This is a rather simple, quick speaking activity that I use with my Spanish 1 students a day or two after we first explore the difference between Saber and Conocer. I call this speaking activity "Find Someone Who...", and it can be used for many other topics.
Instructions for this "Find Someone Who" speaking activity:
Each student receives a sheet. They should write their name on the top of the sheet, and then take a few minutes to read through each box on the sheet. I allow them to consult with table partners if they have any questions about understanding anything written in the boxes. Students then stand up and begin speaking to other students (in the target language, of course!). Students are looking to find someone who can affirm that the statement in the box is true about them. When student A walks up to student B, they should introduce themselves (always working on those basic skills!), and then student A should ask questions to find a box that student B can say yes to. Then student B will sign the box that applies to them. Before walking away, students should say goodbye.
Students are attempting to fill all boxes with signatures. The catch is that they cannot have another student sign their sheet more than once. If a student fills all their boxes, they sit down. You as the instructor should circulate among the students, encouraging and reminding them about use of target language. Depending on the size of the class, I may choose to allow students enough time for everyone to fill their sheet, or I may cut the activity short after 5-10 minutes.
Afterwards, as a wrap-up activity, I like to then go through all boxes and ask various students who they found. You may also choose to then engage in some brief follow-up questions to the students who signed the various boxes.
This product includes:
• A Microsoft Word document of student handout
• A PDF copy of that same handout in case of any wonky formatting issues
Grammatical structures and vocabulary involved:
• Saber and conocer (including the use of conocer to talk about being "familiar with" something)
• Vocabulary: various basic nouns and verbs, but customizable to your units
Happy teaching and learning!