Let’s look at 10 ways you can use the scavenger hunt clues from ¡Corre en Círculos! in your Spanish classes! We’re going to talk about this scavenger hunt style game, how to play, and then 9 more ways to re-use the clues from the game to help your students review the topics in different ways.
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What is ¡Corre en Círculos! ?
¡Corre en Círculos! is an activity that to review or practice with students. It’s similar to “I Have Who Has” or “Chain Reaction”, but instead you hang the cards up on the wall and students search for their answers around the room! It’s not complicated, but it’s a LOT of fun.
How does ¡Corre en Círculos! work?
Here’s how to play this game:
- Students can start at any page around the room.
- Read a prompt at the bottom of a starting page.
- Record their answer to the prompt.
- Find their answer on the top of a new page.
- Look at the prompt on the bottom of the new page, record their answer, then find the next sheet.
This continues until students find the prompt that leads them back to where they started (thus Círculo).
The picture below might help to understand! In this example, students look at an image showing what the weather is like, then describe the image in a sentence.
Students continue beyond what is shown in the visual, until they reach the picture that illustrates “Hace fresco.” That would lead them back to the beginning, completing the activity. It works like a scavenger hunt around the room as they read the clues and go from card to card!
How long does it take?
This depends a little bit on a few things: how well do your students know the material? are you doing the game as a review at the end of a unit, or for practice at the beginning? are they careful or do they rush & make mistakes – causing them to have to retrace their steps or start over?
In general, I usually plan for about 35-40 minutes of my class period. Once they finish the activity, they turn in their answer sheet & pick up a fast finisher. I like to do something related to the skill, whether it’s a mini puzzle variation of the Corre set they were just working with, or a maze game for them to work on!
How else can you play?
As much as I LOVE this game, we can’t do it the same way every single chapter. The kids wouldn’t want to play anymore! Here’s 9 more ways we can mix this up:
- Mini puzzle – Students play this mini version on their desks to complete the circle. Here’s a tutorial on how to print them mini, in case you need it!
- I have who has – Students call out the cards they have in this listen & response game
- Stations – Use a smaller set as part of stations
- Race – Self-explanatory, no? Give them all a paper to start at, say GO! Project a big timer for added drama.
- Mini race- go fast, but use the mini puzzles. If you want, they can work in pairs!
- Digital – Drag & drop version with Google Slides
- Relay – Split up students into teams, they race back and forth to gather all the cards and complete the puzzle
- Beat the clock – Like mini race, but the time gets shorter & shorter
- Hands and the Brain – Students work in pairs to complete the puzzle. One student can touch the pieces, but can only do so when their partner instructs them to. Teamwork at its finest!
Download a set to play!
If you would like to download a set with the student answer sheet, answer key, and all the questions and prompts made for you, here are ALL of my ¡Corre en Círculos! activity sets!
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