Below, I am sharing some ideas for input activities for stories that you can do online.
I am using lots of Google Classroom, so most of the things below would be "handed out" and "collected"there. We are also using Google Meet, which I love because I can see their faces and talk to them. Right now, we meet five days of the week, but I am really hoping we get a flex day. I have had 6 days so far, so I am not an expert at all, but just sharing some ideas 😊.
My students are really liking story/song of the week, so some the ideas below have resources for the song that I will be using this week: No te vayas by Carlos Vives.
- Word Walls: I have words posted all over my classroom, but students don't have that at home. Give them a list of the interrogatives and the sweet sixteen.
- Tell them to write it down and keep it handy for when they are "in Spanish class."
- Whenever I give key vocabulario y estructuras, my students usually know most of them and I sprinkle in some new ones. So, this is review and gets them thinking about what the story will be about.
- Also, they will not learn these words before the story, they will acquire them with all of the input activities below!
- Tip (learned during la maestra loca's online workshop): During your recording, ask your students to act our certain words (like you do in class).
- Another tip (learned during la maestra loca's online workshop): During your recording, say some of your students' names and/or pretend they are in front of you.
- Students can come in and our of "main Google Meet" to read sentences that you (the teacher) are showing and then go back to their group.
- I haven't tried this yet, but hope to!
- Students can upload pictures of their work (if they hand write) or a doc to Google Classroom
- Give students (alone or in groups) the pictures of the story. Students read the sentences (shared in a doc in Google Classroom) and write the letter of the picture being described.
- Give students (alone or in groups) the pictures of the story. Teacher creates audio of him/her reading the sentences. Students write the letter of the picture being described.
- Record yourself saying the answers to the questions out of order. Students have to figure out which question is being answered and write the sentence. This is similar to a dictation, but a little trickier.
- Give students the answers to the questions out of order. Students have to figure out which question is being answered and write the number of the question next to the sentence.
- Students write what you say and illustrate each sentence.
- Say true/false statements. Students
- Use the illustrations the next day. Say sentences and students have to point to what you are saying. You can record the sentences or do it live with Google Meet (or Zoom).
- I have not tried this, so it might not actually work and/or it might be totally chaotic.