Students LOVE this competitive game that reinforces the correct formation of Spanish commands. (tu/Ud./Uds./nosotros)
It's the perfect review game before a quiz/test.
Students should have a firm grasp on how to form these commands before this lesson.
Put 4 pieces of white binder paper on the floor in the classroom, representing the bases of the baseball diamond.
Draw this grid on the board:
mandato positivo mandato negativo
Tú ______________ _____________ Base 1
Ud. ______________ _____________ Base 2
Uds. ______________ _____________ Base 3
Nosotros ______________ _____________ ¡Honron!
• Divide the class into 2 teams. Choose a scorekeeper and a timekeeper.
• Choose a pitcher from Team 1.
• Choose a hitter from Team 2.
• Give the 3 lists of verbs (supplied in the download) to the pitcher. Tell the pitcher to start out the game “pitching” (simply stating) an “easy” verb to the “hitter” (student that fills out grid on the board). Teams may or may not help...it's up to you.
• The hitter writes the infinitive of the verb on the board and has 30 seconds to fill out the grid on the board with the correct command forms.
• After time is up, the teacher checks the answers.
• The student may only advance on the bases as far as his/her answers are correct. Ej. If the “Tú” positive command is wrong, then the student does NOT advance at all on base, receives an out and a new hitter is chosen. If the student makes an error on the Uds. negative, he/she will advance only through 2nd base, still receiving an out. If all answers are correct he/she gets a homerun. Homeruns are the only way a student will NOT get an out.
• Points are scored for the team just like in baseball – when a student lands on home base.
• After a team has 2-3 outs (up to you), then the opposite team is up.
• Verb Lists 2 and 3 are used as the game progresses.
• Eliminate the bases on the floor. Students play in pairs using a white board to write their answers. The teacher is the pitcher (giver of verbs) & student pairs keep their own scores & compete w/other pairs in the class.