An Easy-Peasy Activity to Learn Spanish with Songs

An Easy-Peasy Activity to Learn Spanish with Songs

Inside: A fun & easy activity to learn Spanish with songs in class, only using a piece of paper.

One of my favorite things about teaching textbook-free is that authentic songs in Spanish are central to class now. If you’re not sure how to start, read how to teach Spanish with authentic songs, and then browse my suggestions for songs in Spanish, for all ages.

I can be a scatter-brained teacher, and my go-to activities are always the simple ones. I call this listening activity Draw, Listen, Check. It works for authentic songs and only requires a piece of paper– perfect for last-minute fillers and reinforcement. Here’s how it goes!

 

Draw, Listen, Check: An Activity to Learn Spanish with Songs

 

Choose a song your class is already familiar with. Pull out 4-6 structures you want to emphasize, and write them on the board, or dictate them. The students should divide a paper into 4-6 sections, and quickly illustrate one structure into each square.

This is what one student drew when we did Vivir mi vida by Marc Antony. The target structures were:

  • la lluvia
  • reír
  • bailar
  • vivir mi vida
  • para qué llorar
  • para qué sufrir

Draw, listen, check image

Erase the target structures from the board, and play the song without showing the lyrics. The students should put a check mark in the boxes each time they hear the corresponding phrase. That’s all!

This is not an assessment, but just a quick way to highlight the target structures, get some input, and practice listening skills. My students like it because it’s low-pressure and they usually see it as a personal competition to get the closest score.

Some variations on Draw, Listen, Check:

  • Pair up the students. Cut up one paper by section, and spread out the papers on a surface between the students. Listen to the song again, and students try to slap the phrase they hear, first. I literally have no way to keep track of points– this one is probably best for small, responsible classes.

 

  • Before listening to the song, use the phrases to play Charades or Pictionary.

 

  • Some songs repeat certain phrases a LOT. If you have a song like that, crumple up a piece of paper after doing Draw, Write, Check. Stand in a circle and play the song. Give the paper to one student, to start. Every time the phrase is sung, the student can pass the paper to the next person. If you pause the song, the student holding the paper is out. (See? Like Hot Potato!)

 

Continue as long as you like until you have a winner or several winners.This would be a really fun brain break!!

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Lesson 3: Farm Animals in Preschool Spanish

Lesson 3: Farm Animals in Preschool Spanish

Inside: A preschool lesson on farm animals in Spanish, with comprehensible input, stories, and songs, for kids.

Lesson 3 Goals: I can name some farm animals.

Target Structures: dice, el caballo, el perro, el gato, la gallina, el cerdo, el pato

Review: Review the ¿Cómo te llamas? ball chant from Lesson 2, and sings the songs. Play Los animales Bingo.

Click to see my outline of Preschool Spanish Lessons for Los pollitos dicen. (Each lesson provides enough material for multiple classes.)

 

Lesson 3: Farm Animals in Spanish

Activity 1

The farm animals have already been introduced from Lesson 2, though always with visuals and in the context of dice. Here in Lesson 3, we’ll zero in on the animals themselves. If you landed on this page just looking for activities for farm animals in Spanish, be sure to look over Lesson 2 as well.

Play Los animales Bingo (included in the free download for Unit 1.) You can call out the animal’s names, or say “La vaca dice mu”, etc.

Activity 2

Do ¿Qué hay en la bolsa? Have a bag ready with toy farm animals inside. We sit in a circle, and the kids take turns getting a bag. They have to put their hand in the bag and guess what animal is inside just by feeling it. Once they guess the animal, we talk about it. I circle dice and the animal names each time:

 – ¿Es un caballo? ¡No! ¿Es un pollito? ¡Sí! ¿El pollito dice <muu>? ¡No! ¿El pollito dice <pío>? ¡Sí!, etc.

(Some of the students can’t name the animals yet, even though they are eager for turns. I don’t worry about output yet– the whole activity is designed as a way to catch their attention and get more input.)

