Saturday, February 7, 2015

Me gusta el chocolate

We are learning to "express our likes and dislikes" (KY WL Standards 3.NM.PS.2) in the first grade. First we started with the traditional song "Chocolate."  They LOVE this song. In fact, just a glimpse of the song page last year made them beg me to sing it so they were super excited that we were finally singing "Chocolate."  Before watching the video in each class we would practice with a partner saying "Me gusta el chocolate" or "No me gusta el chocolate." Then I would hold up pictures of different foods and they would again tell their partner.

After several classes practicing, we finally got to try some chocolate. I showed them a video (unfortunately not in Spanish) of how to prepare champurrado and then we passed around a molinillo and said "bate, bate chocolate."  I showed them the molinillo before the video and they got very excited when they saw it in the video.

Finally, we had some hot chocolate and cookies. I didn't make full out champurrado but I did use Ibarra chocolate and added cinnamon and chili powder. After students tried their chocolate they wrote their name on a post it note and we made a class graph (tying it to what they are studying in math right now!) One of my students, who is pretty low and often acts out, enjoyed his chocolate so much that not only did he write his name on his post-it he also wrote ME GUSTA in big letters.  I was so proud of him that I had to take a picture and show his classroom teacher.

Since this lesson, this students and others have have told me "¡Me gusta el chocolate!" in the hallway now. I hope they realize this was a one time event. ;-D How do you teach likes and dislikes? Share in the comments below!


  1. Love this ideas! I've been looking for another way to practice this and it would be perfect. We've just been using stories and the kids are bored.

  2. I did this in conjunction with Ricitos de oro. The kids loved it. Let me know how it goes for you!

  3. I also have a mini unit on chocolate - I include both fiction and nonfiction books teaching the history and culture behind the product. Two of my favourite stories are Grandma's chocolate by Mara Price (bilingual) and also The Chocolate tree by Linda Lowery adn Richard Keep. The second book is in English - depending upon the level, I tell the story in Spanish. I also use the DVD with Jose Luis Orozco's version of Bate, Bate Chocolate.