In this activity, students get an envelope in which there are six pictures of historical figures, and 30 biographical statements about the historical figures. They then find which statements go with which historical figure, and the first group to correctly match all the biographical statements with the correct picture wins...something. The historical figures included are: Ceasar Chavez, Frida Khalo, Don Quijote, Moctezuma II, Pancho Villa, and Cristobal Colon.
Students then take turns saying a biographical statement out loud and having students guess the appropriate historical figure.
This is a very good activity after students have practiced the imperfect, and before (or just when they start) studying preterite v imperfect, It tests for reading comprehension and understanding of the imperfect, along with oral practice. Four of the statements are in the imperfect, and one is in the preterite, which creates a good contrast for the students to understand. I typically engage my students in a quick conversation about why that one statement isn't in the imperfect as a way to introduce the next day's activity regarding preterite v imperfect.
In addition, this activity introduces and presents historical figures to the students in Spanish, and the students really enjoy this cultural exploration. See preview for an example of the biographies.
This is a stand alone activity used for Spanish 2 and 3, and can be used in conjunction with Realidades 2 4a/b.
OJO!!! You must cut up the biographies to put in envelopes before you hand this activity out. Please plan 20 minutes before you use it the first time. Once you are done though, it's yours forever!