This time of the year, it seems like we have a lot of special schedules. The other day, half of my students had just taken the PSAT all morning. We also had a Homecoming Pep Rally recently as well as our version of the Olympic games. I wanted to have something that was productive and meaningful for students, but something that they could complete simply. Here are a few of my ideas when students need a bit of a break:
- Drawing: I had students draw a picture that was described in a Spanish paragraph. It demonstrates comprehension without requiring a written response. You could also have students make a comic strip live or online.
- Kahoot, Quizizz or Quizlet Live: These are some of my favorite games as well as my students’ favorite games. They are also easy to set up.
- Señor Wooly nuggets: These nuggets ranked on some of my blended students’ favorite activities.
- Playdoh: I haven’t used it as much as I would like from the beginning of the year, but this was a favorite activity of my Spanish 3 students during my student teaching. They felt like they were learning something yet it was relaxed. You could also have them create a scene from the story with Play doh.
- Café y conversación: I would love to plan this for the first two hour snow delay!
- Also if students won’t talk in person, they could have a discussion on Today’sMeet!
- Tongue twisters! My students are always up for a quick tongue twister at the beginning or end of class.
- Crayon War: Even my older kids who are too cool for games love this one.
Share some of your favorite low key lesson ideas in the comments, and I will add them to the list!