Spanish Level 1, Activity 09: ¡Tantas preguntas! / So Many Questions! (Online)

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Description: This activity will help students practice initiating conversations in Spanish with someone. They will use phrases and vocabulary that will help them gather information from others and give information about themselves. Students will talk about school life, weather, and activities they enjoy.
Semantic Topics: Hobbies, school, weather, sports, pasatiempos, escuela, clima, deportes, preguntas
Grammatical Structures: Verbs, present tense, sentence subjects, questions in Spanish, verbos, verbos en el presente, subjetos de la oración, preguntas en español
Practices: Expressing emotions, preferences, and opinions
Perspectives: The importance of being able to share and ask about emotions, preferences, and opinions

World-Readiness Standards:

  • Standard 1.1 Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.
  • 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
  • COMM 2.1 – Understand, interpret, and analyze what is heard, read, or viewed on a variety of topics.
  • COMM 3.1 – Present information, concepts, and ideas to inform, explain, persuade, and narrate on a variety of topics using appropriate media in the target language.

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

I can…

  • provide basic personal information
  • make simple statements in a conversation
  • answer a variety of simple questions

Warm Up

Materials Needed for Warm Up

  1. Begin by opening the Google Slideshow and introducing the Can-Do Statements.
    Hola, ¿cómo están? Estoy ____. Vamos a empezar el lab de hoy con los can-do statements.
  2. Create a new class on the whiteboard website and then share the link with them. Once they have joined the class, you are going to have access to see the student’s boards.
  3. This activity is similar to Mad-Libs!  Every student will have access to a virtual whiteboard. Each person will be assigned specific tasks. One person should write a subject, another person writes a verb, and another person should write a place. You can use multiple verbs if there are more people in the lab.
    Para este calentamiento, cada persona va a tener una pizarra virtual. Una persona necesita escribir un sujeto (persona), otra persona va escribir un verbo, y la otra un lugar. Por ejemplo, Panda Express, Bailar, Shakira. 
  4. Instruct the students to work together and form the sentence that conjugates the verb! (Do three to four of these, having them change the roles each time.)
    Vamos a trabajar juntos para formar una frase con un sujeto, verbo y lugar. Ej: Shakira baila en Panda Express. Bueno, ahora vamos a cambiar de papeles. Ustedes van a escribir el sujeto, ustedes el verbo, y ustedes el lugar.

Main Activity

Materials Needed for Main Activity

  1. Lab assistant Click on the hyperlink that says ¿Qué te gusta hacer? This will take you to a Thing Link.
  2. By clicking on the yellow question mark on each theme, you access a list of questions related to that topic. Start by asking a student which topic they want, then choose a question from the list to ask them. After they respond, they will ask another student which topic they want and ask them a question. Continue doing this for multiple rounds.
    Cada tema tiene una lista de preguntas. Voy a empezar. Despues de responder, por favor preguntar a otro estudiante. “Estudiante, ¿cúal tema?” *student will pick a topic and instructor will ask a question from the list.* 

Wrap Up

  1. Ask the students to share something they learned about one of their group members.

Vamos a compartir algo nuevo de una persona en el grupo.

Ej. ______ le gusta ir a Roaring Springs en el verano en Boise

End of Lab

  • Read can-do statements and have students evaluate their confidence in the chatbox
  • Encourage students to be honest in their self-evaluation

Can-Do Statements: I can…

  • provide basic personal information
  • make simple statements in a conversation
  • answer a variety of simple questions

Cultural NOtes: 

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