Get ready for an active classroom! Your students are going to be speaking Spanish and talking with the animals with these bilingual questions and open-ended responses. This power point includes four pages of interactions and a colorful animal collage. All pages are formatted for your smart board, document camera or to photocopy for seat work. The first two pages will provide an hour of fun and interactive practice and the the last two pages are for two or three days of expansion conversations.
These materials will coordinate and be a follow up to any of your Spanish 1 animal lessons and are designed specifically for either first or second year of Spanish. They also will function well for the advanced levels as review. Your students will be inspired to get involved with conversations about pets, favorite animals and regional animals and your classroom will be lively with activity as they try to outdo their conversation partners.
As always, Maestra Mapache has first created these activities and used in her own classroom. Secondly these activities are designed to be adaptable to any of your lesson units. The thematic references are a flexible tool so you the teacher can designate the category or quantity of words that may be needed in your daily lessons. Students will be inspired to learn and internalize words and expressions that are important to them in their discussions.
Textbook vocabulary lists do not have a sufficient quantity or variety of terms that I or my students wanted in order to build and expand ideas. Too often, the activities were for rote memory exercises but, not sufficient for expanding into daily use. For this reason I developed my own glossaries and let the students choose the vocabulary that had meaning beyond the textbook exercise. I know that "scaffolding" is the current terminology, however I like to refer to this educational strategy as "spiraling". The teacher provides the framework and examples of the activity and grammar and the students then reuse and recycle their prior knowledge while continually expanding with more complex structures. Students learn to take a more active role in their own learning and can be successful regardless of their skill level.
Every effort has been made to ensure that all vocabulary is common usage however since language evolves rapidly, please share your feedback and suggestions for newer expressions.
Essential background knowledge:
- Indefinite articles
Minor background knowledge:
Please see my other resources below:
Animals Thematic Vocabulary Glossary
Animal Habitat Worksheets
Pet and Farm Mini Dialogues
Dancing Frogs Cloze Activity