You will need - construction paper, scissors and two bold markers.
Step one - Write out a number of sentences using vocabulary and grammar from your Spanish class. One example is, "Voy a ir a la escuela" when learning ir + a + infinitive. Write enough of these so that each student in your classroom will receive at least three words. Write two identical groups of the same words in different colors so you and the students can tell them apart.
Step two - During class, instruct each student that they will be receiving at least three words. Tell them that you will be reading a sentence in either English or Spanish and they have to, along with their fellow classmates, put the sentence in the correct order at the front of the class. If the sentence is read in English, they have to translate it into Spanish to know where the words go. Typically, they place the words on the chalk tray at the front of the class. You want to make sure that the whole class can see the words from the back of the room.
Step three - Divide the students into two teams, based on the color of the cards they have. You stand at the back of the room and read the sentence in either Spanish or English and if a student has a card that was in your sentence, they move to the front of the room and work with their classmates to put the words in the right order. The first team to place the words in the correct order gets a point.
Step four - As a supplemental activity, or homework assignment, you can have the students translate the sentences that they formed during the activity in their notebooks or on a worksheet that you provide.
Students will learn Spanish sentence syntax as well as review vocabulary. They will focus in on the vocabulary words they have on their desks and will be practicing listening as the teacher calls out the sentences.