DOP Picture Slideshow Challenge

I found a great activity on YouTube that I recently used with my Spanish 2 class.  We have been learning about direct object pronouns and how to use them appropriately in Spanish sentences.  The YouTube video was posted by a French teacher.  I adapted it for Spanish.

I had a variety of photo sentence equations – – some where the direct object needed to be replaced by a direct object pronoun and some where the sentence was to stay intact.  If the direct object needed to be replaced with a pronoun, I put the picture in brackets.  Then students came up to the screen one by one.  Each student had to set a goal of how many equations they could say correctly in Spanish before the slide changed (each slide only showed for 5 seconds).  They cycled through as many slides as they could, saying the Spanish sentence and the sentences with the direct object pronoun.

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The setup for this activity took longer than anything.  I created over 200 PowerPoint slides with the sentence equations.  I used picture for the direct objects and subjects of the sentence and words for the verbs.  After all the slides were made, I simply saved all of the slides as JPG files (an option under the Save menu).  I uploaded all of the photos to my Flickr account and instantly had an automatic, random slideshow of photos, flipping every 5 seconds.

As a teacher, I loved that my students had to set a goal.  At first, many were hesitant to be in front of their classmates and a lot of them aimed low.  After going the first time, confidence went up and I started to see some real connections being made.  All of the students in the room were focused on sentences and the participant.  By the end of the activity, I was pleased with the outcomes of this lesson.

Download my full Direct Object Pronoun Formula presentation (with directions for the Goal Game) here.


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