Friday, December 7, 2012

Busy Box Viernes--La comida


Today we will start a new series called, “Busy Box Viernes.”  Viernes is the word in Spanish for Friday.  The “v” letter in Spanish is pronounced like a mix between the English “b” and “v.”  For that reason, I chose Fridays to showcase a new “Busy Box” idea—I thought “Busy Box Viernes” had a nice ring to it. 
Busy boxes are like busy bags or work boxes, containing a simple, hands-on activity that focuses on a particular skill set or theme.  For example, in today’s Busy Box, we are learning and practicing vocabulary words about food (la comida).  In our box is a set of index cards with pictures of food.  Each card has a corresponding clothespin with the Spanish word for that food.  Students get to match the clothespins to the right card as a way of practicing la comida vocabulary!  I like this method better than flash cards, because students get to match the word to a picture, so they start visualizing the picture with the Spanish word, instead of translating from the English word to the Spanish word—it is a way to start thinking in Spanish.

Here’s what you need:
Some advertisements from your local grocery store
or newspaper.

Clothespins, tape or glue, scissors, index cards (4x6 is a good size),
and a permanent marker.

Here’s what you do:
Cut out your favorite food pictures and glue to a card.

Look up the Spanish word for each picture
at www.wordreference.com and write it on
a clothespin.  Be sure to find out if it is
feminine or masculine, singular or plural.
Write the correct word for "the" before each
word.  El for singular masculine, la for singular
feminine, los for plural masculine, and las
for plural feminine.

"La pera" means "the pear."

"Las galletas" means "the cookies."

"El elote" means "the corn."

Sort all the feminine clothespins in one bag
for storage...


...and all the masculine clothespins in another bag
for storage.  Then assemple it all in your busy box.
(You can also use a gallon baggie if you do not have a box.)

Then label your box (or gallon baggie)
"la comida" (food).  

Here’s a list of vocab from our Busy Box:
Masculine Singular Nouns
el pan
bread
el melón chino
honeydew melon
el arándano
blueberry
el helado
ice cream
el jugo de naranja
orange juice
el sándwich
sandwich
el bocadillo
sandwich
el perrito caliente
hot dog
el yogur
yogurt
el cantalupo
cantaloupe
el melocotón
peach
el durazno
peach
el aguacate
avocado
el pimiento
pepper
el queso
cheese
el té
tea
el elote
corn
el maíz
corn
el limón
lemon
el pastel
pie/cake
Feminine Singular Nouns
la tarta
cake/pie
la hamburguesa
hamburger
la hamburguesa con queso
cheeseburger
la mantequilla de cacahuete
peanut butter
la mantequilla de maní
peanut butter
la mora
blackberry
la zarazmora
blackberry
la naranja
orange
la pera
pear
la frambuesa
raspberry
la Coca (cola)
Coca-a-Cola/cola
el agua*
water
la mantequilla
butter


Masculine Plural Nouns**
los refrescos
soda/refreshments/
beverages
los tomates
tomatoes
los pimientos
peppers


Feminine Plural Nouns
las galletas
cookies
las uvas
grapes
las cerezas
cherries
las cervezas
beers

*The word for water “agua” is actually feminine, but because it begins with an “a,” the masculine definite article “el” is used in front of it—because “la agua” would be awkward to pronounce.

**To make a noun plural follow these guidelines:
If a noun ends in a vowel add an “s” to make it plural.
If a noun ends in a consonant add an “es” to make it plural
If a noun ends in z, change the z to c and add “es.”
If a noun ends in –ión, add “es” and drop the accent mark.

Have fun making your Busy Boxes!!  And be sure to post a picture of yours on our Facebook page!

¡Nos vemos el viernes! (See you Friday!)

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