Using primary picture books for third graders can not only be fun, teach story-mapping, and can build skills, but these can also introduce students to Spanish. These three books embed Spanish words so naturally that kids will enthusiastically add them to their vocabularies.
FIESTA FIASCO by Ann Whitford Paul
Four desert friends, Snake, Iguana, Tortoise, and Rabbit plunge into an unusual fiesta celebration that becomes a fiesta fiasco. For Snake’s birthday, Iguana, Tortoise, and Rabbit decide to get him the perfect gift for him to wear to the fiesta. Their good intentions turn into a difficult undertaking, after all, what do you give to someone with no arms or legs? Tricky Rabbit convinces them to buy gifts that aren’t for Snake at all―but for him! Clever text, interwoven Spanish vocabulary, lively illustrations, with glossary included. http://amzn.to/2jKQnGW
OH, NO GOTTA GO by Susan Middleton Elya
Have you ever started a trip when someone needs the bathroom? The family in "Oh, No, Gotta Go gets in quite a conumdrum when it happens to them. Because it is told in rhyming text it is fun to read and even the Spanish words are easily accessible to all readers:
"Where is un baño? ¿Dónde está? I really do need one," I told mi mamá."
The family's quest to find a bathroom is hysterical.
kids and grown-ups alike will love the colorful, bouncy illustrations, the clever mix of Spanish and English and the familiar urgent and humorous situation. http://amzn.to/2iYhVoa
BEBE GOES SHOPPING by Susan Middleton Elya
When Mama takes Bebe the supermercado, she is in for wild time as Bebe throws fruit and causes a disaster until a box of animal crackers saves the day. The rhyming text, bright illustrations, and glossary of Spanish words allows parents and teachers to offer it for all levels. http://amzn.to/2iOCMzb
The Kids Wings literature guides for these award-winning picture books includes activities that are independent for third graders and can be done orally and in small groups with younger kids. Written by Suzy Red, the activities, in both PowerPoint for easy projection and PDF for fast printing, include:
Pre-reading Discussion Cards to active prior knowledge
Readers' Theater Scripts to introduce the book
Matching Spanish and English and graphics
Multiple Choice Comprehension
A Story-Mapping Clock, Cut and Paste
Create a One-page Book with 8 of my new Spanish Words
Using polite words, lo siento, gracias, and con permiso in different situations
Use some new Spanish words in your own story about a car trip
A Graph for the Bebe's Spending
Comparing Books Venn Diagram
Learning How to Edit, Projectable for a whole-class activity
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