Make learning Spanish Travel Vocabulary fun with this multi-faceted Activity Page for students..
I developed this activity sheet to go along with Unidad 1, Lecciones 1-2 of the Avancemos Spanish 2 textbook but it will work well with any travel unit.
Here are some features that I included:
1 The image in the upper left is a picture of the Andes Mountains that I took during a flight from Lima to Cusco, Perú. Most students are intrigued by the image and the fact that there is still snow on the mountains in July.
2 The upper right section contains selected words from the unit vocabulary. First, I have students write in the definite articles for each word (el, la, los, or las) then, after a review of the direct object pronouns (lo, la, los, las), I ask them to write the direct object pronouns in the spaces behind the vocabulary words. This activity is not very rigorous, but it does provide additional exposure to the articles and pronouns.
3 The column to the left lists many of the vocabulary words from the unit. For homework, or as a warm-up / bell ringer, I have students write the English translations beside the vocabulary words. You can make this part of the activity individual or collaborative. It can also be assigned as a warm-up instead of homework.
4 The vocabulary words listed can be found in the word search to the right. Once all of the words are found by the students, have them highlight or color the boxes of the words that are bolded on the answer key. Although it will look abstract, ideally students should see the outline of a mountain, similar to the one in the upper left of the page. (Not everyone will see it)
5 Also, there are several (but not all) of Spanish-speaking capital cities hidden in the word search. Instruct students to write the capitals in the chart at the bottom of the vocabulary word list. (The order is not important at this time) At some point during the lesson, call out the Spanish-speaking capitals. Students should mark the capitals as they are called. The first student to have three-in-a-row is a winner. A call list is included on a "Notes for the Teacher" page.
6 Lastly, at the bottom of the Activity Page, there are three Reading Comprehension questions where students fill in the boxes below each clue with a word from the Unit. The clues are written in Spanish and students can use the vocabulary list as a word bank for potential answers.
All things considered, I think that you will find that this Activity Page successfully combines learning and fun.