If you follow me on instagram, you may have caught me speaking about a game, that I discovered myself via instagram, called “Mirror.” Since I instruct in Spanish, I call it “¡Espejo!” This game can truly be modified for any topic…whether you use it for vocabulary or grammatical structures. Also, i’m sure that once I explain it, you it will think of other uses of the game as well!
Materials: Mini white boards (you can modify this to fit the supplies you have in your classroom..paper could work as well.) Markers, erasers, or pens/pencils
How to play!
- Ask students to form groups of two and sit facing one another.
- The teacher could either project onto the board, or say what he/she would like students to do. If the goal is for students to practice vocabulary, the teacher can present a vocabulary word in English for students to write in Spanish, or vice versa. If the goal is for students to practice a grammatical structure, the teacher can propose a verb and subject and ask students to write the conjugation.
- When the teacher presents a word or structure on the board for students to complete, provide students with about 30 seconds (time will vary based on the ability of students). Once you have provided students with an ample amount of time, say “MIRROR!” or “¡Espejo!”
- Students will then show their white board or piece of paper to their partners and the goal is for students to “mirror” the correct answer with their partner(s). If this happens, students will give their group a point.
- Repeat steps 2-4 until you have to stop!
Variations of this game!
- One way to change up this game is to ask your students to create the questions to complete. If you are reviewing vocabulary, ask your students to come up with the the words to review during each round. Using this, students are more involved and it is less prep for you as the teacher!
- Another way to change and step up this game is by playing with rotating partners! I did this with my students and it was SO MUCH FUN!! I asked my students to make an inside and outside circle. While I played music, the inside circle moved clockwise and the outside circle moved counterclockwise. When the music stopped, students stood facing the person behind/in front of them. I then asked students to conjugate a verb (we were reviewing conjugating!). Then, I completed the general steps above. I said “espejo” and the students presented the answers to their partner. I then put the music back on, students walked around…I stopped the music, provided a prompt to complete, and the cycle continued with students working with a new partner each round.
You can see a picture of my students playing with this variation on my instagram here!