Spanish Level 3, Activity 03: Emoji Bingo / Lotería de Emojis (Online)

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Description: Students will practice discussing their preferences, how to defend and support their ideas. Students learn topics through a game of bingo and express how relevant certain ideas are over others. Students will use technology to communicate with peers about their preferences on a variety of topics. 
Semantic Topics: Emoji, Bingo, Situations, preferences, technology, defend opinions, emoji, lotería, situación, preferencias, tecnología, defender opiniones
Grammatical Structures: Conditional tense, el condicional
Practices: Expressions of emotions in Spanish (ex: me siento enojado, estoy feliz, tengo hambre)

Relevant 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.”

Relevant Idaho State Standards: 

  • 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 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.

Relevant NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements: 

  • I can share my opinion about why an emoji represents an appropriate reaction to a text message.
  • I can give reasons for my preference
  • I can use technology, including emojis, to communicate with peers in the target culture

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  1. Begin by introducing the Can-Dos for today’s activity. Display the Slideshow presentation on the projector for students to see.
  2. Describe the activity to the students.
    Today, we are going to chat about means of communication. We will chat about different situations and how we would react. We will also decide what the appropriate reaction to a situation would be.
    Hoy vamos a charlar sobre los medios de comunicación. Vamos a hablar de diferentes situaciones y cómo reaccionamos. También vamos a comparar las diferentes maneras de reaccionar a las situaciones y cuales son más apropiadas que otras.
  1. In break out rooms (groups of two or three) answer these questions:
  • ¿Cuál es tu emoji más usado?
  • Describe el emoji
  • ¿Cómo se llama el emoji?
  • ¿Con qué frecuencia usas este emoji? 

Main Activity

  1. Tell your students:
    Voy a leer una oración y deben escoger el emoji que piensan que mejor describe la situación y decir por qué escogieron ese emoji. 
  2. Use this model for an example:
    The lab assistant will pick a Situation Card and read it to the students. After, students have to type on the chatbox the letter and the number for the corresponding emoji that they choose.
    Example: Cuando comes tu comida preferida.
    Ask students what emoji they chose. If many students chose the same one, but one student chose a different one ask them why they picked it.


Ask students the following questions to finish the lab:

  1. ¿Es posible que los emojis puedan representar cada emoción? 
  2. Si tuvieran que elegir sólo un emoji para el resto de sus vidas, ¿Cuál elegirían?

End of Activity

  • 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 activities!

Relevant NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements: 

  • I can give reasons for my preference
  • I can share my opinion about why an emoji represents an appropriate reaction to a text message
  • I can use technology, including emojis, to communicate with peers in the target culture

Cultural NOtes: 

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