Last week I blogged about 10 Ways to Get Your Spanish Class Moving. Today I have one more to add to the list, 4 Corners (with a twist).
You can see a couple ways to play 4 Corners in Language Class below.
The basic idea is to have four options, one in each corner. Using the pre-made templates from Creative Language Class in your room, you could do this as an activity to fill in some extra time at the end of class.
We played 4 corners as a “who said it” activity after chapter 2 of Bianca Nieves y los 7 torritos, using four characters. I already had a list of who said it quote from the teacher’s guide, that I had set to come up on my google slideshow one by one (Slide > Transition > by paragraph). I quickly wrote the four characters I wanted to use on paper and posted them in the four corners of the room.
4 Corners Set up
- Have a list of who said it quotes, or items with choices.
- Post the four options in the four corners of the room (4 characters, 4 places, 4 emotions, etc)
- Explain the activity before letting the students move all over
|My 4 corners signs that were quickly written during class|
4 Corners (traditional)
- Read the options and have students silently move to their choice. (Or you could just project them if you want to work on reading skills. I personally both read and project to make sure everyone understands).
- If you would like, have volunteers explain their choice in Spanish and try to convince others why they are correct.
- Repeat as long as high interest remains (about ten options).
|The volunteer closes their eyes in the center of the room while others chose their corner|
4 Corners (With a Twist)
- Set up the activity the same with prepared statements on a slideshow that come up one by one and four options in the four corners.
- Have one volunteer stand in the middle of the room with their eyes closed.
- Read the statement and have everyone silently make their choice.
- Once everyone is in place, have the volunteer make their choice without opening their eyes.
- If the volunteer is correct, anyone who is at an incorrect corner is “out” (in my class, this means they must instead write the answers to the rest of the options)
- Keep reading statements until the volunteer is incorrect. If they are incorrect, everyone gets a free pass on that questions and a new volunteer is chosen to be in the middle with their eyes closed.
- Anyone who is left at the end and got them all correct could get a small prize or class token.