Días de la Semana y las materias/Days of the Week and School Subjects- Spanish, Novice Mid

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"Días de la semana y las materias" Spanish, Novice Mid

Proficiency Level:

Novice Mid


Students will learn about the days of the week and school subjects in Spanish. First, they will be asked to place the days of the week in order (for both the United States and Spanish speaking countries' calendars). Then, they will be asked to respond to what day of the week they do a certain activity. Students will then practice describing and guessing various school subjects and describing days of the week. 


Days of the week, school, subjects, school subjects, schedule, calendar.

NCSSFL-ACTFL World-Readiness Standards:

  • Standard 1.1 Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.
  • Standard 1.2 Students understand and interpret spoken and written Spanish on a variety of topics.
  • Standard 1.3 Students present information, concepts, and ideas in Spanish to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics.

Idaho State World Language Standards:

  • COMM 1.1 - Interact and negotiate meaning (spoken, signed, written conversation) to share information, reactions, feelings, and opinions
  • COMM 2.1 - Understand, interpret, and analyze what is heard, read, or viewed on a variety of topics.

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can talk about my weekly routine
  • I can talk about what I learn and do
  • I can talk about school subjects
  • I can understand the similarities and differences between a calendar in the United States and in Spanish speaking countries (Intercultural) 

Materials Needed:

Google Slideshow 

Question Cards

Headband Cards 

Whiteboards & Markers


1. Begin by opening the Google Slideshow and introducing the "Can-Do Statements."

2.Each student will have a whiteboard. The powerpoint has a slide with 1-7 and the days of the week listed in Spanish. Students will list the days of the week in order from 1 to 7 on their whiteboards. Lab instructor can choose a different student to tell them their answer for each number (do all 7 so that students can review the order of the week).

 Hoy vamos a practicar los días de la semana y también las materias de la universidad. Primero, van a poner en orden del 1 al 7 los días de la semana. ¿Me puedes decir qué día va en el número 1

3.On the next few slides, students will have to put the days of the week in order once again but this time according to the United States calendar and then a calendar from a Spanish-speaking country.  

Ahora deben escribir en sus pizarras en orden del 1 al 7 los días de la semana para el calendario de los Estados Unidos y después para el calendario de un país hispanohablante. 

4. Using the Google slideshow, lab instructor will ask students what days they do certain actions. If necessary, lab instructor can write the days of the week on the board for students to reference. 

Ahora tengo diapositivas con diferentes acciones y actividades. Voy a preguntar qué días hacen estas actividades. ¿Qué días vas a _ (clase) _? Por ejemplo, si tengo mi clase de español el lunes, el martes, o el viernes,  voy a decir “Lunes” o "Martes" o "Viernes". (Use yourself as an example before each slide if necessary) ¿Cuántas personas van a _ _ __ _ el lunes? ¿El martes? etc. (You don't have to do every day)

5.We will also review a few of the academic subjects. On each slide there are going to be two images. The instructor will describe one subject and the students have to determine what subject the instructor is describing. 

Ahora vamos a repasar algunas materias. ¿Qué significa materias? (school subjects) (Ej: arte, matemáticas, etc). En cada página, hay dos materias. Yo voy a describir una materia y ustedes deben decir cuál estoy describiendo.

Main Activity

1. Now we are going to review vocabulary regarding subjects of a university. For example: Spanish, history, literature, etc. We are going to take turns and person is going to take a card with a subject written on it. The person will put the card on their forehead. \

Ahora vamos a practicar las materias (subjects) de la universidad. Una materia es un tipo de clase. Por ejemplo: el español, la historia, la literatura, etc. Vamos a tomar turnos y una persona va a tener una tarjeta con una materia. La persona va a sostener la tarjeta en su frente. (Gesture holding the card on your forehead).

2. The person who has the headband on their forehead will use questions on the card to figure out what subject they have. For example, if I have the “Spanish” card, I am going to ask other people questions to figure out what subject I have.

La persona que tiene el headband va a usar las preguntas en la diapositiva (show slide) para descubrir cuál materia tiene. (Use gestures to show) Uds. van a tomar turnos respondiendo (answering) a las preguntas. 

3. Students will keep asking questions to guess the discipline. Answers can only be yes or no. 

Solo puedes usar “sí” o “no” para responder. 


Ask students the following questions to finish the lab:

  1. ¿Cuál es tu materia/disciplina favorita?
  2. ¿Cuál es una materia que no te gusta? ¿Por qué?
  3. ¿Cuál o cuáles día(s) tienes muchas actividades?

End of lab:

• Read Can-Do statements once more and have students evaluate their confidence. 
(Use thumbs up/thumbs down or download our student cards.) 
• Encourage students to be honest in their self-evaluation.
• Pay attention, and try to use feedback for future labs!

Relevant NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can talk about my weekly routine
  • I can talk about what I learn and do
  • I can talk about school subjects
  • I can understand the similarities and differences between a calendar in the United States and in Spanish speaking countries(Intercultural) 

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