This is an activity I “stole” from the lady who retired. It’s called Connect-a-Word and I thought it was junk at first. However, last week I needed something fun that would still require the use of Spanish skills. Surprisingly, students loved this game!
– Students write a word any where on the board, one letter per line.
– Students then pass their sheet to the next person in the row. (I usually make a snake procession, so that students see more than just their row). As soon as students finish, they’re allowed to pass along. I try to watch in case a slower student gets a backlog and then I discretely pass it to someone else.
– The next student needs to add a word off of the one written on the sheet. Any letters touching must form a new word in Spanish.
WHAT I LIKE ABOUT THIS ACTIVITY:
– It’s fun
– It requires students to consider spelling
– It requires quick thinking
– It sets them up to eventually play scrabble.
ADVICE FOR OTHERS:
– Students may often look at your walls for words. This is good, unless they start using the same word for every page. For example, I had one boy put “rojo” so many times that I had “rojo” on a sheet 5 times. Another put “té” because it was the shortest they knew. My suggestion is to make a stipulation where if the word has been used on the sheet already that it cannot be reused.
– Students created new branches because they were unsure about where to put a word. Other students noticed and pointed out the error, laughing. Make sure to state that you’re not suppose to do this in your rules.
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