Are you planning a childhood unit with your Spanish classes? When you work on the “Cuando era niño” unit with your classes, you might need some imperfect tense Spanish practice activities for your students! In this post, I wanted to share 10 games, activities, and ideas you can use with your high school Spanish students!
Imperfect Tense Spanish Practice Activities
Digital Games to Practice
Here are a few sets and websites I found that you could try out to practice this vocabulary with your students:
Shorts and Videos
Here’s a mix of short films, clips, and ideas for segments you could use for a Movie Talk or in your unit to practice the imperfect:
- When I Was Young. Level A2
- Un día en el parque
- the scene in Coco where they were remembering what happened to Hector
- the movie Up when Carl met Ellie
Imperfect Reading Activities
Gallery walks are one of my favorite ways to give students a bunch of input and focus on necessary vocabulary and structures at the same time! In this unit I have two different gallery walks I like to use, at different times in the unit.
This Cuando Era Niña Gallery Walk is a great way to start off the unit because it focuses on one character reminiscing on her life. Each short reading includes her age at the time, personal and physical characteristics, hobbies and interests, life events, and vocab support on the bottom of the page to help students be successful!
The second gallery walk includes 18 short readings about people and their childhoods written in comprehensible language – so 18 different characters rather than one person sharing her reflection! The readings are a basic summary of each person’s favorite activities and pastimes as a child.
Imperfect Tense Spanish Practice Games
If you’ve introduced the imperfect to your students, chances are they just need some more time with it! Here are a few of my favorite games to play with students.
If you’re new to Boom Cards, you might be wondering what they are! These digital interactive task cards are self-checking and give students immediate feedback. They are great for independent work, stations, and homework. Click here to try this deck out!
¡Corre en Círculos! Imperfect Tense Game
¡Corre en Círculos! is one of my favorite review games for Spanish class because it is so low prep for you and so engaging for students! Print the cards, hang them around the room, and let students go in this scavenger hunt style game! Download this review game here!
Maze games have students answer a series of questions, but students are also trying to find their way to the end of the maze at the same time. This print and go or post and go practice is super engaging! Click here to download the imperfect tense set of activities.
El Toro Review Game
Everyone loves a good review game, and this is one of my students’ favorites! I call this fast-paced verb trading game “El Toro”. I often describe it to my students as “Go Fish, but everyone fishes at once”. There’s no sitting and waiting in this game! It’s the perfect review game for Spanish class. Download the cards to play here!
I love using these conversation cards to scaffold students’ speaking skills. There are so many ways to use them, but I most often grab a set to use during stations! Download the ready-made set for practicing the imperfect here!