This is a an outline for a group project when practicing Ser vs. Estar in a Spanish classroom. I divide the class into groups of 3-4 students. Each group is provided a copy of the first page, poster paper and coloring materials. The two consecutive pages are sentences I came up with and I assign each group a sentence (of course you can come up with your own sentences if you wish! Sometimes I personalize the sentence for the group and use one of the group member's names.).
I usually do this activity after the second or third day of looking at Ser and Estar, so the students have a foundation of the uses of each.
For the poster they must include:
*a chart showing the uses of ser and estar
*conjugations of ser and estar (in the present tense-but you could give them directions for any tense you are studying)
*write the sentence given to them in Spanish
*draw a picture that goes with their sentence
*here's where they must defend their answer and explain why they chose Ser or Estar
This is a nice break from the routine worksheet and paper. It is refreshing to hear them deciphering whether they should use Ser or Estar. I like to display the really great posters on the walls in the classroom for the remainder of the unit until they test on the material.
The rubric I use to grade them (out of 20 points) is included in the first page of directions so my expectations are clear.