10 Ways to Get your Spanish Class Moving
Now that I have a deskless classroom there is so much room for activities! I have seen so many articles floating around lately about how important it is for students to move during the school day. As we get to the end of the year getting students up and moving is essential for all of those pent up wiggles. I have started asking myself, how could students move while doing this activity? For example instead of sitting as a class and discussing questions, post them around the room and have students float from question to question asking and answering in pairs. Here are some of my favorite ways to incorporate movement in Spanish class.
La Maestra Loca, Annabelle Allen shares her quick twist on a brain break. These are rapid fire and only last 1-5 SECONDS. She shares a huge list of them here. In my deskless room, this can be as easy as stand up if you are wearing red and switch places, or stand up and do three jumping jacks and sit down. It could also be a couple quick TPR moves. This is all done in Spanish and just gets everyone to wake up and refocus.
I learned this activity from Camp Adventure, but it works great in the classroom. Everyone starts in the middle of the classroom “on the bus.” To make this more entertaining, have students actually pretend to be on a bumpy bus ride with a driver in front leaning side to side. Two options are given, which I project side by side. Everyone must “get off the bus” or chose a side. Below you can see how with novice students were practiced talking about what we liked more. You could also do this with true/false, possible/probable, or with intermediate students take sides on debated issues. Once they chose a side, you could have a representative tell why they made their choice. Then get back on the bus and repeat. If you have more than two options you could turn it into 4 corners instead.
|A “what do you like more” version of Get off the bus|