In 7th grade Spanish, students have been learning how to describe where things are by using estar + a preposition. They played games with each other like “Where is the pencil? Where are the pencils?”. Students also looked at maps of different cities such as Madrid, Mexico City, Guatemala City, and Quito and then described to each other where different monuments or attractions were in relation to other things so that visitors could find their way around.
Recently, students started unpacking the difference between the verbs ser and estar, which both mean “to be”. Students started by brainstorming different sentences they have heard each of these verbs in and wrote them on a piece of paper. Each table group presented their brainstorm to the class in Spanish. After the presentations, we discussed some specific purposes served by each verb. Estar for example, is a verb we use to talk about the location of an object (the ball is on the table). Ser is a verb that can be used to talk about where we are from and to describe others.
We will continue our exploration of using these verbs with other speaking, reading, listening, and writing activities!