The whole unit was a little too off-the-cuff on the Spanish end, what with the surprise invitation and all, but this year I had at least 5 months notice to
Setup: Vocabulary & Problems
First , my little novices need a need, but in order to express that need in the target language, they need the vocabulary to express that need. So we began to establish vocabulary with InfuseLearning: I asked what the did at different times of the day, and they doodled their responses. We started getting into some of the problems with those activities, but things got a little silly after about 3 questions, so we paused.
I saved the responses to each question as PDFs and went back and collected the activities from their collective doodles that seemed the most prevalent and useful and made a list of about 20 activities we could talk about. Then I set up vocabulary notes for their interactive notebooks based on the images--a printout with the sorted morning, afternoon, and "inconvenient" activities
for them to label.
I also created conversation cards so they could talk to each other in small groups (instead of one big, wild one) about which activities needed improvement and how. I figure most inventions are there to make something more:
OR they are intended to use less:
We'll come together and brainstorm which activities to focus on, and we'll eventually choose groups based on those preferences.
I have collected a Pinterest board full of inventions for students to explore for "authentic" inspiration. We will likely come back to some of the articles attached later, but at this point, I want to get their wheels turning about what to create themselves. Mostly I want to use the pins as prompts for output, so I've made a collage of my favorites and numbered them.
I'll start them off with a little low-stakes interpersonal, asking which they want (review quiero/quieres) and why (review puede). Then they'll each compose a statement that leads them into what they might do themselves with some classic sentence starters:
- Me gusta # porque ayuda con…
- __ necesitan este invento porque es mas...
- Quiero hacer un invento que...
I'm also working on my second ever attempt at a TPRS/TCI-style story. Based on their responses on InfuseLearning, it looks like "El mejor invento" is going to have to make homework more fun and convenient. I hope to reinforce a lot of the basic verbs they already know, the activities and the classic problems previously listed, but also get them working with verbs they need to use more, like quieres and hay and hace.