Froggy se viste: Activities for Elementary Spanish

Tuesday, February 23, 2016


"Froggy se viste " - written by Jonathan London - is one of my favorite books to use during the clothing unit. I mostly use it with first and second graders, but third graders enjoy it, too. The story is engaging to young learners and the pictures are vivid. The amount of repetition is key, and the vocabulary is presented in context, making it easier for children to decode the meaning of the sentences. I always use the cover of the book as a conversation starter in class. Here are some useful questions you could use to introduce the book.
  1. ¿Qué animal es Froggy? ¿Es un perro o un gato? ¿Es una vaca o una rana?
  2. ¿De qué color es Froggy? ¿Es de color negro? ¿Es de color morado? ¿Es de color verde?
  3. Froggy es una rana. ¿Las ranas vuelan? ¿Las ranas saltan? ¿Las ranas vuelan o saltan?
  4. ¿Las ranas se visten? ¿Las ranas se visten con pantalones y chaquetas?
  5. ¿Cuál es la estación? ¿Es el invierno? ¿Es el verano?

I also ask questions while reading the story.

  1. ¿Qué canto Froggy? ¿¡Sol, sol!? ¿¡Nieve! ¡Nieve!?
  2. ¿Quién dijo "vuélvete a dormir, Froggy"? ¿La mamá de Froggy o el papá de Froggy?
  3. ¿Qué se puso Froggy? ( You can go over the vocabulary pointing at the pictures)
  4. ¿Quién llamó a Froggy?
  5. ¿Qué olvida ponerse Froggy esta vez?
  6. ¿Cómo se siente Froggy? ¿Triste? ¿Emocionado? ¿Cansado?
  7. Froggy se regresó a su cama para terminar de dormir durante el invierno. ¿Cuál es la siguiente estación?

I found some cute props by Kiz Club, which are perfect to retell the story!



We also stretched the story a little further and a talked about the different seasons and clothes for different kinds of weather. To make it a little silly,  I show pictures of different seasons and types of weather, and we pretend to be the mom calling him to dress according to the season. For example,


  1. ¡Frooooogy, hace calor, no necesitas tu chaqueta!
  2. ¡Frooooogy, está lloviendo, necesitas tu paraguas y tus botas para la lluvia!
  3. ¡Frooooogy, hace sol, necesitas tus lentes!
  4. ¡Frooooogy, es la primavera! ¿Qué te vas a poner?
And so on!
I put together a set of props that are available in my TpT shop.  The children really enjoy dressing Froggy, and I also incorporated this in our calendar routine in which we dress Froggy according to the weather for the day.


Happy teaching!
Carolina


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Five Zumba Routines for Spanish Class

Thursday, February 18, 2016

I already made it clear in my last post that you don't have to wait until Friday to dance in class. It's important to get your students moving to help them stay in tuned with you. The Zumba routines below are easy to follow and the songs are very catchy.

Ready, set, go!


Vivir mi vida - Marc Anthony



La gozadera - Gente de Zona & Marc Anthony




Madre Tierra - Chayanne



Bailando - Enrique Iglesias


La Tierra del Olvido - Carlos Vives


Happy dancing!

Making Every Day a "Viernes" in Spanish Class

Monday, February 8, 2016


You no longer need to wait until Friday to dance in Spanish class! Get your students moving any day and at any time. Dancing in class is an awesome brain break and also an opportunity to share some culture through music. Download the PowerPoint below to choose what rhythm to dance to in class. Make sure to use the PowerPoint in presentation mode. Click on the word "girar" to let the drums roll! 

Download PowerPoint here!

I also added some of my favorite songs so you don't have to go all the way to YouTube to play them in class.  Freestyle dancing works great during this activity!


Salsa: Vivir Mi Vida - Marc Anthony


Andina: Muñasquechay (Mi buen amor)- Los Kjarkas



Rock: Chayanne- Madre Tierra



Vallenato: Jorge Celedón - La Invitación


Have fun!
Carolina

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