Spanish Level 3, Activity 13: La ciudad / The City (Face-To-Face)

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La ciudad / The City, Intermediate Mid


Students will be able to ask for directions, information, and recommendations in the target language. Students will also learn to provide directions and information to other students. Students will play a game of "Chutes and Ladders" and answer trivia questions in the target language. 

Proficiency Level:

Intermediate Mid


City, population, residence, directions

Relevant ACTFL World-Readiness Standards:

  • “Standard 1.1 Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.”
  • “Standard 1.2 Students understand and interpret spoken and written Spanish on a variety of topics.”
  • “Standard 1.3 Students present information, concepts, and ideas in Spanish to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics.”
  • “Standard 5.1 Students use Spanish both within and beyond the school setting.”

Relevant Idaho State World Language Standards:

  • COMM 1.1 - Interact and negotiate meaning (spoken, signed, written conversation) to share information, reactions, feelings, and opinions
  • COMM 2.1 - Understand, interpret, and analyze what is heard, read, or viewed on a variety of topics.
  • COMM 3.1 - Present information, concepts, and ideas to inform, explain, persuade, and narrate on a variety of topics using appropriate media in the target language.

Relevant NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can give information, details, and explanations. 
  • I can give directions and recommendations.
  • I can talk about city life.

Materials Needed:

Would you like to make changes to the materials? Access the template(s) below:

- Prompt Cards


1. Begin by introducing the Can-Dos for today’s activity. 

2. Ask students the following questions:

"¿Cuál es la población de su ciudad natal?" 

"¿Quién tiene la ciudad natal más poblada? ¿La menos?"

Main Activity

1. Put the students into two groups. Each group will play Chutes and Ladders with their game boards.

"Van a trabajar en dos grupos. Cada grupo va a jugar el juego de Serpientes y Escaleras."

2. Each student needs a belonging for a game piece. You can give each student one, or they can use something from in their backpacks or around the room. 

"Cada estudiante necesita una ficha (game piece). Si no quieren usar la ficha que tengo, pueden buscar uno en sus mochilas o en el cuarto."

3. One by one, each student will roll the dice and progress their piece through the board.

"Van a jugar Serpientes y Escaleras! ¿Saben cómo jugar? Cada persona tira los dados y mueve su ficha de acuerdo al número que cayó."

4. When a student lands on a blank space, he or she must grab a prompt card and answer the question or do the prompt. If a student lands on a space with a star, he or she must answer one of the Trivia questions.

"Cuando un estudiante cae en un espacio vacío, deben tomar una tarjeta. Las tarjetas tienen apuntes (prompts) o preguntas. El estudiante que escoja la tarjeta va a contestar la pregunta o el apunte. Si un estudiante cae en un espacio con una estrella, él o ella va a contestar una de las preguntas de trivia que tiene el/la asistente de labs." 

5. Play until there is a winner!

"¡Vamos a jugar hasta que alguien gane!"


Wrap-up: Riddles! ¡Acertijos!

Have students try to solve the following riddles to finish the lab: 

¿lo tres letras tengo pero tu peso yo sostengo. Si me tratas con cuidad, te llevaré a cualquier lado. ¿Qué soy? (es un parte del cuerpo) (el pie)

Caemos del cielo y parecemos algodón, abrígate porque causamos una extraña sensación. ¿Qué es? (La nieve)

Si lo escribes como es, soy de la selva el rey. Si lo escribes al revés soy tu Papá Noel. (el léon)

End of lab:

• Read Can-Do statements once more and have students evaluate their confidence. 
(Use thumbs up/thumbs down or download our student cards.) 
• Encourage students to be honest in their self-evaluation.
• Pay attention, and try to use feedback for future labs!

Relevant NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can give information, details, and explanations. 
  • I can give directions and recommendations.
  • I can talk about city life.

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