These are ten differentiated word searches focusing on the months and seasons of the year in SPANISH. My students really enjoy practicing their vocabulary with word searches. They like to work independently, either alone, in pairs or in small groups, challenging themselves (and each other!) to progress through the challenges. In general, SOPAS DE LETRAS are a fabulous way of encouraging learners to engage with the written word in SPANISH, refreshing and reinforcing language as they complete the grids.
I differentiate in a range of ways. In this set, you'll see there are five SPANISH to ENGLISH grids, with the SPANISH words as prompts. Students then find them in SPANISH in the grid. A great way of really consolidating vocab is to get students to complete the word list on the grid sheet too. There are also five ENGLISH to SPANISH grids. With these, the prompt words are in ENGLISH, so students have to know the correct SPANISH word in order to find it in the grid. There's a word list to complete on these too. As the challenge increases, the words appear in an increasing number of different directions, and students can identify which directions they're looking for by referring to the arrow key on each grid.
My students like to have answer keys, and I do find these essential.
They enable students to self and peer-assess, and they actually work as a further opportunity for them to engage with the vocabulary.
The word searches are in landscape format, as this mirrors the common direction of reading from left to right, and in my experience, this is really useful for beginning SPANISH learners, as they begin to familiarise themselves with the written word in SPANISH. I’ve also included a SPANISH-ENGLISH reference sheet for a little additional support - you can either laminate this to share around small groups of learners, or give one to each learner to stick into their learning workbooks as an all-year-round reference.
I use the word searches regularly - as starters, refreshers, plenaries or fun-time fillers at any time during the school year, as well as when I'm introducing months and seasons in SPANISH. I've described the resource as suitable for GRADES 4-7, but it really does depend on where your learners are in their SPANISH learning program, and what you're currently working on or revising.
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