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Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Middle School, High School
  • Introduction to Spanish
  • La Comida
  • almuerzo
  • food
  • lunch
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    It’s Lunch Time!

    It’s Lunch Time!


    When I think of school lunches I think about sandwiches, pizza, hot dogs, etc.  In this seminar you will be able to identify common lunch foods in Spanish. You will be able to use these words in school and in the outside world. So plan your next lunch date because you are going to be able to order off the menu in Spanish!

    ACTFL Standards

    • Communication: Interpersonal Communication, Presentational Communication

    • Cultures: Relating Cultural Practices to Perspectives

    • Comparisons: Cultural Comparisons

    Learning Target

    I can identify menu items

    Habits of Mind

    Applying past knowledge to new situations

    Critical Thinking Skill

    • Construct Meaning
    • Classifying


    Introductory warm-up activity.

      Menus are everywhere- in restaurants, cafes, fast food restaurants, and even at school! Menus tell us what food is available and what is going to be served.  Can you think of some foods associated with lunch time that would be on a menu?  Watch this commercial in Spanish and see if it helps you think of any.

      Academic/Concept Vocabulary

      • View the vocabulary terms here.


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




      Click here to read.

      Food Vocabulary

      Play the match game in this interactive to practice and learn the vocabulary terms you will need to understand for this Seminar.  Choose another study tool to practice also!

      Explore More

      • Check out the McDonald's menu in Spanish here


      Discuss your ideas / opinions / understandings.

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

      • Which one of your new lunch vocabulary words is your favorite?  Are there any other lunch words you want to learn? If so, which ones?


      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.

      You are hosting a lunch party in Madrid. Review the Pizza Hut website in Spanish.  Read about the "pizzas populares."  Select one item of each of the categories that you think your group will like and share the Spanish description.

      1. Pizza Populares

      2. Alitas

      3. Acompañamentos

      4. Bebidas

      5. Postre

      Submit the five items, in Spanish, you will be purchasing with their descriptions, in Spanish.


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

      1. Write a reflection essay answering the following questions:

      • Lunch is a very important meal in Spanish-speaking countries.  In fact, it is the biggest meal of the day. Based on the vocabulary you learned in this seminar, provide four different food combinations you would serve at a Spanish-speaking restaurant.  


      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.