Monday, March 26, 2012

Juanes sings Muevete on Sesame Street

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Domino Numbers Game in Spanish

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Practice numbers in Spanish by playing this free printable domino game.  Go here to print yours.  You can also print a free numbers 1-10 word search in Spanish here.

If you like playing dominoes you would probably like the Mexican Train Dominoes game. My dad brought this game back from Mexico several years ago and we have had a lot of fun playing it. Encourage you kids to practice their numbers in Spanish while you play!

 You might also want to check out this Spanish game post.

Free Videos in Spanish to watch with your kids

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There are over 30 short videos to watch including "Pulgarcita/ Thumbalina" and "Caperucita Roja/ Little Red Riding Hood."  Just go here and start watching.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

And the Winner is...

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Thanks to everyone who entered to win the foreign language dictionary app from ultralingua!

Harry y el terrible Quiensabeque

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Harry y el terrible Quiensabeque is an oldie but a goodie.  My kids really get a kick out of this book.  The original English title is Harry and the Terrible Whatzit and it has mostly 5 star reviews on Amazon. 

The above is the first page of the book.   My Spanish translation reads:

Yo sabía 
que abajo en el sótano 
había algo terrible. 
Lo sabía, porque el sótano
estaba oscuro, húmedo y olía mal. 

I am going to tweak the *Monster Lesson plan described below and have my kids roll one die 5 times. We will write down each number that they roll across a blank sheet of paper.  Then I'll have them roll 2 dice 5 times and have them write those numbers as well.  If you do this make sure to have your kids say the numbers in Spanish.  Then write the body vocabulary (boca, brazo, cabeza, cuerpo, pie, pierna, mano, nariz, oreja, ojo) under each number reviewing as you go by having the kids point to the correct body part.  Next explain that they will be drawing their monster using the what is written on their paper.  I can't wait to post our monsters!  If you do this I'd love to see your monsters. Email me or send a link.

*Monster lesson plan for learning the body parts in Spanish (I first blogged about it over here.)
Have each student choose 10 numbers between 1 and 10 and write them across a blank sheet of paper.  Numbers can be repeated and need not be in any particular order.  For example they might write down the following:

8            8            2            1              4              5              3               3                6              2

Next have the following vocabulary words on a poster or somewhere in the room. 
boca, brazo, cabeza, cuerpo, pie, pierna, mano, nariz, oreja, ojo

Use TPR to review and then show how each word can be made plural by adding an 's' to each word except for nariz which changes to narices.

Next have students write the vocabulary words that you have listed under each number.

Tell students that they will be drawing a new monster using the numbers they picked and the vocabulary words.  Under the monster they will write a description of their monster similar to the one described by bablingua: “Mi monstruo tiene una cabeza, cinco ojos, tres narices, cuatro bocas, dos orejas, seis cuerpos, dos brazos, dos manos, una pierna y tres pies.”

For high school Spanish I think this book would be a great example of showing the difference between the preterite and the imperfect for Spanish 2.  On page one there are already 5 verbs in the imperfect. It goes on with plenty of examples of verbs in both the preterite and imperfect including some of the irregulars.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Ideas for La oruga muy hambrienta

Thank you Eric Carle for inspiration!!
Here are my 23 (and counting) ideas on a weeks worth or more of lessons incorporating The Very Hungry Caterpillar to teach Spanish.

1. Print 3 pages (one for puppets described in #2 and two more copies for a memory game) and cut out the pictures that represent the oruga and all the things he ate from here.  You may also want to laminate them.  I have a small laminator like this one that I love.
2. Make these popsicle stick puppets.  If you want smaller puppets make them from these sequencing cards instead.
3. Use this PDF of the text of the story for easy reference.
4. Make this caterpillar sock puppet.  Check out this youtube video showing how to make a similar caterpillar/ butterfly sock puppet.

Review the days of the week in Spanish.
5. Say "Estos son los días de la semana." Have student(s) repeat days.
6. Sing the days of the week song in Spanish to the tune of the Adams family.
7.Sing the days of the week in Spanish to the tune of Oh My Darlin.'  Just sing through the days twice to Oh My Darlin and you'll have it.  

