Saturday, December 13, 2014

El cuerpo ideas & resources

We have been learning body parts in first grade. I use the Calico Spanish curriculum so we've been singing their song Todo Mi Cuerpo which I like because it is similar to Head, Shoulders, Knees, & Toes but also includes the verbs nadar and bailar. (The Calico curriculum does a good job of introducing lots of different verbs and then reinforcing them as you go through the different chapters.)

We've also been watching the story Adios Monstruo. My kids are CRAZY for this video. They absolutely love it. My original plan was to continue on to Chapter Four but I had to do something more with this video since they had so much enthusiasm for it.

So first, we wrote a class version of the story on tablet paper. Next, students made their own monsters and I bound them together in a book they could keep in their classroom. (I might be a little obsessed with making class books at the moment! But the kids love them!) Students had to trace the sentences and then add in the color. Some students, like the one below, weren't happy with just the sentences provided and added things like cabello and dientes to theirs.

Update: Since I do this project every year and the students love it I've added it to Teachers Pay Teachers. It comes with several ways to scaffold or differentiate. There are pages where the descriptions are already written and students just draw, pages where students trace and add the color details, and pages where students write their own sentences. Check it out here!


 How do you teach body parts? Share in the comments below!


  1. Thanks for the videos...I'll use the one with the monster. We read the story 'El monstruo' and children have to order the story, we make 'reading competitions, we also create our monster minibook. We also make monster faces using fruits and after that we describe hem using simple sentences. You can see some of our activities with the face in the following link
    Thanks for sharing your great ideas. Me encanta tu blog :-)

    1. I love your idea of making faces with the fruit! If I was at a smaller school I would do that but I have over 100 kids per grade level so it would be too expensive but perfect for smaller classes.