6.5 days. That is how many days of school we have left. (Not that anyone is counting, right?) The anticipation of summer vacation has students acting crazy and teachers struggling to find ways to harness all that energy while still being academically-productive. Getting students to focus this time of year is TOUGH. Most are day-dreaming of swimming at the lake, trips to the beach, summer camp, and driving around with their friends. One trick to keeping them on-task and productive? Sidewalk chalk! With sidewalk chalk, you can turn just about any lesson into an engaging, hands-on activity that gets students outside like they have been begging for AND provides students with a meaningful learning opportunity! Win-win!
Ideas for using sidewalk chalk
REVIEW: The Spanish 1 students in the picture above are reviewing for their final project by writing sentences about a variety of topics. Each square was labeled with a different theme that we covered this year in class (la comida, la ropa, la ciudad, me gusta(n), mi familia, etc.) and students rotated to each square and wrote one complete sentence for the topic, plus drew a simple picture to illustrate their sentence. Could we easily have done this in my classroom? Of course. Were students waaaaaay more engaged and excited about writing sentences when they had a piece of chalk in their hands and drawing/writing on the ground? YES. The format also made it simple for me to go around and give feedback to students on their sentences. You could easily adapt this activity to review topics you covered in your own classes.
SENTENCE WRITING: Give students scrambled sentences and have them write out the sentences with the words in the correct order.
Looking for task cards to review everything your students learned in Spanish 1 and Spanish 2 before you send them out the door for summer? Check out these cute summer-themed sets! Each is designed to give your students a well-rounded review of topics covered in Spanish 1 and Spanish. Click HERE for the Spanish 1 task cards and HERE for the Spanish 2 task cards! These would be perfect for using outside with sidewalk chalk!
There are hundreds of different ways you can use sidewalk chalk with your classes. Please leave a comment below if you have a great idea you want to share! I would love to hear it!