8. Review all the foods that the oruga will eat in the story using pictures or Popsicle stick puppets.
la manzana - apple
la pera - pear
la ciruela - plum
la fresa - strawberry
la naranja - orange
un pastel de chocolate- chocolate cake
un pepinillo- a pickle
un trozo de queso suizo- a piece of Swiss cheese
una rodaja de salame- a slice of salami
un pastel de cerezas- a cherry pie
una salchicha- a sausage
un pastelito- a muffin
una tajada de sandía- a slice of watermelon
un barquillo de helado - ice cream cone
una paleta - lollipop

9. Watch "A mí me gusta la fruta. "  Please note that the "a mí" in the video is missing the accent over the "i."

10. Read La Oruga Muy Hambrienta.  Insert comments and questions as you go.

Vocabulary Practice Activities: 

11. Talk about the word saludable/healthy.  
Have your students either say es saludable or no es saludable after you say each of the things the oruga ate.  Use the pictures again or the Popsicle stick puppets, putting them in two different groups.You can use this chart I created to graph each food.

12. Graph with all the pictures of the foods that the oruga ate. Don't worry that your students don't know all the vocabulary.  You can mime some of the words like "comió" and "hambrienta."

13. TPR to practice vocabulary--Place pictures or plastic representations of fruit in a magic box or bag. As the students reach into the box and take out a fruit say its name (Esta fruta es la manzana./This fruit is the apple.) and give them TPR commands, such as, toca la pera/touch the pear; coge la manzana/take the apple; camina con la ciruela/walk around with the plum; pasa la cereza a Diana/pass the cherry to Diane.

14. Ask Natural Approach questions to the students to help them identify and say the names of the fruits. ¿Quién tiene la fresa?/Who has the strawberry? ¿Es esto una naranja o una manzana?/Is this an orange or an apple? ¿Cómo se llama esta fruta/What is this fruit called? (The above two bulleted activities are from here.)

15. Play "Come la Fruta." Everyone has a fruit and the caterpillar comes around and eats it one at a time.  Everybody says "come la fresa."

16. Watch this slightly animated version, mute it and read the text in Spanish

17. Sing the events of the story to the tune of 10 little Indians.
18. Watch a cartoon version of the Wiggles doing "ensalada de fruta fresca"

19.  Paint a caterpillar using leaves
--Say Vamos a hacer una oruga usando hojas y pintura. 
20. Finger paint a caterpillar.  Here's mine.

21.  Study/ observe caterpillars as they change into butterflies.

22. Watch this you tube video "Time Lapse Painted Lady Pupation"

I'm not sure who this has been more fun for.  Me or my kids.  I have probably learned as much as they have about caterpillars so far. Here are some of the things I learned:
  • Caterpillars moult
  • Butterflies form a chrysalis or pupa not a cocoon.  (This was a surprise for me.  I've lived my whole life thinking they formed a cocoon.  It turns out that moths are the ones that can form a cocoon.) 
 23.  Learn the difference between a chrysalis or pupa and a cocoon.  Draw a venn diagram to help.


24.  Create this caterpillar bean bag toss.  This looks like it would be really easy to make since it is out of foam board.  As each child tries to toss a fruit in the caterpillars mouth have him or her say, "Come la fresa oruga."  --idea from Enchanted Schoolhouse

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Spanish App Dictionary Giveaway!!

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Upon download, the user unlocks the first dictionary for free. Additional dictionaries can then be purchased at a lower price and downloaded all within the app.
Features include:
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  • A references section complete with guidance for grammar, written correspondence, prepositions, verbs types, and more
  • Entries include parts of speech, gender, and pronunciation information
  • A verb conjugation tool provides conjugations for thousands of verbs in all standard tenses and forms
  • The flashcard feature helps users create, organize, and edit flashcards
  • A number translator instantly provides written forms of any number
Pricing and availability: Ultralingua Dictionary 7.3 is available starting Wednesday, March 7 in the Mac App Store for $34.99. Additional dictionaries can be purchased within the app for $14.99-$24.99.

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