This is one of my favorite activities for understanding how Spanish words fit together! It blends grammar/structure understanding with vocabulary and lets students work in small groups to practice the ins and outs of the language.
There are 10 sentences students will unscramble using physical cards - they must unscramble the sentences, identify the direct object, and rewrite the sentence with the direct object pronoun. You can also ask them for an English translation as well.
This frees you as a teacher up to circulate among the groups and correct, reteach, and explain to small groups. You'll quickly see who understands and who doesn't, as well as who has been studying vocabulary (I usually allow students to use their notes for the activity, but it slows them down when they have to look many things up).
* SMART notebook presentation reviewing Spanish direct objects and modeling/explaining the activity
* cut-out cards for the scramble
* makeup activity for absent students
* Label each envelope/sentence (10 total) with a different letter - also write this letter on the back of each card in that envelope in case any cards fall on the floor.
* Write on the outside of the envelope how many cards should be in that envelope.