FYI: This vocabulary contains affirmatives and negatives but it goes along with the Realidades book series. At this point in time, the students do NOT know certain rules/vocabulary yet and therefore the sentences that they are required to translate are translated according to how the students would be able to respond using the information that they know. For example, "I don't have any food or drinks" would be translated to "Yo no tengo ninguna comida o bebidas" because they do not know to keep it negative and do not know the vocabulary for neither/nor ("ni").
*Note: I do not take credit for the name "Onesie-Twosie." My cooperating teacher came up with the name and I have just run with the idea!
Onesie-Twosies are a great way for students to practice speaking Spanish with partners while also making sure they use correct grammar and vocabulary. This particular Onesie-Twosie gives them practice with negatives and affirmatives along with classroom vocabulary.
Put students in pairs and make sure one partner gets “A” and the other gets “B.” Partner A will go first. They will see an English sentence next to #1. They are to translate the sentence aloud to their partner in Spanish. Partner B will see the answer next to #1 and will listen to make sure their partner gets it correct. If they need to give them any corrections, they can do so. Then Partner B will go to #2 and translate to Spanish. Partner A will check the answer to #2 and give corrections if necessary. They go back and forth, back and forth, hence the name Onesie-Twosie.
-You could require students to write out the translations rather than say them aloud.
-You could make it a game where students keep track of the number of sentences that they get right.
-You could time students to see how far they get.
-If students finish early you can have them switch papers and go again.
-The possibilities are endless!