Team Retell

Wow, this has been a productive weekend – this is the third idea I’ve found while scouring the web for TPRS ideas. This idea comes from a combination of Cynthia Hitz and Martina Bex. You can use this activity after a story to get students speaking without calling on specific students and forcing them to speak. First, split the class in half and have both sides of the class stand up. Students take turns saying sentences from the story and receive points or lose points as follows:

  • Five (5) points for each NEW (previously unsaid) sentence from the story that is said by a team member that has NOT already contributed
  • Three (3) points for each NEW (previously unsaid) sentence from the story that is said by a team member that HAS ALREADY contributed.
  • One (1) point for each sentence from the story that has already been said, as long as it is said by someone that has NOT already contributed. Even though it’s a repeat, the goal is to get kids talking in a low-pressure situation and to get in repetitions of the structures.
  • Zero (0) points for each sentence from the story that has already been said, if it said by someone that HAS ALREADY contributed. This will prevent kids from just repeating one or two statements forever.

Sources: Cynthia Hitz, Teaching Spanish with Comprehensible Input AND Martina Bex, The Comprehensible Classroom

Storytelling Cube

In order to do this activity, you will need to create storytelling cubes for your students. One cube should have a different character on each side and the other cube should have a different problem image on each side (ie. thunderbolt, broken heart, etc.)  Once students have rolled each cube, have them come up with a story. This activity is very flexible and could be used as a speaking or writing activity. Students can work individually, in pairs, or in groups, depending on what you want them to accomplish. You can even hand out a cube template and allow students to make their own storytelling cubes. This way they get to decide which characters and problems they want to use.

Source: Elizabeth Peterson, The Inspired Classroom

Free Reading Discussion

After your class has spent some time free reading, it is nice to have some sort of activity to do. Since we don’t want to make students dislike free reading by assessing it, one activity that you can do is to help students have a discussion. Put some examples on the board of things that they can say about their books and then model a few sentences for them and tell them a little bit about your book. Put students into groups and have them tell the other students about their own books. It is nice if they still have the books at this point because they can show them to the other students at the same time. After everyone has finished sharing with their group, ask for volunteers to share something about their book with the whole class. These statements that the students provide can then be circled and you can ask lots of questions and compare different students’ books, which will provide lots of comprehensible input to your students.

Source: Kristy Placido, moreTPRS