What is a Descúbrela?
A Descúbrela is a competitive small-group activity that promotes listening skills in the target language.
What materials do I need to incorporate a Descúbrela into my lesson?
•Copies of the Descúbrela (one copy for every two students)
•A Classroom Set of Colored Markers or Crayons
How do I use it?
•Place students in groups of two. If you have an odd number of students on your roster, a group of three can still participate in the activity. Each group should have one copy of the Descúbrela.
•Explain to the students that they are competing against their partners. You, the teacher, are going to begin calling out vocabulary words or phrases in the target language. They, the students, need to search their sheets for the word that they hear called. The person who circles the most words wins the Descúbrela!
When should I include it in my instruction?
•A Descúbrela can be incorporated after initial vocabulary instruction or before students begin to approach mastery.
•However, a Descúbrela could also be a useful tool for reviewing or reteaching vocabulary from a previously completed unit.
•Use the Descúbrela multiple times throughout a unit of study as an informal yet engaging formative assessment. Use it after initial vocabulary instruction and then use it again as students approach mastery.