Author:
Ashley Johnson, Amber Hoye
Subject:
Languages
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Level:
Middle School, High School, Community College / Lower Division, College / Upper Division
Tags:
Activities, Conversations, Discussion, Events, Parties, Reasons, Scenarios, Spanish
License:
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike
Language:
Spanish

Spanish Level 2, Activity 11: Las Fiestas y Los Eventos / Parties and Events (Online)

Spanish Level 2, Activity 11: Las Fiestas y Los Eventos / Parties and Events (Online)

Overview

Students will talk about fun events and things to do in Spanish speaking countries. They will practice how to reject or accept an invitation, emphasizing a polite way to explain why you can or can't go. They will also decide on ways to discuss what they did at an event or activity with friends.

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1. Use the Activity as is:

Before you begin:

  • Most activities are 30 minutes in duration, unless otherwise specified.
  • Be sure to read through the activity description, and review the list of required materials. You will notice that the activity materials are also highlighted in yellow throughout the activity instructions.

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2. Remix for Your Language Classroom:

When you are ready to begin remixing the activity, in order to adapt it for the needs of your language classroom, simply click the blue “Remix This Resource” button at the top of your screen. This will then take you to a screen with a NEW, editable version of this activity. The text provided in purple is a suggestion of what you might say to your students in the target language, and may be altered for different levels and age groups. All activities have “NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do” statements, a warm-up, a main activity, and a wrap-up.

Many of the activities include printable cards and other instructional materials such as Google Slideshows. If you would like to make changes to these materials in Spanish, follow the instructions below:

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3. Adapt for Another Language:

  • See the linked English Version at the top of the activity (English Version may not be available for all activities)

Activity Instructions

Activity Title (in your target language)

Las fiestas y los eventos 

Description:

Students will talk about fun events and things to do in Spanish speaking countries. They will practice how to reject or accept an invitation, emphasizing a polite way to explain why you can or can't go. They will also decide on ways to discuss what they did at an event or activity with friends.

Proficiency Level:

Novice High

Keywords:

Parties, events, scenarios, discussion, activities, reasons, conversations

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 Content Standards for World Languages:

  • 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.
  • COMM 3.1 - Present information, concepts, and ideas to inform, explain, persuade, and narrate on a variety of topics using appropriate media in the target language.
  • COMT 1.2 - Discuss personal preferences in activities and events both within and beyond the classroom.

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can provide a reason as to why I wasn’t able to attend an event
  • I can compare and contrast different events in my own and other cultures
  • I can talk about my preferences when talking about a variety of celebrations 

Materials Needed:

Warm-up

  • 1. Begin by introducing the Can-Dos for today’s activity. Display the Slideshow that will prompt each section of the activity. 
    • “Hoy vamos a charlar sobre diferentes celebraciones y tradiciones. Vamos a hablar sobre diferentes días festivos, como la Navidad o el Día de los Muertos. Vamos a comparar las tradiciones del mundo hispanohablante con las nuestras. ¡También vamos a practicar como decir porque no pudiste ir a un evento!”
  • 2. On the slideshow, there is a section of images. You will go through the different images with students and talk about what explanation they would use based off of the picture. (There are also answers on the speaker’s notes if you want to review before!)
    • “Para el calentamiento, voy a presentarles una variedad de fotos. Vamos a charlar y practicar cómo explicar porque no pudimos ir a un evento usando las fotos para ayudar. ¡Es importante saber cómo explicar porque no pudimos ir porque a veces no podemos o simplemente no queremos ir!”
      • Por ejemplo: “No pude ir porque estuve muy enferma/o.” 

Main Activity

  • 1. There will be a variety of questions that the group will get to talk about. Some of the questions have some background information right before that compare the topic to Spanish-speaking countries that you can just explain to students. Not all students have to answer each question but do try to get them to participate and explain their answer as best they can. 
    • “Para nuestra actividad principal, vamos a charlar sobre una variedad de preguntas. Hay algunas preguntas dónde voy a darles un poco de información interesante sobre países hispanohablantes y después vamos a contestar preguntas relacionadas a esos temas pero con nuestras propias opiniones. ¡La meta para esta actividad es participar, entonces deben explicar sus respuestas! 
      • Por ejemplo: “Mi día festivo favorito es el Día de los Muertos porque puedo celebrar a mi familia que ha muerto” 

Wrap-up

  • “¿Qué día(s) festivo(s) no les gusta(n)?”
  • “¿Ustedes conocen otras tradiciones interesantes para diferentes celebraciones?

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!

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can provide a reason as to why I wasn’t able to attend an event
  • I can compare and contrast different events in my own and other cultures
  • I can talk about my preferences when talking about a variety of celebrations