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Activity 3

Play Duck, Duck, Goose as Pato, pato, pollito. It’s tricky to get the hang of it with little ones, but this has been a big hit in my little class.

Once everyone can play, save this one for a brain break during the rest of the year.

Activity 4

Use the animals videos embedded below for MovieTalks. Show the video and mute the sound or pause the video here and there. Describe and talk about what is happening using words and questions the students know. ¿Es una vaca? ¿Cómo se llama? ¿El gato corre o salta?

The kids can also watch these videos at home, and see what language they can understand. As the class progresses through each unit, they’ll comprehend more and more of these videos.

Activity 5

Color and read the mini-book ¿Cómo dicen los animales? This mini-book gets in lots of dice repetitions, and can be sent home for extra reinforcement.

Los animales de la granja free mini-book

 

Supplemental Me gusta activities and resources for home or class:

This song from Calico Spanish is grea. In this version, they say “hace” instead of “dice”– I believe that’s how it is in Spain:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXr6QTZKPuA
This song from Calico Spanish is grea. In this version, they say “hace” instead of “dice”– I believe that’s how it is in Spain:

El caballo:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjo8snD0umA&t=195s
El gallo y la gallina:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltQg4HJJMSE
El gato:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcDavMLNTec&t=1s
El perro:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euUJS5Bkat8
La vaca:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W62JfAKL3to&t=5s

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Los pollitos dicen
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 2: Dice and Me llamo Lesson for Preschool Spanish

Lesson 2: Dice and Me llamo Lesson for Preschool Spanish

Inside: Activities for a ¿Cómo te llamas? and me llamo lesson for preschool Spanish classes.

Lesson 2 Goals: I can say my name. I can recognize some animals by name.

Target Structures: ¿Cómo te llamas?, Me llamo, dice

(Los animales de la granja are introduced this lesson. At this point, the goal is just to recognize their names, not necessarily name them like in Lesson 3. They’re mainly here to learn dice.)

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¿Cómo te llamas? & Me llamo Lesson for Preschool

Activity 1

Introduce ¿Cómo te llamas? and Me llamo. Model for a bit (the pollito puppet from week 1 works well to act this out). For example:

Teacher: – ¡Buenos días!
Pollito: – ¡Buenos días!

Pollito: ¿Cómo te llamas?
Teacher: – Me llamo _________.

Then, ask the kids their names. The video below, from Mundo de Pepita, is really helpful in seeing how to do this sort of modeling and interacting with the students.

Activity 2

 Have the students sit in a circle, and pass a ball. While passing the ball, 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 ______.  It’s okay if they only say their name right now. Usually 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!

Activity 3

Review Los pollitos dicen and sing using the pollito puppets. Circle dice again: ¿El pollito dice: <muu>? ¡No! ¿El elefante dice: <pío>? ¡No! ¿El pollito dice: <pío>? ¡Sí! etc. Introduce more farm animas with these farm-animals-printouts and circle those. ¿El caballo dice: <pío pío>? ¡No! ¿El caballo dice: <nii>? ¡Sí! 

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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 Me gusta activities and resources for home or class:

 

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Los pollitos dicen pío, pío, pío Lyrics and Free Printables

Los pollitos dicen pío, pío, pío Lyrics and Free Printables

Inside: Los pollitos dicen pío, pío, pío lyrics, printables, and activities for kids.

 

Los pollitos dicen is one of my favorite songs in Spanish for kids. It’s also perfect for families learning Spanish– the song is packed with high-frequency phrases like tengo hambre, tienen frío, and duermen. 

We like it so much I created an entire Spanish Preschool series based on the song, with enough materials to last a year. Click on the link above if you want in-depth resources. 

In this post, I’m wrapping up that series with activities for teaching the song. Read on if you want some great activities and free printables you can use right away!

