Spanish Level 2- Activities Designed for Online Instruction

🏙 Spanish Level 2, Activity 01: Ciudades Natales / Hometowns (Online)

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Description: In this activity, students will answer questions about themselves using memorized words and phrases. In addition, they will have the opportunity to share information about their hometown with the rest of the group. Students will practice discussing places and describing themselves.
Semantic Topics: Greetings, introductions, restaurants, families, hobbies, sports, hometown, birthplace, activities, recommendations, preferences, saludos, presentaciones, familia, pasatiempos, deportes, ciudades, actividades
Grammatical Structures: Comparisons of equality, comparisons of inequality, the subjunctive, comparaciones de la igualdad, comparaciones de desigualdad, el subjuntivo
Practices: Making introductions and discussing place of origin
Perspectives: What is the value of getting to know people from a variety of places?

NCSSFL-ACTFL 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 State Content Standards:

  • 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 exchange recommendations with a friend regarding the best places to visit in my hometown.
  • I can ask and answer questions regarding popular locations in my hometown.
  • I can share my preferences regarding things I like to do in my hometown.

Materials Needed

Warm Up

  1. Welcome students to the lab and do introductions.
    Bienvenidos al lab. Vamos a empezar con introducciones. Me llamo ___, estudio ___, me gusta ____
  2. Explain lab rules & expectations (this will be in English for today only).
    Survival phrase link
  3. Introduce the Can-Dos for today’s activity (located in the Google Slideshow).
    Hoy vamos a conocernos. Vamos a empezar con los can do statements.
  4. They will play the “one-word” game. The rule is that the students can only use one word to answer the question. Go through the Google Slideshow, ask each student a question, and have them answer it with one word. Repeat until all the questions are finished.
    El día de hoy vamos a jugar el juego de “una palabra”. En el juego, cada persona necesita responder a la pregunta solo usando una palabra. Voy a leer una pregunta para cada estudiante y ustedes necesitan estar listos para responder ¡Escriban sólo una palabra!

Main Activity

  1. Today we are going to share a few things about our hometowns. Does anyone know what “natal” means? It is the place where you start your life, the city where someone grows up. For example, “my hometown is _____.”
    Ahora vamos a compartir algunas cosas sobre nuestras ciudades natales. ¿Qué significa “natal?” Es el lugar donde empieza la vida, es la ciudad donde una persona crece. Por ejemplo, mi ciudad natal es ________.
  2. Have students use their computer to google an “illustrated map”  or photo for the city they were born in. Students will share their screens and act as tour guides. They will describe their favorite places or their hometown to the group.
    Van a usar los portátiles para encontrar un mapa ilustrado o foto de sus ciudades natales. Van a ir al sitio de Google y escribir “Tu Ciudad Natal + illustrated map” y compartir tu pantalla con los demás. Por ejemplo- Portland, OR: este mapa es muy bonito y tiene los lugares interesantes de Portland. Si no puedes encontrar un mapa de tu ciudad natal, intenta encontrar una ciudad cerca o tu ciudad favorita.
  3. Have the students ask the questions from the slideshow to the person who is presenting. The objective is to learn more about the hometown of others.
    Ahora van a tomar turnos haciendo las preguntas de la presentación. El objetivo es aprender más sobre la ciudad natal de los otros.

Wrap Up

  1. Preguntas para Terminar (included on the Google Slideshow)
  • ¿Cómo es tu ciudad similar a las demás? ¿Cómo es diferente? (How is your city similar to the rest? How is it different?)

End of Lab

  • Read Can-Do statements once more and have students evaluate their confidence.
    (Use thumbs up/thumbs down or download our student cards)
  • Encourage students to be honest in their self-evaluation.
  • Pay attention, and try to use feedback for future labs!

Can-Do Statements:

  • I can exchange recommendations with a friend regarding the best places to visit in my hometown.
  • I can ask and answer questions regarding popular locations in my hometown.
  • I can share my preferences regarding things I like to do in my hometown.
  • I can share basic information about me and my interests

Cultural NOtes: 

How to Revise or Remix a Pathways Project Activity

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Try taking an activity to the next level by:

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