Spanish Level 4- Activities Designed for Online Instruction

🧑‍🔧 Spanish Level 4, Activity 06: Invenciones creativas/Creative Inventions (Online)

Three kids building a robot

Photo by Vanessa Loring

Description: Students will create hypothetical inventions to solve a problem. Using reasoning to support their argument, they will present their idea to a group in a persuasive manner.

Semantic Topics: Shark Tank, inventions, creative, useful, technology, investment, invenciones, invención, creatividad, tecnología, inversión

Grammatical Structures: Future tense, future perfect tense, el futuro, el futuro perfecto

Products: Inventions and products from Spanish-speaking cultures

Practices: Inventing new products, marketing and selling invented products, working together in groups

Perspectives: Value of entrepreneurship and creativity

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.
  • Standard 2.2 – Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the products and perspectives of Hispanic cultures.
  • Standard 3.1 – Students reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines through Spanish.

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.
  • CLTR 2.1- Analyze the significance of a product (art, music, literature, etc…) in a target culture.
  • COMP 2.1- Identify, describe and compare/contrast products and their use in the target culture with the learner’s culture.

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can describe objects and the benefits they have. (Intercultural)
  • I can provide reasons to support an argument.
  • I can exchange preferences.
  • I can talk about products related to everyday life.


  1. Begin by introducing the Can-Dos for today’s activity and opening the Google Slideshow. 
    Primero, vamos a repasar los Can-Do Statements.
  2. Using the photos from the slideshow, students will describe the item or practice as if they are giving a “sales pitch” to their peers.
    En las siguientes diapositivas van a ver diferentes productos de inventores latinoamericanos. Ustedes van a describir el producto y tratar de vender lo que ven en la foto.

Main Activity

  1. Put students in groups of 2 in breakout rooms. They will have 10 minutes to create an invention. They will then present the product to the class. As the instructor, you will play the role of the shark and choose the product you want to invest in.
    Han visto el programa Shark Tank?  Hay un programa similar en España que se llama Tu oportunidad. En Tu oportunidad les han invitado a presentar una invención o tecnología nueva. Ustedes van a trabajar en parejas por cinco minutos para crear una invención nueva. Después, van a presentar las ideas al “tiburón”. Yo soy el tiburón (lab assistant) y voy a elegir el producto en cual quiero invertir.
  2. The students must make sure that their product has the details included on the slide:
    • Tienen que asegurarse que su invención incluya los siguientes detalles;
    • El nombre del producto
    • ¿Qué hace el producto?
    • ¿Cómo va a mejorar la vida diaria?
    • ¿Cuánto dinero cuesta la invención?
    • ¿Por qué se debe invertir dinero en su invención?
    • Ejemplos: Puede ser un app, producto, sitio de web, una herramienta…    
  3. Students will come back to the main session. Each pair will present their inventions to the group. The instructor chooses the one that he/she would like to invest in.
    Ahora van a presentar su invención o tecnología al grupo. Y yo eligiré una de ellas. He elegido invertir en …


    1. Ask the following questions to your students to finish the lab:
    • ¿Cuál fue tu invención favorita del grupo y por qué?
    • ¿Por qué es importante saber alguna terminología de tecnología en español?

    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!

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can describe objects and the benefits they have. (Intercultural)
  • I can provide reasons to support an argument.
  • I can exchange preferences.
  • I can talk about products related to everyday life.


Famous Groundbreaking Inventions by Latino Inventors

10 Spanish Inventors Who Have Changed Your Life

Shark Tank México – ¿La primera mayonesa hecha 100% a base de aguacate? 

Tu Oportunidad – Marmeladas Bubub

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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