Tracy Rains
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Middle School, High School
  • Introduction to Spanish
  • La Escuela
  • escuela
  • estar
  • prepositions
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    Estar and Prepositions

    Estar and Prepositions


    Where is the window in your class?  In this seminar you will learn how to conjugate the verb "estar" to tell where something is and use location words to describe their location in more detail.

    ACTFL Standards

    • Communication: Interpersonal Communication and Presentational Communication

    • Comparisons: Language Comparisons

    • Communities: School and Global Communities

    Learning Target

    I can ask about and identify familiar things in a picture from a story

    Habits of Mind

    Thinking and communicating with clarity and precision

    Critical Thinking Skill




    Introductory warm-up activity.

    Once again, we find that pictures are very important in learning a language.  How do you know where something is if you can't see it? You have to be able to understand phrases and directions indicating location. Close your eyes and picture your classroom.  What do you see? Where are things placed?

    Academic/Concept Vocabulary

    View the vocabulary terms and conjugations of estar here.


    Read and watch the resources to learn about this concept, then do the practice activity.




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    The verb estar: Describing location

    Use this interactive to practice and learn the vocabulary terms you will need to understand for this Seminar.

    Choose your study mode!

    Explore More

    See pictures of schools in Mexico here


    Discuss your ideas / opinions / understandings.


    Based on what you learned in the Explore and Engage sections of this Seminar, answer the following prompt:

    • Is there anything you found confusing or difficult regarding the verb estar and location words? Be specific.


    Now it is time to self-check how much you have learned about the this topic.  If you do not know as much as you thought, go back to the “Explore” section of this seminar and reread, rewatch, or redo the activities listed.  See your facilitator if you have questions.


    This is a task or project where you can show what you know.


    Your family just recently moved to the city of Lima, Peru.  You are new to your classroom (picture below) and need some help.  Write an example conversation you may have with one of your classmates asking where things are located in the classroom and them telling you where things are located and what you need. Refer to the picture for reference to where things are.  

    You must include the following in your conversation:

    1. greetings

    2. at least 3 questions

    3. the verb estar at least 5 six times (in various forms)

    4. at least five different classroom objects/furniture from the previous module

    5. at least three different location vocabulary words


    You may use questions such as: ¿Dónde está __________? OR ¿Qué es esto?

    **DO NOT USE A TRANSLATOR! This is your original writing, use of a translator will result in an automatic 0.

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    Complete this wrap-up activity where you reflect on your learning. 

    1. Write a reflection essay answering the following questions:

    • Estar is in an important word as it describes location and someone's current being.  Show that you know how to use estar by writing a sentence in Spanish indicating where you are right now.  Do you find estar to be an easy verb to use? Why or why not?



    2. Post an Artifact.

    • Include an artifact(s) that contains specific experiences, readings, assignments, or discussions in this course that supports your point.

    • What did you learn by creating this artifact? Be specific.

    • How did this artifact and other course elements help you reach it? Be specific.