Spanish K-5 for the week of June 8th

It is the perfect day for a field trip!

GRADES K – 3,  you are going to PERU! Watch the 3 attached videos: “Are We There Yet?” by National Geographic Kids. Join Julian and Rosie as they explore the South American country of Peru. Have fun!

In “Peru: Land of the LLamas”, learn how wool from llamas is used to make beautiful thread for weaving.

Peru – Land of the Llamas | Are We There Yet?

In “Peru: Machu Picchu”, walk up and down the many steps of the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu”.

Peru: Machu Picchu | Are We There Yet?

In “Peru: Festival”, join in the dancing as Peruvians celebrate during a traditional festival. 

Peru: Festival | Are We There Yet? 

OPTIONAL ACTIVITY: Make a postcard from Peru and send it to a family member or friend. If you would like a postcard template or more information about writing postcards, here is a helpful website. Draw Your Own Postcard – Free Printable

GRADES 4 & 5, you have a choice. You may also visit PERU by watching the videos above. (Just bear in mind that they are geared for younger students.) However, if you prefer, you may visit MEXICO. The videos below lead you on a wonderful tour of MEXICO. (It is similar to the virtual field trip that grade 6 took on Thursday.) If you are feeling adventurous, go on both field trips! Have fun!

First, we will visit the Museo de Antropologia in Mexico City. This museum of anthropology is considered one of the best (and possibly THE BEST) in the whole world. We will see the Aztec sun stone and the jade mask of Pakal.


Next, we will travel to Xilitla, Mexico, to visit the famous surrealist sculpture gardens of the British poet Edward James. The garden, called “Las Pozas” = “The Pools”, is amazing! It features many tall concrete sculptures, waterfalls, and pools on 80 acres of land in the middle of a subtropical rainforest in Mexico.

Las Pozas, Xilitla, desde el aire – DJI Phantom

There, we will take a boat ride through the canals of Xochimilco. This is a “must do” for anyone traveling to Mexico. We will also sample some delicious Mexican street food. 

The Floating Gardens of Xochimilco

After that, we will learn how to buy souvenirs at open-air markets in Mexico. Watch this Spanish mini-lesson about buying souvenirs.

 How to Buy Souvenirs at a Local Market in Mexico | Innovative Spanish

OPTIONAL ACTIVITY:  Read the short descriptions of 10 unique souvenirs from Mexico, and look carefully at the photos. Answer the following questions: Which ones would you buy for yourself? Which ones would you buy for family members and friends?

10 Unique Souvenirs to Buy in Mexico City  


Spanish K-5 for the week of June 1st

This week, we are going to read several children’s books. Reading books is a wonderful way to learn about other cultures and languages. Although I have separated the books by grade level, students are encouraged to read all of the books. Each one is unique, beautifully illustrated, and inspirational. 

Grades K & 1

My Grandmother – Mi Abuelita, by Ginger Foglesong Guy

My Grandma/Mi Abuelita – Bilingual book read aloud – Spanish/English

Reflection questions: Do you have to travel far to visit your grandmother? Where does she live? In the city? In the countryside? What does the world near your grandmother’s house look like?

Grades 2 & 3

Alma and How She Got Her Name, by Juana Martinez-Neal

Alma and How She Got Her Name w Words & Music

Reflection questions: What is your full name? Is your name really long, really short, or somewhere in-between? Were you named after anyone? Who? 

Grades 4 & 5

Book Fiesta, by Pat Mora


Reflection questions: 

Have you been able to get books to read while the libraries were closed? How did you get books to read? Have you been reading a lot during the past few months?  Have you read any books lately that you thought were great? Which ones would you recommend to a friend? 

Grade 5 (And anyone else who loves to listen to stories!)

Joe Hayes is back with another story: A Spoon For Every Bite.

I bet you will not be able to guess the ending of this story – I sure couldn’t! Enjoy!

