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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.
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.
Young scholars rehearse vocabulary used to describe body parts in Spanish. In this second language 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).
Learners 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.
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.
Print a series of these conjugation half-sheets to use as bell-ringers! This one focuses on using the preterite and imperfect tenses. Intermediate Spanish scholars use the verbs in parentheses to complete each of the sentences provided. Get your class focused and ready to review the imperfect tense!