Lesson 9: Simple Questions in Preschool Spanish

Lesson 9: Simple Questions in Preschool Spanish

Inside: A preschool lesson that introduce asking and answering questions in preschool Spanish, through comprehensible stories and input.

Lesson 9 Goals: I can answer very simple questions about myself.

Target Structures: busca, ve, eres, soy

Click here to see the week-by-week listing, and to access my overall unit plans. (Each lesson provides enough material for multiple classes.)

Review: Sings the songs learned so far and do the ¿Cómo te llamas? ball chant. If you are incorporating calendar time, ask about the day, the weather (¿Hace frío o ¿Hace calor?)

Lesson 9 Activities

Activity 1

In the previous eight units, the students have heard es many times. Today, we’ll start working with eres a bit, and try it out with our animal words.

Gather or make some farm animal masks (they’re included in a Unit 3 purchase). Call up a student to try a mask on. Point to them and say, “¡Eres una vaca!” You can ask them questions, too: “¿Eres un pollito? Eres un elefante?”

At the beginning, I don’t worry about answering with soy– sí o no is a good start. If you use this activity over several classes, you can add in asking the class: “Es un caballo?” Throw in other questions, of course, if you want: “El caballo dice muu? Es verde or marrón?” Then go back to the student, “¿Dices muu o nii?”

Activity 2

TPR ve and busca (attach motions to them). There are lots of little games you can play to practice these words. Here are some ideas:

  • Play “I spy” for ve. (If you want, you can play by saying “Veo un…” or “Veo con mi ojito pequeñito…”) Incorporate the colors, and big/small to give clues.
  • Hide some objects in the room. Say, “Uno, dos, tres, busca!” and they try to find them.
  • Have one student leave and give a small object to someone in the room. The student comes back, and everyone chants, “Uno, dos, tres, busca!” The student guesses who has it. You can give clues about which student it is by saying clothing colors.

Activity 3

Project and tell the story La gallina que busca a su pollito.

 

Activity 4

Story-tell using authentic books in Spanish. Oso pardo, oso pardo and ¿Eres mi mamá? would go well with lessons 7-9.

You *can* read the story in the full text, and let the kids see what language they recognize. I recommend narrating the book yourself, using only vocabulary that the students know. Since your students are probably non-readers, you are telling the story; they’re listening and enjoying the pictures.

If you’d like to hear the full story in Spanish, there are some read-alouds from native speakers below. You can always mute the sound and narrate yourself, too!

Stories for Activity 4:

 

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Preschool Lesson 8: Spanish Days of the Week Activities

Preschool Lesson 8: Spanish Days of the Week Activities

Inside: A preschool lesson for Spanish days of the week activities, through comprehensible stories, songs, and input.
Lesson 8 Goals: I can say the days of the week. Target Structures: lunes, martes, miércoles, jueves, viernes, sábado, domingo (optional: hace calor, hace frío, está lloviendo, está nevando, está nublado, hace sol) Review: Sings the songs learned so far and do the ¿Cómo te llamas? ball chant. Click here to see the week-by-week listing, and to access my overall unit plans. (Each lesson provides enough material for multiple classes.)

Lesson 8 Activities

Activity 1

Introduce the days of the week as a song. I like to sing them to the tune of Frere Jacques, or the YouTube version by Miss Rosí (see below YouTube links for the song).  

Spanish days of the week activities

Activity 2

Activity 3: Tell the story El cerdito que tiene hambre. You may want to add in gestures and exaggerate here and there to make sure everything is comprehensible, and of course check for understanding as you go.

https://www.slideshare.net/ElisabethAlvarado/el-cerdito-pequeno  

Activity 3

Add calendar time to your classes and use the time to talk about what day it is and what the weather is like. If you want to stay simple, just ask about the weather using hace frío and hace calor, or add in the additional weather terms if desired. We always start off class with the Buenos días song from Lesson 1. Now that the students are learning the days, you can adjust the lyrics like this (credit to for the idea goes to Jane Vander Beek):

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

 

Activity 4

El cerdito pequeño leads well into the La oruga muy hambrienta. Of course, a lot of the original vocabulary will be out of bounds, so you could narrate the story as a MovieTalk or BookTalk– tell the story using familiar words, so everything you say is comprehensible. If you do want to use the authentic language, then it might be fun to let the kids listen to the book and see what words they can catch.

