Lesson 3: Farm Animals in Preschool Spanish
farm animals in spanish for preschool

Publication: Oct 19, 2016

Inside: A preschool lesson on farm animals in Spanish, through comprehensible input: stories, songs, and activities 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 sing the songs. 

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

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

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.)

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

FB LIVE

I’ve been hopping onto Facebook recently, to chat about this series and give tips for teaching preschool Spanish. It’s just me and my homemade set up, but hopefully it will help “show” how I use these lessons, myself!

SUPPLEMENTAL FARM ANIMALS IN SPANISH AND RESOURCES:

This song from Calico Spanish is great. In this version, they say “hace” instead of “dice”– I believe that’s how it is in Spain:

El caballo:

El gallo y la gallina:

El gato:

El perro:

La vaca:

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3 Comments

  1. none of these videos are working!

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  2. Thank you SO MUCH for all of these amazing resources! I have been using them during my first year teaching this year, and they have been HUGELY helpful!! I was wondering — do you have an archive of all of your facebook lives somewhere? I searched on facebook and tried to on the website when I was looking for the fb live of you doing a MovieTalk, but couldn’t find it! Again, THANK YOU!

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  3. Thanks a lot for all you do to help us teaching Spanish to preschoolers!, all your ideas, materials and tips have been such a great support for my classes.
    You are awesome!

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