This activity feels like a game because students are engaged and they get to play with magnets. Little do they know, they are also following instructions in Spanish, and responding to verbal or written cues to accomplish a task. Using magnetic “Create-a-scene” playsets and similar products, I have used this activity in conjunction with Location of Prepositions.
There are many scenes, but I mainly use the “Doll House” playset with our Casa unit. If you do stations, you can lead a station where the teacher physically verbalizes the cues while the students put the appropriate magnets in their appropriate locations. Or you could have the cues written out and the students must read the cues. Or if your school has the technology, you could have a recording on an mp3 player or iPod and the students have to listen to the track to find out where to put the pieces.
You can have a picture of the “correct” placement of the pieces ready for the students to self-check when they have finished. This is a great listening and processing activity for students. This type of lesson could be adapted for various levels and units, since they are different types of Magnet Boards available besides the “Doll House”.
Places to buy these magnetic boards:
1. They used to be available for order through Teacher’s Discovery, but I no longer see them available.
2. Superdairyboy.com $9.99 – $13.99
3. Beyondplay.com – $9.99
4. Amazon.com – $8.82 (only 14 left)
5. JanellePublications.com -$10.00
6. PatchProducts.com – $8.99
I happened to find one at a garage sale and negotiated down to 50 cents!
If you have these magnetic boards, or are planning on acquiring them, I have created scripts for you to have your students read (or for you to record to have them listen) for 2 distinct magnet boards (1Create a Scene Doll House playset and 2. Imaginetics Doll House). They are available for FREE download here. (All you will need is a FREE login account)
For additional lessons on Location: