My 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:
If you use this activity with your students, I’d love to hear how it went in the comments!
I’m hosting the Spanish conversation table at my new university (exciting!) and made these cards for newcomers who might feel nervous to strike up a conversation.
There are 2 cards per page, so I cut each page in half and laminated each card.
These are very basic conversation cards because our table is open to everyone, including absolute beginners.
Download the printable PDF here:
If you have any materials you use at your Spanish Conversation Table, feel free to share a link in the comments!
Also, if you use these cards, I’d love to know where you’re from and how it went!
Main Street is closed for the whole city to enjoy 2 kilometers of cakes! Yes, this really happened! I came upon this scene January 7th of last year in Zacatecas, Mexico, and have been wanting to share this fun celebration the day after Día de Reyes with my students ever since. The result: this read-along video story (narrated by a native speaker from Zacatecas) and accompanying handout for story-based activities. I hope you will find it useful to incorporate into a unit on holidays, for targeted practice for preterite versus imperfect, and/or as a reading comprehension activity.
The following activity sheet features 5 components:
Vocabulario – quick prep for understanding key words in the story
Comprehensión de lectura
Conversación y escritura– retelling the narration to solidify comprehension and practice narration in the past tense
Gramática – Preterite versus imperfect cloze activity
Conexiones y culturas – internet search for other celebrations and written description of other ways Día de Reyes is celebrated
Download the PDF here! Rosca story activity sheets (2 pages)
Here´s the video…
And here´s a PDF with just the text of the story: La Monumental Rosca de Reyes de Zacatecas Printable Story
Also, teachers, if you would like to download this story as a Powerpoint or a PDF for a printable book for your classroom, I have uploaded a bundle on Teachers Pay Teachers! Click here!
Any feedback is welcome in the comments!
These free printouts offer an organized go-to visual for to have on hand while learning the irregular preterite verbs. You may prefer the colorful version for a poster or the less colorful for a handout for students. Click the links for the free PDFs!
Here are 4 printables you may like for your classroom!
Click on each link below for a PDF of the one you like best.
The colorful versions would be great posters, while the black and white could be handouts for your students to decorate and keep as a study resource.
These posters are based on the silly video «Learn Spanish with Vin Diesel,» a fun way to learn the irregular tú commands! Check it out!