Learn to play Canasta! With this product you are receiving teacher instructions and lesson plans, 4 fill-in worksheets for your students of bilingual game terminology and a double-sided communication record keeping sheet for stickers or stamps. Social interaction is just as important as verb conjugation and grammar. Let your students put their skills to use!
This is a family game that my mother taught me when I was six years old. No, I wasn’t advanced for my age however over time, Canasta and Tripoly became my favorite games because of the strategies that were involved. Yes, I wanted to win.... 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 or a banking and investment unit and we would play Monopolio (Vocabulary will be added soon in my store). After all, I did teach the numbers 0 to infinity for a reason back in Spanish 1 and 2. In each level the students received a word bank glossary of conversational game vocabulary (attached) and then “LET THE GAMES BEGIN”.
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 worksheet is written 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.
Essential Background Knowledge:
Numbers 0 - Infinity
Customary classroom dialogue in Spanish
One box of Canasta cards for one group of 3 to 6 players
Two regular decks of cards for each group of 3 to 6 players
Canasta Terminology and Rules Worksheet Packet
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Oral Communication Record Keeping Chart