Storyteller Joe Hayes: A Spoon for Every Bite  


Spanish K-5 for the week of May 25th

Kindergarten: Craft day! We will be making maracas.  A maraca is a Spanish musical instrument. It is like a rattle. I have included two instructional videos about how to make maracas.You can choose the one that works best for you. Have fun! 

Paper Plate Maracas Craft | The Friday Zone 

How to make a paper plate shaker

Grade 1: Craft day! To go along with our birthday unit, make a mini piñata! It is a fairly easy craft. You do not use papier mache for this craft, so it is not very messy. Have fun! Click on the link below for instructions.

How to Make a Piñata from a Paper Bag

Grades 2 – 5: Craft day! Today we are going to learn about Mexican “amate” paintings. 

“Amate” is a type of paper that is made by hand from the bark of fig trees. It is often dark brown and rough. Artists use very bright paints (often fluorescent paints) to create beautiful paintings on the amate paper. Often, the paintings depict animals or village scenes. Here is one example: 

Here are two different ways to make a painting like this at home. The blog post explains how to make these paintings using Crayola oil pastels, while the Youtube video demonstrates how to make them using paints. Read the Blog, and then watch the Youtube video. Use whatever you have at home to create a bright, colorful painting on “amate” paper. You can cut a large rectangle out of a paper grocery bag for the “amate” paper. It crumples well and looks a bit authentic. Have fun!

Technique # 1:

3rd grade Amate Bark Painting

Technique # 2:

Elementary Art Project – Amate Painting


Spanish K-5 for the week of May 18th

Kindergarten – 

Hola Kindergarten! Today we are going to learn the names of different animals in Spanish. Please follow along with the story Buenas Noches, Gorila. We read this story when we practiced the phrase “Good Night” / “Buenas Noches”. This time, pay close attention to all of the different animals. When the story is over, draw one (or more!) of the animals and label it in Spanish.



Grade 1 – 

Hola Grade 1! Today we are going to read a story called Fiesta.It is part of our unit on birthdays. In this story, the children are walking through an outdoor market buying various things. Look at what they buy. Why are they buying these things? What are they going to do with them? Follow along with the story and find out.

Children’s Book Read Aloud | Fiesta with by Ginger Foglesong Guy | StoryTimeWithMsMelange

Now, read the story again. This time, make a list in Spanish of all of the items that the children buy. Write what each word means in English. Try to learn these new words.


Grade 2 – 

Hola Grade 2! We are going to continue learning professions. First, watch the video about professions. We watched it in class, but it would be good to watch it again.

Spanish for Kids | Colors, colors – ¡Colores, colores! – Calico Spanish Learning Songs for Kids

Then, please complete the attached worksheet about professions. You can print it out if you have ink, or you can just write your answers on a separate piece of paper. It has been a while since we talked about professions, so I included a bilingual word bank for you. 🙂  Gr. 2 Professions – Yo soy… 


Grade 3 – 

Buenos Días Grade 3! Do you remember months and days? I hope so! If not, watch these videos to refresh your memory: ? Learn the Months of the Year in Spanish Song – Kid’s Spanish songs and ? ? Days of the Week Spanish Song ? Cancion Dias de la Semana Miss Rosi .Then grab your notes and do the following worksheets on days and months. You can print these worksheets out, or you can write your answers on a separate piece of paper. Gr. 3 – Days and Gr. Months.  


Grade 4 – 

Hola Grade 4! Today we are going to learn pronouns in Spanish. They are:


I – yo We – nosotros / nosotras (all girls)

You – tú You all – ustedes

He – él They – ellos / elllas (all girls)

She – ella

You (fomal) – usted

You should make flashcards of these words and memorize them. A very fun way to learn these words is by listening to this song:

Do Re Mi: Spanish Personal Pronouns 


Grade 5 – 

Buenos días Grade 5! Today we are going to continue using the blue Spanish workbook that you brought home. Go to lección 20 on page 98. Here are the notes for that page:

¿Cómo estás hoy? = How are you today?

