Half-term – where did that go?!
Anyway, here are 5 simple things to try this week…
Mini-whiteboard Vocab Scrabble
You need some large tables, mini-whiteboards and pens. Start by writing a word across the middle (a long one). Students score points for the following:
- Point per letter
- Point per letter of word they create and the word it bisects
- Double points if the word links to the topic from the previous half term (another way of making it stick).
Alternatively you can use paper but mini-whiteboards are more environmentally friendly 🙂 If you’re feeling nostalgic you can do it with a whole class and an OHP.
Give students a line of 4 vocabulary items on the same topic and a big capital letter at the end. They have to invent the odd one out. Again you could demand that they recycle knowledge from a previous topic.
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Great way to build vocabulary. If you have access to dictionaries, picture dictionaries or Usborne’s first thousand words. Get students to find 5 of something so they broaden their vocabulary. Try to avoid them getting hung up on finding the duck!
Talk or write about a topic without using certain words. In the cases of one or two students, I’m going to declare war on the next individual who uses interesante, aburrido, bueno, malo, emocionante.
Mark – Plan – Teach
I’ve been reading a little too much on the Teacher Toolkit website but I like this one. It should be the way we approach marking. I have just marked a set of year 8 assessments and whilst most did what was asked of them, there are a number of errors that I want to sort out.
- It would appear most of them have great command of possessive apostrophes in English but these do not exist in Spanish yet nowhere in Mira 1,2, or 3 does it cover this.
- Me gusta + Me encanta are often followed by conjugated verbs so that needs sorting.
- ie and ei keep getting confused so some phonics drilling is probably in order.