This Spanish pronoun activity is an easy way to learn the subject pronouns and how to use them. Poof, they’re gone! See how pronouns replace nouns and sometime disappear. The best part, this craft is for beginning learners, kids and adults alike. Get the free activity sheets, for a limited time.
Do you know what a subject pronoun is?
Can you name them?
What do they replace?
How do you know the subject of a sentence when it has disappeared?
Highly likely, these little words have caused you a lot of trouble in your conversations and reading. You simply cannot understand what someone is saying if you don’t know your pronouns. Not only that, they are essential to learn how to conjugate verbs. Learning the basics of how to use them will improve all your Spanish skills.
Ths craft and activity is a tool to help you learn how to use the Spanish pronouns.
Spanish Subject Pronouns
Before starting this activity you may want to get a straight forward explanation about the subject pronouns. You can learn more about them in this post –
This craft and activity is ideal for beginning learners whether in preschool or adult. It’s a great way to turn this abstract concept into something real. And what better way to do that, with ghosts.
What You’ll Learn About Spanish Subject Pronouns
The subject pronouns are numerous and very useful. They are used a lot, so it’s important to learn how they work. Here are some of the concepts you can learn through this hands on activity.
- All the subject pronouns
- How subject pronouns replace the subject of the sentence
- What or who they represent
- The person and number differences
- How to use formal and informal pronouns
- How they agree with verbs
- How to understand the subject when they disappear
The dozen ghosts will show you the answers to avoid confusion.
Make some ghosts, give them names and practice using subject pronouns with them.
— fantasmas — ghosts
They have a power – to be invisible. The Spanish subject pronouns do too.
Sometimes we all wish we could do what ghosts do, be invisible. Today that’s exactly what we are going to do, become ghosts, name them, replace them and disappear them. We will learn all twelve subject pronouns and practice appearing and disappearing.
The Dozen Ghosts Craft | Spanish Pronoun Activity
This craft connects names of real people and replaces them with the matching subject pronoun. Then, just as the pronoun appears, it disappears, leaving clues with the verb. Not only are you learning what the subject pronouns are, but also how to use them and to leave them out in sentences.
Materials | Spanish Pronoun Activity
You will need a few basic household supplies to make the ghosts. And for the activity you’ll need to download and print the activity sheets. Simply click the image or link below.
This craft uses some simple materials to make the ghosts:
- small rubber bands
- scissors (for activity sheets)
Spanish Pronoun Activity – Craft | Make the ghosts and name them
The materials are simple and making them is easy too. My girls love their ghosts. So they are perfect to practice through play with a visual of what the subject pronouns mean.
1. Pull napkin from center
2. Wrap rubberband about 1 inch from top. Make 12 ghosts.
3. Write names of people on each ghost
- Your name
- Your ghost partners name
- Two friends name (girls)
- Two friends name (boys)
- Family member names
- One named Señor
- One named Señora
Name the rest of the ghosts whatever you like.
Now, you’ve got twelve ghosts with names. We will use them to show what each subject pronoun replaces. This means you get a visual idea of how they must match the subject for person, number and gender.
Ghosts Spanish Pronoun Activity
Finally, with your ghosts and activity sheets we’ll get a visual of what each pronoun means. The first page of the activity sheets have a diagram of the subject pronouns on a target. The next page is a blank target to practice placing the labels and ghosts.
It is so important to connect the visual and tactile engagement with listening, saying, reading and writing of the pronouns. The last page has a spot to write the pronouns or sample sentences using the pronouns.
Spanish Subject Pronouns…
Every pronoun replaces a noun. Specifically, subject pronouns only replace the nouns that are subjects of a sentence. In this activity, you connect the names of people to the correct subject pronoun. This is what you will see about how they work:
• Replace nouns to avoid repetition
• Match person, gender and number of the noun
• Can be invisible
Discovering All the Subject Pronouns
On the target sheet, read aloud the subject pronouns starting with the blue center, YO. The white rings are plural, meaning a group of people. If you’re not sure how to pronounce them, search the word online at SpanishDict and select the pronunciation tab.
only one person
- Él – masculine
- Ella – feminine
group of people
- Nosotros – masculine
- Nosotras – feminine
- Vosotros – masculine
- Vosotras – feminine
- Ellos – masculine
- Ellas – feminine
As you can see from the list, each pronoun has person, number and gender. The ones without gender are neutral.
- First, Second, Third Person
- Singular or Plural
- Masculine, Feminine or Neutral
Practice the pronouns regularly to understand them automatically in conversations and reading. It will be much easier to follow along if you recognize them immediately. Remember, not to translate into English, but to stick to a visual concept.
Subject Pronouns Replace People
I’ll be honest, using the target won’t be easy to do since the ghosts are bigger than the spots on the paper. So, the target will be a visual guide. Instead, arrange the pronoun labels with the ghosts.
The names connect to the subject pronouns.
◦ Your name – yo
◦ Your ghost partners name tú
◦ Two friends name (girls) – ella, ellas
◦ Two friends name (boys) – él, ellos
◦ Family member names – vosotros, vosotras, nosotros, nosotras,
◦ One named Señor – usted, ustedes (together)
◦ One named Señora – usted, ustedes (together)
Pronouns and ghosts appear. The ghosts (pronouns) are the subject of the sentence. Just like a subject noun (name), they match the verb for person, number and gender. The name is gone and the pronoun takes it’s place.
We will use one verb, amar, which means to love. You can change the verb too.
Again, use the ghosts and pronoun labels to show the meaning.
Another way to connect is through writing. The third sheet has space to practice writing the subject pronouns and sentences. This helps to remember.
Pronouns and ghosts disappear. Now, remove the ghosts and labels from their spots. The verb is left all alone. Choose the pronoun that matches the verb form. There may be several pronouns that fit one verb form.
The verb tells us what the invisible subject pronoun is. The conjugation of the verb matches the person, number and gender of the invisible pronoun.
Fill-in the name of the ghost and again, connect the subject pronoun.
son Señor y Señora
Ask a question.
¿Quién eres? Who are you? The answer will be the name.
Yo soy ____________
Nosotros somos ____________
Nosotras somos _____________
Tú eres ____________
Vosotros sois ____________
Él es ____________
Ella es ____________
Usted es ____________
Ellos son ____________
Ellas son ____________
Ustedes son Señor y Señora
To sum it up, this activity has shown you the meanings of all of the subject pronouns, how they replace the subject, and how to tell the subject from the verb when they disappear. With this visual and tactile activity, you have added new language skills to your abilities.