Saturday, December 20, 2014

Pesca, pesca, pescador

We study a new animal and color in each chapter. My kindergartners have been working on el pez and azul. Our verb is nadar. First we practiced saying the new words and then acting them out. We made fish faces and "swam" around the room. This is also a good way to have students line up. I call their rows and tell them, "Naden a la fila. Nadamos a la fila. Andrew es un pez. Él nada a la puerta." (Later when we are talking about la rana, we will jump into line. When we did flamenco, we danced into line.)

We also went fishing using dowel rods with some string and magnets as cañas de pesca and peces de papel with paperclips. I found this adorable poem from Fun For Spanish Teachers. We recited the poem and then students listened for me to tell them which color fish to try and pick up. Needless to say, this was a HUGE hit. I even heard students reciting the poem on the way out the door. This will definitely be a go to game when I have a few extra minutes or I want to reward students. Or I might put vocab words or questions students have to answer once they grab them.

"Pesca, pesca, pescador
Pesca un pez
¿De qué color?"

In the next class we watched the following video. The first time we just watched and listened. Then we watched a second time. I paused the video and students told me what color fish they saw.

Last year we did a craft where students made el pez by tracing their hand and decorating it but I left it out this year in favor of the game and story. I liked the craft but I think the poem did a better job of really reinforcing the new language.

Do you "go fishing" in your classes? How do you practice colors with students? Share in the comments below!

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