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Donde esta la Rana? (Where is the Frog?)

Found in: foreign languages; writing across the curriculum; vocabulary

I used this activity instead of a test to find out if my students knew how to follow directions and had learned vocabulary words.

Each student made a paper frog and put his/her name on it. On the board I wrote the words for the directions: north, south, east and west. Under each direction word I wrote the words for five numbers (in Spanish). I also wrote vocabulary we had been working on for instructions like turn, go, walk, left, right, backward, etc. Each group of students was assigned north, south, east or west. The task for each student was to write directions for where he/she would hide the frog, first using the direction assigned (north, south, east, west), and then the numbers under that direction on the board and all the vocabulary words.

We completed an example sentence together: Leave the circle from the north and walk 20 steps.

When all students had finished writing their directions, we went outside where I had a circle marked off with rope. The students brought their papers, their frogs and pencils. As many students as could fit in the circle at a time left the circle, followed the instructions and hid their frogs. Once all students had hidden their own frogs, they lined up and I gave them another student's paper. They now went back to the circle and followed the instructions on the paper they were given, to find another student's frog. When they had finished they brought their frog and paper back to me. I made sure the name on the frog matched the name on the paper, stapled them together and put the finder's name on the paper, too.

This is a great activity for a warm day. I found the students were concentrating so much on following their own directions they didn't have time to watch where any one else was. They spread out a long way and were busy the entire time.


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