27 August 2015

Interactive Notebook Page: Me gusta, te gusta, le gusta

This page is the first in my Essential Verbs series for the interactive notebooks. We start off with just the singular first, second, and third person combined with visuals, as well as some additional novice-appropriate fundamentals to actually build a conversation. And THEN we can get into what they REALLY like so we can start the passion projects!

Verb images and actions
I made these images in Piktochart to reflect the actions we practice and to provide a visual interpretation--instead of an L1 translation--of each gustar incarnation. We review them with actions and examples involving classmates and/or celebrities (¿A David Bisbal le gusta bailar? ¿A Stephanie le gusta Prince Royce?).

Me gusta la hamburguesa, te gusta la hamburguesa y le gusta la hamburguesa.

I don't forbid English in the interactive notebooks, but I do forbid translations. That is not to say that I won't gloss a word aloud in discussion or reward a well-placed ¿Cómo se dice? with a speedy response, but I want the cues in the students' "textbook" to be visual and more directly connected to the ideas themselves than to L1 words that are another step removed from the ideas.

Food and activities sliders
Of course we'll eventually use Nearpod to get into tailoring the class's vocabulary to the interests of the particular set of specimens before me in a given semester, but to be sure everyone grasps the basic structure of such questions and answers, we'll need something a little more universal, like food and activities.

So I whipped up some little strips with some popular examples from each category and made a separate box with a window and slots for each--soon to be available on my TeachersPayTeachers store!

(Hint: including "comer" in the food box helps postpone wrapping their brains around "le gustaN dulces" until such a time when the object pronouns have had time to solidify).

This way students interviewing each other about their interests can use the images to trigger the Spanish and connect to the meaning, instead of just droning down a list of half-remembered vocabulary!

It turns out looking kind of like this.

After the sliders are constructed, the words are listed in Spanish to the side, and then partners create a T-chart of "le gusta/no le gusta" on the reserved reflection page to the left. They fill in the chart by interviewing a partner, thus covering all three forms of liking as they reflect!

What's next
The page after this is basically a big excuse to ask what kiddos like: they get a print version of this handy dandy Poderes de Classcraft infograph (perhaps with iPads at the ready to capture the ThingLinky interactiveness), and I run through some questions about different powers--which they can like or dislike--as sort of a personality quiz to determine their "true" character.

And then we get to their real interests on Page 5...

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