Reflexive verbs in Spanish are those that require the use of a reflexive pronoun (me, te, se, nos, os, se) to indicate that the subject is performing the action on themselves.
For example, to indicate that a verb is reflexive, the pronoun “se” is added to the end of the infinitive form of the verb. For example, the verb “bañar” means “to bathe,” while the reflexive form “bañarse” means “to bathe oneself.” Another example is the verb “vestir,” which means “to dress,” while the reflexive form “vestirse” means “to dress oneself.” Other common reflexive verbs in Spanish include “levantarse” (to get up), “acostarse” (to go to bed), and “lavarse” (to wash oneself).
Reflexive Verbs Spanish Lesson Plans and Class Activities
Reflexive Verbs: Daily Life Actions Lesson Plan for Spanish 1 – Students are exposed to some examples to understand the difference between a verb and a reflexive verb, then they watch an educational video about reflexive verbs with the song Y no hago más na’. Then they watch an authentic video in Spanish that documents the daily routine of a video blogger and they use reflexive verbs to describe what he does every day.
Daily Routine, Reflexive Verbs: Preliminary Lesson for Spanish 2 – By the end of this lesson, students will be able to describe their daily routine using common expressions and reflexive verbs in Spanish.
Reflexive Regular and Stem-Changing verbs, Possessive Adjectives: Daily Routine Lesson Plan for Spanish 2 – Students review the reflexive verbs and classify a list of verbs in regular and irregular. Then the students review the Possessive Adjectives and practice with an oral activity where they label a series of “objects” with their classmates’ names and answer random questions that identify the owner of each one.
Practice with Nature Vocabulary and Verbs with Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good” Substitute Lesson Plan for Intermediate Students –
- By the end of this activity, students will identify a list of nature vocabulary in English and be able to translate the words into Spanish.
- Students will review the grammar concept of reflexive verbs using the example of the phrase “I feel” in the song lyric.
- Students will have practice writing their own song verse in Spanish according to the pattern they observe in the song lyrics attached.
6 Spanish Song Activities to Practice Reflexive Verbs
- Cuando me enamoro by Enrique Iglesias ft. Juan Luis Guerra – Cloze Activity
- De vacaciones by Estilo Clave: Vacation Vocabulary and Reflexive Verbs
- Y no hago más na’ by El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico: Reflexive Verbs
- Dímelo by Enrique Iglesias – Cloze Activity
- Hoy no me puedo levantar by Ana Torroja Cloze Activity
- Hey DJ by CNCO ft. Yandel – Gerund and Reflexive Verbs