Tag Archives: flashcards

Correct order races

23 Jan

Students race to  to see who can put their flashcards in the correct order first.  They can race against each other or work as a pair to beat the other pairs in the classroom.  This works great for days of the week, months, numbers by 10, etc.  Make sure they mix the cards up before beginning.

Grab it Flashcard game

22 Jan

Another favorite flashcard game of mine.  I like the flashcard activities because they eat up minutes at the end of class.  Other activities coming soon.

Students lay out flashcards between pairs (or groups of 3) at desks.  The teacher calls out a vocabulary item.  The first student to grab the correct card gets to take it. In case of a tie (or an argument over who was first), the card is set aside—nobody gets it.  The student or team with the most cards at the end wins.

Add creativity to flashcards by having students create illustrated vocabulary flashcards. Have them write the word on one side of the card. On the other, they can create a picture that the word represents for them.  This avoids translation when practicing.  Advanced students can write the definition in the TL and/or other related words.

Flashcard Tag

21 Jan

This activity would require large flashcards.  I usually find some clip art, paste them nice and large in a Word document and print them out.  The image only, no words.

Use flashcards to play a game of tag.

Place two sets of flashcards on your desk, table or on the ledge of the chalkboard.
Divide the class into two teams, and instruct the teams to form single-file lines.
On your mark, the first player on each team races to the pile of flashcards, holds up the top card for you to see and says the word in the TL.
If the answer is given correctly, the player races back to their team and tags the next person, who continues the game.
In the event that a player doesn’t know or gives the wrong answer, he/she continues selecting cards until she answers correctly.
If the team helps the player, that player must name a new flashcard.
The first team to answer all of the flashcards in their pile wins.

Flashcard bingo

21 Jan

This is a great activity when there are 10 minutes left in class or the day before a quiz.  My students make flashcards for each unit, so they always have them ready to play a game.

Each students picks 5 of their flashcards to put in front of them on their desk.  You can choose to have them put them TL side up or English side up.  The teacher calls out words.  When they have the word they put it off to the side.  When the teacher has said all 5 of their words they say Bingo and read them back.  After a couple of rounds tell students to switch out their cards for new cards.

Keep Flashcard game

19 Jan

Hi everyone,

I am attempting to put my activities online to have a compilation for future use.

I generally have the students create flashcards in groups of 3.  They split the list into 3 parts and each write a third of the list.  This is because we usually do flashcard games for review at the end of the month, so there is a lot of vocabulary.  Always remind the students to make the writing big and bold if they are going to flash them to each other.  For most games that we play, they put Spanish on one side and English on the other.  I also tell them to have the most responsible person in their group hold on to all of the cards so they stay together.

Keep Flashcard Game

In this game one student flips the card while the other 2 or 3 in their group try to be the first to correctly say the word.  Whoever says the word correctly first keeps the card.  When all of the cards have been shown, the person with the most cards wins and becomes the new flipper.  The first day that we play they flash the Spanish and have to say the English.  The next day or two when we play again they must flash the English and say the Spanish (harder).

If you have any favorite flashcard games, please share them!




6 May

Jing is a great program that I have been using for a very long time.

It was a life saver when I was teaching elementary and creating my own worksheets, flashcards, etc.

It is used to create screenshots and screen recordings.  You use the crosshairs to outline what you want to capture on the screen, which is an improvement over the Print Screen key on your keyboard that captures everything.

Once capturing what you wish to save on your screen, mark up your screenshot with a text box, arrow, highlight or picture caption.

You can choose to save the image/video or simply copy it for quick use.

Some of our Special Education teachers are using Jing to record them teaching new material.  The program records the Power Point and their voice for students who need to review later or students who are absent.  You are limited to a 5 minute recording for the free version of Jing.

Try it out!  Gracias, 


Teaching Materials for French Language Teachers

29 Apr

Teaching Materials for French Language Teachers.

Great French Flashcards!

Everyday WL class techy tools

7 Apr

There are some online tools that I use in my class for different purposes.  Here are my favorites:

Online Stopwatch:A simple timer that will do a countdown or a stopwatch.  Set the time, use the optional music, hear a bell when time is up.
It works great when you have different stations set up to give the students a signal of when to move on (a gallery walk, etc.).   Project it to let the students peek at how much time they have left.
I also use it when I tell the students they have 10 minutes and want to stick to it…
Class Tools also has a great timer.  I am just stubborn enough to stick with the one I started with.

Dice Server:
A very simple concept.  Click on the page and roll the dice.
As a class we have used it to practice verbs.  I have on the board a list of 6 subjects with the numbers 1-6 in front of them.  There is also a list of infinitives with the numbers 1-6 in front of them. Example:

1- Yo                                             1- hablar
2- Nosotras                                2- vivir
3- Ricardo                                  3- comer
4- Ellos                                         4- tener
5- Tú                                             5- ir
6- Mis amigos                           6- jugar

Once the dice is rolled, the first die tells you which subject to use, the second tells you what infinitive to conjugate.  Using the example above, A roll of a 2 & 4 would mean the subject is Nosotras and the verb is tener.  Students write their answer on the whiteboard, I count down from 10 (giving all students ample time) and they show me their answers.  Great check up on how they are doing!
I am sure there are many other possibilities.
You can also give the URL to the students and they can use their phones to do the dice rolling, although I prefer the movement of the real dice in partner games.

Random Name Selector:
When you want to do some speaking practice, this site works kind of like drawing out the Popsicle sticks with names on them in elementary classes (I have those too).  It does a little more than the sticks could though.  You can type in your student names once then have them any time you want!  Once you have a list of names you can get a URL to bookmark or an embed code to put in your class page to use over and over again.
As a bonus, once the picker has chosen a name, you can hit a timer.  For example, when you are doing presentations.  Choose who goes next with the picker, click on the number of minutes were the maximum or minimum.
Or, maybe you just want your students to speak on a topic for a minute or two.  Project the page and the visual helps them get their timing right.

Another similar site is the Team Maker.  Type or copy and paste names into the site to have teams randomly picked.  You can choose the names of the teams, and your output can be in web page or in Excel.  I suggest you have your classes typed into an Excel sheet to copy and paste when needed.  Those lists come in handy at times anyway.

My favorite everyday online site is Quizlet.    

We go over our vocabulary every day.  We begin with Spanish to English flashcards.  After a couple of days we switch it to English to Spanish.  To avoid students blurting out the answer before others can even process it, we do a 3 count.  The 3 count can be a mixture of snaps, claps, stomps, etc.  I let the students pick the 3 count sequence before we start.  Once they hear the word, they do the 3 count in unison (they do it-participation points count on it).  That’s the other awesome thing about Quizlet flashcards…there is audio for every word, and it is said correctly in Spanish (or French)  and in English because you set the language for each side of the flashcard.
Practicing with Quizlet is also a choice on their homework grid.  I have each of them make a free account at Quizlet, then join my group (based on what level they are in).  If they do any sort of practice, I can see it on my dashboard.  There have some choices of practice activities or practice games.
Be sure to make groups for each of your levels in your own account.  When you make a set of flashcards, add it to the appropriate set.

Just a few of my favorites I thought I would share.  Enjoy!


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