This is a contributed post by educator Stephanie Sheridan.

We have been playing "Around the World" (directions below) in my Spanish classes for about 10 years, and I have been making and printing giant flashcards. What I just realized is that all this time, I could have been using Quizlet!

All I had to do was create a Quizlet study set with only pictures and terms (or make a copy of a set I've found or already created to modify). As a whole class, I then project the flashcards, picture side up, and we go through the deck. I can click shuffle on the side, and play again and again! What a HUGE time saver!

Screen Shot 2018-02-07 at 9.24.09 PM.pngIn Quizlet's Flashcards mode, select "Spanish" as the answer so the picture shows first.

Screen Shot 2018-02-07 at 9.24.24 PM.pngChoose "Shuffle" to mix up the cards for your next round.

How to play the game

  1. Students face off two at a time.
  2. The first person to identify the image they see (by calling out the corresponding term) moves on to compete against the next student.
  3. The winning student keeps going until s/he loses, and then trades places with the new winner.

In my class, if you beat 6 people in a row, you get a prize. While most teachers say you have to get all the way "around the world" (beat the whole class), in my experience, it's more attainable — and therefore more motivating — to have interim prizes.

For more great ideas from Stephanie, check out her blog.