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Quick Tip: 1, 2, 3, ¡SALTA! (1,2,3 Jump!) a game to get any class moving

Inside: A new low prep game or brain break for any class to get students moving. All you need is a set of true and false statements and your class can get up and moving!
Quick Tip: 1, 2, 3, ¡SALTA! (1,2,3 Jump!) a game to get any class moving - shared by Mis Clases Locas


I recently posted pictures on social media (Facebook & Instagram) with a description of a new to me game. Many people were excited for a very low prep game that gets students up and moving and could be used for pretty much an topic you are learning about in a World Language class. I figured enough people were interested and had questions, that 1, 2, 3, ¡SALTA! deserved a permanent place in the blog. If you are looking for more ways to get students moving, check out all posts with the label MOVEMENT

The original idea for this game came from this post from Jenny Robbins in the iflt facebook group (you can only see the post if you are a member). I learned about it from this unit El Elefante high frequency verb unit from Srta. Spanish. (We did the unit after my own high frequency verb unit to start Spanish 1). 


1, 2, 3, ¡SALTA! or 1, 2, 3 Jump!
A game or brain break to get students up and moving while checking T/F comprehension.

To prepare
  • Create a list of True & False statements in the target language about a text your students are familiar with. (If you are prepared they can be in a slideshow you click through one by one, or you can just read or come up with them on the fly). 
  • Designate which side of the room is true & which is false.

To play 1, 2, 3, ¡SALTA!
  • Have students line up the middle of the classroom. (If you are not #deskless move desks or tables if needed, or move to the hallway, common space or outside). 
  • Let students know which side of the room is true & which is false. 
  • After reading a statement in the target language , say 1, 2, 3, ¡SALTA! 
  • After hearing Salta, all students jump to the true or false side.
  • Discuss statement is needed and circle the correct statement. 
  • All students return to the center line. 
  • Repeat with about 10 statements.

The counting and waiting to jump gives a little bit of think time and  is is pretty funny how confidently students jump to one side, only to then run to the other due to where others go. 

It was a perfect mid class break to get the blood pumping, while still staying in Spanish. We probably only played for about 10-15 minutes, but you could just do five as a quicker brain break instead 

variations to mix it up
  • Have students write and submit True/false statements to use.
  • Instead of T/F use which character is being described, which picture is being described, or pretty much anything with two options. 
  • Leave the classroom and play it as locker touch running to each side of the hallway.
  • Use only 5 as a quick brain break or time filler at the end of class after reading a chapter or story. 
  • Play What do you like more? but with jumping and knowing there is not one "right answer," but rather they are opinions. 
  • To have more options such as four characters have students jump or run to four corners instead. 

Have you tried it? How did you use it? What variations did you use?

If you are looking for more ways to get students moving, check out all posts with the label MOVEMENT.

Quick Tip: 1, 2, 3, ¡SALTA! (1,2,3 Jump!) a game to get any class moving  - shared by Mis Clases Locas

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2 comments

  1. This would be great for using with 'si clauses': If you had a pet would it be a fish or a guinea pig? If you had to live in just one season would it be summer or winter?

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  2. I have done a similar activity. I put up a Si and No Image on the smartboard. I ask a question like Te gusta correr? Students move to the left or right side of the room depending on their answer. I move with them. I tell them to stand in the middle if they are undecided.

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