|Student sketches as per my descriptions|
A: Tell the students to draw it.
My Spanish 1 class is currently working on the 2nd chapter of stories in the Cuéntame Más series. We did a story earlier this week with the words el cuervo, tiene miedo, and se esconde debajo de la cama (the crow, s/he is afraid, s/he hides under the bed). Yesterday I did PQA with the words detrás del cacto, sales de, and deja (behind the cactus, you leave, and s/he leaves...something/somewhere), but we never got to a story the kids gave me great feedback during the PQA session. Many of the other words in chapter 2 the students already knew due to the previous 2 months of TPRS. However, they didn't know pájaro (bird). I didn't really want to do another story since we got a lot of mileage out of the one earlier this week, and I didn't want another full class period of PQA.
|C - El pájaro negro corre tras el pájaro verde.|
At the beginning of class, I gave each student a half sheet of paper, and a small paper with a description of a bird or what it was doing. The students sketched the description. Then I put 3 or 4 sketches at a time under the document camera and started asking questions about them. This turned out to be an unbelievably easy way to provide a high number of repetitions and it kept the students' attention because they were interested in seeing what their classmates drew. By the end of the activity I had 130+ reps, plus we had reviewed a lot of the vocabulary from previous stories.
Here are a few of the descriptions I gave to the students:
- a big bird talking to a wolf
- a little black bird running after a big green bird
- a bird wearing blue jeans
- a sad bird listening to music in his bed
- a yellow bird drinking Coca-Cola in a canoe
- a bird with big eyes
- two birds telling a "knock knock" joke to a big, angry snake
- two yellow birds, one big and one small, eating spaghetti
- a bird behind a cactus that is smiling
- 2 red birds hiding under a big bed