Zoo Animals Yo Tengo Game

Zoo Animals Yo Tengo Game

Zoo Animals I Have, Who Has Game

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To play:

¿Yo Tengo, Quién Tiene? (Groups of 18 or less)

Print, cut out,and laminate the cards. Pass out the cards to students. Any student you choose may begin. The student reads his or her card aloud, naming the object in the picture. The student who has the card asked for by the first student goes next. Simple, but effective!

I have a Zoo Animals games packet available at on my TpT store as well if you are interested in more first-week resources!

Battleship Verbs Game Printables for Spanish Class

Battleship Verbs Game Printables for Spanish Class

Inside: Battleship Verb printables for the Spanish classroom. 

 

*Update*…. since writing this post, years ago, I’ve switched up my teaching quite a bit. I used to focus a lot on explicit grammar and verb conjugations. Since then, I’ve thrown out the textbook, and switched to a proficiency-based, comprehensible-input driven classroom. I changed my strategy to not teaching verb conjugations until December, and now wait even longer. 

I know that’s not possible in every school, and I know that sometimes explicit grammar is required or needed. So I’m keeping these available! My students really do LOVE this game, and it is great review for rote conjugations.**

 

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Quickly conjugating verbs is one of the main components to learning (about ;)) Spanish, but it can get boring to a restless group of teenagers. My favorite way to do this, and make it fun, is through Battelship Verbs. When we play this in class, the students are engaged and on-task the whole time, and they love it. They have been known to take a game to lunch just to finish it. Battleship is also my go-to when I have to quickly leave plans for a substitute teacher who doesn’t speak Spanish. It works for groups, two against two, or when you are tutoring one-on-one and play teacher against student. You can practice whichever tense and verbs you may be working on.

Each team gets a board and fill in their ships vertically and/or horizontally in the top section (the ships may touch each other but shouldn’t cross) . They must try to fill in the opposing team’s side and record their hits and misses on the bottom section. To guess certain squares, the team conjugates the verb for that square and the opposing teams responds with “agua,” “tocado,” or “hundido.”

Here are several printables. The blank ones include a game that uses vosotros, and one that does not:

battleship blank vosotros _spanishmamaBlank Battleship With Vosotros

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Blank Battleship Without Vosotros

This one is for practicing regular verbs (can be adapted for any tense):

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Battleship with Regular Verbs

And this one is for practicing irregular preterit verbs:

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Battleship with Irregular Preterites

Have fun!

 

Español in the Jungle, Unit Three

Español in the Jungle, Unit Three

 

And… Español in the Jungle Unit 3 is ready! This free 20-page unit builds on Units One and Two and includes flashcards, bingo, a word search, stories and comprehension worksheets, games, and more! Read more here about using these units at home or in the classroom. The Español in the Jungle series from SpanishMama uses games, crafts, songs, and TPR/TPRS storytelling methods to learn beginning Spanish. Unit Three introduces:

– Classroom objects and vocabulary

– New verbs: dice, toca, abre, escucha

– New adjectives: feliz, enojado/a, grande, pequeño

Here are some helpful links for supplementing Unit Three:

En Mi Mochila Roja (GREAT song for practicing classroom objects! Contains more objects than are covered in the unit, and uses “bolígrafo” instead of “pluma” for “pen.” Also helpful for practicing making nouns and adjectives agree.)

Real Spanish Classroom (Video of teacher introducing classroom objects and colors– may be helpful if you are not a fluent speaker.)

Classroom Objects and Colors Booklet

Classroom Objects Pronunciation (Youtube video)

Classroom Objects Pronunciation (Click to hear)

Apples to Apples // Manzanas a Manzanas

Apples to Apples // Manzanas a Manzanas

Inside: Free printable to play Manzanas a Manzanas in the Spanish Classroom. 

 

One of the first things I usually teach are adjectives. Especially when storytelling, I am constantly asking my students questions about the story or about pictures we are looking at. “Hay una familia. ¿Es una familia grande o pequeña? ¿Es una familia famosa? ¿El papá es alto o bajo?” To make all of that comprehensible, the students need to know their adjectives thoroughly!

I came across the idea of playing a homemade version of Apples to Apples as a way to practice adjectives and/or nouns, and it’s been a hit. The freebie I made includes the instructions, an outline for the students to follow as they speak during the game, adjective cards, and blank adjective and noun cards.

If your students are completely new and you only want to teach them adjectives, make the noun cards purely proper names– Tarzan, George Washington, Hawaii, etc. Otherwise, mix in vocabulary that your students already know (foods, animals, actions) to make it more challenging. Make sure you take a moment to discuss “ser” and making adjectives agree in gender and number so that this is a speaking activity as well. Enjoy and please share my link if you found this helpful!

To see all my game posts in one place, see my Spanish Learning Games page. 

 

manzanas

 

Also, check out and follow my Pinterest board for Games in Spanish to find more fun ideas like this one!

 

Spanish Food Vocabulary Games

Spanish Food Vocabulary Games

Inside: Free food in Spanish printable game cards.

 

Food Vocabulary Games

Here’s a free download for studying food in Spanish! The pack includes printable word and picture cards for playing multiple games, with a vocabulary list and game instructions. My students (of all ages) love practicing vocabulary by playing Go Fish/¡Ve a Pescar!, Old Maid, Concentration, and Slap It. They could also be made into flashcards.

 

 

Teaching Food in Spanish

I really prefer teaching vocabulary without translation between Spanish to English, when possible. That’s why I make my vocabulary game packs (both my freebies and paid TpT products) image-based, not translation-based. We practice hearing, saying, and reading the Spanish words without having to use English. The entire 40-packet is available on TpT and includes Bingo cards, a dice game, a crossword, and word search.

There are also many fun resources for teaching La comida. Here are a few of my favorites:

 

 

Also be sure to follow my Pinterest board for La Comida below!

 

Speed Conversating

Speed Conversating

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The beginning of the school year is exhausting. I always forget what late August and early September feel like: drowning. The adrenaline is certainly going, but keeping my head above water is pretty much the goal. Add to that a pregnancy and a sick toddler who is not happy that mama’s back at work, and you get the picture.

This week I felt like I had my feet under me a bit more, and it’s about time! One of my goals this year is to increase our conversation practice. We all know how easy it is to spend so. much. time. teaching Spanish, only to produce students who are terrified to speak. I’ve seen the idea of “Speed Dating” before and thought it might be worth a try. I had the students line up two rows of chairs, facing each other. One side always asked first, and all the students rotated by one chair between slides to change partners. I termed it “Speed Conversating” and it actually went really well– it was much more successful that the usual “turn to the person next to you and…” Having a short time to answer and quickly changing partners kept them on their toes, and giving them structures to follow seemed to boost their confidence. I kept the questions and answers short this time, and eventually will work toward only showing the questions. Her is the power point I used today, if you want to try it and then add your own conversational structures. Hope your years are off to a great start!

speed conversating

 

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