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5 Steps to Preparing Review Stations for Spanish Class

Why Stations for Review?

I absolutely love using stations to review topics from a unit or a semester of Spanish because it switches up our normal daily routine, provides students an overview of topics they should be comfortable with and allows me to circulate and support as needed! Stations do take some prep work the first time you do them, but are much easier to pull out a reuse in future years!

Let’s take a look at 5 steps to setting up review stations in your Spanish class!

1. How much time do you have?

Start by determining how much time you have to devote to stations. I recommend a minimum of one full class period, which might be plenty to review a single unit. I tend to use two full class days to review more topics from a full semester. 

2. How many stations will you have?

Based on the number of days you have set aside and the length of your class periods, determine how many stations you’ll have. For example, a 45-min class period may only need 3 stations (about 10-12 minutes a station, after instructions and set up). A block period could do more. If you only have a few stations but want smaller groups, double up the stations! For example, half of the class can rotate through stations 1-3 on one side of the room and the other half can rotation through those same stations on the other side of the room (this just means you’ll prepare the materials twice!). 

Thinking about more than 1 day of stations? You have a couple of options! When I have two days of stations, I often have 8 stations total (one hour period, 10-15 mins/station). I’ll set up all 8 and students rotate through half one day and half another. An alternative option would be to set up stations 1-4 on day one and 5-8 on day two (but to keep groups smaller you’ll want doubles of each station which means preparing each set of station materials twice!). 

station rotation options spanish class review

3. Which topics will students review?

If you’re stumped on how many stations to do, answering this question might help you to narrow it down. Based on the unit or semester you’re reviewing, decide which topics students will review.

For example, in my Spanish 1, Semester 1 review stations, students review the following topics:

  • describing personality (SER)
  • likes/dislikes (GUSTAR)
  • present tense (pronouns, conjugation review, asking and answering Qs, etc.)
  • expressing time
  • numbers
  • Spanish-speaking countries, flags, capitals
  • la familia
  • additional ideas for semester 1: la escuela, la comida, la fecha, etc.

Determining these topics will help you to complete step 4 – deciding what students will do at each station!

4. Plan the station activities

The most time-consuming part is to determine what specific activities students will complete for each of those topics you’ve listed in step 3. A couple of tips:

  • switch up the type of stations so they target a variety of learning modes (speaking, interactive games, reading/writing, etc.)
  • switch up the interaction-style of each station (ie. individual work, paired work, group work, teacher-led station, etc.)
  • pick several activities that use resources you already have – perhaps an unused worksheet (or reuse one from early in the year!), Q/A prompts you can turn into question cards, a reading from your curriculum text, etc.

Need some inspiration to vary your activity ideas? Check out the following list of review station ideas for Spanish class!

  • reading + comprehension questions
  • audio + follow-up questions or fill-in script
  • Q/A chat cards (students pair up within group)
  • interactive games (cucharas, competencia, etc.)
  • trivia cards (to use in a memory-style game, go-fish, cucharas, etc.)
  • writing-based worksheet, Q/A practice, etc.
  • Google Form – go digital for 1 or 2 stations if possible! Google Forms will auto-correct and are great for students to get prompt feedback
  • partner interview (students interview one partner and write a paragraph describing their learning)
  • whiteboard review (you can lead this station or leave cards for students to pull with prompts; students will practice writing sentences on mini whiteboards and can even compete to see who gets it first!)

5. Prepare the materials and enjoy!

Make sure to give yourself some time to prepare materials, either one set per station or two sets (if you’re doubling up on stations). A few additional materials to consider:

  • prepare station title cards so students can clearly see the station number or letter and activity name (it also helps to draw a diagram on the board showing students exactly which direction to rotate, especially if you double-up on stations, so they don’t cross over to the opposite side of the room).
  • determine if students will be required to submit proof of station completion to you. My students submit a cover sheet indicating what they did at each station and what they found easy or challenging. They then add any additional worksheets to the back in the form of a station packet.
  • you can leave an answer key for worksheet-style stations and require students to correct their work with a red pen the last two minutes of the station
  • provide a visual timer where students can see how much time they have left in each station
spanish class station overview cover sheet

I hope these steps and tips have provided you with the starting blocks for developing your own review stations for your Spanish students! These are fun for students and switch it up for you too, which is a welcomed change by the end of a semester! ENJOY!

No time? Ready-to-use stations!

Don’t have the time to prepare review stations but wish you could do them with your students? I have 8 ready-to-print Review Stations for Spanish 1 that are perfect for use at the end of the semester. These primarily target common semester 1 topics, but could be used in semester 2 and/or at the start of Spanish 2 as beginning-of-the-year review!

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