|Words for "Word Sneak" game|
1. I showed a few minutes of "Word Sneak" on YouTube so students fully understood the game.
2. For a practice run, I wrote 10 random words in Spanish on index cards and two students volunteered to play the game. (Some of the random words were: me dolía, las estrellas, vaca, sangre, etc.). One of the students started the conversation, used the first word in telling about what happened with her pet, to which the second student responded, "sneaking" her first word into the conversation.
For something extra, after they finished I asked the other students if they could guess what words were on the cards.
3. Then I gave each student TWO index cards. The 16 words I had written on the cards were words that I pulled from the first chapter of La Calaca Alegre, a novel written by Carrie Toth. Since I have a small group of Spanish 4+ students this semester, 8 people played the game, instead of 2. It was FUN! If I hadn't know beforehand what was written on the card, I would have had a hard time figuring out which words were intentionally "sneaked" into the conversation.
After playing the game, we read Chapter 1 of La Calaca Alegre. The students already knew most of the words, but the game served as a refresher/review of the words in which students could hear and use the words in context.
For bigger classes, you could have several groups playing at the same time. If you have enough words, after the groups are finished they could pass their index cards to the next group and play with the new set of cards.
I recommend this for a level 3 or higher class. It doesn't take long and it's a fun way to involve the students in peer conversation.