Episode 18: ¿Quién conduce?
Imperatives, ir, cars.
Game: Luz Verde, Luz Roja
Play “Red Light, Green Light” in Spanish, with a twist. This is best played outside or in a gym. “It” goes to one side, and the rest of the class lines up on the other. Whoever is “it” calls out a specific command like “baila.” Everyone advances, dancing. When “¡Luz roja!” is called, everyone freezes and anyone who moves is sent back. Often I will stand at the front and yell out what action to do (so I can control what they’re practicing) and the student who is “it” just concentrates on saying “luz roja” or “para” and catching unlucky moving friends. The first one to cross the finish line/reach “it” wins.
I recommended this game from Episode 3, and now is a good time to recycle it back. Clear a wide space in the room and divide the students into teams (anywhere from 2-4 teams). Mark one side of the space as the starting side, and one as the finishing side. Scatter post-it notes, wads of paper, or something similar throughout the space. As each team takes a turn, one person from the team is blindfolded and must move from start to finish without getting stung by a jellyfish. The other members of the team call out directions, updated from this episode: ¡Sigue todo recto! ¡Gira a la derecha! ¡Gira a la izquierda! Time the teams and see who can get the shortest time across without touching a medusa (or bomba, or tiburón, or whatever). While we blindfold the next team, the team before can re-scatter the papers so no one has an advantage.
Link to practice activities for video:
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