Friday, January 11, 2008

Spanish Lesson Plans for Children: Colors

Here's my first lesson plan.

Spanish Lesson Plans for Children: Colors

Materials needed:

  • United States of America flag (real or picture)
  • Mexico flag (real or picture)
  • Floor mats or construction paper: in yellow, green, red, blue, orange
  • Colored props: pictures, scarves or objects to use during songs
  • Amarillo y muy rico/Yellow and Yummy: Baby’s 1st Disney Bilingual Book: A Book About Colors
  • Pooh: Colors Exercise #1 (Tuesday) Worksheet and Crayons-yellow, green, red, blue, orange
  • Pooh: Colors Exercise #2 (Thursday) Worksheet, Glue, Colored fish cut-outs

(Transition from speaking English to speaking Spanish.)

In a plane we are going to Mexico.
Fly, fly…
(make it more fun by saying: fly high, fly low)
¡Hemos llegado!
(We’ve arrived!)
Estamos en
México (We’re in Mexico. Hold up the Mexican flag)

Welcome song (La cancion de bienvenido)

“Hola amigo”/ “Hello Friend” Track #2 Boca Beth’s My 1st Songs cd

Movement/Active Singing/Games
(3-4 activities based on theme)

1. The Spanish Alphabet song

2. “Veo Colores”/ “I See Colors” Track #4 Boca Beth My 1st Songs cd

3. “Los Colores del arco iris”/ “The Colors of the Rainbow” Prof. Parrot Speaks Spanish dvd

4. Freeze Dance. Play music. Everyone dances or walks around. When the music stops, everyone gets on a color. Then I ask something like,

Who is standing on the color “rojo”?
Is anyone standing on the color amarillo?

(Praise and encouragement)
Que divertido! Oh, what fun!
Muy bien! Very good!
Vamos a descansar.
Okay, let’s rest a little.

Story (cuento)
Amarillo and muy rico/Yellow and Yummy

Es la hora de leer un cuento. It’s time to read a story. Or, It’s storytime.
Vamos a leer un cuento. Let’s read a story.

(You can review rules for being good listeners in English.)
En inglés, Remember to be good listeners by sitting quietly and paying close attention to the story while I read. Who can be good listeners today? (Eventually, I will get the translation for this.)

(Read the Book)

(Interaction with your child and the book).

  • Muestrame el color xx. Show me the color xx
  • ¿Ves el color xx?Donde? Do you see the color xx? Where?
  • ¿Qué color es éste? ¿Rojo o naranja? What color is this? Red or orange?
  • ¿Qué color ves aquí? Azul o verde What color do you see here? Blue or green

(When asking open ended questions, give 2 choices to guide child's thinking or jog her memory)

(Other interactive questions)

  • Te gusta el cuento? Did you like the story? (If your child answers yes or sí, you can encourage her to speak in a complete Spanish sentence by saying: When I ask you, “Te gusta el cuento?” you say, “Sí, me gusto el cuento or “No, no me gusto el cuento.” (Encourage child to repeat “sí” or ”no” Spanish sentences. Even if she just says, “Sí, me gusto,” that’s cause for applause.)
  • ¿Cuál es tu color favorito? What is your favorite color?
  • Mi color favorito es My favorite color is …

(Praise and encouragement) En inglés, You guys were very good listeners today. Gracias. And when I say “Gracias,” what do you say? (Most likely she’ll say, “De nada.”)

(Transition) Ahora, es la hora de hacer arte. Now it’s time to do art. Let’s put the book away and go to the table.

Arts and Crafts

Tuesday Exercise #1:Colors Review Activity

1. Spanish Colors Worksheets

a. Get original, professionally-drawn Spanish colors worksheets when you sign up for my monthly e-newsletter Spanish Time! It's free.


b. Distribute this colors review worksheet (printed out in black and white)

2. Have fun naming the pictures in Spanish

  • el pajaro bird (tweet, tweet like a bird)
  • la hoja leaf
  • el sol sun
  • la flor flower (pretend to smell the flower and say, “Mmm, huele bien.” “Mmm, it smells good.)
  • el pato duck (quack like a duck)
  • los calcentines socks (everyone show their socks)

3. Then color pictures using interactive questions, for example:

  • Encuentra la crayola del azul. Find the blue crayon. Good.
  • Colorea el pajaro azul. Color the bird blue
  • Y ahora, naranja. Now pick up the orange crayon.
  • Colorea el pez naranja. Color the fish orange
  • Donde esta l hoja? Where is the leaf?
  • Colorea la hoja verde. Color the leaf green.
  • Aqui esta el sol.
  • De que color es el sol? azul or amarillo?
  • Color the leaf green. Where is the leaf?
  • Here is the sun. What color is the sun?
  • And let’s color the apple red.

Buen trabajo! Good job!

Thursday Exercise #2: Fish Bowl Cut, Paste and Color Activity

Good Bye Song

“Adios amigas, ya me voy.” Juguemos a Cantar cd

(Transition from speaking Spanish to speaking English)

En avion volvemos de Mexico (In a plane we are coming back from Mexico)
Vuela, vuela.. (vuela alto, vuela bajo) (Fly, fly… fly high, fly low)
Veo los Estado Unidos (I see the United States)
We have arrived.
We are in the United States!

( ) Notes to myself are in parentheses.
Blue font = spoken in Spanish

Purple font = Spoken in English

* idea from Five Super-Easy and Fun Strategies to Immerse
Preschoolers in Spanish


Boca Beth said...

Wow! What a great and comprehensive first lesson!

Well done!

I like the transition with the plane to Mexico and back as a prompt to begin Spanish fun time!

¡Buen trabajo amiga mía!

Beth Butler
Founder of The Boca Beth Program

Jessica said...

Thanks Boca Beth! It's good hearing from you.

The lesson went over very well with my girls. My eldest said that she can't wait until Spanish Time again.

I'll write a post about it later.

Take care.

Jessica said...

Hi everyone,

I recently read that the Spanish color word for orange is "anaranjado" and "naranja" is commonly used for the fruit. Either one, however, can still be used for the color.