I wrote this custom book based off of the concept of "The Very Hungry Caterpillar." A circle eats various quantities of colored shapes. Young children love helping you count, as well as identify the colors and the shapes. Plus, the story format keeps them focused throughout the story.
You can print out this 12-page story in color or use an LCD projector to show the story to the students on the whiteboard.
Want a companion activity for additional follow-up? Check out my student book, where students draw the correct number and colors of shapes as written on each page. (http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Spanish-Shapes-Colors-Numbers-El-circulo-muy-hambriente-Student-Book)
My students love the story. I used it as part of a shapes unit with kindergartners.
I didn't see the comment about the student book version being available. Wish I had. I did shrink the story and whited out the shapes and key words so it looks like a comic book strip and had the students to draw the in the shapes, and write the words.
I read this story to my 3rd graders during our Spanish unit on architecture (shapes). They thought it was so cute and very funny!
February 28, 2013
I can't wait to use this with my first graders next week! I'm thinking about having them make their own Circulo Hambriente by making shapes out of clay and somehow pasting them onto a giant circulo.... if anyone has any ideas on how to expand this project, please let me know!
NOTE** Jessica--Just looked at this comment now--wish I had seen this earlier!! It is in my cart to buy and will do so when I have enough in there to make a purchase--will use this next year. I just made little blue circles for my students and they colored on the shape and the number of shapes that I specified (which followed the book), and then I made a HUGE circulo hambriento out of blue bulletin board paper and cut my own shapes with craft foam to use as a model for them. They are hanging on my board--I can take a picture if anyone is interested in how I did it!
The only thing I wanted to point out was that my book says El Circulo Muy Hambriente, and I actually didn't notice it myself until the other (Puerto Rican) Spanish teacher mentioned that Hambriente is actually either Hambriento or Hambrienta in Spanish--is it possible to change this for when I use this again next year?
How about having the kids make their own Circulos Muy Hambrientes? Start them off with a big circle, and ask them to draw the shapes you instruct them. Add another level of difficulty by adding specific quantities "dos rectangulos" and/or colors "dos rectangulos verdes."
*ADDITION* 2/13/13 -- Glittering13 -- I created a student book to accompany this one. Students will have to draw the correct number and colors of shapes as written on each page. You can help them use context to be successful (recognize the numeral written next to the number words, look at the shape in the bottom corner, use vocabulary charts in your room, etc).
Awesome! If you are looking for a follow-up activity, I created a student book to accompany this one. Students will have to draw the correct number and colors of shapes as written on each page. You can help them use context to be successful (recognize the numeral written next to the number words, look at the shape in the bottom corner, use vocabulary charts in your room, etc).
What level did you try teaching it to? I use this with all of my kindergarten classes (8 kindergarten classes per year x 2 years using the book = 16 readings of the book) and it's been a huge success all 16 times. They love the surprise end where the circle becomes an oval from eating so many shapes. Some strategies to make your use of the book better: Try having the kids help you read it by giving them cues to help you tell the story, prompting for number of shape, shape name, and finally the colors. Ask comprehension questions throughout and ask them to summarize shapes the circle ate afterwards.