Let’s face it, learning is always more fun when food is involved! So when my 7th grade Spanish class was a bit confused with comparatives I decided we needed to do something that would really help them understand and remember the concepts. I chose Skittles because they are more allergy friendly than M&Ms (which often contain traces of nuts).
We first began with a quick lesson/review of Spanish Comparatives. There are lots of great resources for teaching this concept, so you can use whatever works best (textbook, You Tube video, Power Point, etc.) Here is an infographic that I really like:
After we covered the basics, it was time to practice what we learned. Here come the Skittles! I bought 2 large bags of Skittles and some great individual ziploc bags (the portion control ones are perfect)! I put 40 Skittles in each bag (you can use however many you want, but this amount worked well) and gave one bag to each student.
I also gave each student a copy of this Spanish Comparatives worksheet (click to get your copy with full instructions from my Teachers Pay Teachers Store):
I instructed the students to first divide their candy into piles by color (and not to eat them yet), and then to use the piles to complete the worksheet, first comparing their own Skittles and then comparing with a friend. Once they finished comparing they were allowed to eat them! 🙂
This first part took about 1 class period (40 minutes). The next day in class we discussed the findings and charted the comparisons. We used Google to create a spreadsheet and then accompanying graph.
Once the chart was done, we made our own additional comparisons using the final numbers. This was an easy, fun lesson to teach Spanish comparatives. I would love to hear how you implement it into your own classroom – please leave me a comment! Thanks and enjoy!