I acquire most of my content from the textbook Avancemos. I have never loved the book, but it was the first one I obtained. Therefore, all of the resources I needed to make to supplement the book are catered to Avancemos.
The problem I’m running into with my Spanish 1 students is that I have introduced AR, ER, and IR verbs at the same time. It’s taking a lot of work, but they’re finally understanding all the conjugations for AR. Unfortunately, because my first activities list includes all 3 endings, my students aren’t able to say many things right now (only using AR endings).
So I “beefed up” our vocabulary this week. A while back, perusing websites of the greats, I saw something called a “verbodoku.” I’ve looked for it over and over again but I could not find it (so if it’s you, let me know so I can credit you!). The original author used hablar with all of its conjugations for her verbodoku.
THIS IS WHAT I DID WITH THE IDEA:
1) I took a regular Sudoku that had answers in the back.
2) I picked the first 9 new verbs and assigned them to a number.
3) I made a 9X9 grid on my computer, then placed each verb into the box that corresponded with the number.
4) I copied and pasted the original sudoku on the back side, both the one to solve and the answers.
Here is what it looks like: VERBODOKU – AR Verbs
– Students liked the break from the usual assignments
– My bright students flourished at the sight of this challenge, my slower students cringed.
– Harder to grade, so I gave credit to students who attempted and didn’t penalize those who struggled.
– Students said “I don’t understand how this is suppose to help me know what the words mean”
– I recognize it’s helping students learn to spell the word and group these words together, as opposed to learning actual meaning.
– MAKE SURE YOU CREATE THE RIGHT TEMPLATE. One verb in the wrong spot and your students will hate you.