This wonderful, editable activity was designed for my Spanish 2 class but could be adjusted for levels 3 and 4 by adding more past tense in descriptions and clues. During the “party” a mysterious murder will occur and it is students’ jobs to talk to each other in the target language to gather and infer information to make an accusation at the end of the game. My students love this game and talk more in Spanish than in any other oral activity that we do. All students receive character cards days before the game starts to tell them how to act, what info they know and what secrets they have. Packet includes an optional prezi to guide the game, directions, plot, character cards, name tags, character list, clues and data report sheet for students to fill out while in conversation. Allow 2-3 days for completion. Designed for my Spanish 2 class but could be adjusted for levels 3 and 4 by adding more past tense in descriptions and clues.
Nice Intro Reading Comprehension in English that discusses terminology (Hispanic vs. Latino), Geography, a bit of history and Languages. This is a super basic Spanish cultural reading with follow up questions and a blank map of Central and South America. Great no prep supplemental reading, homework or substitute plan. Could be used on the first day of class. Simple and straightforward editable document. Duration is about 25-30 minutes. Option 2: Translate this document into Spanish and have your upper level students complete it.
100% online and ready to go! No prep necessary! After happening upon a zombie in the janitor’s closet toward the end of the school day, students must quickly begin to make decisions on what to do about it. Each decision they make will lead to a different outcome. Most outcomes in the game lead to them encountering zombies and forces them to start over. However one path allows them to escape. Along the way they will have to read through the Spanish story line and choose their own fate, in between decisions there are also a few google forms that ask them to write out the explanations to their decisions before moving forward in the game. This is a super engaging reading and writing exercise for upper level Spanish 3 or 4. This is my favorite Spanish resource that I offer here on TpT! I do not recommend this activity for lower level Spanish classes. Duration is 45-55 mins.
**Game requires access to a computers. This is ran on google sites + google forms.
This Simulation will have students talking about the Cold War for the rest of the semester. My students love this simulation! It is complex and detailed to the point that students get an authentic, hands-on experience as to what it was like to make some of the tough decisions as govt. leaders during the Cold War, yet it is simple enough to explain and execute with no high tech computer software required and very minimal prep work involved (only word docs). Students get to collaborate in groups as they represent different country during the Cold War. Each group will consist of a Chief Decision Maker, an Ambassador, an Economic Advisor and a Military Advisor (so all group members are involved). Over the course of four days, students will be faced with different scenarios from the Cold War and will attempt to reach their country’s customized objectives in order to score points. Students will have to collaborate within their own group as well as with other groups to accomplish these objectives. Students will also have to consider things such as trading natural resources and investing in their military/economy in order to develop their country for subsequent turns of the simulation. Included in this 19 page package is everything needed to complete the simulation; a user manual, a terminology page, chart templates, an assessment reflection sheet and all four scenarios. Scenario 1 is (Alliances NATO/Warsaw Pact), Scenario 2 is (Expansion vs. Containment), Scenario 3 (Collective Action Asian Influenza), Scenario 4 (Nuclear Proliferation). Duration of simulation is 5 days 55min. classes (1 day for explanation and 4 days for 4 scenarios). You will not be displeased with the engagement nor the higher-level of learning that takes place during this simulation.
These 5 resources are my all time favorite lessons to implement across all levels of Spanish and are among the best of what I offer here on TES. The links below will provide more detail about each lesson individually.
[Choose your own adventure Zombie Escape (Spanish 3](https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/spanish-choose-your-own-adventure-digital-escape-room-zombies-at-school-11992908?theme=1
Spanish Escape Room (any level)
Spanish Murder Mystery Party Kit (Spanish 2 or 3)
Spanish 1 Menu Performance Task Project
Spanish 1 Final Exam Jeopardy Review
Students know The Joker, The Goblin and Lex Luthor, but do they know the Latin equivalents like La Arana Negra, El Diablo and Black Tarantula ? Students love this take on a Spanish cultural lesson where they are first introduced to super villains of Latin America (ppt), then they are asked to create their own supervillain using ser + descriptions. As an additional element to the lesson I often let students’ supervillains compete in a competition where students describe their supervillains and the class votes on which one would win in a showdown. Think “Batman vs. Superman” This is a follow up lesson that I use a few weeks after completing the Superhero Project but could be used as a stand alone assignment as well.
Here is a great, simple first assignment for beginner’s in Spanish. It could be given to students on day 1. Students are asked to study a list of Spanish cognates and fill in the blanks to an English story line to create a customized story in Spanglish. Have students share out. Allow 15-30 min for this mini lesson. These usually turn out to be pretty funny! In addition to creating the stories, you can also have students draw an illustration on the back. Thanks for looking!
In this activity students are asked to read Spanish lyrics of 12 different popular Disney songs and figure out which movies they are associated with. This can be completed as a standard worksheet exercise or you can spice it up a bit by making in a competition, where students are given a set amount of time to complete as many as they can. I don’t allow any translation via computer or phones for this one because it would make it too easy. Instead I encourage the use of dictionaries. This also makes a quick and easy sub plan or homework assignment. Also just FYI, students really enjoy listening to Disney Spanish soundtracks on Youtube while completing this assignment.
This Performance Task centers around a traveling theme (places and activities) and the Ir + a + infinitive grammar structure. Students are asked to plan a trip to a Spanish speaking country using computer lab research. As a product they are asked to type up their plans in a word doc. and create a picture slide show on ppt or prezi that highlights their adventure, using real info such as flights, hotels and tour companies.This PT has a nice writing component as well as the oral assessment. It includes a rubric and an example travel plan. Allow 4-6 days for research, slideshow design and oral presentations.
