Inside: Are you struggling to teach the Imperfect and Preterite in your Spanish 2 or Spanish 3 class? If you are looking for ready-to-go units using the Super 7 verbs in the Imperfect and the Super 7 verbs in the Preterite, this post is for you. Remote learning, distance learning, hybrid, or in person, I have you covered for it all. Plus Preterite Weekend Talk to use all year and after breaks.
Preterite vs. Imperfect in Spanish Class
As Spanish teachers, we understand that students struggle with the multiple forms of the past tense in Spanish class. It can be tricky to teach the imperfect and preterite, so all the repetition can be helpful.
How to Teach the Imperfect in Spanish Class
First, in the blog post Introducing the past tense in Spanish class using high-frequency verbs, I first introduced my Super 7 Imperfect Unit. I have used variations of this unit for years now to first introduce the imperfect. I know most textbooks introduce the Preterite first, but personally, I like to start with the Imperfect since it is easier and helps to build confidence. First up, Imperfect activities.
Then, this 2-week unit is perfect for in-person instruction to introduce or review the Imperfect tense, focusing on the Super 7 verbs.
Also, this all-digital Imperfect unit is perfect for right now with all of the uncertainty. It was created for distance learning and many teachers have used it for that purpose. It works digital or paperless instruction to introduce or review the Imperfect tense, focusing on the Super 7 verbs. See the blog post Digital high-frequency verb unit for back to school for more info on how I have used these units.
Additionally, there is an interpersonal speaking and presentational writing activity to review either of the above units. This Imperfect Find Someone Who is perfect to review before an assessment. See the blog post Find Someone Who Spanish Interpersonal Speaking for ways to mix up this activity.
Then, an all-digital Imperfect review activity with 50 Google Slides. This is perfect if you need a more grammar-focused review to comply with your department or common assessments.
Finally, all of the Imperfect Super 7 activities above are together in this money-saving Imperfect bundle. This is a clear choice right now if you want to be prepared for any teaching situation.
How to Teach the Preterite in Spanish Class
Also, starting in Spanish 1, I use Weekend Chat to casually introduce the Preterite tense on a regular basis on Mondays. See 10 Ways to Mix Up Weekend Talk blog post for tons of ideas and ready-to-go Preterite Weekend Chat resources. To start out, I like to use just went. The first two resources below are perfect to introduce the preterite of ir. They can be used as early as Spanish 1, with many repetitions of just one verb.
Also, see Spanish Question Cards for Interpersonal for more ways to use these Fue question cards.
Then, the resources below focus on all of the Super 7 verbs in the preterite tense.
First, for the preterite, this 2-week unit is perfect for in-person instruction to introduce or review the Preterite tense, focusing on the Super 7 verbs.
Next, this all-digital preterite unit is perfect for digital or paperless instruction to introduce or review the Preterite tense, focusing on the Super 7 verbs.
Also, I have an interpersonal speaking and presentational writing activity to review either of the above units. This Preterite Find Someone Who is perfect to review before an assessment.
Finally, all of the Preterite Super 7 activities above are together in this money-saving Preterite bundle.
More Preterite Resources – Weekend Chat
Also, introduce and recycle the preterite all year long with Weekend Talk. Below are other resources you might want as well.
- Question Cards – Weekend Talk
- Digital Weekend Chat 2 – digital slides with class starters & discussion slides
- Weekend Chat 21 digital slides with move your people
- Or the weekend chat bundle for all of my weekend chat variations all together.
Post Holiday Break Activities using the Preterite
Finally, introduce and recycle the preterite all year long, specifically after breaks.
Preterite & Imperfect in Spanish Class
The above resources will help you introduce or review the Imperfect and Preterite in Spanish class. Plus, this Past Bundle includes all of my in-person favorites. Or for the best savings, get the Preterite/Imperfect Mega Bundle. The more input you provide, the more naturally students will acquire these two forms of past tense in Spanish class.
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