Froggy se viste: Activities for Elementary Spanish

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.

  1. ¿Qué animal es Froggy? ¿Es un perro o un gato? ¿Es una vaca o una rana?
  2. ¿De qué color es Froggy? ¿Es de color negro? ¿Es de color morado? ¿Es de color verde?
  3. Froggy es una rana. ¿Las ranas vuelan? ¿Las ranas saltan? ¿Las ranas vuelan o saltan?
  4. ¿Las ranas se visten? ¿Las ranas se visten con pantalones y chaquetas?
  5. ¿Cuál es la estación? ¿Es el invierno? ¿Es el verano?

I also ask questions while reading the story.

  1. ¿Qué canto Froggy? ¿¡Sol, sol!? ¿¡Nieve! ¡Nieve!?
  2. ¿Quién dijo “vuélvete a dormir, Froggy”? ¿La mamá de Froggy o el papá de Froggy?
  3. ¿Qué se puso Froggy? ( You can go over the vocabulary pointing at the pictures)
  4. ¿Quién llamó a Froggy?
  5. ¿Qué olvida ponerse Froggy esta vez?
  6. ¿Cómo se siente Froggy? ¿Triste? ¿Emocionado? ¿Cansado?
  7. 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,

  1. ¡Frooooogy, hace calor, no necesitas tu chaqueta!
  2. ¡Frooooogy, está lloviendo, necesitas tu paraguas y tus botas para la lluvia!
  3. ¡Frooooogy, hace sol, necesitas tus lentes!
  4. ¡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.

Happy teaching!

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A Fashion Show in Spanish Class

I teach in a FLES program, so I don’t really  have much time for big projects in my class. I see my students twice per week for 30 minutes each time. This is a fast and fun project to end your clothing unit.  My students love putting the paper puppets together and getting them ready for the fashion show. This is an activity I do with my second grade classes, and it takes them about three classes plus the class where they present their final work.

These are the steps I follow after we’ve learned the vocabulary and structures needed for this project:

Class #1: Students put their puppets together with clothes. I use the People Shapes Project Kit from Lakeshore,* Foamies Kids Activity Bucket* and also the free printable paper dolls from Making Friends.

Class #2: Students write a short description of their paper puppet. I give them samples for this and also something that I call “menú de vocabulario” which is basically a list and pictures of the vocabulary they need to write their paragraph. I use a lot of the target language in my class, but sometimes I cheat when I have to give them the descriptions of the projects and use English. That’s when I use that 10% proposed by ACFTL, a recommendation for keeping your classroom in the target language for at least 90% of instructional time.

Class #3: Students practice their presentations with classmates.

Class #4: Students present their final work to the class. I use a small puppet theater and also record each of my students. I use videos as an assessment tool in my classes.

This is the result!

And there is more!
Download materials for the project here!
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