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Middle School, High School
  • Vamos De Compras
  • clothing
  • la ropa
  • la-ropa
  • shopping
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    Clothing Items

    Clothing Items


    What kind of clothing do you wear; jeans, a t-shirt, socks, and sneakers?  Be able to describe your clothing style using the vocabulary for clothing items as well as the adjectives and colors you have already learned in previous seminars.  You will also be able to walk into stores or look at others to identify clothing items in Spanish.

    ACTFL Standards

    • Communication: Interpersonal Communication, Interpretive Communication

    • Cultures: Relating Cultural Practices to Perspectives, Relating Cultural Products to Perspectives

    • Connections: Making Connections

    • Comparisons: Cultural Comparisons

    • Communities: School and Global Communities

    Learning Target

    I can list items I see every day.

    Habits of Mind

    Applying past knowledge to new situations

    Critical Thinking Skill

    Construct Meaning



    Introductory warm-up activity.

    Look in your closet! What do you see?  Look in your dresser! What do you see?  Look at the department store! What do you see?  Clothing items are everywhere, watch this video and see if you understand what clothing items he is raping about.

    Academic/Concept Vocabulary

    Vocabulary List


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




    Click here to read. 

    Watch the video Learn Spanish - Common words for clothing.

    • Be sure to take notes as you watch.

    • Rewatch, rewind and pause as you need.

    Use this interactive to practice and learn the vocabulary terms you will need to understand for this Seminar. Choose your study mode!

    Explore More

    Access one, many, or all of these resources to explore this topic more deeply.

    • Learn about Traditional Andean Clothing here

    • See how clothing vocabulary can be used in sentences in conjunction with adjectives you know by watching this video.


    Discuss your ideas / opinions / understandings.


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

    • Describe what traditional clothing in the United States was in Spanish- identify the clothing pieces and upload a picture you find online of what you think was "traditional."


    Now it is time to self-check how much you have learned about 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.

    ¡Imagínate! Imagine you are a salesperson for a local department store in the United States.  Your boss really wants to integrate new styles into the store so they have assigned you to research style in Spain.  You are to browse El Corte Inglés’ website for what men, women, and children are wearing in Spain.  Anything from tops (sweaters, vests, t-shirts, blouses, etc.), bottoms (shorts, dress pants, jeans, skirts, etc.), shoes (sneakers, shoes, sandals, etc.), dresses, and accessories (jewelry, hats, scarves, etc.). You will put together two outfits by selecting items from their website.  Using this google doc (make a copy) you will write a description of the item in español (identify the color) and don’t forget el precio in Euros!



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

    Write a reflection paragraph answering the following questions:

    • Different seasons call for different clothing items.  Name one specific article of clothing, in Spanish, you would wear in each different season.  How will you remember these words to use in the future?