Sunday, November 1, 2015

Christmas Teaching Resources in Spanish {Free Printable}

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Early November is the perfect time to start thinking of what you will be teaching your students around the Christmas season. Since I only teach my Spanish students the first two weeks of December I need to begin a littler earlier. There have been many winters where I haven't spent anytime on Christmas vocabulary and the like. This year I decided to get a jumpstart on it...

Here are some simple ideas you can incorporate into your teaching during the holidays...

I recently came across Christmas Spot It! Game. So exciting! My students LOVE Spot it! games. I find them to be the best game out there that is pre-made and helps build my students vocabulary quickly. Take a look at this post on how to play it when you are teaching students the new vocabulary for the game. It has to be modified slightly until they master the words. Since one of the biggest challenges of this game is to have a list in Spanish of all the items, I have provided one here for you. Please download it and use it!

Spot It! Christmas Vocabulary

Here are a few children's books to read during the season:

La Mejor Navidad De Froggy- One of the favorite series for my students are Froggy books. They love the humor in them. This one (like most of the Froggy books) is out-of-print, but is cheap on the used market at Amazon.

Un Día una Señora se Tragó una Campana - A cute, shorter story for the younger set similar to "There Once Was an Old Lady that Swallowed a Fly".

Estela reina de la nieve - Not specifically a Christmas book, but because it deals with snow it would be a great book for December. Estela has such cute and funny conversations with her little brother, Samuel!

Un Dia de Nieve -A classic about playing in the snow.

Celebra La Navidad Y El Dia De Los Reyes Magos- I haven't gotten this book yet, but I love Alma Flor Ada's books. This story is set during the Day of the Three Kings.

Here are a few more Christmas resources:

Christmas I Spy- I would use this to practice vocabulary and counting with my younger students.

Winter I Spy

Here are printable cards to use during December. If you print out two sets you can play Go Fish and Memory with them.

Spanish Playground has a post with tons of Christmas-related printables. Check it out!

Any other ideas for teaching Spanish during the Christmas season? I would love to hear from you!


  1. I picked out vocabulary words that the students learned that are used in Frosty the Snowman. I had them make Bingo cards with the vocabulary, then played the video in Spanish. Whenever they heard a vocabulary word they marked it on their card, and when they got Bingo they quietly brought the card to me for verification and got a small prize.

    Also, I just thought of this so I didn't do it this year, but next year I will be doing a "Duende de la Clase" - same concept as "Elf on the Shelf". I will place the duende in the room somewhere and have the students write or tell me each day where he is, using the verb estar with prepositions.

  2. Oh, wow, Theresa! These are awesome ideas! Thank you!!!!