Saturday, January 16, 2016

Hmmm, qué rica mosca

We have been working on expressing likes and dislikes in 1st grade. We started with my favorite song Chocolate but since I only have 15 minutes with them, trying to do my full Chocolate unit with Ricitos de Oro and drinking chocolate caliente didn't seem feasible. So instead I took an idea I got from a colleague at one of our FLES Swap Shops and read them the book Hmmm, qué rica mosca.

In the book, a very hungry fly tries many different and very unhealthy foods. At the end of the story a frog eats the fly. While it doesn't actually have Me gusta in the book, I added it since that was our target structure. We then practiced sorting foods by saludable and poco saludable (which ties in Health and PE standards!) After several lessons talking about healthy and unhealthy foods we rewrote the book so that la mosca eats healthier foods and then escapes la rana at the end.

Students picked a card with a healthy food and then wrote and illustrated their book page. I collected all the pages and made them into a class book (because long time readers know how much I love making class books!)  The kids knew that Ms. K está triste at the end of the original story but with this new book, estoy bien porque la rana NO come la mosca. 

As always the kids loved seeing their book pages. Most of them read along with me and told me if they liked or didn't like the different foods. Thanks Matt for this awesome idea!

You can get the book template here!

How do you teach likes and dislikes? Share in the comments below or on Twitter with the hashtag #earlylang!


  1. I am trying to get the book template but it is not available.

    1. Hi - I recently organized my onedrive folders so I wonder if that messed up my links somehow. I updated the link - if it still doesn't link let me know and I can email you the document. :-)