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.
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.