Estoy contento. = I am happy. (a boy)

Estoy contenta. = I am happy. (a girl)

Estoy triste. = I am sad. (both)

Estoy enojado. = (a boy)

Estoy enojada. = (a girl)

¿Qué tal? = How are you? / What is up?

Here are a few more expressions that you can add to p. 98:

Estoy preocupado. / Estoy preocupada. = I am worried. 

Estoy nervioso. / Estoy nerviosa. = I am nervous.

Estoy aburrido. / Estoy aburrida. = I am bored. 

Estoy emocionado. / Estoy emocionada. = I am excited. 

In your blue workbook, please do pages 99 – 102. Good luck! Buena suerte!



Spanish K-5 for the week of May 11th

Hola estudiantes! Spring is here, even though it has been cold and rainy. In honor of spring, we are going to learn Spanish vocabulary words related to the season.

Kindergarten & Grade 1  – Vocabulary related to spring 

Grades 2 & 3 – Animal vocabulary related to spring

Grade 4 & 5 – Insect vocabulary related to spring


Spanish K-5 for the week of May 4th


Hola! This week we are reviewing parts of the body. First, read along with the bilingual story Soy demasiado grande.

Then, there are 2 printable coloring pages that you can do (one is a boy, one is a girl). The parts of the body are labelled in Spanish. Can you read the Spanish word aloud?

Grade 1

Hola! It is almost Mothers’ Day, so it is a perfect time to make a bracelet in Spanish for your mamá. Attached are printable bracelets with Spanish expressions on them. The expressions in English: 

  1. I love you with all my heart.
  2. Smile at life! I love you, Mom.
  3. Happy day, Mom. I love you a lot!
  4. Mom, you are the best. I love you a lot. 

Color one (or several!). Cut it out. Give it to your Mom. You will need to use clear tape to tape it around her wrist. Don’t forget to say “Feliz Día de Madre!” – Happy Mother’s Day!

Grade 2

¡Buenos Días! ¡It is almost EL 5 DE MAYO!

 Learn more about this Mexican holiday by watching this short video: 

If you would like to learn a simplified version of the Mexican hat dance, watch this and dance along:

Try a fun crossword puzzle. (Page 1 is the puzzle. Page 2 has all the correct answers.) 

Grades 3 – 5:

We are still reviewing various topics that we have studied over the past year. If you would like to do more than what is listed below, go to the Grade 1 section above to do a Mother´s Day craft, and the Grade 2 section above to do various Cinco de Mayo activities. 

Grade 3

Hola! We are going to review sports.  Look at the attached worksheet. (You can print it out, but you do not have to). Write or say the name of each sport in Spanish. Use the word bank at the top of the page. We have learned some of these sports, but not all of them. Look at the words carefully. Can you figure out the new words? 

Grade 4

Buenos días, Grade 4. We are going to review animals. Look at the attached worksheet. (You can print it out, but you don’t have to.) Write or say the name of each animal in Spanish. Use the word bank. You will have to look up some of the words in the word bank. 

Want a challenge? Try this “Mammals Word Search”.  You know – or will be able to guess – many of the animals on here. Look up any words you do not know.

Grade 5

Hola, Grade 5. We are going to review the weather. I found a children’s book  in Spanish that relates to the weather!  YAY!!! 

First, read Elmer y el clima  in Spanish.

Then, read it in English.

Then, go back and read the Spanish version one more time.

Finally, look at the attached worksheet. (You can print it out, but you don’t have to.) Try to match the weather expression to the photo. Some of the expressions are a little different from what we learned in class. Look up any expressions that you don’t understand.


Spanish K-5 for the week of April 27th

Please read along as I read the story ¿Estás lista para jugar afuera? / Are You Ready to Play Outside? By Mo Willems.


 Extension Activities for all students:

Answer the following questions (from the website about the story:

(You may answer them out loud or on paper).

