Ser and Estar
Kristine Akey
Learning Context
Checkpoint B (9th and 10th grade)
Spanish
 NYS Standard 1: Students will be able to
use a language other than English for
communication.
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Objective
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Given ten sentences, students will
demonstrate when to use ser and estar
with 100% accuracy.
Purpose
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To be able to read and understand
simple materials in the target language
independently and eventually respond to
questions in target language correctly
using ser and estar.
Set
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGa4e
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What are Ser and Estar?
Verbs in Spanish that mean
“to be”
 I am happy
 I am American
 That house is (made of) stone
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Ser and Estar Notice, Place
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N ationality
O rigin
T ime
I dentity
C haracteristics
E vents
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P lace
L ocation
A ction
C ondition
E motion
For how you feel or where you are,
always use the verb ESTAR!
Ser or Estar?
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Mary is tired today.
Emotion/condition
 For how you feel or where you are, always
use the verb estar!
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Ser or Estar?
My sister-in-law is Peruvian.
 Nationality
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Ser
Ser or Estar?
This coffee is terrible today!
 Condition
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Estar
Let’s try this one together:
My friend Lucy is from Canada.
 Ser
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Nationality
Ser or Estar?
I am at the library.
 Estar
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Location
 For how you feel or where you are, always
use the verb estar!
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Ser or Estar?
My brother is doing his homework.
 Estar
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Action
Ser or Estar?
I am a happy person.
 Ser
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Identity/Characteristics
Ser or Estar?
The party is this Saturday.
 Ser
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Events
Ser or Estar?
The party is this Saturday. I am very
excited!
 Ser, Estar
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Events
 Emotion
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Ser or Estar?
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T3: Students work on a worksheet in
class while teacher circulates to see how
they are progressing. Teacher
periodically stops to go over answers
while checking for understanding. Reteach if necessary.
Ser or Estar?
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Closure:
Students are given exit slips and are
asked to list the critical attributes of ser
and estar for Jessica, who was absent
today.