 

Los pollitos dicen pío pío pío Activities

 

los pollitos craft

Choose as many as you like, or do all of them!

 

1. Listen to the song. 

Here are my favorites from YouTube. (Below you can find the lyrics online and as a printable.)

 

 

 

2. Make Los pollitos dicen puppets. 

 

To make the song more hands-on, and emphasize dice, make my pollito puppet. Cut out the pollitos, and then make another cut so the top part of the head is separate. Glue each piece onto the top and bottom of a clothespin. Now your pollito can open and close its mouth when it’s time to say, – pió, pío, pío!

Los pollitos dicen puppets and lyrics

If you are teaching Spanish, you can also use this to talk about the little chicks and gets lots of reps for dice. Ask your students, ¿El pollito dice, – guau, guau? Nooo! El pollito dice, -maa, maa? Noo! El pollito dice, -pío!

 

spanish preschool puppets

 

 

3. Make a mini-book of the lyrics from the song. 

 

Download my free mini-book, to color and read at home or in class. With illustrations, the song is extra comprehensible for Spanish learners. 

los pollitos dicen mini-book

 

Download the Los pollitos dicen mini-book

los pollitos dicen pío pío pío

 

4. Act out the song. 

 

Attach motions to the song and act them out while singing. Once everyone has learned them well, use props or masks and act out the lyrics as a class. You can choose one child to be the gallina, or the teacher can act out that part. 

 

5. Sequence the song lyrics with picture cards. 

 

Make (or buy) cards that depict each scene of the lyrics. Read aloud the lyrics of the song, and have the students put the pictures in order, or in a pocket chart in the front of the classroom. Once they are familiar with this activity, they can try it while listening to the song itself. 

preschool Spanish lesson

 

Additional Resources:

 

If you are teaching older students, I also have a free printable on TpT. You’ll get the lyrics and several listening/lyrics activities. 

 

You can also purchase lessons on Los pollitos dicen:


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40+ Authentic Songs to Learn Spanish, for Beginner Classes

40+ Authentic Songs to Learn Spanish, for Beginner Classes

Inside: Authentic & appropriate songs to learn Spanish, for beginner classes.

 

As a new teacher, I so badly wanted my students to feel the magic of Spanish. I loved my Latin music, and thought they’d love some songs to learn Spanish, too. The problem was that I didn’t know HOW to bridge authentic resources to my Spanish newbies.

After lots of research, I wrote a post on what I wish I’d known about teaching with authentic music as a new teacher. Martina Bex, Kristy Placido, and Mis Clases Locas have helped tremendously with how to use songs. I also wished I’d had a good list of authentic songs for Spanish class to work with. So I made one! The following songs are a jackpot of culture, fun, and authentic language.

(You can also check into my Authentic Songs for Spanish 1 Activity Pack if you would like printable lyrics and editable activities for 24 of the songs here.)

 

Authentic Songs to Learn Spanish, for Beginners

 

After throwing out my textbook, I started seriously looking for good content. For some songs, only the chorus will comprehensible, and that’s all I focus on.  Some have to do more with culture than language. I have arranged these by my tentative Spanish I units, and tried to do a mix of currently popular and enduring classics. If I missed anything essential, let me know in the comments! (And don’t miss Authentic Songs for Spanish 2 and Authentic Songs for Advanced Spanish Classes!!) I have tried to find appropriate songs for high school, or at least indicate if there’s anything you should be aware of. Sometimes I miss things, and standards for appropriate vary between schools. Let me know if you think anything should be noted or changed!

 

Unit I: Nuestra clase & nuevos amigos 

 

Who is here? Why learn Spanish? How do I get what I need in class, in the TL? Language: Start super siete verbs (tener, ser, hay), decir, greetings, classroom objects, some numbers and colors. Input/activities: Martina Bex Units, storytelling.

