Preterite Teacher Resources
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New! El Pretérito: Preterite Tense
Make sure that your class fully understand the preterite with this packet of materials. To get started, pupils fill out the preterite conjugations for -ar, -ir, and -er verbs. They then complete a series of translation, sentence-writing, and conjugating exercises. Several of the pages touch on irregular verb conjugations. There is enough material to last for several days of class work or homework.
Irregular Preterite Verbs
An extremely comprehensive look at the irregular preterite Spanish verbs. Several irregular verbs are covered like poder, andar, decir, estar, saber, tener, and querer. The presentation is interactive, and you can have learners come up to your interactive whiteboard (if your classroom has one) and move the tiles around themselves. Several practices opportunities are included.
Young scholars conjugate Spanish verbs in the preterit tense. They repeat words back to the teacher, write and present sentences, and create a preterit cube, rolling the cube and conjugating are, er, and Ir verbs in the preterit tense.
The Preterite vs. the Imperfect
Students write their own original studenT story in the past in Spanish using the imperfect and the preterite after watching the teacher present the provided Power Point presentation on the differences in the uses of the two.
Kerpoof- Fairy Tale Narration in Spanish
Learners create a Spanish fairy tale. In this Spanish lesson plan, students explore and create Spanish fairy tales. Learners listen to Spanish fairy tales then create their own. Students use Kerpoof to create their fairy tale and present to the class.
New! Accent Marks & Special Characters in Spanish
Check out this clear description of how and when to use accent marks and special characters. The information, necessary to truly understand the purpose of special characters and accent marks would make a great reference material for pupils. Also included is a presentation with the same information, which would be appropriate for in-class use with some note taking. The material is broken up into manageable pieces for the presentation and includes a practice exercise.
¡Ya sé lo que hiciste el verano pasado! Using the Preterite Indicative Tense
Students focus on the uses of the preterite indicative tense and vocabulary related to travel. They read various selections that demonstrate the use of the preterite. and draw pictures to illustrate their understanding.
Spanish - Imperative vs. Preterite Tense
Twelfth graders take an online quiz using a website where they differentiate between preterite and imperfect tenses in Spanish. In this Spanish lesson plan, 12th graders use their computer skills and Spanish skills.
Students practice one of the past tenses in Spanish called the preterite after the teacher presents the provided Power Point presentation.
Muslim Arab/Spanish Connection
Ninth graders examine the Muslim Arab influences on Spanish history. After watching a video, they make three maps of Spain: one before the invasion of the Muslims, one during the 8th to 15th century and one map showing the country as it is today. They compare and contrast main beliefs, values and heroes on each side and discuss the cultural legacy left by the Muslims. They practice using the correct tense to show the sequence of events in Spanish.
Preterite Forms of -AR, -ER, -IR Verbs
Students explore how to form the preterite forms of regular -AR, -ER, and -IR verbs. They complete a variety of written task in which they write the correct preterite forms of the verbs. Students complete a worksheet finding the correct form of the verbs.
Spanish Farm Animals
Students discover the names of farm animals in Spanish. In this Spanish instructional activity, students use games, song, and dance to learn the names of 9 farm animals in Spanish.
Teaching the Body Parts in Spanish
Young scholars rehearse vocabulary used to describe body parts in Spanish. In this second language instructional activity, students gain exposure to words identifying body parts in the Spanish language. Activities include young scholars labeling the human figure with the correct body part, and playing a game of "Simon dice" (Simon Says).
Crime in the Spanish Speaking World and in Our Country
Ninth graders analyze authentic news texts in Spanish dealing with the issue of crime in Spanish speaking countries. These texts include periodicals, Web sites and television news programs. Students report their findings to their peers in a panel discussion format.
New! ¡Practicamos los Verbos Regulares e Irregulares en el Pretérito!
Check out these four different exercises designed to aid pupils on their way to mastering the preterite with regular and irregular verbs. The first page asks pupils to translate a series of sentences from English into Spanish using provided verbs. Next, pupils fill in the blank in 24 sentences and then change 20 present tense verbs into preterite verbs. Finally, learners translate a short Spanish story into English and answer a few questions about the content of story.
Spanish-American Voices in American Poetry
Eighth graders read excerpts from a variety of poems by Hispanic and Spanish authors in Spanish. Individually, they identify any vocabulary they are unfamiliar with and view examples of poetry elements. To end the lesson, they research and read poems by authors who are second generation Puerto Rican.
Poems and Translation (from Spanish to English)
Students read and are read various poems in their native language of Spanish. In groups or individually, they translate the poems into English and practice speaking English by reading them to the class. They answer comprehension questions for each poem to end the lesson.
Do your Spanish speakers need more practice with the preterite tense? Print this for homework! consider adding an additional section that offers sentences in English, and have your learners translate them into Spanish.
Los Volcanes Mexicanos
Students conduct Internet research on Mexican volcanoes. They explore various websites, complete a website worksheet, answer questions in Spanish, and create a timeline of a volcano's eruptions.
Temas contraversiales del mundo hispanohablante:Controversial Themes of the Hispanic World
Eleventh graders brainstorm controversial themes of Spanish-speaking countries. They read articles written in Spanish. They discuss the articles, practicing their Spanish speaking skills. Students conduct research and design a presentation about one of the themes from above.