Food. We all teach about it, no matter the language or the level and all of us have developed many activities. In this post I will share some activities and ideas that perhaps will be new, some are specifically for Spanish but some are general for any language. As always, I would love to hear about your ideas and activities. Since I teach Spanish III and IV, some of the activities will be too advanced for I and II, but could certainly be adapted.
- Supermarket spree, shop and drop in the basket (in Spanish), has three levels, timed, kids love this game, especially if you can play on a SMARTboard
- Basic foods, find the food/timed
- Fruits and vegetables, click on the item after hearing it
- Quia, en el restaurante
- Quia, more advanced food
- Build a burrito (reviewing preterite/showing food)
- Matching/fill in blank/many activities, created by FJ Villatoro and matching food/menu by FJ Villatoro
- audiovisual Make the Pizza, in Spanish
- Minimal matching (5 items), in Spanish
- Flashcards with a Lingo Dingo review game and capital defense game
- food, drinks, vegetables, fruits listen, click on the item; an assortment of primary games
- Frutas y verduras (Purpose Games) and La Mesa
Conversation Ideas (small groups or partners)
- foods you like/don’t like; fruits and vegetables
- food that your family always has for special occasions or holidays
- food that is finger licking good (para chuparse los dedos), that is disgusting (da asco), that is out of date/expired, safe to eat or not? (está pasada), that makes your mouth water (se me hace agua la boca)
- foods that change to other foods (milk to yogurt, peanuts to peanut butter, orange to orange juice, strawberries to jelly, etc.)
- What am I? Partner A describes a food to Partner B who must guess what the food is (I am round, sometimes red, sometimes green. I’m good in pies. [apple])
- what do you prefer on your pizza/ on your hamburger
- favorite fast foods
- Very guided practice
- ¿Qué es tu bebida favorita?
- ¿Qué es tu fruta preferida?
- ¿Cuándo comes helado?
- ¿A qué hora comes la cena?
- ¿Qué te gusta poner en una hamburguesa?
- ¿Qué es tu comida favorita?
- ¿Qué es tu verdura preferida?
- ¿Qué te gusta poner en tu pizza?
- ¿A qué hora comes el desayuno?
- ¿Cuándo comes en un restaurante?
- Los Pimpollos (de Perú) Las Verduras
- Barney y las Frutas
- from Miscositas Un viaje al supermercado
- Cocinando con Dora, elementary (and a bit annoying if you don’t enjoy Dora)
- Doki descubre el desayuno
- Univisión is great: Flan de calabaza
- Videos de recetas de cocina
- A mí me gustan las frutas and activity
- Just for fun, The Taco Bell Drive Through Commercial
- Food from Oaxaca, good pictures/descriptions
- BBC Frutas de América, great images
- Food from Sevilla, good images
- From Veinte Minutos, lectura y audio, Los Tragos Típicos de los Latinos
- Cocina from Univisión, recipes to read in Spanish: Pizza de Espinacas con Doble Queso
- The new food pyramid in Spanish
- From México Unmasked: El Museo de Dulces in Morelia
- Dame cinco al día, entire book from Florida Department of Health
- Small groups, give students a picture of an open refrigerator and markers/pencils. Give them one minute to draw food in the refrigerator. Pass the picture to another group; give them one minute to add more food to the new refrigerator before passing to another group. Repeat cycle. After several drawing opportunities, have students identify the food in the refrigerator orally with their group. After a time or two of the oral work, have students label the food in the refrigerator.
- Pictionary Divide class into two teams. Have each team choose an “artist” who will be drawing on the board. Give each team a few (2-3, depending on size of class) small whiteboards/markers. Show the two artists a vocabulary food word to draw on the board. The teams must write the food word on their whiteboard and hold it up for verification/point. I usually have the team have the same word written on all of their whiteboards; this keeps everyone involved.
- Food description Students work with a partner, each one has been given a picture of a food item. Without saying the word in Spanish, Partner A will describe the food item to Partner B, who must draw it.
- Class is divided into small groups. Teacher gives a category and gives the groups one minute to write as many words as possible that fit into the category. Have the group pass the paper to another group who will verify that the words all fit into the category and assign points.
- Class is divided into small groups. Teacher gives a category and gives the groups one minute to write as many words as possible that fit into the category. Teacher starts with one group who will read their words to the class slowly. If another group has the word, the word does not count. Groups receive points for the words they have that no other group has.
- Use the categories like playing Taboo. One member of the team sees the category and begins to list foods that fit in the category. Point(s) are awarded when their team can identify the category correctly.