I had a blast at the 2018 MITTEN CI Conference! I could be vlogging all day for months from the bucket of bounty I scammed while in Ann Arbor if it weren’t for my day job and unwavering student loans. #DonorsChoose?
The first item I’d like to share was jacked from an amazing comprehensible input workshop entitled ‘A Picture Prompts a Thousand Words’. Justin Slocum Bailey of IndwellingLanguage.com had so much to offer, as always, and I think I might have walked away with my new favorite Get Your Butts Moving Activity! It’s hard to commit, but sometimes you just gotta follow your heart.
For my best explanation, just watch the game and PictureTalk video. For the technical stuff, which is just my way and can be changed, here ya go:
Before the Activity
- I searched for cultural pictures and art that contained people or other living things. The pictures can be related to your current benchmarks and curriculum, or just go crazy with untargeted input. I selected a variety of pictures from different Spanish speaking countries, time periods, and artistic styles. The first, however, was a screengrab from Fortnite Battle Royale. We’ve gotta meet them where they’re at! Or, as Justin Slocum Bailey would say, “It’s disingenuous for teachers to tell students that we need to get to know other cultures, and then not let them get to know the students right next to them.”
- I created a Keynote presentation that alternated between slides with numbers and slides with pictures. If a picture had 5 people in it, the slide before the picture had the number of people needed in each group to prepare the students.
- I selected some reggaeton music that shouldn’t ever be translated. Looking back, that was a mistake. I need to make healthier choices.
- I prepared myself for the PictureTalk after the activity which would use the same images. You could also prepare a MovieTalk while keeping all other variables the same. Just create screengrabs of the movie ahead of time, and students will be recreating poses of the characters they will soon meet.
During the Activity
- We cleared some space. Deskless classroom teachers be like, “Check!”
- I explained the rules of the game. These might change if you’re just using this for a Brain Break, if you don’t feel the need to make it a competition, or if you simply have a better way than everyone else for everything. Whatever.
- Dance or walk in a circle to the music.
- Form groups when a number appears on the screen. It’s okay to have one larger or one smaller group.
- Watch for a picture to appear.
- Recreate the picture with your bodies.
- Freeze when the music stops and stay frozen until you have been evaluated.
- Remember how many points you have.
- I danced with them, ran the presentation, counted down, paused the sound, gave points, and repeated.
- We ended this activity with a PictureTalk using the same images and presentation, or perhaps I should say that we prepared for a PictureTalk with this activity… You do you.
- The kids really loved this activity, and entertainment value ranks high on my personal teaching philosophy list.
- I noticed an increase in participation during the PictureTalk when paired with this community building experience. #SafetyFirst
- I really need to get a presentation remote to change the slides; preferably one like Carol Gaab’s!
- We need to dance more.
- Talking about Fortnite is the key to buy-in. Well, at least this for this semester.
- I don’t always need to teach an in-depth cultural unit with all 5 Cs to transfer some knowledge and appreciation. Cultural pop-ups are invariably valuable.
If you want some similar slides, grab them from my downloads page!
Hey Sarah! I first got to see you present at the MittenCI last year and you had fantastic ideas which I am finally returning to now as I gear up to (hopefully) go to the MittenCI Conference this year…I guess waiting to hear whether that will be a go or no. Anyway, I liked the activity you posted Pic Pose Slides but the first of the 2 files in your downloads…the one with (Keynt) behind it just isn’t working properly. Hoping to ask if you could please update that file because I anticipate it has more explanation behind the photos selected for that…THANK YOU! Keep up the fantastic work!
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This is so much fun. Do you have a student enlisted to start and stop the music, or are your doing that?
Hola, Michele! I’m managing the music from my Apple watch, but otherwise I’d use a student. Great student job idea!!!
Oh boy. Now I need to learn how to do that!!
Oh-sorry! My email is [email protected]
Hi!! This activity looks great!! Would you mind emailing me the slides you used in this example? It looks like they are different than the ones on your download page.
Also, do you just choose one picture to do picture talk after the activity? It always takes me at least a good 20 minutes to do one picture so that’s why I’m asking. Thank you so much!!!! You are awesome!!
