Activity Overview

In the initial learning stages of positive and negative in Spanish, students must master the terms for positives and negatives as they would a new vocabulary list. It is helpful to think of the terms in categories and as opposites. For example, también and tampoco are opposites, and they belong to the same category as they are both used to express agreement. También is used to agree with an affirmative statement, while tampoco is used to agree with a negative statement.

In this activity, students will create a grid to illustrate the meaning of opposite positive and negative words. Students should organize their terms into the three categories: people, things, and quantities. With a more advanced class or students, have them also include a sentence in the description box below each cell that uses the vocabulary term and describes or matches the cell illustration. For a more beginner class, students can put the English translation in the description box instead.

The chart below contains what are termed as positive and negative words in Spanish. They are used to communicate absence (negative) or presence (positive) of something—whether a person, a thing, or a quantity.

Positive Negative
Agreement también also/too tampoco neither
Conjunction y, o and, or ni…ni neither…nor
Person alguien someone nadie no one
Thing algo something nada nothing
Time/Frequency siempre always nunca never
Quantity alguno/a(s), algún some ninguno/a, ningún none

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a chart that illustrates positives and negatives for each category: people, things, and quantities.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Label the columns with "Positive" and "Negative" and the rows with "Person", "Thing", and "Quantity".
  3. In the Positive column, write a sentence for each category.
  4. In the Negative column, do the same but use the same scenario.
  5. Create an illustration for each sentence and highlight the vocabulary form used.
  6. Save and submit your storyboard.

Lesson Plan Reference

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Difficulty Level 1 (Introducing / Reinforcing)

Type of Assignment Individual

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