Learn to play Monopoly in Spanish! These pages provide you with the ultimate word bank that your students will reference not only for a Monopoly game but as a side benefit, they will gain a foundation of bilingual terminology they will need in the banking and finance world. Do you teach English to English Language Learners? The vocabulary in this unit will aid your students in the basics of purchases and money transactions. Social interaction is just as important as verb conjugation and grammar so let your students put their skills to use! Rules and keys are formatted for the document camera or smartboard.
- bilingual alphabetized word bank; verb, adjective and noun categories
- game rules and bilingual game terminology
- two sided communication record keeping sheet for stickers or stamps
- 3 sets of fill-in worksheets; one cloze worksheet with complete sentences, two
word bank fill-in worksheets
- answer keys
- teacher instructions
- lesson plan suggestions
The worksheets for these activities are written primarily in alphabetical order in a combination of English and Spanish. Although the expectation is that your advanced classes communicate in Spanish, the reality is that the non-native speaker can be intimidated by the fact that they are in a classroom with Heritage speakers. My classroom was a place where Heritage speakers could freely speak their language with pride and improve their own reading and writing skills. Language learners had the opportunity to be in a classroom in close contact with the culture that they were studying and to improve their language skills without fear of peer judgement. It was a win-win situation for all as each lesson was really about building community within the walls of the class and teaching students how to extend that sense of community and apply it in their lives beyond the classroom. Yes, this philosophy will appear in future blogs or Maestra Mapache Creation products. The objective of the game is to amass the largest quantity of money and properties while at the same time sending your opponent into bankruptcy. Even timid students can be encouraged to get competitive and lively!
Why? Well, when you travel, you need some social skills for travel abroad; card and table games, ping pong or video games. What can you say? How can you interact with others in a social situation? It is not all, “Hello, how are you? What is your name? Where do you live?” What is our goal here? To simulate real-world social situations and to utilize a fun and creative way to encourage your students to speak Spanish.
This is a family game that most of us have played with family and friends at least once during a holiday or family gathering. As a teacher, in every level of language that I taught, once per semester, I would teach a 3 week game (casino days) unit. I began with Uno card game in first year. Second year, we would play the traditional Mexican game “Oca” and the game of Lotería or Loto. Spanish 3, 4 and 5, at the end of the a term, I would teach Canasta (available in my store) or a banking and investment unit and we would play Monopolio.
Monopolio is the best and the worst of capitalism and since money is involved, your students will take this game to a whole new level. Consider that this is bilingual career preparation for your students who plan to make a career in banking and finance. If you have students who will job shadow at an accounting firm or in a bank, they at least will be ready with some bilingual interaction. This unit is where your students will get a bang for their “buck” out of all the number vocabulary that you taught them in the earlier levels.
Essential Background Knowledge:
Numbers 0 - Infinity
Customary classroom dialogue in Spanish
Purchasing and Shopping Transaction Questions
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Please see my other resources below:
Oral Communication Record Keeping Chart
Canasta Card Game Terminology, Vocabulary and Rules
Bilingual Banking and Finance Activities
Colors and Numbers Fill In Activity Worksheet