This fun, mysterious conversation activity gets students active with their Spanish speaking skills. Each student is a suspect in a burglary crime. They are given 4 pieces of evidence discovered by the policía and must ask and answer questions in Spanish of each other to determine "¿Quién es el ladrón?"
Vocabulary focuses on interrogative words, basic question and answer, and a few family/home oriented terms. The main purpose is to get students speaking the language while having fun. See below for more details on how this activity works.
Prep Ahead of Time:
You will need to print out the “Sospechoso” cards (there are two per page, a total of 22 suspects). Each Sospechoso card has a number at the top right corner to help identify each suspect. Each card has the suspect’s name and personal description at the top and answer prompts at the bottom. The answer prompts are there to help students answer questions properly. They can fill in the blanks orally with the information on their Sospechoso card.
Determine which Crime Scene you would like to use. There are four choices, but you can easily create more based on the information on Sospechoso cards. Each Crime Scene includes four pieces of evidence that characterize the “ladrón.” While many suspects may fit some pieces of evidence, there is only one that fits all four. The Crime Scene Solutions page includes the ladrón name and number for each crime scene; therefore, not all 22 suspects must be used (just be sure to use the one who is the ladrón).
How to Play:
Give each student 1. A Sospechoso card and 2. An “Apuntes” sheet on which to take notes of the suspects they meet
Display on the board the Crime Scene you have selected and read aloud with students. Based on the Crime Scene information, there are four pieces of evidence your students must verify to determine who is the ladrón. Remind them that they could be the ladrón themself!
Allow students to walk around asking each other the questions on their Sospechoso cards (they can use the fill-in-the-blank answer prompts on their cards to assist in answering each other). As they ask questions, they should write on their “Apuntes” sheet names of the suspects with whom they speak and four facts they learn that support the four pieces of evidence given. They do not need to ask every suspect every question to be able to determine “whodunnit.” They only need to write down information they learn that is relevant to the Crime Scene evidence.
Once they believe they have determined the ladrón, they must present their information to the Jefe (that’s you!).