Turn reading into a game in Spanish class

How To Turn Reading into a Game in Spanish Class

Is reading getting stale in your Spanish class? Here is a new idea for how to turn reading into a game in Spanish class!

Scavenger Hunts

In the last post, I talked about how learning how to do something new (for school) helped me find my joy again. And here is an example of what I mean.

On Facebook, I saw a post from Lisa from Think Tank for a free webinar to learn how to make a scavenger hunt. I know my students love games, so I signed up!

First- a shout out to Lisa- her instructions were pre-recorded videos that came one once a day for 5 days. It broke the last into 5 parts, which made it fast to complete each day and easy to understand!

Essentially, you write a story that ends in an unanswered question or mystery. You break the story into 10 parts, and hang the parts of the story around the room. Here you can see 2 students reading part 9 of the story!

Turn reading into a game in Spanish class

Each part of the story has a question, and the answer to the question is found on another card. Students grid in their answers on the answer sheet.

Turn reading into a game in Spanish class

Some of the letters from their answer sheet will be used to unscramble to final answer to the mystery! They will use only the letters that end up in the gray boxes to get to the final answer.

Turn reading into a game in Spanish class

The whole thing starts with a cool looking set of instructions and their “mission”. In this case, there was a terrible accident, and whoever caused it left the scene of the crime. The students become crime scene investigators and need to figure out who caused this accident!

Turn reading into a game in Spanish class

This activity was a lot of fun for students! I allowed them to work in pairs or alone. It was wonderful to the collaboration that took place. I was able to remain involved because I purposefully wrote the story at a level slightly higher than theirs. It created a situation where I could circulate the room and without students even knowing it, teach them reading strategies like inferencing when their was an unfamiliar word!

If you read my blog regularly, you know I love to give prizes! The first students to find answer #5 and the first group to win got to pick a prize! It keeps things even more fun and motivating!

Here is a link to my finished scavenger hunt if you would like to use it with your students. It’s appropriate for year 3 and up.


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