Friday, September 5, 2014

Shapes in Spanish--Figuras Lesson Plans

Here are some fun ideas for learning about shapes (figuras or formas) that we have been using.

Introduce Vocabulary

  • Introduce figuras using shapes you have around the house, your own flashcards or print the flashcards sheet below.  Say the figuras while pointing, then have the students repeat after you. 

  • Ask the students,"¿Dónde está ________?" and have them point at the figura you name.
  • Have the kids go on a scavenger hunt around the house looking for as many figuras as they can find, and then sort them.  Encourage students to use complete sentences as they sort, such as "Esta figura es un _______." For extra practice have them say the color after the shape name.  Model for them, as necessary.   

Art and Literature Activities

  • Read and discuss books about figuras.  Here are some suggestions:
Figuras del desierto by Elizabeth Bennett  
      Mi primer libro de figuras by Eric Carle

¿Qué forma tiene? by Bobbie Kalman

Games and Activities

  • Using the Figuras Flashcards page, play BINGO.
  • Hide (or have one of the kids hide) a figura flashcard.  One student looks for the hidden figura while the others give clues by saying frío or calor.
  • Have your students draw a picture of a face (a clown face works well) or a house using basic figuras.  You can use the printable below as a guide for drawing a face.  
    For this activity, use as much language as possible.  You can say things like, "Para la cara, se pueden dibujar un óvalo, círculo, o cuadrado." Muy bien, ______, me gusta tu cuadrado.  You can also dictate different colors for different parts of the face to practice colors.  For more advanced students you can dictate shapes/colors based on various criteria.  For example "If you have brown eyes, draw a brown oval.  If you have blue eyes, draw a blue circle.  If you have green eyes, draw a green square."  "Si tienen ojos marrones, dibuja un óvalo marrón." etc.

  • Play I Spy, (Yo veo con mi ojito...) in Spanish using figuras instead of colors.
  • Play figuras Pictionary.
  • Play the LEGO dice game.  Directions: Each child gets a LEGO figure, a die, and a pile of LEGO bricks.  Take turns quizzing the children on the names of figuras, asking "¿Cuál es esta figura?" or "¿Cómo se llama esta figura?"  If the child answers correctly, s/he may roll the die.  Whatever number comes up, s/he may put that many bricks under the LEGO figure.  The person with the tallest LEGO figure at the end wins.

Enrichment Activites

  • Go on a nature walk and have the students find as many figuras as possible in nature.  You can use the printable found below for the students to draw the objects they find.  Students can use a dictionary to look up the Spanish names for the objects they find then label them on the page.
  • Make figuras sugar cookies, decorate, and enjoy.  While you're eating, ask the students, "¿Qué comes tú?" and have them answer, "Yo como ________."  For a yummy, healthier sugar cookie, click here.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

El Paseo de Rosie (Rosie's Walk) Lesson Plan--Spanish Ordinal Numbers and Prepositions

So sorry for the looooonng lapse in any posts or updates.  After a tumultuous year of 2 moves, we are finally settled into a long-term place.  I now actually have all our homeschool boxes unpacked, and a cute little homeschool area set up.  I hope to update much more frequently now that we have a solid routine and much less upheaval.


Rosie's Walk by Pat Hutchins is a favorite at our house.  The simple text and delightful illustrations tell a story of an innocent hen outsmarting a hungry fox.  My kids giggle each time the fox is snared.  Recently we spent a week using Rosie's Walk to learn about ordinal numbers and prepositions.  Most large public libraries carry El paseo de Rosie, and it is also available through Amazon for under $8.

Click on the image to the left to access the lesson plan instructions.  Click on the image to the right to access the pictures/text to complete the lesson.  The lower image is a link to a book template for students to create their own Paseo de Rosie story.


Enrichment Activity

Once we finished all the Rosie's Walk activities, I planned one last enrichment activity.  For this activity, I had both kids choose a country and create a Rosie's Walk-type story to write about their country.  One son chose Russia (Rusia), the other Brazil (Brasil).  Next they looked online for places (river, forest, monument, bridge, lake, etc) in their chosen countries to fill in the story template linked below.

Once they had their story template filled in, I printed out blank maps of their chosen countries.  They drew the places from their story template on the maps.  Then they proudly read their stories to dad, acting out the prepositions on their maps (ex. drawing their finger in a circle alrededor del lago).  Not only did they get one last experience with these prepositions, they also learned about some cool places and how to say them in Spanish.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Spanish "On the road" BINGO--BINGO por viaje

As summer vacation time approaches, many families may be spending time in the car traveling.  In another attempt to substitute a fun, learning activity in place of video games, I created a Spanish road BINGO game.  Click on the image below to access the free printable, BINGO por viaje.  You can print the pages single or double-sided, then cut in half for 12 unique cards.  They are the perfect size to fit on the mini-clipboards available at the dollar store. 

The clipart used to create this printable is public domain clipart found on the following websites:

Friday, March 28, 2014

8 Resources for Spanish Activities in Pinch

Below I have listed 8 great resources to put in your pocket for those days when you've run out of Spanish lessons and need something for your kids to do in a pinch.  I like to have a list of "go-to" activities because it seems that--despite my best intentions--I never have as much material planned for the week/month as I would have liked.  Usually by the end of the week the kids and I are both ready for a Spanish activity that requires less interaction.  The resources listed below are activities that require little or no active participation.

1. Movies from your own DVD collection

Most DVDs have an option in the menu under languages to play the DVD in Spanish.  If you want to be nice, you can also put on English subtitles, but I usually make my kiddos suffer through trying to understand the Spanish.  I try to pick movies that they are very familiar with, so they already understand the story.

2. Spanish TV programs for kids on HULU

HULU is a free website where you can watch full TV episodes.  I found Sesame Street, Dinosaur Train, Thomas the Train, Cyberchase, and several others available in Spanish.  Click here to access Spanish kids programs on HULU.

3. Narrated stories from Reading is Fundamental

This site features animated stories for the very young and early elementary aged children.   Even though the stories are organized into different age groups, any aged Spanish language learner could benefit from listening to the stories.   

4. Salsa TV from Georgia Public Broadcasting

I can't say enough great things about this program from GPB.  My kids love it and have watched every episode.  The episodes range in length from 15 to 30 minutes and teach basic Spanish.  Even though the episodes are completely in Spanish, they are created so that someone who doesn't know any Spanish can understand the story.  Each episode builds on the vocabulary/concepts covered in the previous one.  Click here to access Salsa TV.

5. VMe's Planeta Feroz

From the VMe website you can access full episodes of Planeta Feroz, a show about nature.  Click here to access Planeta Feroz.

6. Cuentos Interactivos (Clic Clic)

Another site with animated stories; however, on this site children must interact with the stories.  For example, one of the stories mentions Papá and you must click on the dad in order for the story to continue.  Click here to access Clic Clic.

7. Pocoyó

Youtube has complete episodes of this cartoon in Spanish.  Click here to access Pocoyó through Youtube.

8. Bianfa Cuentos

Another interactive story website.  This site also has videos of some of the stories, although I couldn't find a way to make them full-sized.  Click here to access the Bianfa Cuentos website.