Lesson 1 Goals: I can greet my teacher and friends.
Target Structures: buenos días, ¿Cómo estás?, Muy bien, gracias, el pollito, and dice.
The first Spanish class is always the trickiest, as you try to get to know the students, not overload them, and begin! My goal the first week is give the students a few classroom directions to follow to get the wiggles out, teach our greeting song, and begin our target structures from Los pollitos dicen.
Opener/1st Activity: Teach the song Buenos días. This is how we will start class each week. I show a picture of the sun coming up, and say, “¡Buenos días!” As we learn the song, we do motions for each part (stretching in the morning, hands up, questioning, for how are you, thumbs up, and pointing to a friend for usted).
Movement/brain break: Since everything is new, we do this part entirely together and they can just watch what I do. We begin with levántate, siéntate, manos arriba, and manos abajo. Eventually, the first two will come in handy so I can give them directions in Spanish. Today, it’s just fun moving.
2nd Activity: I teach the first line to Los pollitos: Los pollitos dicen pío, pío, pío. I show my chick puppet (free printable) to teach el pollito, and move the mouth for pío, pío. I circle both pollito and dice. ¿El pollito dice <muu>? ¡No! ¿El elefante dice <pío>? ¡No! ¿El pollito dice <pío? ¡Sí! etc. Once the kids feel comfortable with that phrase, I give them their own little chick, and we sing the first line several times.
Closing: We review the song, and color the buenos días, buenas tardes, and buenas noches cards. After gluing them on popsicle sticks, they are kept for practice at home and next week. I send the kids home with a plastic folder, with lyrics, coloring pages, and the puppet. We tell each other adiós or chau and we’re done!
Practice at Home:
- Listen to/sing Buenos días
- Listen to/sing Los pollitos dicen
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