What’s better than a great input rich game?! How about one that gives them a double whammy of input…input to create the game and then again to play it! And how about some slick technology to make it ideal for Hybrid or Distance learning?! And SUPER SIMPLE Prep to boot?! I do declare, this is the perfect game for Back to School during a Pandemic. A huge shout out to my colleague Amy who helped me with the technical legwork on this one! ¡Eres la mejor, amiga!
Whether you’ll be starting the year with brand new Little Darlings or you’ll be teaching your Little Darlings from last year, this is a great way to get to know them and help them get to know each other. Don’t play this one with your level 1 babies, they won’t have enough language yet… but your level 2s and up will love it!
We start our hybrid model on Monday (gulp!) and sometime next week we’ll play ¿Conoces a la maestra?, a Kahoot game about me. My Heritage kiddos had me last year, so they’ll have to dig deep into their memories… it will be a guessing game for everyone else. (However, I’m using Bethanie Drew’s Digital Notebook, that she designed for her AP classes, adapted for my kiddos. For their first “digital assignment”, they’ll decorate their notebook covers. I’ll show them this example: (While picture talking it…sneaky input, right?!) If they pay attention, they should know quite a few of the Kahoot answers!)
While we’re talking about Digital Notebooks, check out my friend JJ’s posts about Digital Notebooks!
Now, back to the game: While it’s not that cool to play a game about the teacher, it’s waaay cooler to play a game staring the students! As their “digital day” assignment, they’ll fill out this form 3 times (to submit 3 questions) about themselves. In the form they’ll select a question, and provide 4 answers for the question: one correct answer and 3 wrong answers. We’ll use that form to magically create the Kahoot, that we’ll play the following class, with questions about their classmates. It’s going to be fun!
The form looks like this:
First, you’ll need to make a copy of the form.
Here’s the German version, Danke to Brigitte Kahn!
Here’s the Latin Version, Gratias tibi to Leslie Hooper!
(If you want to translate the form into another language and share it back with me, that would be ah-mah-zing!)
Then, feel free to edit the questions. Make sure that you’re students will be able to understand them AND be able to answer them in Spanish. I choose to ask the questions in the 3rd person, so they’re ready to go when we play as a whole class. You can change them into second person, ¿Dónde naciste? BUT then you’ll have more work to prep the game. Your call. The cool thing is, since you write all the questions, we know that they’ll be getting good, clean input without any grammar mistakes! But whatever you do, do not change the order of the form! You have to leave the order exactly as it is, so that it is formatted correctly to upload to Kahoot. The questions, then their answers, then the time limit, then the correct answer Must. Stay. The. Same. The name, class periods, cohort numbers and selfie can all be edited or removed, but don’t, I repeat, DON’T… CHANGE THE ORDER OF THE FIRST 7 QUESTIONS, FOR THE LOVE OF EVERYTHING HOLY!
Now here’s the techy part…importing their answers straight into Kahoot! I made a not-techy-at-all video explaining the process. I would have must rather made a slick Loom video, BUT, to import the questions, you need the program Excel, and I don’t have Excel on my school issued Chromebook OR my personal computer…And I don’t have a webcam or microphone on my school desktop, so I had to make do with a super lame set up, with my tripod balancing on my desk, while filming my computer screen with my phone. Just encase you were thinking www.senorachase.com was a multi-million dollar operation, now you know the truth:
HOW AMAZING IS THAT?! I can’t wait to play!
Praying for you, dear friends, as you go Back to School…whatever Back to School looks like in your neck of the woods! I’m praying for your health and sanity and for sweet moments with your Little Darlings as you load them up with Comprehensible Input! God Bless you!