Español in the Jungle: Unit Two

Español in the Jungle: Unit Two

Inside: Free Spanish printables for kids.

Español in the Jungle Unit 2

And Unit Two is ready! To read more on why I decided to put together these Spanish units, read this. Each unit gets more fun to make! As the students learn more words, the games and activities can become more creative, too. Unit Two introduces:

– Asking and responding to ¿Cómo te llamas? (What’s your name?)

– Colors

– Four new verbs

Español in the Jungle Unit 2

The unit also includes puppets to print out for storytelling, ideas for games, scripts for dialogues, and a Bingo game.

Here are links for supplementing the themes from Unit Two:

Color Pronunciations from LingoHut

Color Pronunciations (for kids)

What’s Your Name? Pronunciation (for kids)

Page of Coloring Sheets, includes practice of colors – for your little one (or big one!) who loves to color

Monkey Mask – just in case your kids get into the monkey theme and want more!

Have fun learning Spanish together! Let me know if you have any links to free activities that would go with this unit.

You might be interested in my Preschool Spanish Lessons as well!

¿Yo Tengo… Quién Tiene? Classroom Game

¿Yo Tengo… Quién Tiene? Classroom Game

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Tomorrow we are back at school, ready or not! What a busy week. I am really excited about the year, though, and feel much better prepared this go around. I will try to get a post together detailing my first-day ideas, but I wanted to go ahead a share a first-week freebie. I often start off the year by teaching or reviewing classroom objects so that we can be speaking in Spanish right away.

¿Yo Tengo… Quién Tiene? for Classroom Objects

¿Yo Tengo.. Quién Tiene? for Classroom Objects

To play:

¿Yo Tengo, Quién Tiene? (Groups of 18 or less)

Print, cut out,and laminate the cards. Pass out the cards to students. Any student you choose may begin. The student reads his or her card aloud, naming the object in the picture. The student who has the card asked for by the first student goes next. Simple, but effective!

I have a Classroom Object games packet available at on my TpT store as well if you are interested in more first-week resources!

10 Spanish Vocabulary Games for the Language Classroom

10 Spanish Vocabulary Games for the Language Classroom

Inside: Spanish vocabulary games for the language classroom.

 

The best way to “learn vocabulary” is in context. I use to give long lists of isolated words, until I switched to proficiency-based teaching and threw out my textbook. I realized my students were memorizing the words to pass a quiz, and then forgetting them. Our students really need to see whole language, in context, in stories,  songs or texts.

Or GAMES!

They are great for brain breaks, team building, getting everyone moving, and motivating our students. Just make sure that these vocabulary games for Spanish class are supplementing LOTS of Spanish in context. Whenever possible, give the language for these games in chunks, rather than just isolated words.

If you’re looking for more ideas, check out my Spanish learning games page, or try these:

 

10 Spanish Vocabulary Games

 

1. Four Corners

“It” counts to ten while everyone else quietly chooses a corner of the room to stand in. “It” calls out a corner (without looking), and everyone in that space is out. Last student in, wins.

To review vocabulary, tape a sketch of four vocabulary words onto each corner of the room. (Write the terms in Spanish on the board.) Student who is it counts to 10, then calls out one of the terms on the board. Everyone in the matching corner is out. 

To take this up a notch, make each corner a category (food, things to do, etc.). Write a bunch of terms on the board. “It” calls out a word from the board, and the corresponding corner is out.

 

2. Charades / Pictionary

Play charades and pictionary combined, to give the students more choice. For each term, whoever is up front has the option to act it out or draw it on the board. You can also get everyone more involved by playing reverse charades, by giving the class whiteboards. The student who is “it” guesses while his/her entire team mimes or draws the term.

 

3. Celebrities

Write the phrases on slip of paper. Students sit in a circle. Divide the class into 2 or more teams by counting 1-2. For each team’s turn, set a time (1-2 minutes).

