¿Cuáles son las comidas

especiales de tu Pais?

¿Cuáles son las especialidades del Norte, Sur, Este y Oeste?

¿Cuáles son las regiones de España?

Investiga una región

🔎 Busca: «Cocinas regionales de España | spain.info»

🖱️ Selecciona una región

✏️ Investiga la región y describe sus tapas

🔎 Busca: «Cocinas regionales de España | spain.info»

🖱️ Selecciona una región

✏️ Investiga la región y describe sus tapas

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Download and print the “Mapa” PDF:

  • Page 1: Copy a map for every student
  • Page 2 & 3: Copy a set of clues for every student or pairs (copy front/back)
  • Page 4: Print an answer key (labeled map) for yourself (optional)

Download and print the “Comida Española” PDF:

  • Copy graphic organizers (see step “investigate” for more information)

Step 1: Introduce the Daily Objective

By the end of this class, students should be able to learn about Spain’s regions and some tapas from one of them.

This lesson may take 2 class periods depending on the size of your classes. The presentations (talking about what they researched/learned) will likely take one additional day. 


Step 2: Question of the day

How does food differ regionally in your country? 

Then, the big question… WHY?

They may need some help as they process this question. 

If you need to, use the pizza example. How does PIZZA differ around the US?

What’s it like in the North? (Chicago style pizza has really thick crust. It’s served family-style in restaurants and usually eaten with a fork because it is messy (not sold as street food).  New York style pizza is thinner and easy to fold up and take to-go or eat on the street. Detroit style pizza is usually rectangular shaped because it was cooked in a pan originally created for the auto industry (which they had a lot of).  In Tennessee you’ll find BBQ pizza – because BBQ ribs and pork are a local speciality. 

Sometimes, what’s grown locally impacts what ingredients are used. (seafood/fish near the coast, potatoes in Idaho or Wisconsin)

Sometimes the temperature impacts people’s preferences. In cold areas, they may prefer heavier and heartier foods to fill them up and keep them warm. In warmer climates, they might prefer lighter or colder dishes.

The same ideas apply to TAPAS.

They differ in each region due to locally grown or harvested ingredients, regional preferences, etc.

Today, learners will dig into different regions of Spain to find out about regional tapas and make some inferences about them.


Step 3: Video

This is a really clear explanation of how Spain is one country, but it has unique language and culture in each region. 

He says even natives don’t know everything about other regions. However, understanding culture is key to learning language. 

Preview the video yourself, and show all of it OR just a clip with your favorite part.

Step 4: Regional of Spain – Map

Show the compass and give a quick intro to the directional points. Click to enlarge the image.

Then point to the “pistas” and show a map. Explain you want to see who can label it using the clues… No google!

Pass out a map to each student or put them with a partner. Start a timer.

Fun Touch: Everyone who can complete the map correctly in the set time puts their name in a bucket for a drawing at the end of class. You draw a winner and give a little prize.

Hover over the map image to reveal the answers.


There’s an optional video to explain the “Nation of nations” concept. You do not have to show all of it. https://youtu.be/eD-MUFTSnpI

Step 5: Investigations

There are 19 regions on the link (including the two autonomous cities). You can put them with a partner if you want. https://www.spain.info/es/consulta/cocinas-regionales-espana/?page=1&rpp=24 

Assign a region. Give them the graphic organizer to complete with information from their own research:

Top Box: They will shade in the region on the map and write the region name and note main cities.

Productos: Have them list main products that are raised/produced/harvested in that region.

Tapas: Have them list and describe 2 tapas that are related to that region.

Challenge them to include intermediate level details like texture, flavor, temperature and mode of preparation!

Reflect: Do these popular tapas include the regiones top products? Which ones?

Step 6: Informal Presentations

Make a list together of the things they MAY want to include in their presentation and encourage them to put it together in a unique way.

– name of the region and its location on the map

– the agricultural products of the region

– popular tapas and their descriptions

A Pecha Kucha would be a perfect way for students to share what they have learned.

Learn more here: https://www.adiostextbook.com/pecha-kucha/

Other options:

Make a poster.

Make a video.

Make an infographic.

Then let students do a “Gallery Walk” to read or watch each other’s presentations. 

Check for Learning

If they feel they were successful describing regional tapas, have them initial their own objective sheet.

If they are using the “Unit Vocabulary Sheet,” give them time to write down what they learned today.

Extension Ideas

This is a map quiz of “España: Comunidades autónomas”


Do you have a question? Post it below and we can help!

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  1. Vicky Miller

    The “mapa” task download takes me to an error page.

    • Kara Parker

      Sorry about that! I updated to the new download link.

      • Vicky Miller

        Another little fix: On the cardinal points image, the “southeast” is mislabeled.

        • Kara Parker

          Sorry Vicky! I missed this comment. Thanks for letting me know!

  2. Vanessa Brewster

    Echoing the little fix! The cardinal points image says northeast where it should say southeast.

    • Kara Parker

      Sorry I missed Vicky’s comment. Fixed!

  3. Teresa Benedetti

    ¡Esta lección mola!

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