As we raise children who are aware of the world around them, geography will be important. When I travel, I am always impressed when people recognize where I’m from. It makes me feel valued and connected, that my tiny part of the world matters to them. (more…)
¿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!
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!
Also, check out and follow my Pinterest board for Games in Spanish to find more fun ideas like this one!
Inside: Free food in Spanish printable game cards.
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.
Food Cards Freebie
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.
Also be sure to follow my Pinterest board for La Comida below!
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!