Spanish Back to School Language Proficiency Puzzle 1st day of Spanish stations

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Grade Levels
7th - 12th
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10 black & white slides & 10 color slides
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Love how this helps students think about proficiency and what their language will look like! Thanks Allison!
Great way to introduce the concept of proficiency based teaching. This really showed the students how the class is "graded" and how they can expect to be held accountable to,
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The language proficiency puzzle is a must-have for the first week of any World Language classes stations. This back-to-school printable or digital activity is for World Language students to gain an awareness and begin to distinguish the various world language proficiency levels. Actividades para el regreso a classes.

The proficiency puzzle is created in English and would be great for any World Language Class, including Spanish, French, German, and more.

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Included in the back to school World Language Proficiency Puzzle

  • 10-page color PDF document, with a link to interactive editable Google Slides in the directions.
  • ✅ Printable Paper manipulative Puzzle option to cut out (laminated in advance to use with many classes year after year) - 10 pages
  • NEW low ink Black & White Printable puzzle version - 10 pages
  • ✅ Digital version option in Google Slides - move the pieces around digitally without any printing or cutting.
  • ✅ Projectable answer key is included as well.
  • ✅ NEW - Self-Checking EASEL version of the proficiency puzzle
  • ✅ Bonus Pear Deck to use with students digitally created by Claudia Elliot. It is linked to the instructions page.
  • ✅ All versions include proficiency levels & descriptors for Novice and Intermediate (low, mid & high), including Interpretive, Interpersonal, and Presentational Communication

Why use this original Proficiency Puzzle in the 1st week of school?

  • ⭐️ Explain ACTFL proficiency levels to any World Language class
  • ⭐️ Students understand what they need to be successful
  • ⭐️ Help students take ownership of their learning & set goals
  • ⭐️ Fun & tangible exercise - use as a cooperative 1st-week station

An example of using both the paper and digital puzzle during the 1st week

  • Have students work in small groups to complete the paper puzzle as one of their 1st week of school stations.
  • Correct the puzzles, by discussing proficiency levels as a class, and showing the expectation of that class via your syllabus.
  • Then have students individually turn in the digital proficiency puzzle version for personal accountability or an exit ticket or for homework. With it they can also share their proficiency goals for the semester in each mode of communication.

A bestseller for back to school in Spanish class with 225+ 5 star reviews

  • ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ This puzzle helped students see the progression of proficiency. We used the Google Slides version in order to maintain social distancing in the classroom and it worked well. - Shanda H
  • ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ I am using this resource to introduce my students to proficiency levels. A great resource to verbalize with them about the levels. - Tanya H
  • ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ This was a great activity for me (as a new middle school teacher) and the students to understand and visualize the different levels. Bien hecho! - Ester B
  • ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ This is an EXCELLENT way to explain the ACTFL proficiency levels to my students!! Well worth every penny in order to get students to understand what they need to do to be successful in class!! It has helped my students take ownership of their learning thanks to your tangible exercise! It was FUN too!!! - Karen
  • ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ This is useful. It's so important for students to have an understanding of what is expected, and they appreciate the clarity along with the engaging format. Thanks! - Victoria K

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⭐️ Get the Back to School Bundle for everything you need the first week including this Proficiency Puzzle plus Syllabus, Pre Unit 1, Parent Newsletter, 1st Week Slideshow & Lesson Plan templates.

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Total Pages
10 black & white slides & 10 color slides
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
50 minutes
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