Spanish Hidden Number Pair Work | Los números

Spanish Hidden Number Pair Work | Los números
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This activity is designed to get students speaking Spanish with each other with no English prompts. Students will need a clipboard or folder to make sure they can’t see their partner’s paper, a pencil and perhaps a highlighter.

To prepare the student copies, print half as many pages as you have students. These are designed to be cut in half between "Persona A" and "Persona B" to save paper. When students are paired, one needs "Persona A" and the other needs "Persona B," but they should not look at each other’s papers.

There are two parts to the activity. First, students need to ask each other what number they have in different regions of the paper. When they find a match, they both highlight that number on the page. I encouraged students to use map directions like north, east, south, west, northwest, etc. to name the box they meant, but you may prefer using directions like left and right instead.

A typical conversation will have one student asking, "¿Tienes 51 en el centro?" and the partner saying sí or no, etc. This is good practice getting information in Spanish, which makes it an authentic speaking activity instead of a rehearsed skit.

For pairs that finish quickly, there’s a math section at the bottom. They’ll need to build their problems by choosing the number indicated by the direction, then solving the math problem. To practice spelling, have students write the word for the number instead of the numeral.

This is a flexible activity that works well in class, but the second half can be extended into homework as needed.

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