Students create their own version of the board game Clue based on a shopping mall theme. They have to create player and item cards, detective pads and a 100 word essay about the characters they created. This is a well rounded project and students love playing their own game as a final product. Allow 6-7/ 60 min classes for the entire PT including 1 day to play the game. Product includes all detailed directions, checkpoints to keep students on task, launch document and grading rubric.
In this Performance Task students get to host a foreign exchange student for a semester. In preparation for their arrival, students are asked to put together a “first day of school packet” for their new guest. This PT has a nice balance of components such as drawing and labeling a map of the school, writing out their schedules and sending a letter to their new arrival. Students enjoy this creative approach to practicing school themed vocab. Duration is 5-6 days. A grading rubric and sample letter is included. Designed for Spanish 1
Students know Batman, Superman and Spiderman, but do they know the Latin equivalents like Kaliman, El gato Negro and El Dorado? Students love this take on a Spanish cultural lesson where they are first introduced to 9 superheroes of Latin America (ppt), and then asked to think about a superpower they would like to have. This is then followed by a project (word doc) that allows them to create their own superhero using ser + descriptions. As an additional element to the lesson I often let students’ superheroes compete in a competition where students describe their superheroes and the class votes on which one would win in a showdown. Think “Batman vs. Superman”
If you enjoy this activity check out the follow up lesson here:
Super-Villains of Latin America
This is a PowerPoint Presentation Jeopardy game that covers all major vocab and grammar structures in Spanish 1. I use this for my Final Exam Review day, but it is a nice recap that could be used at the start of Spanish 2 as well. vocab and grammar are based on the Realidades textbook, but it can be used for any level 1. Categories include (Vocab, verbs, definite and indefinite articles, possessive adjectives, Ir+a+infinitive, and a miscellaneous). It also has two double jeopardy plays and final jeopardy. I also throw a third element in my jeopardy games called club play where all teams playing have to be the first to come up with the correct answer if a club play pops up (it adds a nice dynamic to the game and keeps kids paying more attention when it is not their turn). Once club play is over the team that hit the club play originally will get to complete their standard turn. This PPT is set up to keep track of questions already asked and transitions from the home jeopardy screen to questions and back with ease (answers are also included on all slides with the click of a button)
This is a bundle of 7 Spanish Class Sub Plans that can be implemented on the fly with no prep involved. The 7 lessons include the following: (these can also be purchased separately)
Donde Esta El Profesor? (Spanish 1)
Proyecto Superheroe (Spanish 1 or 2)
Cognate Story (Spanish 1)
Cultural Reading “Casas” (Spanish 2 or 3)
Cultural Reading “La Familia” (Spanish 2 or 3)
Cultural Reading “Supersticiones” (Spanish 2 or 3)
Cultural Reading “Dia de Muertos” (Spanish 1 or 2)
This is a PowerPoint Presentation Jeopardy game that covers all major vocab and grammar structures in Spanish 2 based on the Realidades textbook. I use this for my Final Exam Review day, but it is a nice recap that could be used at the start of Spanish 3 as well. Categories include (Vocab, preterite regular verbs, Direct and Indirect Object Pronouns, comparatives and superlatives, present progressive and informal tu commands). It also has two daily double jeopardy plays and final jeopardy. I also throw a third element in my jeopardy games called club play where all teams playing have to be the first to come up with the correct answer if a club play pops up (it adds a nice dynamic to the game and keeps kids paying more attention when it is not their turn). Once club play is over the team that hit the club play originally will get to complete their standard turn. This PPT is NOT set up to keep track of questions already asked and therefore you will want keep track off to the side via whiteboard or piece of paper. This PPT does have transitions from the home jeopardy screen to questions and back with ease (answers are also included on all slides with the click of a button)
Great Cumulative Spanish Review in both of these Powerpoint Jeopardy Games. This is a bundle of 2 Powerpoints, one for Spanish 1 and the other for Spanish 2. I use these as my final exam review day, but they could also be used as review at the beginning of the year for Spanish 2 and Spanish 3. These are largely based on the Realidades textbook, but can be easily used in any Spanish class. These can also be bought separately at my store. Categories include; Spanish1-Vocab,Verbs,Articles, Adjectives, Ir+a+infinitive and Misc. Spanish2-vocab, preterite, informal tu commands, present progressive, Direct and Indirect Object Pronouns, and Comparatives/Superlatives
Included in this bundle is a set of 2 Spanish Bell Work packets that have a combine total of 120 Do Nows and Bell Ringers that I use for Spanish levels 1 + 2. The exercises are largely based on the the Realidades 1 Textbook, chapters 1-8, however all subjects are hyperlinked for use in any Spanish classroom. You can also buy these two sets separately for level 1 or 2 at my TpT store. Exercises include translation, fill in the blanks, riddles, multiple choice, corrections, listening, visuals and much more!! Check out the preview page for the table of contents and some examples from the packet. Thanks for looking!
The Cold War, John F. Kennedy, Nakita Khrushchev, and the Cuban Missile Crisis come to life in this U.S. History simulation. Let your students become Ex Comm Advisers to JFK and help him make decisions during that high stakes week in late October of 1962. Students can do this individually or in small groups. They will get to make real decisions that were being discussed during the crisis. It is set up similar to a choose your own adventure and students will be able to keep score of their progress. This product includes a PowerPoint and a Word Document that students complete as they go. This is a great way to get students discussing and gives them a chance to put themselves in the situation room and think about the effects their decisions will have on all those involved.This is designed for a one 55 min. class period. The word document is the free preview file and the PPT is the paid product.
This performance task includes a launch document and grading rubric as well as all four checkpoints with directions, neatly arrange so that students know exactly what they are to be doing and when each component is due. By the end of the task students will be able to discuss food and drink, restaurant vocabulary; they will be able to read and order from a Spanish menu that they created and they will have completed a 100 word restaurant review in Spanish.