Find Your Blob is a fun activity that I have been using as one of my brain breaks recently. I’m working hard this year to make sure I break up our classes with some sort of movement, and this one is great. The students are speaking the TL, but because it’s related to their opinions and preferences, they get into it and tend to forget they’re speaking Spanish.
The idea is simple: Come up with a question related to the content you’re working on. ¿Qué te gusta hacer?, for example. Then, list or brainstorm 4-6 answers (depends on your class size). Me gusta: correr, dormir, leer, viajar, etc. The students have to silently pick their favorite. Then, everyone stands up and walks around asking the questions and finding people with the same answer. Everyone with the same answer has to be in the same blob (or group of people), until the whole room is sorted into blobs.
That’s it! I like to erase the two most popular answers, and replace them, so everyone has to mix it up again. Most everyone in Spanish 1 this morning, for example, chose cansado in response to ¿Cómo estás? Once they get the hang of it, you can add in things like ¡Yo también! or ¡A mí también! I ask what the groups represent, which could bring in ¿Qué les gusta hacer?, and then Nos gusta… I’ve really liked this because the language is organic and memorable. Sometimes we do two or three rounds of responses, and then sit down, ready to work again.
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