Unfortunately, the slides from the video’s presentation weren’t used with permissions to share, and I don’t have the copyright to share. So sorry, Friend!
Sometimes I can talk about a picture for 20mins, and other times I can talk about 20 pictures in the same amount of time. It just depends on my goals for the lesson.
Thanks for the comments!!
Thanks for writing this I did it in my French classes we had lots of fun.
Thanks for the shoutout, Stephen!
It’s hard to go wring with this one!
Sarah! Eres una genia! I love the activity. Would you mind sharing the PPT with me? Thank you and keep up the amazing job! My email is [email protected]
I finally made a presentation version that I have the authority/Copyright Fair Use to share. Here’s the link to my downloads page. Gracias!!! http://sarahbreckley.com/downloads/
Hi Sarah! Thanks for all of your AWESOMENESS!! Seriously! Would you mind sharing the ppt with me as well? We are just starting our Art Unit and this would be a great way to kick it off! My email: [email protected]
Hola, Please forgive me for taking so ling. I couldn’t actually share the original. I finally made a presentation version that I have the authority/Copyright Fair Use to share. Here’s the link to my downloads page. Gracias! http://sarahbreckley.com/downloads/
Can you email me a copy of this PowerPoint too? Pretty plzzzzzzzz!
Hola, Please forgive me for taking so long. I finally made a presentation version that I have the authority/Copyright Fair Use to share. Here’s the link to my downloads page. Gracias! http://sarahbreckley.com/downloads/
[…] I lack, Sarah Breckley has in abundance and I go to her blog when I need a shot of adrenaline. Her Movement activity works great as a quick brain break but I’ve loved it as the beginning of a movie or story […]
So I absolutely love the font of your rejoinders/short phrases posters (Es obvio) etc. Do you by any chance have your document for that available either on here or TPT?
Hola! Please forgive me for taking so long. I finally created a downloads page. Here’s the link: http://sarahbreckley.com/downloads/ Gracias!!!
This looks like fun! May I get a copy of your slides? [email protected]
Hola, I finally made a presentation version that I have the authority/Copyright Fair Use to share. Here’s the link to my downloads page. Gracias! http://sarahbreckley.com/downloads/
Hey Sarah! Amazing!!!! A couple of questions. What level is this? Also, did you do anything to follow-up the picture talk? Write and discuss, etc? Thanks a bunch!!!! Awesome work!!!!
HOLA! This is a II class. We did a Turn & Talk with shoulder partners while passing the printed pictures around to review what we learned. I typed-up the most popular descriptions and Ss matched them to the pictures. I combine this with La Persona Especial/Estrella del Día to prepare Ss to talk about their classmates. Thanks for asking, Robyn!!!
You are awesome! Could you possibly share the PowerPoint with me? My email is [email protected].
I teach in California, it’s so great that language teachers can collaborate online like this!
Thanks a bunch 🙂
I emailed you, Kim 🙂 Just want the world to know that you haven’t been ignored!
Any chance of you sharing the power point or google slides? I don’t mind making my own but why re-invent the wheel? Gracias.
Are you WCroft at an El Segundo schools? I’ll send it to your school email! I don’t have the rights to share the artwork online, but I might upload a tiny version as an example here.
Changing the subject! I see you follow StitchingAndMaking.com! Elisabeth Breckley is my sister-in-law! #SmallWorld
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Thanks so much for this activity! They are already asking to play it again!
I want to try this!! Starting our last unit so will be a fun way to kick it off. Gracias y besos!
YAY! Justin, Baby! I know I still have to share my notes with you, but they’re just so poorly written that I wonder if you’d be able to learn anything! This counts as your warning, LOL.
This is so cool! I love the long video…super helpful! Thank you so much for sharing! Quick question…what year/level Spanish classes were shown doing these activities? 🙂
Hey, You! These are IIs 🙂
Whaaaa! That sounds so fun! I wanna play!! Thanks for writing it up!
Yes! And thanks for everything YOU share!!!