  • What kinds of things do you like to do outside with your friends?
  • What happens that makes Piggie so upset?
  • What does Elephant do to try and cheer Piggie up?
  • What kind of a friend is Elephant?
  • Suddenly, Piggie likes rain. Who changed his mind?
  • How did the worms change Piggie’s mind about the rain?
  • What happens when the rain stops?
  • What does Elephant do to try and cheer Piggie up this time?
  • How did Piggie change in this story? Was it a good change or a bad change?
  • What caused Piggie to change?

Extension Activities for grades K-2:  Draw a picture of yourself and a friend or a family member playing in the rain.

Extension Activities for grades 2 – 5:  Make flash cards of the following vocabulary words, and memorize them.

Llueve. = It rains.                     Jugar = to play                Corre = run
Elefante = elephant                  Feliz = happy                  Salta = jump
Cerdita = little pig                    Afuera = outside             Brinca = hop / leap
Buen amigo = good friend      Sí = yes                             Lista = ready



Spanish K-5 for the week of April 13th

Kindergarten – 

Hola Kindergarten. This week we will be reviewing numbers 1 – 10. Please listen to the following songs: 1, 2, 3 CHO 

1, 2, 3 Deditos 

Please follow along with the story Contando con Frida. 

Extra activity – practice counting items around the house: toys, matchbox cars, dolls, blocks, etc.


Grade 1 – 

Hola Estudiantes! This week we will be reviewing vegetables. Please listen to the following song: 

Read the bilingual story La Princesa and the Pea. Pay close attention to the illustrations. They were inspired by the native peoples of Peru. 

Extra activity – The story La Princesa and the Pea revolves around  1 tiny vegetable, a single pea (un guisante). Can you create your own story using a different vegetable? Write it down or tell it out loud, and draw a picture to go with it. 


Grade 2 – 

Hola Grade 2! We are going to review numbers 1 – 20. Listen to the following song: .  

Then, read the story Counting Ovejas. .

Extra activity: Create your own unique bedtime counting story. You can count anything you like – except sheep. Draw a picture to go with your story.


Grade 3 – 

Hola! OK Grade 3, you have quite a bit to do this week!

First, read the story Today is Monday in English. 

Then, listen to the song Today is Monday in English. 

Now, listen to the song Hoy es lunes in Spanish. 

Finally, go back to the story Today is Monday. Lower the volume to block out the English. Can you read the story in Spanish? I bet you can! If not, listen to the Spanish song a few more times. It has a really catchy tune. If you can memorize the song in Spanish, you can tell the story in Spanish. Good luck! It is a fun challenge!


Grade 4 – 

Hola Grade 4! This week we are reviewing clothing. First, please listen to the following song. It is a very simple review of a few clothing items. Then, read the story Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing in Spanish.  Try to figure out why the animals should not wear the clothing items. This is the PERFECT story for you, grade 4, because it combines clothing, animals, and descriptive adjectives – all topics we studied. That being said,there are also quite a few words that we did not learn yet. Here is the original English version Extra activity – in Spanish, add three more animals (and the clothing that they should not wear) to the story. Illustrate it. 


Grade 5 –

Hola Grade 5! This week, we are reviewing vocabulary related to school – la escuela – el colegio. Please watch and listen to the audiocuento Mi Primer Dia de Colegio ( My First Day at School) . Follow along, and try to figure out what the complete sentences mean. Then, watch the audiocuento a second time, but lower the volume, and narrate the story yourself. 

Extra activity – sing along with this catchy tune about items in a backpack It is over 4 minutes long! You can do it! 



Spanish K-5 for the week of April 6th


Kindergarten –   

This week we will be reviewing colors.

Please watch, listen, and dance to the song Globos, globos, globos – Balloons, balloons, balloons. 

Then, please read along with the story Green is a Chile Pepper. It is in English. Can  you say the colors in Spanish? 


Grade 1 – 

This week we will be reviewing fruits.

Please watch, listen, and dance to the song El Baile de la fruta by Pica Pica. 

Then, please read along with the story La Oruga hambrienta – The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Pay close attention to the kinds of fruits that the caterpillar eats. The story is all in Spanish – but I bet you remember the English version! For fun, draw fruits, color them in, cut them out, and paste them onto a paper plate. You just made your own fruit salad. Name all the fruits in Spanish when you are done.


