“Froggy se viste ” – written by Jonathan London – is one of my favorite books to use during the clothing unit. I mostly use it with first and second graders, but third graders enjoy it, too. The story is engaging to young learners and the pictures are vivid. The amount of repetition is key, and the vocabulary is presented in context, making it easier for children to decode the meaning of the sentences. I always use the cover of the book as a conversation starter in class. Here are some useful questions you could use to introduce the book.
¿Qué animal es Froggy? ¿Es un perro o un gato? ¿Es una vaca o una rana?
¿De qué color es Froggy? ¿Es de color negro? ¿Es de color morado? ¿Es de color verde?
Froggy es una rana. ¿Las ranas vuelan? ¿Las ranas saltan? ¿Las ranas vuelan o saltan?
¿Las ranas se visten? ¿Las ranas se visten con pantalones y chaquetas?
¿Cuál es la estación? ¿Es el invierno? ¿Es el verano?
I also ask questions while reading the story.
¿Qué canto Froggy? ¿¡Sol, sol!? ¿¡Nieve! ¡Nieve!?
¿Quién dijo “vuélvete a dormir, Froggy”? ¿La mamá de Froggy o el papá de Froggy?
¿Qué se puso Froggy? ( You can go over the vocabulary pointing at the pictures)
¿Quién llamó a Froggy?
¿Qué olvida ponerse Froggy esta vez?
¿Cómo se siente Froggy? ¿Triste? ¿Emocionado? ¿Cansado?
Froggy se regresó a su cama para terminar de dormir durante el invierno. ¿Cuál es la siguiente estación?
I found some cute props by Kiz Club, which are perfect to retell the story!
We also stretched the story a little further and a talked about the different seasons and clothes for different kinds of weather. To make it a little silly, I show pictures of different seasons and types of weather, and we pretend to be the mom calling him to dress according to the season. For example,
¡Frooooogy, hace calor, no necesitas tu chaqueta!
¡Frooooogy, está lloviendo, necesitas tu paraguas y tus botas para la lluvia!
¡Frooooogy, hace sol, necesitas tus lentes!
¡Frooooogy, es la primavera! ¿Qué te vas a poner?
And so on! I put together a set of props that are available in my TpT shop. The children really enjoy dressing Froggy, and I also incorporated this in our calendar routine in which we dress Froggy according to the weather for the day.
I already made it clear in my last post that you don’t have to wait until Friday to dance in class. It’s important to get your students moving to help them stay in tuned with you. The Zumba routines below are easy to follow and the songs are very catchy.
You no longer need to wait until Friday to dance in Spanish class! Get your students moving any day and at any time. Dancing in class is an awesome brain break and also an opportunity to share some culture through music. Download the PowerPoint below to choose what rhythm to dance to in class. Make sure to use the PowerPoint in presentation mode.Click on the word “girar” to let the drums roll!
As Valentine’s day approaches, we are looking for activities and ideas to use with our students. There are few moments in the classroom to use phrases like this one and Valentine’s day is giving us a great opportunity to put language into context. This short and simple song will help your students learn two simple phrases that they can use at school with their friends or at home with their families. Te quiero, Te quiero, Tú eres mi corazón. Te quiero, Te quiero, Tú eres mi corazón.
After teaching the song your students can practice colors with this fun freebie that includes a memory game and coloring pages. Download the free game and coloring pages HERE!
I can’t believe Christmas is around the corner! Many of us are teaching Christmas songs to our students, and what a great way to teach vocabulary in context.
Here is a group of fun songs I found on YouTube and that I think are perfect for Spanish learners. Some of the songs are more complex, and some have a great amount of repetition. You can choose the song according to the amount of time you have left to teach it to your students. This year I didn’t really plan in advance so I decided to go with same old “Noche de Paz” and I am surprised that my students still love singing this song!
Anyways, here are all the villancicos I have chosen for you!
1. Mi Burrito Sabanero, a version by Colombian singer Juanes. This is a traditional song known mostly in Latin America. Click here to listen to another fun version.
2. Cascabel by TinyTunes
3. ¡Feliz Navidad a Todos! by Little Baby Bum
4. Muñeco de Nieve by Los Niños Cantores de Navidad from Colombia
5. Tutaina Tuturuma is a traditional Christmas song from Latin America.