Looking for engaging activities to help your Spanish students better understand the present tense? Continue reading for some of my favorites!
1. DIGITAL MYSTERY PICTURES
Love super fun, no prep digital activities? If so, then you will love these present tense mystery pictures! Your Spanish students will get a ton of practice with present tense verbs as they answer a variety of questions in Google Sheets. Best part? Pixel art activities are self-checking! If a student’s answer is correct, part of the hidden picture will be revealed. If a student’s answer is incorrect, the picture will not change. That lets the student know he/she needs to try again. The instant feedback really helps students improve their skills! They love these mystery pictures and so will you!
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2. READING COMPREHENSION DIGITAL MYSTERY PICTURE
Students struggling with reading comprehension and the present tense? You need this no-prep digital mystery picture! Your Spanish students will improve their reading comprehension skills as they read a passage in the present tense about a student describing her school and answer a variety of questions about what they read.
Like the mystery pictures above, this activity is self-checking! If a student’s answer is correct, part of the hidden picture will be revealed. If a student’s answer is incorrect, the picture will not change. That lets the student know he/she needs to try again. The instant feedback really helps students improve their skills! Students love trying to guess what the picture is as they complete the activity. Hint: it has to do with the story!
3. BOOM CARDS
Self-checking AND self-grading? YES, PLEASE! If you are looking for a fun, interactive digital activity for your students to practice present tense verbs in Spanish, these NO PREP Spanish Boom Cards are just what you need! Students will be engaged and get a great review of the present tense as they work their way through the 50 cards in each deck.
You as a teacher need a free Boom Learning account to use Boom Cards with your students, but your students do not need accounts or to log in if you use the Fast Pins option. Simply share a link with them and they click on the link, enter the code, and play the cards. You can still hold students accountable and take advantage of the self-grading feature by having them take a screenshot of the last slide that says complete and their score and send it to you.
There are more features available with a paid membership like live monitoring and data. If you want data, students will need to log in so you can track them. If they have Google or Microsoft accounts, they can use those credentials to log into Boom. A paid membership is only $25 per year and I think it is worth every penny! I love the data.
See how fun they are for yourself by clicking the previews below!
3. GOOGLE SLIDES
Digital task cards for Google Slides are for anyone looking to reinforce students’ understanding of present tense verbs in Spanish. Students will be engaged and get a great review of verbs in the present tense as they work their way through the 50 interactive Google Slides in each set.
Students will be engaged in activities like:
- choosing the correct verb endings for present tense verbs
- drag and drop conjugation charts for present tense verbs
- filling in the blank with verbs in the present tense
- finding errors in sentences and correcting them
- multiple-choice questions
- answering open-ended questions like “¿Cómo estás?” and “¿Qué comes?”
Grab FREE Google Slides for present verbs HERE! Click the images below to check out my other present tense sets.
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4. TASK CARDS
Task cards are such a fun, versatile tool. Each of these present tense task card sets comes with 48 different cards to get your students up and moving while practicing the present tense. Students will be engaged as they complete various tasks on the included response sheet like conjugating verbs in the present tense, filling in the blank with the correct present tense form of the verb in parentheses, answering multiple-choice translation questions, fixing the errors in present tense sentences, and answering questions in complete Spanish sentences using the present tense.
Not sure how to use task cards in class? 15 ideas are included! You can also check out these blog posts I wrote for Secondary Spanish Space: 10 Task Card Ideas for Spanish Class and 5 (More) Ways to Use Task Cards in Spanish Class.
5. TRIVIA GAMES
Looking for a super fun, NO PREP activity to review the present tense with your Spanish students? Play a Jeopardy-style trivia game with them! Students will be engaged as they work in teams to answer questions in categories like Conjugation, Fill in the blank, ¿Dónde está el error?, Translation, and Un Poco de Todo. In addition to the traditional point value questions that start at $100 and get increasingly more difficult as students work their way up to the $500 questions, there is also a fun ‘Make a Wager’ option for each category that is like Final Jeopardy.
How I like to play:
I put students in teams of 2-3 (three is ideal) and have teams sit together facing the board. Each team needs a mini-whiteboard, dry erase marker, eraser (a tissue works, too), score sheet, and writing utensil. Have one person on the team be the scorekeeper and a different person be the mini whiteboard writer. The scorekeeper needs to write all the group members’ names on the sheet. Once that is done, I ask the class who has the next birthday (or last birthday, is tallest, etc.) and that person gets to choose the first square. From there I go around the room calling on one person from each group until every student has had a chance to pick a square.
When playing, EVERY team answers the question by discussing quietly as a group and writing the answer on their mini whiteboard. I make sure they keep their answer hidden until it is time to share. Once I think all the teams have an answer (or it has been a reasonable amount of time), I give a ”tres, dos, uno” countdown and teams hold up their mini-whiteboards. I then reveal the answer on the screen and points are awarded to the teams who get it correct. Teams are responsible for keeping track of their own points on their score sheet. Honor system!
I play like this so all teams are engaged and getting a good review, not just the one team who picked the question.
Every five questions or so I have students pass materials one person to the left so all students get a chance to keep score and use the ever-popular mini whiteboards, thus no one can ”check out” or be lazy. I find it builds student confidence, too.
6. GOOGLE FORMS ASSESSMENTS
Self-grading? Yes, please! These digital present tense assessments created in Google Forms are self-grading, editable, AND no prep! In addition to using these for a quiz or test, you can also use Google Forms for exit tickets, formative assessments, choice boards, a make-up test for absent students, intervention, or about a million other things!
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Can your students escape the Aztec ghost?? They will have to work together to solve the 6 puzzles in this digital escape room to do so! This engaging escape room was designed to not only give your students a well-rounded review of regular present tense verbs but also get them thinking critically. It’s easy for you to assign and students to navigate. All puzzles are embedded right in the Google Slides or Google Sites. No messing around with a bunch of files! Simply share the links to the escape room and Google Form and students are good to go!
This no-prep activity is self-checking. Students input their answers to the puzzles in a Google Form. If a group’s answer is correct, it unlocks the next question on the Google Form. If a group’s answer is incorrect, a message will pop up telling students they need to try again and giving them a hint. That instant feedback makes your job so much easier!
8. CONVERSATION CARDS
Give your students a ton of speaking opportunities and practice with the present tense with these fun conversation cards! This conversation card set comes with 48 cards to get your students speaking in the target language while reviewing the present tense. Students will be engaged as they use the present tense to answer questions about their lives and favorite things. Conversation cards can be used in lots of different fun ways to get students talking in Spanish class. Read three ideas in a blog post HERE.
9. CUCHARAS GAME
Reinforce present tense verb endings in Spanish with Cucharas, the Spanish class version of one of my favorite games growing up, Spoons. Students love collecting all the conjugations of a verb in the present tense and racing to grab the spoons! This is a great way to get students engaged and focusing on the details of present tense verb endings! There is an included extension activity that has students writing and speaking with the verbs after each round.
OBJECTIVE: Collect all seven cards for one verb (infinitive + all six forms- for example: CORRER, CORRO, CORRES, CORRE, CORREMOS, CORRÉIS y CORREN) and/or not be the person left without a spoon! Read more about how to play Cucharas HERE.
I hope these ideas for the present tense help! If you enjoyed this post, I would love it if you would pin it so others can enjoy it, too! Thanks and have a great day!
Looking for more ideas? Check out these similar posts: Present Stem-changing Verbs Activities for Spanish Class and Preterite Tense Activities for Spanish Class.