Welcome back to week two of our preschool Spanish class! Click here to see the week-by-week listing, and to see my not-finished unit plans. My inspiration tends to come in middle of the night, so everything is subject to change until I get to try it out! Here’s what I did for the second class.
Lesson 2 Goals: I can say my name. I can recognize some animals by name.
Target Structures: ¿Cómo te llamas?, Me llamo, dice
We are still on the first line of Los pollitos today. I introduce other farm animals, but they are not my main targets. Whenever I introduce vocabulary that is not a target structure, it’s always comprehensible through pictures or gestures. Today, I included more animals in order to get lots of dice repetitions in.
Opener/1st Input: We sing Buenos días like last week. The students have pictures of morning, afternoon, and evening, and hold up morning as we sing. We might try Buenas tardes next week. I introduce ¿Cómo te llamas? and Me llamo. I model for a bit (the pollito puppet from week 1 works well). We sit in a circle, and pass a ball. While we pass the ball, we chant, ¿Có-mo te lla-mas, có-mo te lla-mas, có-mo te lla-mas TÚ? Whoever has the ball on tú answers: Me llamo ______. Most of the kids clamor for a turn, but if the ball lands on someone shy, they can pass it to a neighbor. No need to force output!
Movement/brain break: Since everything is new, we do this part entirely together and they can just watch what I do. Last week we did levántense, siéntense, manos arriba, and manos abajo. This week everyone is very wiggly, and we add in corre and salta.
2nd Input: We review Los pollitos. They have all been practicing at home, and have fun using their pollito puppets. This week, I again circle dice: ¿El pollito dice <muu>? ¡No! ¿El elefante dice <pío>? ¡No! ¿El pollito dice <pío? ¡Sí! etc. I introduce these farm-animals-printouts and circle those. ¿El caballo dice <pío pío>? ¡No! ¿El caballo dice <iiii>? ¡Sí!
Closing: We have extra time, so we play a bingo game I’d made for Los animales. In our mixed-age class, the three-year-olds sometimes lose interest and the older ones want to keep going. It’s always nice to have some games for momentos like this. I send everyone home with a mini-book to color and read about the animals, and what each of them says.
Learn at Home:
- Continue listening to/sing Buenos días and Los pollitos dicen
- Read mini-booklet: ¿Cómo dicen los animales?
- Listen to the following songs, if desired:
(In this version, they say “hace” instead of “dice”– I believe that’s how it is in Spain):
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