Inside: Learn about a fun and very low-prep activity you can easily due with any unit and any level of Spanish class
The idea for collaborative crosswords came to me after we did a Toma Uno activity in class and my students told me how much they enjoyed working in teams against each other. My students are super competitive which I am sure man y of you can relate to.
All you need to do this activity is a crossword, wether that is one you make specifically for a unit to do this activity or one you already have and want to try doing something a little more collaborative/game like, is totally up to you. I personally love doing this activity when I am doing a Sr. Wooly unit in my classes. I like to do it then because every song comes with a supplementary resources packet and within those packers there is ALWAYS a pre-made crossword with great questions to help students work on their target structures.
Now that you have a crossword here is how you set up:
Take the cross word and cut the boxes/puzzle part off from the hints. Each team will need one paper with the boxes. I like to do this in teams of no more than 3. I think it allows all the students to have an equal and equitable amount of time to work with the structures and collaborate truly.
I usually add a V for vertical and H for horizontal next to the number on each of the hints since they won't be labeled anymore.
Put all the hints at the front of your room in one location. Each team picks a runner . The runner should rotate every time they need a new hint to work on their crossword.
The competition lies in the fact that since each team has one of the hints you never know if the last hint you need is being used by another team. The teams race to correctly finish their crossword!
Can't wait to hear about how this works in your own classrooms! Happy teaching :)