Bingo games are great for reviewing and reinforcing the vocabulary you are exploring in class. They provide a fun way to offer repetition. Use the game’s call-out cards to introduce the vocabulary first.

Use items like small counters, buttons, or even pieces of paper to cover the numbers on the cards. You can also print the pages, put them inside plastic reusable pockets*** (Amazon affiliate link), and give your students erasable markers to mark the numbers or colors if they have them on their bingo cards

Playing the game:

  • Make sure your students understand how to play bingo. Ensure your students understand how to mark their cards when a number is called.
  • Explain the winning patterns (e.g., a straight line, full house, four corners).
  • Introduce some phrase in Spanish for students to use if they have the card or if they don’t have it. They might say: “Lo tengo” or “no lo tengo.”
  • Pause and ask questions such us ¿Hay bingo o no hay bingo? These will invite children to stay in the target language while playing the game.

Incorporate Movement: Students in upper levels can clap or jump anytime they hear an even number.

Add a Learning Twist: Incorporate simple math questions, such as ‘What is 10 plus 5?’ and call out the resulting number. When calling a color card, you can spell out the word for the children, and they can put it together to tell you the color.

Use Positive Reinforcement:The class can congratulate the winner in the target language by saying “Muy bien” or “Felicitaciones.”

Use Variety in Winning Patterns: Change up the winning patterns occasionally (e.g., four corners, small square, blackout) to maintain interest.

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