Rock Paper Scissor Movie Talk + Resources

We did Android’s Rock Paper Scissors Movie Talk a few weeks ago in my Spanish 1 class. It’s perfect if you teach a “School” Unit: not only will you get lots of great reps of high frequency verbs, it’s adorable and has a great message to boot!

Teach a few key structures:

To begin, I taught some vocab with TPR motions and reviewed some words they’ve already learned:

  • she / he goes
  • she/ he is afraid
  • she / he helps
  • she / he runs
  • she / he looks at
  • the rock
  • the paper
  • the scissors

TPR is assigning a motion to vocab words and practicing them…I don’t think it necessarily helps their acquisition BUT it does help them remember words and I count it as a break. Here’s what this looked like.

Brain Break!

Then of course we took a break to play Rock Paper Scissors– and of course, don’t miss the opportunity to explain the rules in slow and comprehensible Spanish! (If you want to translate this into a language other than Spanish, I’d love to include it here! Just make a copy and hit me up!)

We played 2 variations:

1. Play with a partner… winner stays standing and looks for another winner to play. Losers are eliminated and sit down. We played until we had a champion.

2. Play again with a partner… winner stays standing and looks for another winner to play. Loser sits down and watches the person that beat him. As soon as that person loses and sits down, the person who was previously beat is back in the game! They stand up and play again. We played for a few minutes then settled back in for Movie Talk.

Movie Talk: The Main Event

Movie Talk the heck out of this cute commercial! A Movie Talk is just another vehicle for presenting slow and comprehensible input. Describe what is happening, ask questions, make predictions, summarize their responses… don’t feel like you have to mention every single thing in the clip… you don’t want to overwhelm them with new words… just really focus on your key structures and have fun with it. Wanna see it? Well, here you go!

Some teachers like to make screen shots of a video and talk about the pictures before showing the video…I prefer to pause the video and build suspense. I love carrying around my Wireless Keyboard because it’s easy to hit the space bar to pause the video from anywhere in the room. (FYI- that’s an Amazon Associate link, which means if you click on it and buy something, the nice people at Amazon mail me a small commission, at not cost to you…just a little way to keep this blogcito up and running!)

Followup Activity

I love Movie Talk Jumbles to use as a reading assessment (or just reading practice, if you don’t want to give them a grade!)  for the following class. Here’s the “story” from the Movie Talk. Students read it first to ensure they understand everything…then show them this slideshow of screen shots.  The pictures are out of order (hence “Movie Talk Jumble”) and they have to re-read the text and decide which paragraph describes which picture, then write the corresponding number next to the paragraph. I find it works best to project 4 pictures at a time (since some kiddos read faster and some read slower), and scroll them slowly up, see picture below:

Movie Talk Jumble, rock paper scissor

Hope that’s something you can use!

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