Acts of Kindness in Spanish Class

Acts of Kindness in Spanish Class

This year I decided to take a different approach on Valentine’s Day and focus on activities for the Random Acts of Kindness Week promoted by the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation.

I used this video with some of my classes as the basis for conversation. Just like many world language teachers do with clip talks/chats, I wrote a script based on the story and pre-taught some of the vocabulary using tools such as Quizlet and WordWall which, by the way, my students love because it gives them different possibilities to practice words at their own pace without the pressure of competing with other peers. I love it too!

Going back to the script, these are the words and phrases I focused on:

Colorea el mundo con actos de bondad, bondad, colorea, agarra, le da, tiene, come, corre, camina, se cae, llora, duerme, and chistosa (I put this last word on the list because, even though it is not a high-frequency word, I still wanted my students to learn it).

Here is the script:

Hay un niño y una niña. El niño tiene hambre. La niña tiene hambre.

El niño agarra una manzana y un sánduche.

La niña está sorprendida. La niña agarra un banano.

El banano está malo. La niña está triste.

El niño le da la manzana a la niña. 

La niña agarra la manzana. La manzana es roja. 

La niña come la manzana. La niña tiene colores.

La niña camina. El señor corre. El dinero se cae.

La niña agarra el dinero. La niña le da el dinero al señor.

El señor agarra el dinero. El dinero es verde. El señor tiene colores.

Hay una abuelita. La abuelita camina con una maleta. 

La maleta se cae. El señor agarra la maleta y la pone arriba.

La abuelita está feliz. La abuelita tiene colores.

Hay una mamá y una bebé. La bebé llora. La abuelita lee.

Las personas no están felices. Las personas está enojadas.

La abuelita mira a la bebé. La bebé llora más.  La abuelita tiene una idea. La abuelita es chistosa

La niña está feliz y la mamá está feliz. La mamá tiene colores. La bebé tiene colores. Las personas tienen colores.

La mamá mira la computadora. La abuelita duerme. La bebé duerme. ¡Todos están felices!

¡Colorea el mundo con actos de bondad!

During the video

I paused the video and asked questions related to what we were watching, but also based on the script I wrote. I also made sure to ask the children after every situation “¿Es un acto de bondad?” to reinforce the title of the video.

I didn’t do a lot of extension activities this time, but as a closing activity, we brainstormed some acts of kindness that later were used in the craft shown in the picture below. Each child chose a picture, wrote on the cover of a paper heart, and inside wrote their name and a sentence explaining why they chose that word. Some of the children shared their words and read their sentences to the class. I was surprised to see that many of them wanted to share. My home learning students also got to participate through an activity on Seesaw, and the results were beautiful!

This is a simple idea to help bring the topic of kindness to a world language class. I placed their actos de bondad on a bulletin board that is currently in one of the classrooms where I teach.

Letters and activity available on Teachers Pay Teachers

Con cariño,

 

 

 

Curriculum Ideas for Preschool and Kindergarten

 
I am sharing general ideas for teachers based on how a “typical” school year might look in a Preschool and Kindergarten Spanish class. All the ideas I’m sharing here are geared toward programs that meet once or twice a week. In this schedule, there is not that much contact time with the students in the target language, so some of the concepts should be recycled and taught in a spiral way. In other words, if you teach numbers during the first month or two of the school year, continue to make time throughout the year where students may continue to be exposed to the vocabulary. For example, count apples in September and have them guess how many hearts you have in a bag in February.
 
I like using my students as a guide to know how long I should be exploring the content, but make sure to always go back to it and weave it throughout the school year. 
 
In the spirit of full disclosure, please note that many of the suggestions have links to resources in my Teachers Pay Teachers store or affiliate links to Amazon. I invite you to also explore many of your local libraries to find some of the books suggested below. The activity packs that are available on Teachers Pay Teachers have teaching tips, suggested ideas, and games.
 
I hope this serves as a good starting point to help you create your own curriculum. You might also find new ideas here that you would like to incorporate into your existing curriculum. 

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Happy teaching!