Activity 1: Vocabulary with Kahoot
- Internalize the vocabulary through worksheet-guided reading
- Give students ownership over the vocabulary and the class activities
- Continue to memorize the vocabulary at home
- Students should read the vocabulary presentation in the textbook where the unit's vocabulary is used authentically and in context to help students decipher meaning. (See sample below)
- To help guide their reading and reinforce key vocabulary, students are asked to complete the worksheet as they read.
- Since students will have already played Kahoot in class with a different set of vocabulary they are familiar with the game. This familiarity allows me to give the students some ownership of the game creation. Students will use the vocabulary from the unit vocabulary list (reinforced in the reading and worksheet) to create 5 multiple choice questions to be used on Kahoot with the class. (Actual student questions are displayed below).
- The next class meeting, after all of the students' Kahoot questions have been compiled and entered as questions in the game, the class will play Kahoot. The winner gets their choice of a point of participation or a homework pass! (Screenshots from the game are below.
- For homework that night students will use Memrise, a web-based vocabulary game, to help memorize the vocabulary from the unit. (Screenshots are below)
Activity 2: Household Vocabulary with Los Sims Freeplay
- Learn household vocabulary by playing The Sims Freeplay (TM) app in Spanish
- Play and enjoy a game in Spanish (internalizing vocabulary while playing)
- Students download The Sims Freeplay (TM) app on their device
- Students follow the prompts to create a Sim and learn to navigate the app. As soon as they can they change the app language from the default English to Spanish via the main menu. This will be done in class to avoid confusion.
- Students play the game, completing the "Objectivos" of the tutorial. Either during play or after they are finished playing for the day, they write down 5 new household vocabulary words that they learned from the game.
- Students will be asked to turn in screenshots of their progress in the game so they can get credit for playing. Sample screenshots are below.
- For more advanced students, this activity could be expanded to include commands. In addition to (or in place of) identifying new vocabulary, students need to locate the informal commands used in the instructions.