Spanish Level 4, Activity 02: ¿Alguna vez te conté sobre…? / Did I ever tell you about…? (Face-To-Face)

Three doctors looking an an X-ray

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Description: Students will compare and contrast the medical system in the US and in México. They will recount events that have happened to them using vocabulary about health and body parts. 
Semantic Topics: Health, medicine, body, sickness, injury, partes del cuerpo, la salud, sistemas medicos
Grammatical Structures: Past tense, preterite, imperfect, preterite vs. imperfect, present perfect, el pasado, el pretérito, el imperfecto, el pretérito vs. el imperfecto, el presente perfecto
Products: Mexico’s healthcare system
Practices: Private and public healthcare
Perspectives: How do healthcare and medical systems vary in other countries?

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.
  • Standard 4.2 Students demonstrate an understanding of the concept of culture through comparisons between Hispanic cultures and their own.

Relevant Idaho 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.
  • CLTR 1.2 – Explain the relationship between cultural practices/behaviors and the perspectives that represent the target culture’s view of the world.

Relevant NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements: 

  • I can tell others stories that happened to me in the past.
  • I can create a story about a health incident that took place using health-related terms.

Materials Needed

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Warm Up

Materials Needed for Warm-Up

  1. 1. Begin by opening the Google Slideshow and introducing the activity and the Can-Do’s.
    Hola, ¿cómo están? Estoy ____. Vamos a empezar el lab de hoy con los can-do statements.

  2.  Together in a group of 2-3 students, have students make educated guesses for the following for the United States:
    Adivinar con su grupo las respuestas para las siguientes preguntas.


    • En tu opinión, ¿Cuánto cuesta el seguro médico en los Estados Unidos? 
    • ¿Cuánto cuesta una operación de apéndice? 
    • ¿Cuánto tiempo pasas en la sala de esperas cuando vas al médico? 
    • Cuando fuiste al doctor, ¿Cuánto fue tu copago? 


    • El seguro médico en los Estados Unidos varía entre 200 y 600 dólares por mes y depende de la edad que tienes. 
    • Una operación del apéndice cuesta 40.000 dólares. 
    • Usualmente, no se espera mucho tiempo porque primero se hace una cita antes de ir al doctor, pero a veces los médicos se tardan mucho en terminar con otro paciente. 
    • El copago que se hace antes de hablar con el doctor usualmente es de unos 30-50 dólares.

3. Have students make educated guesses about the medical system in Mexico.
Adivinar con su grupo las respuestas para las siguientes preguntas.


    • ¿Cuánto cuesta el seguro médico en México? 
    • En tu opinión, ¿Cuánto cuesta una operación de apéndice? 
    • ¿Cuánto tiempo pasas en la sala de esperas cuando vas al médico? 


    • El suegro médico en México cuesta alrededor de 200 dólares. 
    • Una operación del apéndice cuesta entre 1060 y 2600 dólares. 
    • Se espera mucho tiempo para ver al médico. 

4. Have students respond by comparing and contrasting the two countries.
¿Qué es similar y diferente entere el sistema medico en los estados unidos y en México? 

Main Activity

Materials Needed for Main Activity

  1. Pair up students and give each student a card from the stack.
    Hay seis palabras en cada tarjeta. Intenten usar todas las palabras para crear una historia sobre algo que ocurrió en el pasado. ¡La historia no tiene que ser verdadera, intenten ser creativa!
  2. On the card will be 6 vocabulary words from class related to health. Using as many of these words as possible, the students will have to tell their partner about something that happened to them in the past. They should be using the past tense, as singular events are preterite-based.
    Ejemplo: Tarjeta – cabeza, doler, bastante, la aspirina, caerse, comprar.“Cuando era una niña, mi madre compró una bicicleta para mi cumpleaños pero un día me se cayó. Por muchos días, me dolía la cabeza y necesitaba tomar aspirina.”
  3. After creating a story using the card, groups can swap cards and repeat the process
    Despues de crean la historia, cambian tarjetas con otro grupo y repetir el proceso. 

Wrap Up

  1. Ask the following questions as a wrap-up:
  • ¿Te duele o te molesta recibir una inyección o vacuna? 
  • ¿Qué remedios toman ustedes cuando están enfermos? 
  • ¿Quien ha sufrido una herida tan horrible que era necesario ir al hospital? ¿Qué pasó?

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 tell others about stories that happened to me in the past.
  • I can create a story about a health incident that took place using health-related terms.



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