Saturday, March 19, 2016

Spanish Compound Words for Kids

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Each year with my younger students I try to have a set of words for vocabulary building. Two years ago, we did rhyming words. This past year we did synonyms and antonyms. For the coming year I am planning on doing compound words.

The beauty of compound words is that it is a three for one deal. When you learn a compound word you can also learn the two words embedded in it...hence, three new words added to your vocabulary. Here's a look at what I will be doing with my students with these words in the near future...

I bought these cards from Teachers pay Teachers. I chose thirty words and created cards so that we can play Memory and Go Fish with them. The idea is to match the two words to make one compound word. 

My students also like the game we call Golpea. In this game, I lay out the cards and call out a word. My students then try to slap the correct cards. In this case, if you call out a compound word there are two words to get. The student with the most cards at the end wins.

I also bought Easter Eggs and created these...

The first part of the word goes on the top and the second one on the bottom. I can now separate the eggs, mix them up, and have my students put them back together again. I can also show them pictures of the compound words and see if they can form the word with the eggs.

Another option for compound words is to call out part of the word and see if your students can tell you the other half. Also, you can call out the words, either the parts or the total compound word, and see if they can draw them.

So have you taught compound words to your students? I would love to hear what you have done. Leave me a comment.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Easter Resources {Spanish for Kids}

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Easter comes early this year at the end of March. So here is a look at resources that are available if you teach Spanish to kids.

First of all, I have a post filled with books related to spring. You can find it here.  Look through the list of books to find ones that might work around Easter time.

Here are some books that are more specific to Easter.

LA Sorpresa De Mama Coneja- This sweet book is about some little bunnies who decide to surprise their mom with eggs from different birds.

The Legend of the Cascaron- A bilingual book on how the tradition of "cascarones" came to be.

Easter is a great time to review emotions and to use eggs as the base for "emotional faces". My absolute favorite book about emotions is Así me siento yo . In the fall, we read this book and do pumpkin faces. During Easter, you can do the same thing but with eggs. {See this free printable.} We read the story and then each student gets an faceless egg page. I call out things like, "El huevo contento" or "El huevo triste", and my students draw the faces. Because this printable has color to it you can make it more difficult by saying, for example, El huevo anaranjado está nervioso.

Here are some fun eggs that can be used in your lesson on emotions. Read this post for teaching ideas.

Emoji Easter Eggs

Goofy Easter Eggs

Egg Face Stickers- You can go to this post to get ideas on how to use stickers in language learning.