HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM US! ¡FELIZ NAVIDAD!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Fun activities with the Advent calendar

Wednesday, December 1, 2010
If you are a Spanish teacher in the United States, make sure you acknowledge that you might have children who come from different cultural backgrounds and celebrate different holidays. However, you can share with your children that Navidad is celebrated by a majority of people in Spanish speaking countries.

The advent calendar is great to review a lot of the vocabulary you have introduced in your classes:

1. First you need to make sure you eat all the chocolate before you take the calendar to your class. (Yes, I know this will be a challenge for most!!)
2. Precut small images with the vocabulary you would like to review. For example: farm animals, colors, numbers, shapes, or even the name of a song you have sung in class. Make sure they fit in the calendar.
3. Place the numbers from 1 to 25 in a bag.

Invite a volunteer to pick a number from the bag, then find it on the calendar, open the tiny window, and tell you the name of the picture. If the children have enough vocabulary, you can invite them to make sentences using that picture.

You can use the calendar to count backwards, by 2's, by 5's, by 10's, and also to sing a number song!


Enjoy,
Carolina





A song about farm animals in Spanish: La finca del tío Ramón



La finca del tío Ramón / Uncle Ramón’s farm
En las montañas de Colombia está la finca del tío Ramón,
En las montañas de Colombia está la finca del tío Ramón.
En la finca hay una vaca y la vaca hace mú.
En la finca hay un perro y el perro hace guau, guau
En la finca hay un pato y el pato hace cuac, cuac.
En la finca hay una oveja y la oveja hace baaa.
En la finca hay un gato y el gato hace miau.

Uncle Ramon’s farm is in the Colombian mountains,
Uncle Ramon’s farm is in the Colombian mountains.
There is a cow on the farm, and the cow goes moo.
There is a dog on the farm, and the dog goes woof.
There is a duck on the farm, and the duck goes quack.
There is a sheep on the farm, and the sheep goes baaa.
There is a cat on the farm, and the cat goes meow.
Uncle Ramon’s farm is in the Colombian mountains,
Uncle Ramon’s farm is in the Colombian mountains.

Activities:


•Find Colombia on a map.

• Show a farm and the different animals. Introduce Tío Ramón (Uncle Ramón) and tell them that he lives on a finca (farm). Introduce the different animals and tell them the dog makes a different sound in Spanish. The dog says “guau, guau”.


• Have children make the sounds of the different animals when you name them in Spanish. You can also ask them the colors of the animals to link to the lesson on colors.

• Animal bag: Place different animals in a bag. Blindfold a child and ask him/her to reach in the bag and pull out an animal. Have the child guess the animal. Other children can give cues about the animal.

• Animal dice: Use a square shaped box and place pictures of different animals on every square. Have the children throw the dice while naming the animal and saying the sound it makes.



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