1. Los Frijoles: Each class gets a different colored plastic cup. When students speak in Spanish, I put beans in their cup and when they speak in English (or misbehave) I take beans out. They know that sometimes I will put in a handful of beans at the end of an activity so I'm not chained to the cups and that they don't get beans if they ask for them.
- Spanish only
- No more than 3 seconds of silence
- Take turns
- Help each other
While they are working, I walk around and listen to their speaking. If I hear them speak in English, or see that they have stopped talking, I put a small mark on their paper. The mark doesn't mean anything, but they still try to avoid getting one. =) I typically set a timer for 3 to 5 minutes and they are always really proud of themselves when they realize they talked for 5 whole minutes entirely in Spanish! After the activity, we debrief and talk about what kind of problem-solving skills and strategies they used to get their point across.