Spanish-Speaking Countries Activities & Games

Instructor: Diane Sieverson

Diane has taught all subjects at the elementary level, was the principal of a K-8 private school and has a master's degree in Measurement and Evaluation.

There are twenty countries whose official language is Spanish. These games and activities will help reinforce the content of an instructional unit which identifies, locates and explores these countries.

Spanish-Speaking Countries

Spanish is the official language of the following countries:

  1. Argentina
  2. Bolivia
  3. Chile
  4. Colombia
  5. Costa Rica
  6. Cuba
  7. Dominican Republic
  8. Ecuador
  9. El Salvador
  10. Equatorial Guinea
  11. Guatemala
  12. Honduras
  13. Mexico
  14. Nicaragua
  15. Panama
  16. Paraguay
  17. Peru
  18. Spain
  19. Uruguay
  20. Venezuela

These games and activities can be incorporated into your classroom instruction in order to reinforce the content. They will help students identify the geographic location of these Spanish-speaking countries and understand more about their cultures.

Travel Agent Activity

Materials

  • Tri-fold presentation poster board
  • Markers
  • Glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Internet access
  • Printer (color if possible)

Directions

Assign a Spanish-speaking country to each student in your class and explain that they just got a new job as a travel agent. They will use the tri-fold poster board to create a travel display that makes people want to visit their assigned country and present it to the class upon its completion.

The display must be colorful and creative with relevant pictures printed from the Internet and must include the following components (you may add to or omit any of these requirements according to the needs of your students):

  • Picture of the country on a map
  • Continent where the country is located
  • Countries it shares a border with
  • Oceans, if any, that border it
  • The capital city
  • Population
  • Its flag
  • The national dish or a traditional food commonly eaten there
  • Two places tourists usually visit
  • One additional fact the student found interesting about the country

Where Am I? - A Game of Lost and Found

Materials

  • One note card for each Spanish-speaking country you want to review with your students
  • One small whiteboard and dry erase marker for each student group (you can substitute paper and a pencil if necessary)
  • Timer
  • Maps (optional)

Directions

Before playing this game with your class, prepare one note card for each Spanish-speaking country your students are learning about with clues that describe that country. You will read these clues aloud to your students during the game. You can customize each country's clues based on the level of your students and the facts you want them to remember. An example card for Argentina might say:

I'm lost and need your help to figure out what country I'm in. The only thing I know for sure is that this country shares a border with Chile. As I drive east toward a beautiful beach on the Atlantic Ocean, I see a sign that points to the capital city of Buenos Aires. I also see a flag that has a blue stripe on top, a white stripe with a sun in the middle and a blue stripe on the bottom. Where am I?

To play the game, place students in teams and give each team a small whiteboard and dry erase marker. If you don't have these supplies, give them several sheets of paper and a pencil.

Read the clues for one country, set the timer and give the teams 30 seconds to figure out the answer and write it down. When the 30 seconds are up, teams will hold up their answers. Using tally marks, keep track of each team's score on the classroom white board as you go through the cards. You may choose to give the winning team extra credit points or another reward you feel is appropriate.

To modify this game, you may choose to allow students to use a map and eliminate the time restriction on the answer. Another modification would be to read each clue one at a time, from the 'hardest' to the 'easiest.' If any team feels at some point that they know the answer, allow them to guess. However, if they are wrong, they are eliminated from this round and can make no further guesses. If no team has correctly guessed by the time all of the clues have been given, then allow the remaining teams 30 seconds to write down their answer.

Snap to It!

Materials

  • For each pair of students in your class, you'll need 3 note cards for each Spanish-speaking country your students are studying
  • Internet access
  • Color printer
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Laminator (optional)

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