Día de la Tierra (22 abril)

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Warm-up activity: what belongs to the yellow container?

Earth Day (El Día de la Tierra) is celebrated annually on 22 April. It’s a great opportunity to talk in class about the environment and ways to protect it. Here are some resources that will help you have a great, and green, lesson:1 Reduce, reutiliza, recicla (Lesson – Spanish 1 and up) A full lesson (warm-up activity, worksheets, video and … Read More

No lo digas (Taboo)

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Objective: find strategies to explain wordsRequired materials: cards and virtual board (see resources below)Preparation: none (once you print and cut the cards)Time: at least 30 minutesNumber of students: at least 4Resources: You can use this virtual board to keep score and time. Use this template to create your own set of cards or join Bablingua to download our more than … Read More

Resuelve el misterio

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Objective: practice yes/no questions (speaking) and learn some new wordsRequired materials: use (

Alta tensión

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Objective: introduce or review topicsRequired materials: smartboardPreparation: minimal (or none if you use the examples provided below)Time: at least 20 minutesNumber of students: anyResources: Spanish-speaking countries: PDF – Google slide St. Patrick’s Day: PDF – Google slide Cinco de Mayo: PDF | Google slide How to play: This game is an adaptation of the TV show Wipeout. In the Spanish … Read More

¡Buena suerte!

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Objective: increase fluency and vocabulary reviewRequired materials: at least 4 printed photos (see an example)Preparation: minimalTime: at least 15 minutesNumber of students: 8 or moreDirections: In this fun activity, some students will describe several photos to the whole class. The catch is that one of them won’t get an image, just a card that says “¡Buena suerte!”. The lucky student … Read More

Encuentra a alguien que

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Objective: encourage students to use Spanish in a conversation with other studentsRequired materials: a copy of the handout for each studentPreparation: minimalTime: about 40 minutes, depending on the class size.Number of students: this activity works better with classes over 10 studentsResources: El fin de semana – Pretérito indefinido: PDF – Google slide Join Bablingua to access the file about reflexive … Read More

Una mentira

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Objective: review tenses or vocabularyRequired materials: nonePreparation: noneTime: at least 10 minutesNumber of students: noneDirections: Three trues and a lie is a popular activity that I like to use to review and practice what students learnt in previous classes. It could be a certain tense (pretérito indefinido) or vocabulary (familia).If you’d like the activity to last longer, start by organizing … Read More

Test de personalidad

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Objective: practice and learn useful adjectivesRequired materials: nonePreparation: noneTime: about 20 minutes (it depends on how many students share their results)Number of students: anyDirections: Students love personality tests and they’ll have fun with this one. They can do it regardless of their level, and they all have the chance to participate.In a regular classroom, I usually start this activity by … Read More

¿Cuál es diferente?

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several Star Wars characters, students need to find the one that doesn't belong to the group

Objective: engaging vocabulary review that encourages conversationRequired materials: at least 4 images (see an example)Preparation: minimal or noneTime: at least 10 minutesNumber of students: anyDirections: This is a very popular activity for the Spanish class that we can use in different ways. I like it to review vocabulary and to spark conversations about topics my students love.When the main goal … Read More

¿Cómo estás?

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Objective: review vocabulary about feelingsRequired materials: nonePreparation: noneTime: 5-10 minutesNumber of students: anyDirections: This is a fun activity I sometimes use at the beginning of the class, to break the class dynamic and do something different, but it can also be used to review vocabulary about feelings.Ask a few students “¿cómo estás?”. In my classes, there are always many -if … Read More