If your kiddos are like my kiddos… they say (and write) things like yo tiene. And if you’re like me, you think, it’s OK, they just need more input, but secretly it drives you crazy. And so (if you’re like me) you spend a lot of time thinking of ways to give them more input so they can replace yo tiene with TENGO in their heads, because come on guys!!
I love the activity “Muévete si” as a way to give them input and build in movement when they’re getting sleepy…but it turns out that “Muévete si” is a really great vehicle for some contextualized grammar lessons that don’t feel like grammar lessons.
Have a watch…
And excuse the bouncy video…I set up my tripod in the middle of the classroom…which is not the best placement when you want kids to move quickly from one seat to another! And I’m hoping that the girl who says “this seems sketch” in the first seconds of the video is referring to to obstacle course that the tripod created and not her weirdo Spanish teacher…
For you non-Spanish speakers or those of you who don’t have time to watch Señora Chase’s students run around like maniacs….All you do is write the verb you’ll use in the “you” form, draw and arrow and write the same verb in the “I” form, to prompt them how to respond. You say, “Move if you have two eyes” and they exclaim “I have two eyes!!” and they move into an empty seat. Give them lots of input and lots of reps using the same verb but different contexts, pointing to the verb as you say it. Do it a few times then choose another verb and do the same thing. And then maybe one more.
Will they magically acquire the “I” form with this simple little trick. No, probably not. BUT, do it a few times when they’re getting sleepy and need to move around, keep coming back to your high frequency verbs, keep loading them up with input. They’ll get it. And I have to confess…I saw a lot less YO TIENEs and a bunch more TENGOs on their most recent quick write about their families….so I’ll take that!
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