-ar Verb Paper Slide Movies

Title:  -Ar verb Paper Slide Movies Subject: Spanish

By: Christine Clark, Sky View Middle School

Grade Level: 8th Grade

Learning Goal: Students will understand the concepts of subject pronouns and conjugations by creating a paper slide movie to explain/teach -ar verbs to other students.

Content Standard: Understanding the concept of -ar verbs will help students in all four interpretive modes at Proficiency stage 2.

At the listening mode level, students will be better able to understand main ideas from short and simple conversations (SL.PS2.IL.01).

At the reading mode level, students will be able to obtain more information from simple text (SL.PS2.IR.01).

At the speaking mode level, students will be able to use more complex sentences and questions to express ideas or obtain information (SL.PS2.IS.01), and at the writing level mode, students will be able to write more complicated sentences and questions (SL.PS2.PW.01).

NETS-S Standard:

1. Creativity and innovation: Students will demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and create original paper slide movies using ipads.

2. Communication and Collaboration: Students will work collaboratively to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others.

3. Critical thinking, problem solving and decision making: Students will use critical thinking skills to plan, solve problems, and make informed decisions using ipads and various resources.

Materials and Resources Needed: 5-15 Ipads, construction paper, markers, -ar verb notes.

Summary of Instructional Technology Strategies Used:

The teacher will model technology use and show examples of paper slide movies.

Students will use writing skills to develop a draft/script of their movies. They will work together and solve each other’s technology issues.


Lesson Steps:

  1. The teacher will teach -ar verbs extensively and provide many opportunities for practice and feedback.
  2. The teacher will explain the goals of the paper slide movie project, show a few examples and tell students how they will be evaluated.

3.  The teacher will group students into threes, including students of all abilities.

  1. Groups will assign roles to each member: narrator, slider (will be moving slides) and videographer.
  2. Students will create a storyboard/write a script which will explain their slides.
  3. Students will illustrate their visuals on blank paper (no more than 10 slides).
  4. Students will practice their presentation extensively. The narrator will practice diction and pacing. The slider will practice moving the slides in time with the narration and the videographer will practice camera angles.
  5. Once students are well rehearsed, they will be handed an ipad for a one-shot recording.
  6. Students will watch each groupʼs presentation and provide feedback.


Assessment: Each group will be assessed by the teacher and another group based on accurate explanation of the concept, diction, creativity, preparation, videography and overall entertainment value.

About Amy Tarnow

Amy Tarnow has been with the Bend-La Pine Schools since 2000, and is currently serving as the Assistant Director of Instructional Technology. As a former classroom teacher and a mother of two young children, her goal is to support all teachers in creating relevant, personalized and connected learning opportunities that help all students succeed both in education, and their lives beyond the classroom.