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Inside: Get your students moving and speaking Spanish with Find Someone Who people hunts. These interpersonal speaking activities are no prep and easy to use. Mix up how you Find Someone Who including distance learning and socially distanced options. Instructions of how to use the new TPT Digital tool are also included!

Find Someone Who: Mix up Interpersonal Speaking in Spanish and French Class

I have always enjoyed using Find Someone Who people hunts during my days as a Camp Adventure counselor. They force you to move around, talk to everyone and build a community who knows more about each other. I had never created on for my own class until I posted my 1st day of Spanish 2-4 a couple years ago. Then suddenly I feel in love and started creating versions for no prep Weekend Chat, the 1st day back from Winter Break, my high frequency verb units, French class, and more.

For all versions, start by having all students look at the questions to make sure they know what they all mean before starting. Instruct students to stay in Spanish and to try to answer in complete sentences for the duration of the activity. Once they are done asking questions on the front, there is an extension to write when they learned about their class on the back, which really helps to differentiate for fast finishers.

I started creating so many of them, that as with anything, I needed to make sure that I was mixing up HOW I was using them, as to not let them get dull. Here are some ways to mix up using a Find Someone Who.

**2020 Update! Due to request I am going to start with distance learning and socially distanced Find Someone Who options. 

The Socially Distanced in Person Find Someone Who

Since a go-to activity for me to start the year in Spanish 2-4 is a “mi verano” Find Someone Who, I came up with some variations for that activity to socially distance. (For reference I am teaching in the classroom full time this fall in Iowa with smaller groups rotating on A/B days & the others online on alternating days). 

  • Do the paper FSW activity outside. If you do not have 1:1 technology and are in person, this is your best option. Have everyone wearing masks, with the FWS on their own clipboard & standing at a distance to talk. Instead of having other people sign the form, have each student just write the name of the person who said yes instead. Or students could ask the question cards outside at a distance.
  • Interview partner using Plexiglas. I know some schools have Plexiglas dividers or plastic shower curtains hanging in their classrooms. Have students use their masks, in addition to these dividers to interview a partner or small group using the FSW sheet and writing their own answers or using the new TPT Digital Add on their Chromebooks. (This is what I personally did in class & see more about that below).

The Distance Learning Find Someone Who

I know many states and schools are starting the year online and might be that way for the foreseeable future. (In Iowa this is not the case). For those of you wanting to use this conversation tool with students who are working electronically, I have a new TPT feature that might be just what you need!

  • The TPT Digital Annotation Tool (compatible with Google Classroom!) Now on most PDFs I can add an overlay of digital text boxes, pick the pages I want to include & click assign to Google Classroom. Then with a connection to Google I can directly assign these now digital activities for students to complete and turn in online. I have already created the digital text boxes for you in Mi verano (I used in Spanish 3/4 day 1), ¿Fuiste…? ( I used in Spanish 2 day 1) & the ¿Tienes…? Freebie ( I plan to use this week in Spanish 1). All you need to do is go to the link click the "Create Digital Activity" button below the download & follow the instructions below. 

Edit the pages you want to use
(Notice here I already created some text boxes as a starting point. You can also add your own from scratch for other resources if you would like).

Pick the pages you want to use
(Make sure to click and DELETE instructions for teacher or pages you do not want to use. You want to make sure only pages you want students to see are shown here before you click assign).

Assign to Students

Share Right on Google Classroom
(Students will click turn in on the TPT access. Once they turn it in they can not go back and edit!)

I tried this digital version out in Spanish 2-4 in class as a way to avoid paper. Students wrote about themselves on the first page and then interviewed a partner from their seats. They wrote about the partner on the 3rd person page. If you want to try it out, I have already created the digital text boxes for you in Mi verano , ¿Fuiste…? & the ¿Tienes…? Freebie ( I plan to use this week in Spanish 1). All you need to do is go to the link click the "Create Digital Activity" button below the download & follow the instructions above. 

If you are fully digital you can assign the document online and then decide how you want them to talk to someone. Maybe they get to meet in Zoom break out rooms to chat, or maybe you assign them someone to call, or they can interview someone they know who speaks Spanish. Make it work for your unique situation, and please let me know how you use them!

**The below options were shared pre COVID, so use them as you see fit in your situation!**

The Classic Find Someone Who

Find Someone Who: Mix up Interpersonal Speaking

Set everyone loose to ask and answer questions of anyone in the room. Have students to try to get a different person to answer each question, or at least get everyone to answer one before you go back to ask again. This is my far the most chaotic of the options, but it is great if you can give students this freedom and movement, especially when they are just returning from a break and have a lot of energy.

The Structured Full Class Find Someone Who

Find Someone Who: Mix up Interpersonal Speaking

If you want the entire class to be involved and to make sure that everyone is included, a structured version might work best. Set students up in an inside/outside circle (the inner circle that faces outward to a partner in the bigger circle facing inward). Have students ask their partner and then move a step to the right at the ding of a timer. Depending on your space, this could also work in two lines facing each other, where one end student walks to the other end after everyone shifts. This could be moved to the hallway as well for a new environment. These structured options help to make sure everyone is involved. 

The Interview 

Have students sit with a partner to do a personal interview. This works especially well with the high frequency verb unit options (Super 7 present, Sweet 16 presentimperfectpreterite, or Super 7 French). This is a great way to do a one on one special person interview for students who do not want to go in front of the class, or to make sure that everyone is interviewed. It allows students to learn a lot about one of their classmates, and then to write about them using the expansion on the back to practice third person as well.

The Small Group 

Find Someone Who: Mix up Interpersonal Speaking

If your room is set up in table groupings, small group Find Someone Who interviews might be the best option. This allows students to ask a few people questions, but keeps students a little more contained if you can not have them all up at once, especially if you do not have the space for a ton of movement. 

The Literature Circle

Find Someone Who: Mix up Interpersonal Speaking

This version is specifically for my Find Someone Who to Discuss any novel. This would work for students to discuss their free reading books, or while doing a literature circle (with small groups reading the same book). Depending of the level of the students, chose which version of questions (basic or more advanced) to use. Students can then interview one or more students about the book(s) they read. It is a perfect no prep activity for any novel you are using in class. There is also a page in this resource where students (or teachers) can write their own questions specific to their book to ask.

The Novice Class

Find Someone Who: Mix up Interpersonal Speaking

I wanted to be able to have my novice Spanish students to complete a Find Someone who right away in the school year. So I created a Find Someone Who focusing on Tiene, or has. My Spanish 1 students (who had some exploratory middle school Spanish), completed this activity on day two of school this year. I gave them the version with the most support, including the I form on the front and the sentence starters on the back as well. You can get this activity for Free too!

Where can you get Find Someone Who activities to try these versions out? Click below

If you are looking for more ideas, check out 7 awesome speaking activities.


Originally posted 10.1.18 - updated 9.2.20

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