USING SENTENCE STRIPS TO PRACTICE SPANISH
Yesterday I used sentence strips to have students practice matching questions and answers in Spanish. This was part of practicing conjugated verbs and thinking about what they mean in the context of a sentence.
I passed the questions and answers out and had students find their correct match. They had to be able to identify verbs in their specific conjugated forms in order to find the correct answer. This works great because students can get up and move around, interact with each other, and become engaged in what they are doing.
I like to use sentence strips for other practice too, like:
1. Putting sentences together. I cut up the pieces (words) of the sentence and pass out one word per student. They have to put the sentence(s) back together. This practices many things, like subject-verb form matching, using vocabulary in context, proper placement of grammar structures, and syntax.
2. Creating and writing sentences. My 3rd and 4th graders really like being able to write their own sentences in Spanish using whatever verbs or concepts we are learning. They always enthusiastically ask, "Can we take these home?!"
3. You can also use sentences strips to put a story together. You give a group of sentences on strips to a pair of students, and they have to put them in order so the story makes sense. I incorporate sequencing words like primero (first), luego (next), entonces (then), and por fin (finally).
You can find paper strips in any teacher supply store. They are worth having on-hand.