Grade 2 – 

This week we are going to review furniture. 

Read along with the bilingual story Rubia and the Three Osos.

Then, if it is ok with your parents, label some of the furniture in your own house in Spanish. You might want to use sticky notes. Use this vocabulary: la mesa (the table) la silla (the chair)         

 la cama (the bed) la puerta (the door) la casa (the house)


Grade 3 – 

This week we are going to learn the days of the week.

LUNES – Monday, MARTES – Tuesday, MIÉRCOLES – Wednesday, JUEVES – Thursday, VIERNES – Friday, SÁBADO – Saturday, DOMINGO – Sunday.

Watch and listen to the following songs about days of the week.  (to the tune of Frere Jacques)  (by Pink Fong)

Make flashcards of the days of the week in Spanish, and memorize them.


Grade 4 – 

This week we are going to review family members in Spanish.

Watch and listen to the following song about the family 

Then, read a story about a family of dogs. The story is written in Spanish and narrated in Spanish, but there are English subtitles at the bottom. There are some new words in this story. Try to learn them! 


Grade 5 –

This week we are reviewing farm animals

Watch and listen to the song about farm animals. 

Now, watch 2 episodes of Oh, Noah! It is a bilingual children’s show that helps students learn Spanish. You will know some of the Spanish words, others will be new to you.

Oh Noah – Hop, Look, and Listen

Oh Noah – Hammer Away 




Spanish Enrichment Activities for Grades K – 5, week of March 30th

Spanish Enrichment Activities may include: a song, a story (sometimes bilingual, sometimes just in Spanish), a video, or  an activity that can be done at home with whatever resources are available. I am happy to see any work that your child does! Feel free to share it with me by email.


  • Please listen to the song “Buenos días” and sing along to it. Dance, too!
  • Watch the read-aloud Buen día, buenas noches, by Margaret Wise Brown It is all in Spanish. Look at the pictures and guess what the reader is saying.
  • Activity – practice saying buenos días and buenas noches to your stuffed animals.

Grade 1

  • Watch the alphabet video – it has one animal for each letter. 
  • Now, watch it a second time, but mute the audio. Challenge – Try to say the letter in Spanish and read the name of the animal. You can pause the video if you need to. Even if you can’t remember the letter, still read the Spanish word for the animal.
  • Choose 4 or 5 animals from the video. Draw the animals on little pieces of paper. Write the name of the animal in Spanish. Create a mini book about those animals. Read your book aloud to someone in your family.

(Some of the animals in the video are not familiar to many children in America. If you have time, do a little research, and find out more information about those animals.)

Grade 2 


Grade 3

  • Watch the read aloud  ¡A comer! 
  • Now, watch the read aloud again, but mute the audio. Now it is your turn to read the story out loud. You can pause the video if necessary.
  • Listen to the song “Te gusta el helado de brócoli?” 
  • Make up your own “Te gusta…” questions with crazy food combinations. You might need to look up a few words in Spanish.

Grade 4

  • Watch the Rockalingua song about the body. Feel free to sing and dance to it!  
  • Watch the read aloud De la cabeza a los pies by Eric Carle  
  • Now, watch the read aloud again, but mute the audio. It is your turn to read the book out loud. If you are confused about the words in the story, read the English version: From Head to Toe by Eric Carle. (There should be a read aloud online.) OR Listen to the Spanish story again, but act it out! Careful – make sure you have space if you are indoors!

Grade 5 

  • Watch the read aloud Oso pardo, oso pardo by Eric Carle. 
  • Now, watch it a second time, but mute the audio and read the book out loud yourself. Feel free to pause the video as often as necessary.
  • Listen to the song “Colores, colores” by Calico Spanish Sing and dance along to it!
  • Finally, create your own Spanish book of colors. Be creative! Example – the word ROJO is surrounded by things that are red. You could include complete Spanish sentences. Example: Las fresas son rojas. (The strawberries are red.)