More Spanish Days of the Week Activities:

 

 

If you want to expand on weather and calendar terms,try these videos:

 

 

 

 

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Preschool Lesson 7: Spanish Opposites

Preschool Lesson 7: Spanish Opposites

Inside: A preschool lesson that introduces the Spanish opposites, through comprehensible stories, songs, and input.

Lesson 7 Goals: I can describe people and things.

Target Structures: hace frío, hace calor, triste, feliz, grande, pequeño

Click here to see the week-by-week listing for the entire Spanish preschool lessons series, and to access my overall unit plans. (Each lesson provides enough material for multiple classes.)

Review: Sings the songs learned so far and do the ¿Cómo te llamas? ball chant.

Lesson 7 Activities

Activity 1

Introduce hace frío and hace calor with motions. You could show the Opuestos PPT or use real objects.

ntroduce grande and pequeño, and triste and felíz with motions, when the students are ready (possibly after activities 3 and 4). Practice the words by using real objects or using the PPT below.

Activity 2

Play Hace frío, Hace calor. Have one student close their eyes, and hide an object. Say hace calor if they are getting closer, and hace frío if they are getting farther from the object.

This might take quite a bit of modeling, but will be a fun review or closing game in future lessons.

Activity 3

Project and tell the story El gato y el perro. Stop to ask questions and check for understanding as necessary.

Activity 4

Activity 5: Project and tell the story El patito pequeño. Stop to ask questions and check for understanding as needed.

Stories for Activity 4:

 

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Lesson 3: Farm Animals in Preschool Spanish

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Inside: A preschool lesson on the colors in Spanish for kids, through comprehensible stories, songs, and input.

Lesson 6 Goals: I can recognize some colors.

Target Structures: me gusta, no me gusta, te gusta (repeated from last week), los colores, pinta

Note: You may want to teach just four colors one week, or all at once. The online songs, books, etc. teach all the colors together, but doing activities with all the colors at once may be overwhelming at first.

Click here to see the week-by-week listing, and to access my overall unit plans. (Each lesson provides enough material for multiple classes.)

Movement/brain breaks: Stretch with our movement words: levántate, siéntate, manos arriba, and manos abajo, corre and salta, Duck, Duck, Goose in Spanish, or ¡Salta, salta!

Lesson 6 Colors in Spanish Activities

Introduce the colors with the song to the tune of Frere Jacques.
(You may just want to teach the first four colors to begin.)

Activity 1

Play ¡Salta, salta! Scatter large cardstock circles on the floor. You can use whatever materials you have– paper, flexible plastic discs, etc. Just make sure you have lots! Call a color- ¡Salta en rojo!- and the students find the color and jump onto it. Start with 2-3 colors, and slowly add in more (over several weeks, perhaps).

Activity 3

Do a graph activity, similar to lesson 4. Let everyone vote a favorite color and graph their choices. Remember that you can get in a ton on input with me gusta this way: ¿Te gusta rojo, o amarillo, o verde? Te gusta el verde? ¡Muy bien! Niños, ¿a Emma le gusta rojo? No, a Emma le gusta verde.

Activity 2

Do some art! Give directions for what colors to use and when.

Activity 4

Read El patito que le gusta pintar. Let the students guess the colors as you tell the story, and stop to ask questions and check for understanding as needed.

 

Colors songs with lots of repetitions:

Sweet colors song that mentions animals, foods and objects (even el pollito!):

¿Qué color es la fresa? (Uses the phrases ¿Qué color es…?):

Peppa Pig episode in Spanish that mentions colors frequently:

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Inside: A preschool lesson with me gusta activities, with comprehensible stories, songs, and input for kids.

esson 5 Goals: I can say that I like or don’t like something.

Target Structures: me gusta, no me gusta, te gusta

(Las uvas, la zanahoria, el queso, la galleta, la lechuga, and los arándanos are also introduced. At this point, they are always presented with pictures or props. Only the target structures are meant to be acquired at this point. Having variety in the foods is fun for book, games, and songs. They can be learned naturally throughout the entire unit.)

Click here to see the week-by-week listing, and to access my overall unit plans. (Each lesson provides enough material for multiple classes.)

Review: Sings the songs learned so far, ¿Cómo te llamas? ball chant, Los animales Bingo.

Movement/brain breaks: Stretch with our movement words: levántate, siéntate, manos arriba, and manos abajo, corre and salta, Duck, Duck, Goose in Spanish, or ¡Salta, salta!

