I am a Spanish teacher who travels to different classrooms. I carry a lot in my bags, and it can be a painful at times. This is when having a set of flash cards can be really handy, instead of lugging tons of heavy materials around! Plus, my students really enjoy playing games like the ones you will find below.
Place different flashcards on a table or the floor. Describe one of the flashcards. For example: It’s a big animal, its colors are black and white and it says “moo”. After the description, have one of your students tap or slap the right card using a fly swatter.
Place 3 to 5 flashcards on a table or on the floor. Look at them with your students and name each of them. Have one of your students close his/her eyes while you hide one of the cards. Have your student open his/her eyes to guess the name of the card that is missing.
The jumping game
Place a line of flashcards on a table or the floor. Call out some of the vocabulary placed on the line and have one of your students jump next to the correct card.
Place a flashcard in a box and have a volunteer guess the name of the card in the box. You can give your child some cues about the card.
Show one side of the card and have your students give you the word in the other language.
Arrange a set of flashcards in a pile. Take the first several flash cards and create a sentence. Have your students take another flashcard to continue with the story. Continue with the same procedure until all the flashcards in the pile are gone.
This is a simple craft. To make this pollito (chick) you will need the following materials:
Once you have your pollito ready, use the inside to send a message to the parents of your students. It could be an update of the class or simply sharing vocabulary and sentences related to the spring season.
I have been teaching the song “Los Pollitos” to my PreK classes. This is a great opportunity to send home the lyrics of the song inside the pollito for parents to sing along with their children.
Grab a copy of the song here, make your pollitos and send it home!
Here is a version of the “Los Pollitos” song on YouTube!
Yes, it that time of the year when the Easter huevos (eggs) filled with candy are all over the place in the United States. I always love to use them in my classes to review colors in Spanish or hide small objects in them to have my students guess what’s inside.
This year I decided to challenge my third grade students by scrambling words they had to first organize to then be able to find what was inside the eggs. If you are ready to try this in your classes you will need plastic Easter eggs, Velcro, and tape. I have added a link to different vocabulary you can print, cut, laminate using clear tape, and stick to the egg using Velcro, place an object or small picture inside the egg and scramble the word. Only let the children open the egg after they have the word put together.
ClickHEREto download free files for this activity!
You can also divide the word by syllables and have the children create silly words by twisting the halves of the egg to line up the first half and last half of the word (see photo). They can even draw the silly creation later. For example, how about a “vato”, the result of mixing vaca and gato? Children eat this up, and it adds a nice dimension of fun to the classroom!
I will be giving away 10 of my digital super zip-files from my Teacher Pay Teachers store. It includes my song “La Finca del Tío Ramón” (Uncle Ramon’s Farm), an story that goes along with the song, a memory game and set of flash cards. All you need to teach your unit about farm animals in Spanish!
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En las montañas de Colombia está la finca del tío Ramón, En las montañas de Colombia está la finca del tío Ramón. En la finca hay una vaca y la vaca hace mú. En la finca hay un perro y el perro hace guau, guau En la finca hay un pato y el pato hace cuac, cuac. En la finca hay una oveja y la oveja hace baaa. En la finca hay un gato y el gato hace miau.
Uncle Ramon’s farm is in the Colombian mountains, Uncle Ramon’s farm is in the Colombian mountains. There is a cow on the farm, and the cow goes moo. There is a dog on the farm, and the dog goes woof. There is a duck on the farm, and the duck goes quack. There is a sheep on the farm, and the sheep goes baaa. There is a cat on the farm, and the cat goes meow. Uncle Ramon’s farm is in the Colombian mountains, Uncle Ramon’s farm is in the Colombian mountains.
•Find Colombia on a map.
• Show a farm and the different animals. Introduce Tío Ramón (Uncle Ramón) and tell them that he lives on a finca (farm). Introduce the different animals and tell them the dog makes a different sound in Spanish. The dog says “guau, guau”.
• Have children make the sounds of the different animals when you name them in Spanish. You can also ask them the colors of the animals to link to the lesson on colors.
• Animal bag: Place different animals in a bag. Blindfold a child and ask him/her to reach in the bag and pull out an animal. Have the child guess the animal. Other children can give cues about the animal.
• Animal dice: Use a square shaped box and place pictures of different animals on every square. Have the children throw the dice while naming the animal and saying the sound it makes.
¡Hola! I am Carolina, a Colombian elementary Spanish teacher based in Austin, Texas. Fun for Spanish Teachers is the result of my passion for teaching Spanish to children and my desire to inspire collaboration and creativity in a vibrant teaching and learning community. It’s the perfect stop if you are looking for songs, games, teaching tips, stories, and fun for your classes.