Spanish Level 1- Activities Designed for Online Instruction

🤝 Spanish Level 1, Activity 02: Saludos / Greetings (Online)

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Description: In this activity, students will practice different Spanish greetings and learn how to express emotions.
Semantic Topics: Greetings, introductions, hello, goodbye, times of day, saludos, introducciones, hola, adiós, tiempo del día
Grammatical Structures: Pronouns, formal vs. informal, gender of nouns, pronombres, formal vs. informal, género de sustantivos
Products: Celebrities and athletes from Spanish-speaking countries
Practices: How to make greetings, farewells, and inquire into one’s wellbeing
Perspectives: What is the importance of greeting others? Are there similarities or differences in how we greet each other in different cultures?

World-Readiness Standards:

  • Standard 1.1 – Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.
  • Standard 2.1 Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of Hispanic cultures.
  • Standard 1.2 Students understand and interpret spoken and written Spanish on a variety of topics.
  • Standard 1.3 Students present information, concepts, and ideas in Spanish to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics.

Idaho Content Standards for World Languages:

  • COMM 1.1 – Interact and negotiate meaning (spoken, signed, written conversation) to share information, reactions, feelings, and opinions
  • COMP 1.1 – Observe formal and informal forms of language.
  • COMM 2.1 – Understand, interpret, and analyze what is heard, read, or viewed on a variety of topics.

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

I can…

  • Say hello and goodbye to someone my age or younger, my professor, an adult, or someone I don’t know
  • Introduce myself and others
  • Respond to an introduction
  • Greet and take leave from someone using polite rehearsed behaviors (Intercultural)



Materials Needed


Warm Up

Materials Needed for Warm Up

  1. Greet students and model the form “estoy___.” Ask students how they are doing.
    Buen@s (días/tardes/noches) ¿Cómo están? Yo estoy _____. Hoy vamos a practicar las introducciones.
  2. Open the Google Slideshow and introduce the Can-do statements.
  3. Go through the words or phrases on the slides and ask the students to hold up either one finger, two fingers, three fingers, or four fingers according to the greeting on the slide.
    Para cada saludo, levantar el numero de dedos correctos (model with your fingers)
  4. Review the different ways of greeting someone and saying goodbye using the chart in the Google slide. Ask the students the follow-up questions.
    Vean la gráfica con los diferentes saludos. ¿Cuál saludo/introducción les gusta usar usualmente? ¿Cómo se despiden usualmente?
  5. At the end, practice one on one with each student by greeting them and asking them how they are in different ways. “Hola Abigail, ¿cómo estás?….Encantada…Hasta luego” “Buenas tardes Matt, ¿qué tal?…Mucho gusto…Adiós”

Main Activity

Materials Needed for Main Activity

  1. Give each student a number 1-8 (depending on the number in your lab).
    Voy a darte un número. Tú eres numero uno, tú eres numero dos…
  2. For each scenario, the students will match their number with the corresponding person and emotion.
    Para cada situación ve para la persona y emoción que corresponde a tu número.
  3. Show them the time of day.
    También, voy a presentar el tiempo del día.
  4. Have students make a complete sentence using the scenario, emotions, and the time of the day.
    Usa la información, – persona, emoción, y tiempo del día – para crear un saludo. – Ejemplo: Buenos días. Soy Emma Watson. Estoy felíz.
  5. Once everyone has “had a conversation”, continue to the next scenario.
    Vamos a continuar con un escenario nuevo.

Wrap Up

  1. Ask a wrap-up question:
    “¿Cuál saludo/introducción les gusta usar usualmente?”
  2. Optional Activity – Talk about how saying “you” is different across the Spanish-speaking world
    ¿Cuál es la diferencia entre “Tú y Usted? ¿Cuando debes usar “tú” y cuando debes usar “usted?

End of Lab

  • Read can-do statements and have students evaluate their confidence with cards
  • Encourage students to be honest in their self-evaluation
  • Pay attention, and try to use feedback for future labs!

Can-Do Statements:

  • Speak about emotions
  • Use simple greetings and farewells

Cultural NOtes: 

How to Revise or Remix a Pathways Project Activity

Feeling creative?  The Pathways Project needs your help in revising and remixing activities for the K-16 language classroom.

Try taking an activity to the next level by:

  • Add new content (something you’ve created or another OER source)
  • Contribute additional activity suggestions
  • Integrate authentic materials such as videos, infographics, photos, etc.
  • Suggest how to implement the activity in the classroom
  • Customize the content for a specific audience or group of learners (for example, K-5 learners or to differentiate for student’s needs)


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