Teaching the verb SER in your Spanish class? Here are some of my favorite activities for SER! I’ve included resources for SER, SER and adjectives, and Spanish subject pronouns and SER. Make sure you grab the free task cards while you’re here!
1. BOOM CARDS
Self-checking AND self-grading? YES, PLEASE! If you are looking for a fun, interactive digital activity for your students to practice the verb SER in the present tense, these no prep Spanish Boom Cards are just what you need! Students will be engaged and get a great review of SER as they work their way through the 50 cards in the deck.
See how fun they are for yourself by clicking the previews below to play a few cards!
2. TASK CARDS
Task cards are such a fun, versatile tool. These Spanish task card sets each have 48 different cards to get your students up and moving while practicing the verb SER. More than just fill-in-the-blank cards, these sets have a variety of tasks to help your students with this tricky irregular verb. Students will be engaged as they complete various tasks like conjugating SER, filling in the blank with the correct form of the verb SER, choosing the correct translation from answers given, fixing the errors in sentences, and answering questions like “¿Cómo eres?” in complete Spanish sentences.
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.
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3. GOOGLE SLIDES
These digital task cards for Google Slides are for anyone looking to reinforce students’ understanding of SER with a ton of great practice. Students will be engaged and get a great review of SER as they work their way through the 50 interactive Google Slides in each set.
Students will be engaged in activities like:
- drag and drop conjugation chart for SER
- filling in the blank with the correct form of SER
- finding the errors in sentences and correcting them
- multiple-choice questions
- answering questions like “¿Cómo eres?” in complete sentences
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4. TRIVIA GAME
Looking for a super fun, NO PREP activity to review the irregular verb SER in the present tense with your Spanish students? Play this Jeopardy-style trivia game with them! Students will get a great review of the verb SER, its common uses, and its conjugations while playing this game. Students will be engaged as they work in teams to answer questions in the following categories: 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’ bonus 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.
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5. DIGITAL MYSTERY PICTURE
Love super fun, no prep digital activities? If so, then you will love these SER mystery pictures! Your Spanish students will get a ton of practice with the verb SER in the present tense, and a dose of culture, 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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6. READING COMPREHENSION DIGITAL MYSTERY PICTURE
Students struggling with reading comprehension and SER? You need this no-prep digital mystery picture! Your Spanish students will improve their reading comprehension skills as they read a short, SER-filled passage about a teenager in Cartagena and answer a variety of questions about what they read. Best part? Just like the mystery picture above, this activity is self-checking! If a student’s answer is correct, part of the hidden picture of Cartagena 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.
7. EASY SUB PLANS
Prefer a printable version of the reading comprehension mystery picture above? Here you go! These SER printable activities are for anyone looking to improve their Spanish students’ reading comprehension skills. There are three print-and-go activities to go along with the comprehensible reading passage for you to choose from: task cards, a crossword puzzle, and worksheets. Talk about an easy SER sub plan!
8. GOOGLE FORMS ASSESSMENTS
Self-grading? Yes, please! These digital SER 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 a Google Form for an exit ticket, formative assessment, choice board, make-up test for absent students, intervention, or about a million other things!
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9. DIGITAL ESCAPE ROOMS
Can your students find the lost City of Gold or infiltrate the secret society of the Aztecs?? They will have to work together to solve the 6 puzzles in these digital escape rooms to do so! These engaging escape rooms were designed to not only give your students a well-rounded review of Spanish subject pronouns and the verb SER, but also encourage them to think critically as they work their way through the escape rooms. They are easy for you to assign and students to navigate. All puzzles are embedded right in the Google Slides or Google Sites escape room. 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 will unlock 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!
I hope these ideas for SER 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!