Bah - this might just be my new favorite activity!
Have you read student essays and wanted to pull your hair out because they clearly don't know how to use the dictionary? You get sentences like "la guerra apagado en 1983" or "la guerra be en la Argentina." Sometimes it's glaringly obvious that our students have never actually received instruction on how to use a Spanish/English dictionary.
This activity will walk you and your students through a few sample sentences, showing dictionary entries for various words, highlighting the dictionary reference tools, and giving direct instruction on...
Not looking up a conjugated verb
How to use the parts of speech notes
How to use the context clue notes
How to find set phrases vs one-word translations
How to tell if a noun is masculine or feminine
How to choose if there are two synonyms listed
The difference between an online translator and an online dictionary
It comes in a 55-slide powerpoint for you to walk through and a student note guide for them to fill in as they go. There are both PDF and editable versions of both. The sample sentences use preterite and imperfect, so I would recommend this for intermediate and advanced classes. But, since it's editable, you could adjust the sentences as needed for a lower-intermediate class.
Pro tip: Do this activity the day AFTER your first major writing project where students get to use dictionaries. That way they will have the immediate reference and memory of being confused by the dictionary. You'll get lots of "ah ha" light bulbs if you do it the next day!
If you are teaching Spanish 2, this product is also available as part of my Spanish 2 Mega-Bundle
If you are teaching Spanish 3, this product is also available as part of my Spanish 3 Mega-Bundle
If you are teaching Spanish 4, this product is also available as part of my Spanish 4 Mega-Bundle
This activity focuses on the ACTFL language comparison and interpretive communication standards.
Going paperless? This activity is designed to be projected through Powerpoint. You can use the PDF documents in the Notability app for students to add their writing or even have them submit their answers to you electronically.
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