Present Progressive Sentence Illustration Activity - Includes bonus worksheet.
In this activity, students illustrate silly sentences, and then use their illustrations to practice the present perfect. After the activity, they choose their best drawing and enlarge, revise and color it to put on the bulletin board.
One set of cards for each group of students
A Drawing Sheet for each student
Students form groups of 3-5. Cards are laid face-down in three separate piles: Personajes, Actividades, and Lugares. Each player selects one card from each pile and quickly illustrates the situation suggested by the cards, for example, "An elephant is swimming in the movie theater." A time limit of 1-2 minutes is given to do the illustration, so players should focus on only the details necessary to get the idea across.
At the end of the time period, students take turns showing their drawings to the group. Other players must try to guess the sentence in Spanish: "Un elefante estÃ¡ nadando en el cine." The player who guesses correctly signs the drawing and gets 1 point. The illustrator gets 2 points. No points are awarded if no one guesses the sentence.
After all sentences have been guessed, all cards are shuffled back into the piles and another round is played. At the end of all rounds, points are totaled and written on the Drawing Sheet. In a game with 4 rounds, 10 points is an A, 8 points a B, and so on.
Each student then chooses his or her best drawing or most amusing situation and makes a neat, colored version of it on a sheet of drawing paper to be published on a class bulletin board.
Requirements for final illustrations
Neatness: Illustration is colored, outlined in black, and pencil marks are erased.
Creativity: Details are included beyond the minimum necessary to fulfill the assignment. Humor, personality, originality are present.
Clarity: The character, activity, and place are easily apparent, even to someone unfamiliar with the assignment. "Hey, why is there an elephant swimming in a movie theater?" is the desired reaction.