Here’s a routine I’ve been using to work with weather, feelings, and dates/days of the week words. I gave each student a sheet like this, and each day we fill out a box:
My primary goal is to get continual reinforcement of weather and feelings words, and encourage a variety of responses to ¿Cómo estás? I left a blank so they can personalize their responses, but included the choices to get them to keep reading over them to choose the appropriate responses for each. It has also worked as a good review of days of the week. It’s a quick routine at the beginning of class, I’m speaking comprehensible language, and my students are giving me a variety of personalized responses.
If you want a copy, here are the Dropbox links, gender-specific so my girls will stop saying Estoy cansado!
Here is an activity I used to practice weather and feelings vocabulary, as well as asking and answering questions. Students set up their paper like this:
To get students to respond with a variety of feelings and weathers, I assigned them their responses:
I gave my students the usual lecture about doing the activity in Spanish (ask and answer the questions in Spanish. If you do it in English or copy someone else’s you miss out on the practice and on the learning), and set them loose to start speaking. I circulated, participated, managed, encouraged, and corrected as needed. They finished up with some summary sentences at the end.
Most of my classes did pretty well with staying in Spanish. I was quite pleased.
We’re working on the verb estar, so I included the question Where are you? to get in more reps. I liked that it gave me an excuse to recycle/review Spanish-speaking countries and capitals.
Usually when I do activities like this my students personalize their answers (How old are you? Where are you from? What do you eat for breakfast?), but assigning responses worked well this time. My kids seemed to acquire a few phrases, like frío, sol,feliz, and triste pretty quickly, but need more practice with other phrases. I also liked that their answer strip served as CI – gender-specific feelings, whole weather phrases, etc.
I gave a vocabulary quiz today and I was pretty disappointed with the results. Last year I used a daily warm up sheet where they circled a response to ¿Cómo estás? and ¿Qué tiempo hace?, and we went over it every day. I’m going to try that, and offer a re-take in a week or two.
If you want to use my files, here are the dropbox links:
Weather warm up sheet – this is one I used last year, when I realized half my students couldn’t answer ¿Cómo estás? I’m going to tweak the answers a bit to encourage them to use a wider variety of responses.