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Friday, February 19, 2016

Five Fun Activities with Magnet Boards and Numbers

Five Fun Activities with Magnet   Boards & Numbers!

Here is another activity I found to be very helpful and engaging with children ages 4 and up.
These activities are great for teaching and reinforcing numbers in any language. But I use it for teaching Spanish.

I purchased some small magnet boards I saw at a fabric and craft store. I thought these would be great for my students. I already had some magnet numbers so it was a great buy!
So here are some ideas I use for reinforcing what has been taught with numbers.
1.     Give each student a magnet board and a set of magnet numbers from 0 to 10. (Most of the time I don’t have enough to give everyone at once, so I select a few at a time.) Call out a number in the target language and have children place that number on their magnet board.
2.    You can also form teams and see which team places the correct number on the board.
3.    Have children sit in a circle. The instructor puts random numbers on the board and students say what number it is.
4.    You can create math games and concepts from these boards and numbers.
5.    You can introduce “antes y después” game, where students say in target language the number that goes before and after or in the middle.

Hope these ideas were helpful. There are many more ideas and creative things you can do with these magnet boards and manipulative. You can purchase bigger magnet boards for other activities. In another post, I will share more ideas!
Wishing lots of fun with these ideas!
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Friday, February 5, 2016

Conjugation Cubes

Conjugation Cubes for practicing Spanish Conjugations

Conjugation Cubes were created to help students practice Spanish conjugations in a creative and fun way.
To create the game you will need two cubes. On one of cube tape 6 different actions on them. On the other cube tape the subject pronouns.  Throw the two cubes.  The action and subject pronoun on the top must be conjugated in the selected time period or tense.
At the end of this post will be information on cubes size and the free download!

Here are some suggestions:

1.      Instructor selects a student to come up and throw the cubes. Student should conjugate correctly in Spanish the subject pronoun with the action in the time period selected by instructor. Student gets five points is the conjugation is done correctly.  A variation to this game is to allow students to select the time period they want to use to conjugate.

2.      You can have two or three actions cubes to alternate with while focusing on that one subject pronoun. Or vice versa, you can use one action from the cube and just throw the other cube  with the subject pronouns several times, each time conjugating accordingly. 

3.      For more advance students, instructor throw the cubes and have students create short sentences in Spanish using a specific time period or tense.

4.      Another way to play the conjugation cubes is in a group setting.  And it came be done several ways: Instructor can select time period then throw the cubes and the first group to say the conjugations gets the points. (you can select the amount of points)Another way is to have a student within a group select the tense and another student within the group to throw the cubes. Give the group a 1 or 2 minutes to figure out their answer. If not then the chance goes to the next group and so on.

5.      As the instructor, you can choose to focus only on one particular tense to help students in the learning process. On another time you can choose to focus on a different tense. You can also choose to use two tenses at a time back and forth. All these different games and combinations of games will greatly help your students learn how to conjugate which is essential for proper grammar and expression.

6.      These are just some ideas. I’m sure you will come up with yours as well. If you have any ideas or something that have worked well, please share!

So I have included a free download of the actions and subject pronouns to cut and paste on your cubes.  Instructions are included. The actions and subject pronouns to be printed and cut goes with the following cube dimensions:  2- 7/8 In x 2- 7/8 In x  2- 7/8 In  (73 mm x 73 mm x 73 mm)

Click here to access your free download!

You may also like : Spanish Conjugation Cards Bundle and Verb Tenses Conjugation Cards.

Conjugation Task Cards! Great for reviewing and practicing conjugation in Spanish!

Conjugation Task Cards

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