras?:

(Haz clic para ver la definición en el dicciónario)

darse cuenta

embarazada

engañar

el comportamiento

Después de leer:

Responde a las siguientes preguntas con frases completas.

1. ¿Crees que este panda es inteligente o tramposo (o los dos)?

2. ¿Conoces una historia de un animal muy listo? ¿Qué hizo este animal? (Si no conoces una historia verdadera, ¡puedes inventar una historia creativa!)

Panda inteligente

¡Más!: Haz clic aquí para ver otro chiste sobre un guepardo listo…

 

Actividad: Diseñar un mensaje de cumpleaños atrasado (el “se” accidental) (el pretérito)

excusa_perfecta pret

Esta es la excusa perfecta para cuando se te olvida el cumpleaños de un amigo.

¿Puedes pensar en otros mensajes de cumpleaños atrasados creativos?

¡Diseña una carta, un meme, o un mensaje creativo!

Aquí hay unos ejemplos más…

cumpleaños mejor tardecumpleaños mono

tarjeta de cumpleañoscumpleanos ms piggyfeliz cumple mejor tarde que nunca

 

La rana y el sobre: Quick writing prompt (pretérito)

Escribe una leyenda por cada imágen de la tira cómica.

Write a caption for each image of the comic.

Usa el pretérito para narrar eventos que ocurrieron en el pasado.

Use the preterite form of verbs to narrate events that occurred in the past.

ranas. pret. writing

Algunas palabras útiles:

la ranafrog

el sobreenvelope

la lenguatongue

pegajoso/asticky

escribirto write

cerrarto close

la cartaletter (written correspondence)

Cortometraje: “Día de los muertos” con actividad de escritura para practicar el pretérito vs. imperfecto

 día de los muertos hoja imageBefore you enjoy this enchanting short film, I´d like to share a wonderful article that has helped me tremendously in teaching the preterit/imperfect. I read it in an applied linguistics class with an amazing professor! Here´s a link to the article, “Preterite/Imperfect Half-Truths: Problems with Spanish Textbook Rules for Usage” by Diana Frantzen.

 I also use timelines visually reinforce the concept because that´s what helped me finally understand it. Although, also based on my experience, I think the real key to mastering preterit/imperfect is through authentic communication. Well, that´s true for most everything in language learning actually!

Here´s a link to a PDF worksheet for a writing activity based on the short film: Hoja de actividades: Cortometraje: “Día de los muertos” 

¡Y ahora al cortometraje! The vivid imagery is perfect to inspire students to write descriptions using the imperfect, and although only 3 minutes, there are plenty of events to list to practice the preterit. Once students have time to brainstorm their own ideas, we go over them together. I draw a timeline on the board and mark the events as specific points. As students describe the settings/characters, I make squiggly lines in different colors along the timeline. Finally, students combine the descriptions with the narration of events to write a short story based on the short film.

I also recommend this video by the Travel Channel.