This PowerPoint contains 22 pictures of store signs that I took while in Spain. I use this PowerPoint as a lesson to go along with chapters about shopping, running errands, etc. I have used this PowerPoint in both Spanish I and II classes. However, it would work as a great review activity for higher levels as well.
I begin the lesson by viewing the first slide with students. We note that the first slide contains three pictures of businesses that do not have the common –ería suffix added to their name. I tell them that the rest of the businesses that they will see today do contain store names with –ería. I remind them (or explain for the first time) that in Spanish, the names of stores are often constructed by adding –ería to the end of a word. For example, zapato means shoe. A zapatería would be a shoe store. We also discuss that often people in Spanish-speaking countries visit small stores on a daily basis that specialize in specific items rather than going to the supermarket for all their needs.
Now that students have appropriate background and context information, I distribute the student activity sheet. (This is slide #2. Prior to the lesson, I print and copy this slide for my students.) The first activity’s directions are as follows: “Imagine that you live in Spain with your family. Read the following 15 scenarios on the screen and decide which store you or your family member would need to enter in each situation. Circle A or B.” I start with an example slide, which we answer together to ensure students understand what to do. Then I click through the next 15 slides, giving students enough time to read the scenario and select the correct store on their answer sweet. When everyone is finished, I allow students to check their answers by discussing each one together and seeing the correct answer choice appear on the screen. A second activity is included on the student activity sheet to allow students to work independently to form store names themselves.
Notes: *I included a “Clue Words” box to help my students with some nouns in store names that they may not know. You can easily delete this box or edit it accordingly for your students. *I included pictures of a “cervecería” and a “lencería/corsetería” since these are real world locations. If you would rather not use these, you can easily swap pictures from another slide.
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