1st round (actions): Team 1 begins as a player draws a slip. That student acts out the phrase. When the team guesses correctly, the next player on Team 1 draws another slip and the play continues until the time is up. The timer is set again for the other team, and turns continue until all the slips are gone. Count the slips and give those points to their teams.

2nd round (verbal clues): This round is the same as the first, except that the students must use clues in Spanish. If the slip says va a la casa, for example, the students could say cuatro palabras, es como camina, corre o advanca, donde vivo, etc. This will be very difficult for beginners, so you may want to let students make word webs for the phrases before playing, to brainstorm and think of related words and synonyms. This is great practice for circumlocution.

3rd round (one-word clues): This round is the same as the second, except that the students must only use one word. If the phrase is va a la casa, the student could say vivo, and the team has to guess the phrase from this one clue.

*In the original game, the actions are for the third round and that’s supposed to be the hardest round. For students learning another language, that is probably the easiest, so I made it first.

 

4. Bingo

Bingo is great because it is flexible. You can give the students blank games, and have them illustrate the terms. Then, call out the terms in the target language and no English gets used. I have an entire post on Getting More Mileage Out of Bingo!

 

5. El Marcador

This can be used for ANYTHING– new words, old words, reviewing stories, themes, or movies. Call out sentences using the vocabulary you want to review. 

 

6. Slap-it/ Flyswatter

Divide the class into groups of 4-5. Pass out only picture cards to each group. Lay the picture cards face up, in the middle of the group. Call out the terms. The first student to touch the corresponding image keeps the card. Whoever has the most cards at the end wins.

Flyswatter is similar, except that two students come up to the front and hit pictures projected onto the board with (clean) flyswatters. My La casa Slideshare would work with this.

 

7. Red Light, Green Light

Line up the students on one side of the space. Whoever is “it” calls out a specific action to perform, like dance. Everyone advances, dancing. When Red light! (in the TL) is called, everyone freezes and anyone who moves is sent back.  Often I will stand at the front and yell out what action to do (so I can control what they’re practicing) and the student who is “it” just concentrates on saying red light and catching unlucky moving friends.

 

8. No-Prep Memory

Make game cards to play Memory in groups. Pass out paper squares to the groups, and each student in the group comes up with several questions and answers, OR words and pictures.
 
Have the students check their cards with you when ready. Set a minimum, but let early finishers do extra cards. Then let them play in groups! The activity should be self-monitoring since the students themselves made the cards.

 

9. Around the World / Sparkle

This can be played in a circle or with everyone in their seats. Choose one student. He/she stands up next to the student to the right. Call out a word. The first student to give the meaning advances, and the other stays in that seat. The first students to advance all the way around the room and return to his/her original seat wins.

 

10. Storytelling

Here are some explanations of storytelling and games to go with stories:

Storytelling in the World Language Classroom – TPRS

Strip Bingo – Listening game during input

After storytelling, play Draw/Write/Pass to review the story:

 

 

 

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BINGO for Language Practice

BINGO for Language Practice

Bingo is one of the oldest tricks in the book for language instruction. It is so simple, so effective, and my students beg for it.

To use this sheet, here’s what I do:

1) I pass out the blank sheets to the students, and I call out the words for whatever set we’re learning. If we’re learning adjectives that describe emotions. I would call out “triste” and they would choose a random square in which to draw a sad face. Here they are having to produce the word by hearing it. If it’s a more advanced class, I could make it more complicated and say, “El bebé está triste.”

2) To play, I simply call out the words or phrases we drew and the students places a chip on that space. (They get excited if we get to use foreign coins for chips.) A complete diagonal, horizontal, or vertical row wins. Here the review moves much more quickly because the students are only having to recognize a word by hearing it.

That’s all! This can take a long time to make, but I like that they are spending a lot of time with the vocabulary. We often keep the sheets for a quick 10-minute game to review the words throughout the unit.

