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!
In Quizlet's Flashcards mode, select "Spanish" as the answer so the picture shows first.
Choose "Shuffle" to mix up the cards for your next round.
How to play the game
- Students face off two at a time.
- The first person to identify the image they see (by calling out the corresponding term) moves on to compete against the next student.
- 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.