Lesson 5 Me gusta Activities

Activity 1

Introduce the new foods (las uvas, la zanahoria, el queso, la galleta, la lechuga, and los arándanos). Use props or toys if you can! These foods will appear in the stories, songs, and games throughout the lesson, so just go for comprehension and don’t expect students to produce them for a while.

Show the lettuce, for example, and say, Es lechuga. Use the animals props and say, El caballo come la lechuga, or hand it to a student and ask, ¿Emily come la lechuga o come la manazana?

Teaching Preschool Spanish: La comida.

Activity 2

Tell the story El pato que tiene hambre, available below. Stop to ask questions and check for understanding as necessary.

 

Activity 3

Do some total physical response with the words learned so far. Say a word or phrase, and they act it out. El gato dice miau, come la manzana, toma agua, etc. This is a perfect time to watch what everyone is doing and get a check on the pace of the lessons. Always go as slow as necessary, repeating games and activities as needed. These lessons are packed with new targets, so if anything is shaky I take extra time before moving onto the next lesson.

Activity 4

Play ¿Qué hay en la bolsa? again, from Lesson 3. Have bags ready with toy foods inside, or sneak foods into one bag for each turn. Sit in a circle, and the kids take turns getting a bag. They have to put their hand in the bag and guess what food is inside just by feeling it. Once they guess the food, we talk about it. ¿Te gusta el maíz? ¿El perro come el maíz? etc.

 

Supplemental Me gusta activities and resources for home or class:

A lesson on me gusta and no me gusta:

Sesame Street episode on me gusta/ no me gusta:

¿Qué color es la fresa? (Uses the phrases ¿Qué color es…?):

Peppa Pig episode in Spanish that mentions foods and me gusta:

Peppa Pig episode in Spanish that mentions colors frequently:

A silly, highly comprehensible song that teachers me gusta/no me gusta:

A silly, highly comprehensible song that teachers me gusta/no me gusta:

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Play Bingo with pictures of the foods. To keep the language as “whole” as possible, I call out the terms as Me gusta el helado. Me gustan las uvas. If the words are very new, show a picture as you call out the term.

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Lesson 4: Teaching Food in Preschool Spanish

Inside: A preschool lesson on teaching food in Spanish, through comprehensible stories, songs, and input for kids.

Lesson 4 Goals: I can recognize the names of several familiar foods.

Target Structures: tiene hambre, come, toma, la manzana, la leche, el maíz, el pan, el agua

Click here to see the week-by-week listing, and to access my overall unit plans. (Each lesson provides enough material for multiple classes.)

Review: Sings the songs learned so far, ¿Cómo te llamas? ball chant, Los animales Bingo.

Movement/brain breaks: Stretch with our movement words: levántate, siéntate, manos arriba, and manos abajo, corre and salta, Duck, Duck, Goose in Spanish, or ¡Salta, salta!

Lesson 4: Teaching Food in Spanish for Kids

Activity 1

Introduce la manzana, la leche, el pan, and el agua. It’s best to use real objects or toys if possible, when introducing new words. Practice saying each a few times, and circle them a bit (¿Es una manzana? ¡No! ¿Es agua? ¡Sí!)

Have cutouts of la manzana, la leche, el pan, and el agua ready for everyone (included in a Unit 2 purchase). Pass them out, and practice following directions using the props. Say, come el pan; they search for the the right picture, and pretend to eat it.

Preschool Spanish lesson for la comida

Activity 2

Tell the story El caballo que tiene hambre, available below. The term uvas is included, and will show up later throughout the unit. You shouldn’t need to define, however, as the students will understand the word from the pictures.

 

Activity 3

Vote on favorite foods and make a graph. I prepared little cards with names ahead of time, since we’ll repeat this activity, but post-its would work as well. This is a fun way to get in lots of repetition of the food names as you ask and point to the pictures.

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Activity 4

Play ¿Qué hay en la bolsa? again, from Lesson 3. Have bags ready with toy foods inside, or sneak foods into one bag for each turn. Sit in a circle, and the kids take turns getting a bag. They have to put their hand in the bag and guess what food is inside just by feeling it. Once they guess the food, we talk about it. ¿Te gusta el maíz? ¿El perro come el maíz? etc.

 

Supplemental la comida activities and resources for home or class:

A song to learn basic terms for food in Spanish:

More terms for la comida, going through the meals of the day:

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