Tengo tu love (sie7e): tengo, soy, tiene, un, una, adjective agreement  

Los pollitos dicen (traditional children’s): dicen, tienen hambre, les da, duermen, se despiertan (Los pollitos dicen Free Activity Sheet)  

Corre (Jesse y Joy): the structures are fairly complicated, so this technically belongs later in the year. But I teach Martina Bex’s “Corre” unit early on and put it here just in case!

Sofia (Alvaro Soler) –  classroom phrases (mira, sé, ¿por qué?) and fun phrases to use throughout the year (no te creo, ya no, dime).

 

 

Unit II: Mi mundo immediato y ¿quién soy?

 

Who am I? What do I like and like to to do?

Language: Continue súper siete (gustar, estar, querer, ir), add hobbies, sports, and adjectives.

Input/activities: “La persona especial” interviews from Bryce Hedstrom and more Somos units from Martina Bex, storytelling.  

Soy yo (Bomba Estéreo) – soy yo, así, no te preocupes  

Internacionales (Bomba Estéreo): soy, somos, nationalities, baila, vamos a bailar,  

Corazón sin cara (Prince Royce): vive, eres, adjectives, no me importa, vive, no tiene, nunca. (We start filling in our adjectives booklets with this song.)

 

 

Voy a vivir (Marc Antony): voy a + infinitives (Vivir Mi Vida Free Activity Sheet .)  

Me voy (Julieta Venegas): me voy, no quiero, voy a, decir  (some preterit- the chorus is most useful)  

Hoy es domingo (Diego Torres): hoy, es domingo, mañana, día, para, pastimes  

Me gustas tú (Manu Chao): time, me gustas tú, me gusta + noun/adjectives, ¿qué voy a hacer?  

Mambo (Realidades- not strictly authentic, I think): ¿qué te gusta hacer?, te gusta, me gusta, infinitives, también, tampoco  

Me gustas tú (Luis Fonsi): me gustas, me gusta, hago, me haces, tu, tú,

 

 

 

Unit III: Mi hogar (la familia) y mi escuela

 

Who is my family? What is a day/year at school like? 

Language: family members, school vocabulary, weather, days, months, time. Sweet sixteen verbs.

Input: More Martina Bex units, fables. Day of the Dead mini-unit (honoring the family).  

De colores (traditional- Joan Baez): primavera, me gustan a mí  

Mamá (Siggno): familia, mamá, siempre, te amo, scenes of life in Mexico- refers to poemita Sana, sana, colita de rana  

Hermanos (Casi Creativo): hermano, perdonar, enseñarme a compartir (WTF, abbreviated, appears at 1:17)  

A Papá (Casi Creativo– cerveza at minute :52 but otherwise a great song): papá, gracias por…, eres, te lo digo  

Te quiero ver  (Natalia Lafourcade): domingo, mañana, tarde, anochecer, te quiero ver, tú no puedes, lots of tú/yo verbs right next  each otherm horas, segundos  

Mi paraíso es (Divicio):  mamá, papá, amigo, niña, mujer, hija– not my favorite style but kids who like boy bands will love it. Would make a good MovieTalk for talking about the family and home as well.  

¿Con quién se queda el perro? (Jesse y Joy): tú te vas, yo me voy, se queda, antes, no hay más remedio  

Vienes y te vas (William Luna): vienes, te vas, no soy feliz–poetic license there–, me olvides. It’s an older video, but I’m partial to Peru and love his music.  

La bicicleta (Shakira y Carlos Vives):  te quiero, voy a hacer, no quiero ser, por ti, puedo ser, le gusta, llévame, óyeme

 

 

 

Unit IV: La comida y las celebraciones

 

How do we share food and meals?  

What do food and celebrations tell us about Hispanic culture and life?

Language: food, ordering at a restaurant, holidays, reinforce super seven, sweet sixteen, and other high-frequency verbs. Input/activities: Canela, La quinceañera, Martina Bex.

Come vegetables (Casi creativo): somos, vitaminas, plato, deben ser, miel, vegetables, zanahoria, espinaca, tomate, brócoli, fruta, sabores.  

