Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Listening and Drawing Activities {Free Printables}

I recently came across some wonderful drawing activities on Spanish Playground {By the way, if you are not familiar with this site and you teach Spanish to kids you REALLY need to check it out! It is an awesome resource!}. The site has a drawing activity with stick figures and one with houses. Instead of having my students read the descriptions to themselves, I read them out loud to see if they understood and then they did the drawings. I even branched out with these and incorporated different topics...

For the houses you can do the following topics:

house description {door, windows, color}
items inside and outside of the house {Great for reviewing "adentro" and "afuera"}
items above and below in the house {Great for reviewing "arriba" and "abajo"}
time {Have the students draw a clock above the house and fill in the time}

For the stick figures you can do the following topics:

action words {For example, you can say "La chica escribe." and have them draw a pencil and paper near the girl.}

After I modeled several examples and they drew I then made the students do their own descriptions out loud. If you have a group of kids you can pick one child to describe a house or person and have the others students draw it. If you are just working with one student or your own child, have him or her describe and YOU do the drawing. Because I had modeled how to describe a house or person several times before handing over the reins to them, my students were very creative in their descriptions! They even incorporated more vocabulary than I did!

My students so enjoyed these activities that I decided to branch out a bit and make a few more. The first template can be used with places in a city or rooms in the house. The little circle up in the corner can be for the time of day or used as a face to draw the emotion of the person in that place.

The second template is a table setting. With this page you can describe what is on the plate and also use prepositions to have your students draw the silverware, cups, bowls, etc. Below you will find the printables for both of these pages along with some descriptions already typed up for you to get you started. For those of you that teach other languages feel free to use the templates and create your own descriptions in the target language you are teaching.

Here are the free printables!

Template for Places Drawings
Instructions for Places Drawings
Template for Food Drawings
Instructions for Food Drawings

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Si Quieres Ver Una Ballena {Book and Learning Activities}

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This fall I am working on getting an ocean unit study ready in Spanish for my students. While searching for ocean-themed books I came across Si quieres ver una ballena , a sweet book about a boy who gives advice on how to see a whale. Throughout the book he gives tips like...

"You need an ocean to find a whale."
"Don't look at tiny things as a whale is big."
"Keep your eyes on the sea."

I was reviewing prepositions with some of my students and thought that this would be an excellent opportunity to use the items in the book to recreate part of the story by drawing them. Before we read the story, I reviewed prepositions with my students. {Here are some ideas...I use "Blobby Robby" and a cup to demonstrate the prepositions while teaching the vocabulary.} Then we read the book. Finally, I had them get out pencil and paper and described a picture to them in Spanish based on the book. We did one sentence at a time...I would pause and let them draw that sentence before moving onto the next one. I tried to use vocabulary from the book plus prepositions. Here are the sentences if you would like to use them...

Hay una ventana.
Hay un océano que pueden ver por la ventana.
Debajo del agua, hay una ballena.
Arriba en el cielo, hay un sol.
Cerca del sol, hay una nube.
Encima del agua, hay un bote.
Hay un perro dentro del bote.
A la izquierda del bote, hay una silla encima del agua.
Encima de la silla, hay una rosa.
Hay un pájaro lejos de la nube.

Finally, at the end I showed them this video filmed off the coast of Argentina. This is not to be missed! A whale actually lifts up a couple of kayakers out of the water!!  The added benefit is that the video is completely in Spanish. Before watching it we discussed words that they would be able to pick up on because the Spanish is very fast. By pointing out some of the words they would hear they were able to recognize them as they watched the video.

Enjoy this sweet book with your students!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Ocean-Themed Books for Kids in Spanish

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This fall I will be pulling together a unit study in Spanish on oceans. Part of my prep work is finding children's books to go along with the unit. Here is a look at some of the books I will be using when we study oceans...

Océanos: Mundos Submarinos- This is from a series {Ciencia Asombroso} of books that have to do with science. I love the colorful illustrations in them and the simple language. I can use these books with intermediate to advanced students. There is just enough information in them for it not to be overwhelming.

Una Isla Bajo el Sol -As of this posting, this book is out of print, but if you can get your hands on it for a reasonable price it is worth it. In this story a boy is heading towards an island and plays "I Spy" during the trip. This book has beautiful illustrations and vocabulary that is repeated and added to on each page.

Un Día Una Señora Se Tragó Una Caracola-Another out-of-print book, but so worth it. This book is mimicked from "There was was a lady who swallowed a fly" except she swallows a shell, a crab, a sea gull, some sand... You get the picture. In the end, something fun happens with all that she has ingested!

Si quieres ver una ballena- A sweet book about a boy who gives advice on how to see a whale.

Estela, la estrella del mar-I LOVED this book! Estela takes her little brother to the ocean and educates him on the wonders of the sea. So cute! There are several other Estela books in Spanish that I may get because this one was cute, funny, and filled with great vocabulary for my students.

Hello Ocean/Hola Mar-The ocean experienced with all five senses.

Perdido y Encontrado -A trip across the oceans to find a home for a lost penguin. This is one of Oliver Jeffers' books in Spanish. He has several others that your kids might enjoy. {Oliver Jeffers' Spanish books}

Later this fall, I will post about the ocean unit I have set up...

If you have any other suggestions for ocean-themed books in Spanish, please leave me a comment.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Free Verb Charts for Commands and the Subjunctive in Spanish

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Last year I typed up verb charts for the indicative in Spanish. These charts are a great review and reference for your most advanced students. I have found that those students who have been introduced to all the verbs forms tend to mix them up. It is like all the information gets muddled in their brains before they eventually sort out when to use certain tenses and moods and how to form them. I finally took the time to create my last chart on the subjunctive and the command forms. You can print it out from the link below.  But first here are the other two charts from last year:

The Regular Indicative
The Irregulars in the Indicative

And don't forget this handy resource for your classroom and most advanced students...
501 Spanish Verbs