This is a good review for the end of an "About Me" unit, or a unit about family. It is one page, printed front and back, folded like a greeting card, to make a little mini-book. Students will have a finished product to take home and proudly show parents. To complete the work, students fill in the blanks of sentences to tell about their families and the activities they like to do after school. Then, students can draw pictures to illustrate their sentences. Use this with students who can write, but are still learning to put together their own sentences in Spanish. Students should be able to complete this in one class period.
To use this product:
-Print the two pages of the PDF on one sheet of paper, printing the first page on the front of the paper and the second page on the back of the paper.
-Fold the printed page in half like a greeting card so that "Yo" is the title page.
-Complete an example to show the class.
To do this activity, students need to be reading basic Spanish. It works well with second-graders who have had Spanish in kindergarten and first grade. Some first graders could do this, with help. Older students who are new to Spanish might enjoy this. Besides being beginning readers, students need to be able to:
-say their name, their age, and the date of their birthday in Spanish
-name family members (and pets, optional) in Spanish
-know some verbs in Spanish for common activities such as "play soccer," "swim," "read," etc... My students wrote sentences like "Después de la escuela, me gusta..." "...comer dulces, "...dormir," and "...ir al parque." They were very proud of their books and excited to show their parents.
-Complete an example ahead of time.
-Read your example to the class.
-Give the students their own papers, but do not give access to pencils or crayons, yet.
-Walk through the steps of the work together as a class, reading together and giving examples of how to complete the sentences.
-Allow students to begin writing with pencils, completing the sentences. Circulate through the room, checking their work.
-As students finish writing, give them crayons and allow them to begin drawing to illustrate their books.
-Play music while they are working.
-When students finish quickly, encourage them to do their best work, edit, and add more details. Have an activity prepared for students who finish early. Consider the "Debajo del botón" Partner Game from the Spring Into Spanish store (free).