Spanish Teacher Marta Escobar asked how to help students with those pesky abstract question words. I use a remote presentation device so I can click through my daily guide for each class. Every day we devote three minutes to asking and answering questions with fabricated stories and it pays off – my students come back years later and can still sing the question song and easily answer questions.
I know there is a Jingle Bells version but for me it interfered with students learning because, well, to them, it is the Jingle Bells song. It is also too long over 3 minutes and I wanted something under a minute, catchy, and with a Latin beat.
I play it every day .
Next I flip through the slides and the students ask their partners the following questions and they make up answers.
Sometimes I show a picture, sometimes I show a video clip. They make up all of the answers and it is a fun oral activity
Students can stand or move around the room a bit for this. By the end of the year they are experts at spinning stories in Spanish.
This summer I will be updating my 6 minute review that I do for the last month of school and will be posting it.
Invest three minutes a day in this review of questions and vocabulary and you and your students will be glad you did!