Check out these three activities for ways to incorporate reading and listening skills in your middle school and high school Spanish class! Individual, partner, and small group activities that you can use with any reading!
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Reading and Listening Activities for Spanish Class
Links and Resources
- Word Clouds
- El Ratón Pablito
- Spanish Cuentos – Instagram
- Martina Bex – Comprehensible Classroom
- Partner Matamoscas
- Cognates game board example
- Cognates unit
- Video from La Maestra Loca
- Maris Hawkins (blog, Twitter)
- Reverse Running Dictation
Set up: You need a story and a word cloud generated from the story
Play: Read the story or play a recording for students. As they listen, they mark the words they hear in the cloud.
Follow up: Use their highlighted words to create an original story or give them a printout of the reading and have them code the words they heard! Read more here!
Set up: Create the game board – either have students draw a story board, use another word cloud generator, or create one yourself on Google Slides!
Play: Split students up into pairs or small groups. Read chunks from the story, or call out words in the L1 or L2 (depending on your game board). Students race to be the first to touch the corresponding word, phrase, or picture on the game board. Read more here!
Reverse Running Dictation
Set up: Get at least 10 pictures that go with the story (perfect if using a movie talk or Señor Wooly!) and label them A, B, C, etc. Make sure you write sentences that go along with them. Split the sentences in half – for use with Student A and Student B!
Play: Students split into pairs. Student A picks up the sheet for Student A & reads one sentence out loud to Student B. Student B goes and looks at the pictures, then returns to Student A & tells them which picture matches. Complete all sentences, then Student A hands in their sheet and Student B picks up a Student B sheet. Their roles reverse and they continue until the activity is complete. Read more here!