When you were taking your education classes, either as a major or as part of a certification program, you probably had at least one instructor who threw out this nugget of advice-a good teacher borrows, and if necessary, steals ideas that work. Maybe it wasn’t stated so baldly, but call it teamwork, cooperative teaching, whatever…if you have a good idea, share it. If you see a good idea, borrow it. So in that spirit, this is an activity I created and happily gave to my colleagues, who loved it, and now I’m giving it to you. Feel free to make modifications to fit your students’ abilities, your time constraints, or your personal preferences. Make it your own, but here’s my version of an activity that works with telling time-including the daunting 24-hour clock, numbers, some practical life skills, group work, and critical thinking skills.
The set up is this: your class is traveling by train through Spain, or the Spanish-speaking country of your choice. I chose Spain because it has an extensive train system, so there are lots of options. Set up “stations” in your class. Each station is a different city in Spain. I placed a folder with a timetable for trains leaving from that city: Madrid, Sevilla, Barcelona, La Coruña etc. on desk, tables, counter space-wherever. I tried to use cities from several different regions in Spain. You should have as many stations as groups of 3-4 in your class.