We’ve all been there. You spend hours writing lesson plans and prepping activities for your students. You are SO EXCITED. Then, you open your email and BAM. Your whole lesson plan goes out the window.
Take for example Homecoming Week. Homecoming Week is high-energy, lots of fun, and a great way for students to come together to show pride in their school. It is also hectic and really hard to plan for! Students are always coming and going. One period of Spanish 2 might have 30 students and another might have 10 because students have been excused for an activity. One period of Spanish 1 might be the full 60 minutes and another might be 25 because an assembly ran long. Again, super fun but also a NIGHTMARE as far as lesson plans go. Especially when you might not know about the absences or time differences until class starts! No prep Spanish lessons to the rescue.
Homecoming Week is just one of the crazy times for teachers. Here are 6 ideas for activities that take little to no prep (think two minutes or less), work with 30 students or 10 students and 60 minutes or 25 minutes, will keep your students engaged during the crazy week, AND are great for learning Spanish!
1. JEOPARDY-STYLE TRIVIA GAME
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HOW TO PLAY
While students are filling in their squares, quickly write all the vocab. words on slips of paper or print them off and cut them up, one word per piece of paper. Mix all the pieces of paper up in front of you.
Once students have their Lotería cards ready, start calling out the vocabulary words like this:
The first student with five across, five down, or five diagonally wins!
Students can keep track of the vocab. words called on their cards with little scraps of paper or by drawing different symbols on the square each round. Round 1 might be a smiley face, Round 2 could be a star, etc. Students always have fun coming up with the symbols if you want to ask them for ideas! I like to play where the winner gets to pick the next one sometimes.
3. TASK CARDS
Click HERE to grab these FREE SER + Adjectives Task Cards!
4. DICE ACTIVITY
Another great activity you can do at a moment’s notice is a dice activity! All you need to do for a dice activity like writing sentences or math problems is put students in pairs, have one student in the group come get two dice from you while the other one numbers a piece of paper 1-whatever, and write the subject pronouns and verbs to conjugate on the board if doing sentences. You can find step-by-step instructions for dice activities by clicking HERE for a blog post I wrote all about using dice in the Spanish classroom!
5. CONVERSATION CARDS
Lay cards out around the room. Only put out as many cards as you have pairs. Play music and instruct students to wander around the room until the music stops. Once the music stops, students need to quickly find a card. There can only be two students at each card! If there are already two students at a card, students need to go find a different one. Once everyone is in a pair at a card, they need to take turns answering the question on the card with their partner. This is a great way to get students mingling with other students in the class and expose them to music in Spanish!
Give each student a card and then quickly divide the class into two groups. Have one group make a large circle. Have each person in the second group go stand in front of someone in the circle, facing the person. You should have two circles now, one inside the other. Have students greet the person across from them in Spanish. Then have the outer group ask the inner group the question on their card. The inner circle needs to answer in a complete sentence and then ask their question. Once that is done, both students need to say gracias to their partner and then wait for a signal to rotate. Once you give the signal, the INNER circle moves one person to the right. Repeat the process of greeting, asking, answering, asking, answering, thanking, and rotating one person to the right until everyone is back where they started. This is a quick process. Students are with their partners no more than 30-45 seconds at a time, depending on the question.
A fishbowl is a great way to get students speaking A LOT of Spanish and in a short amount of time!
Walk & Talk
Hang the cards around the room and have students walk around with a partner. Each time they come to a card, they both need to answer the question in Spanish.
Save yourself time with these ready-to-go conversation card sets! Each set comes with 48 question cards for lots of engagement, speaking, and fun!
6. BOOM CARDS
Here are three FREE Boom Card decks!
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Digital task cards for Google Slides are the perfect backup plan! Not only are they zero prep for you, but they also provide students a TON of awesome practice in a fun, interactive way. Here are a few student favorites.
Here are some free sets to try out!
Digital mystery pictures are awesome because they are no prep for you and self-checking for students. Kids coming and going that period? No problem! Students can work at their own pace to complete the activity. Students love trying to guess what the picture is!
Click HERE to download this free mystery picture for numbers 1-30 in Spanish.