Spanish in Context

Lesson Title: Spanish In Context: Describing Your Surroundings
Academic Standards: Learners interact and negotiate meaning in spoken, signed, or written conversations to share information, reactions, feelings, and opinions. Learners use the language both within and beyond the classroom to interact and collaborate in their community and the globalized world. (ACTFL)
Content Creator: Mrs. Kathleen Greiwe
Level: High School
Duration: 35-45 min
  /  Spanish In Context: Describing Your Surroundings


  • Students will introduce and describe themselves in the target language.
  • Students will use adjectives to describe their surroundings in the target language.


This class takes place in Teotihuacan, an ancient city with some of the largest and most mysterious pyramids in the world. Located just outside Mexico City, Teotihuacan is the ideal place to practice speaking Spanish in a real-life context. Students will start the lesson with vocabulary and reading practice before applying what they have learned to describe the pyramids of Teotihuacan.


  1. Introduction: Students will introduce and describe themselves to the class, with the teacher introduction as the example. Take a few minutes to make sure everyone is comfortable in VR.
  2. Vocabulary Presentation: Students will repeat new words and see images to help them understand the meaning of each one. Students will read example sentences to see how the new words are used in context. The teacher will prompt simple conversation based on the sentence frames for repetition and extension.
  3. Grammar Practice: Students will use the new vocabulary words along with the adverb "muy" to describe objects in VR. We will focus on adjective endings.
  4. Culture: Students will read a short text in Spanish about Teotihuacan.
  5. Field trip: Students will be immersed in a 360 video through the pyramids. Students will ask a question about what they have seen.

Suggested Ancillary Support


  • alto: tall
  • bajo: short
  • viejo: old
  • grande: big
  • pequeño: small
  • la pirámide: pyramid
  • Adjectives must match the noun they describe in gender and number.
  • The adverb "muy" is placed before the adjective it modifies.
  • Teotihuacan is an ancient city located just outside of Mexico City.
  • Its origins are a mystery, though we know it was an important city because of its influence over much of Mesoamerica.
  • When the Aztecs discovered the ruins of the city, they named it the "birthplace of the gods."
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