Come frutas (Casi Creativos – “carajo” at 0:18): la nevera, mañana, por la tarde, por la noche  

8 vasos al día (Casi Creativo), antes de comer, al día, vasos,  

Las mañanitas (Alejandro Fernández): birthdays, despierta, levántate, venimos  

Tiempo de vals (Chayanne): la quinceañera

   

Mi niña bonita (Chino y Nacho): often sung at quinceañeras for father/daughter dance, aquí hay, tanto, para, sin, me siento,  

Chocolate (Jesse and Joy): sabe a chocolate, bombón, nuestro,

 

 

 

Unit V: Mi ciudad y la geografía

 

What is my hometown like? What are similarities and differences between my city and cities in Spanish-speaking countries?

Language: places, geography, Spanish-speaking countries, present progressive Input/activities: Martina Bex geography units, storytelling, maybe Agentes Secretos

Fronteras (Gaby Moreno): Full of comprehensible language, present tense, and yo verbs, immigration, Guatemala. This is PERFECT for the novel Esperanza, though I use that unit in Spanish 2.  

La gozadera (Marc Antony and Gente de Zona): Hispanic countries, somos tu y yo, might be a good exposure to the preterit.  

Latinoamérica (Calle 13): Many repetitions of “tú no puedes comprar… al sol, al viento, el calor, etc”, with images of Latin America in the background, repitions of tengo.  

El perdón (cover by Siggno- skip the intro): las calles, present progressive. Such a great version to play alongside the original! Beware the “como un loco tomando” line.  

El perdón (Enrique Iglesias y Nicky Jam): las calles, present progressive. Beware the “como un loco tomando” line.

 

 

Unit IV: El amor y  los piratas

 

Is love or money more important? What makes a good/honorable partner?

Language: high-frequency verbs, direct and indirect objects, clothing Input/activities: Piratas del Caribe y el mapa secreto

Robarte un beso (Carlos Vives & Sebastian Yatra)  

La camisa negra (Juanes): ya no me quieres, la camisa, me duele. Contains the word “maldita.” I don’t really love this song, but lots of teachers like to include it.  

Darte un beso (Prince Royce): direct/indirect objects, darte, para, no sé que hacer  

Te mando flores (Fonseca): object pronouns, abrazar, besos, brazos  

Cuando te veo (ChocQuibTown): cuando te veo, son,me hace feliz, me llena, __ como__, puedo  

Cielito lindo (Mariachi band): classic folk song and love song  

Caraluna (Bacilos): yo sé, tal vez, nunca, mientras, cada, progressives, object pronouns  

Volvi a nacer (Carlos Vives): puedo, quiero casarme contigo, que voy a hacer, quedarme, dejar  

El amor (Tito “El Bambino): progressive, tienes que

 

 

Unit VI: Viajar y el medio ambiente

 

Language: travel, the environment, reflexives Input/activities: Robo en la noche by Kristy Placido, study of Costa Rica

La tierra del olvido (Carlos Vives): te quiero, mas que, tienes, río, mar, lluvia, la luna  

Pura vida (Don Omar): mainly because it  says pura vida over and over again  

Madre tierra (Chayanne): abre tus ojo, mira arriba, environmental theme  

Tabaco y chanel (Bacilos): reflexives (no se va, no se olvida), hay que, object pronouns, las estrellas. This is probably my favorite song of all time… so I had to squeeze it in somewhere!  

If you would like to search by country: http://musicaenespanol.weebly.com/

A giant database of music, with grammar, vocabulary, and themes listed: http://elmundodebirch.wikispaces.com/Spanish+Music+Database

Bryce Hedstrom’s list: http://www.brycehedstrom.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/SONGS_ALL_SPANISH_STUDENTS_NEED_TO_KNOW.pdf

I’d love to hear your favorite songs to learn Spanish! Let me know if I missed any gems!

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