I used to make my students answer a question in Spanish to get through my door, usually related to something that we were learning. I stopped around Christmas out of exhaustion. Lately, I’ve been wanting to do something similar but I don’t want to be the one facilitating everything. My solution? Bolsas de preguntas!
What is a Bolsa de Preguntas?
It’s a bag full of random questions that my students should be able to answer.
To prepare I type up questions my students should be able to answer. I then cut the questions up and put them in a plastic bag.
To play, students either work in partners or groups of three. One student begins by pulling out a question and their partner(s) answer (both have to answer if there are two). They leave the question out, then the next person gets to pull a question. Students keep going either for a set time limit or until they’ve exhausted the questions.
I’ve found this has really helped my students working on the preterite, because we’ve been mainly working on irregular verbs. I was focusing on how how to conjugate it and helping my students remember the new preterite forms. Students began telling me my worst fear: they could conjugate the verbs but had absolutely no idea what they were saying. So I typed up questions – some normal in nature and others that were really bizarre so that students had to listen to what was being asked. I’ve found this has helped my students with meaning a lot!