Salad Bowl with Robo en la Noche

We had the BEST time today and I actually have no idea how to officially play salad bowl!  It’s the story of my life!  I’m a visual learner and need to play once to “get it”… but I have heard so many brags about salad bowl I just did what I thought sounded right and it was FUN!  

I made cards that review some new vocab from chapters 1-6 of Robo en la noche by Kristy Placido available on fluencymatters.com! They could also be used for a Rainforest unit!! 

The cards are available as a free download on my TPT page! I also gave the detailed instructions of how we used them in class (which may or may not exactly be salad bowl).

I have my own little laminator (which I highly recommend) so I made a nice set of cards with cardstock and laminate!


With the cards in a deck (rather than bowl) in the middle, students sat in a circle on the floor and numbered off 1,2,1,2…


The first student on team 1 drew a card and had 20 seconds to describe the word without saying it!  Teams got a point for each word the team could guess.  And several teams got 2 words in a 20 second period!

We played all the way around and then did a second round in which they couldn’t talk, only gesture! This round was cut short in all classes by the bell… but it was FUN!


It took a while to prep the game but it was worth it!  We had a great time, used a lot of Spanish, and I can reuse it next year!!

Author: senoracmt

I began teaching Spanish in Illinois in 1994. I have taught levels 1-4 in a small rural high school, 8th grade introductory Spanish, Biology 1, and 101 and 102 at the community college level. My Spanish classes are partnered with the community college to offer students 8 semester hours of dual credit on completion of Spanish 4. In 2011 I met Carol Gaab and Kristy Placido and have since co-authored the book "La hija del sastre" with Carol Gaab and authored the novels "La Calaca Alegre", "Bianca Nieves y los 7 toritos." "Vector," "48 horas" and "Bananas" through Fluency Matters. In 2006 I became National Board certified and I have been serving as a mentor both for candidates seeking certification in world languages other than English and a virtual mentor for candidates in all certificate areas. I completed my Masters degree in Spanish education in 2011 and did my research on the use of Understanding by Design to create meaningful cultural units for the language classroom. I am a frequent presenter on this topic, please consider me if you are interested in a workshop on backward design. In 2013 I was named the ICTFL Foreign Language teacher of the year and in 2014 I was selected as CSCTFL's teacher of the year. In November of 2014 I was lucky enough to be one of the five finalists for the ACTFL National Teacher of the Year in San Antonio, TX. What a "Cinderella" experience! You can reach me via email at senoracmt at gmail.com.

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