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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Games to help students learn Spanish words.

Games to help students learn Spanish words
Games to help learn, reinforce and encourage language development for Spanish.
In my previous post entitled Merry go round with shapes and words, I shared an enrichment activity with foam cups to help students learn Spanish words.  The vocabulary and pictures used for the activity were selected from the pile of flash cards set 1. 

A sample of flash cards set 1
To further the learning experience and retention of new words I came up with a game using all forty words found in flash cards set 1.

Flash card game set 1 (these are to be use with flash cards set 1)
 For purchase and more information on this game and how to play visit my store on TpT by clicking here.
Here is another game I came up with to help students as they learn these new words. Repetition is key for retention so these games and activities are created for this purpose.
Before playing any of the games or doing the activities, students should already be familiar with all the words that will be used.
This game introduces the verb to have in the first person singular and the question “who has” in Spanish.  So students will learn to say       “yo tengo” and ask: “quién tiene…?
So here is how to play the game:
Give each student a picture card. The card will have the main picture on it. At the lower bottom right of the card is  a small picture. See picture below.

Using the example on the card,  the first student will start out by saying: "yo tengo la cama. ¿quién tiene la silla?” (“I have the bed, who has the chair?”)The student with the chair gets up and says: yo tengo la silla and immediately ask ¿ quién tiene el televisor?”……the studend with "el televisor" gets up and say "yo tengo el televisor, ¿quién tiene el pizarrón?

and so on until everyone gets a turn to say and ask. The last student will say “yo tengo” and immediately ask the question “¿quién tiene”? if no one has the card then the group says: "nadie tiene la/el...." (no one has...) This game can end there or can be extended by adding another dimension to it.

 This other part is good for memory, good for practicing verb to have in the third person singular by making simple affirmative and negative statements. Example (Maria tiene….)(Mary has…)  Students will need to remember who has what. So after the first part of the game is over the instructor can ask: ¿quién tiene la mesa? The question can be asked to the whole group or to an individual student. They should answer by saying: “María tiene la mesa.” Substitute the student’s name for María.   If María does not have la mesa then María should say: “no tengo la mesa” Instructor can say:” “María no tiene la mesa.” Playing these games and practicing the simple affirmative statements and negation over time will help students tremendously in  understanding the construction process in grammar in a natural way without having to memorize conjugations.
These games encourage speaking and at the same time reinforce the words. After some time doing these activities and games, students will naturally be able to make simple and affirmative sentences and negation with ease and will prepare them to create more sentences.
The cards are numbered to facilitate the use of the reference guide included with the game to assist students who might need a little help. 
The pictures used on the cards correspond to the same ones in flash cards set 1. There are four sets of flash cards. To purchase these flash cards click here.
To purchase the game: "Yo tengo. ¿Quién tiene? Spanish cards click here

I hope these games and ideas are helpful. Feedback and comments are welcomed! And don’t forget to make it Fun! J
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  1. Very useful to learn new vocabulary. Thanks for sharing the idea. Mil gracias! :-)

  2. I'm glad you found this activity helpful!
    I appreciate your feedback! Gracias!

  3. I am hoping the same best effort from you in the future as well. In fact your creative writing skills has inspired me.
    good morning in spanish

  4. Very useful to keep improving our spanish because i really want to learn the languague, thanks for the help

    1. Thank you for your feedback! I'm glad this product is useful.
      Feel free to let me know if you are in need of any topics, songs or games you would like me to post about. I would be glad to help! You can contact me directly at:
      Happy learning! :-)