This partner game is an awesome way to review main ideas from Spanish 1! This is ideal for playing the first week of Spanish two, when students need overall reminders of what they learned in the previous level.
Students place one pencil between them and their partner on their desks, and the teacher reads a statement about a Spanish 1 concept. If the statement is false, students should freeze and do nothing. If the statement is true, the first partner to grab the pencil gets a point. The fun part is that if a student ever grabs a pencil after hearing a false sentence, they have to subtract two points from their score.
I’ve played this game with a variety of subjects, from comprehension questions about short stories, to vocabulary and grammar questions. This game is a hit every time! Students are highly engaged, and I love it as well. I can see which areas I need to review more with the class, I can pause and review ideas behind me on the board, and there is minimal prep time! Additionally, students listen and behave well during this game. On the instruction sheet, I explain some tips for classroom management during this game.
This game includes very detailed instructions for the teacher, 30 statements to read and whether they are true or false (plus hints about when to pause and review key concepts on the board behind you), and then a few tie-breaker statements if any groups are tied after the first thirty. At the end of the game, you should have a nice collage of review ideas written on your board, which students can write exit slips about.
Note: ACTFL recommends that we foreign language teachers teach in the target language at least 90% of each lesson. Each statement in this game has slightly more English than Spanish. Example phrases are:
-If I say, “Levanten las manos,” you should raise your hands.
-The following is a grammatically accurate sentence: No me gusta bailo.
To still reach a high level of Spanish the day you play this game, you could demonstrate the instructions only in Spanish, review concepts at the board in Spanish, and have any other activities/instruction for the day be in Spanish. I hope you and your students enjoy this game!