5 Fun Activities for Teaching Spanish Adjectives
Teaching Spanish adjectives is one of my favorite units in Spanish class! Adjectives are a great way to start the year. Here are five fun activities for teaching adjectives that will keep novice students engaged and having fun as they describe themselves and other people in Spanish class!
Spanish word searches are a great way to introduce basic Spanish vocabulary and they are incredibly FUN! Students go crazy for them. Use word searches as a warm-up at the beginning of class while students are entering, and you are taking attendance. The puzzle includes a list of common Spanish adjectives (and cognates) that they first must define, then find. Showing students how many words that are similar in both languages boosts confidence. Spend ten minutes for them to get familiar with the vocabulary, pronounce several words, then work on it later as a fast finisher activity throughout the week.
Self-Portraits are my favorite activity to get students describing themselves while showing artistic abilities. Have students write “Yo soy” in large, bold letters at the top of their paper and draw a picture of their face. They choose ten adjectives that describe their appearance or personality then write them around the paper. Students add details that make them unique (skin tone, eye color, hair color, hairstyle, braces, glasses, freckles, or jewelry). Display proudly on a bulletin board. The finished portraits often hang on my walls all year! Refer to the self-portraits to describe the person and play a game of “Guess Who?” Say: “Este estudiante es atlético, guapo y cómico. ¿Quién es?”
Spanish Speaking Activity
"Find Someone Who" is a quick and easy game that is perfect for novice learners. Get students out of their seats and speaking with one another about their favorite subject — themselves! Students receive a chart with simple questions about appearances and personalities and find someone who can answer the questions affirmatively. They must speak Spanish to receive a signature. Everything they need to communicate is on their paper. This involves a lot of repetition, so students focus on asking the questions and finding the right people. The classroom is filled with the wonderful sound of students speaking the target language! It is a great ice breaker and helps students learn about each other. It gives students time to practice the language and builds confidence.
Students love playing bingo! Fun way to practice and reinforce basic adjectives. A student looks at the list of Spanish vocabulary words, thinks of the English meaning and calls out while students look for the Spanish interpretation. Click here to download this resource for FREE!
If this is the first time that you have taught a lesson on adjectives and are not sure where to start, this PowerPoint unit has everything you need for the entire unit to get students describing themselves and other people. It includes a variety of differentiated activities (from nationalities to adjective agreement) to meet the needs and learning styles of all students. It is all done for you!
Hope you have found time-saving activities that you and your students will LOVE! Happy teaching.
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