I am wary of games and programs that mix lots of English into the activities. I’m always encouraging my students to remember that Spanish is not English, translated: it is a different language. Anytime an activity can take place with full immersion, the better. There is always at least one student who tries to just write the meaning in English, and I never allow this unless there’s no way to represent the word. Again, I want my students to be thinking in Spanish. Encouraging them to simply sketch the word they hear keeps English out of our activity.

This isn’t necessarily something I’d do with my own kids in Spanish, unless they just love to draw. We would probably play a regular Bingo game, just using Spanish. BUT… if I am able to realize my dream of learning French and introducing it as their 3rd language, I will be busting this one out someday!

BINGO Printable

BINGO Printable – Fewer Boxes

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Luz Verde, Luz Roja – But With Verbs!

Luz Verde, Luz Roja – But With Verbs!

Inside: How to play Red Light, Green light to learn verbs in Spanish.

 

At first, I started out just playing “Red Light, Green Light” in Spanish, which is also fun. You simply yell “¡Luz verde!” and everyone runs toward you, and then yell “¡Luz roja!” for everyone to freeze. If anyone moves, tell them “regresa” and they go back to the start line.

My students, though, love to play outside and after a couple of rounds there wasn’t enough vocabulary to keep them learning. We decided to turn it into a verbs game. When we play it this way, whoever is “it” calls out a specific action to perform, like “baila.” Everyone advances, dancing. When “¡Luz roja!” is called, everyone freezes and anyone who moves is sent back. So simple, but it’s amazing how they never tire of this one! Often I will stand at the front and yell out what action to do (so I can control what they’re practicing) and the student who is “it” just concentrates on saying “luz roja” or “para” and catching unlucky moving friends.

This is adaptable for whatever you are working on and can of course work for any language. Here are some variations:

You can use simple, basic verbs: camina, corre, nada, baila, etc.

Or more complicated terms: conduce un carro, juega futbol, toca la guitarra, etc.

If you’re learning animals: nada como un pez, corre como un caballo, salta como un conejo, vuela como un pájaro, etc.

Note: You may wish to change the way I conjugated these verbs. I kept it simple, since most of my classes that are practicing these words are beginners. It would technically be more appropriate to use the affirmative Uds. command form since these are being given as plural commands. I adjust based on the class. 

 

LUZ VERDE

The Best Buenos Días Songs for Kids Learning Spanish

The Best Buenos Días Songs for Kids Learning Spanish

Inside: Buenos días songs and song lyrics.

Greetings songs and good morning songs are the perfect place to start, whether you’re learning Spanish at home or teaching a class. My favorite version is this one:

 

 

Buenos días Song Lyrics

 

 

The traditional Buenos días song lyrics, which are in the videos above, go like this:

Buenos días, buenos días.
¿Cómo estás? ¿Cómo estás?
Muy bien, gracias, muy bien, gracias.
¿Y usted? ¿Y usted?

Spanish Playground had the great idea of singing it like this, to avoid the mix of tú and usted in the songs:

Buenos días, buenos días.
¿Cómo estás? ¿Cómo estás?
Muy bien, gracias, muy bien, gracias.
¿Y tú, qué tal? ¿Y tú, qué tal?

Another idea I’ve heard is to incorporate the days of the week, if you’re teaching a class. Then the song could go like this (credit to Jane Vander Beek):

Buenos días, hoy es __________.
¿Cómo estás? ¿Cómo estás?
Muy bien, gracias, muy bien, gracias.
¿Y, usted? ¿Y, usted?

 

I also have a Buenos días preschool lesson with activities, printables, links to vidoes, and games, if you would like more ideas! I love starting off classes with a greeting song. Saludos are really important in Hispanic countries, and tie in authentic culture.

Of course, replace buenos días with buenas tardes and buenas noches when the kids are ready. I find using actions or a prop like this helps:

Buenos días greeting cards for preschool Spanish lesson

Here are some additional song options:

 

 

 

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