This is my second year to read Fiesta Fatal with my Spanish 3 students, and I feel that they are enjoying it as much as my students did last year. I am trying to perfect what I did last year and attempting to add some new activities as well. Thursday we tried Race to Erase and Friday we tried the game Catchphrase.
Race to Erase is one of my students all time favorites. I did not come up with the idea but stole it from some clever teacher online. The concept is pretty basic but for some reason my students get super competitive with it! For this round of Race to Erase we prepped for the game by writing all the vocabulary terms we have learned in Fiesta Fatal on the whiteboard (both the Spanish terms and their English translations). Once the board is set up, I divide the class into 2 large teams. I explain to them that I will begin the game by shouting out one term in either Spanish or English and they must race to erase the term on the board. So for example, if I shout out agarró, they must race to erase she grabbed. Or if I shout out dress they must race to erase el vestido. Only one representative from each team may come up to the board for each round. I do not call names or police this too heavily. I just tell them that there is an expectation that everyone rotates turns and no one student can dominate or go up to the board multiple times in a row. Now, what about the students at their desks? They have a very important job. They are encouraged to shout out directions in order to help their teammate find the term on the board. I have a poster up in front that has the following directions in Spanish: up, down, to the left, to the right, in the center, hot, and cold. I tell them that if their teammates use any English or point, the point for that round will go to the opposing team. They have a great time with it and it is SO much fun to see them shouting like crazy at their classmates in Spanish!