Thursday, August 29, 2013

Learn Spanish with Ladybugs // Can You Help the Ladybugs?


Here is a quick post for the day as part of our Learn Spanish with Ladybugs series!  Check out this list of our other ladybug activities...

1. Make a Ladybug (Spanish Counting & the Color Red)
2. Learn Spanish Prepositions with Ladybug
3. The Ladybugs and Their Spots (Spanish Counting, FREE Printable)
4. The Ladybugs and Their Colors (Spanish Colors, FREE Printable)

Can You Help the Ladybugs?
The activity in this post I planned for some of my junior high students...our class does not start until September, but here is a peek at the printable I made for them.  You can print it too here!

This story features some little (blank) ladybugs that are tired of being black and red.  Since I wrote this for my older students, I put all of the vocabulary from the story at the end, along with how to pronounce each word and its English equivalent.

Each page follows the same pattern.  The ladybug says what color they want to be, how many spots they want and what color they want them to be, and what color they want their legs to be.  For example, the first little ladybug says (in Spanish), "I want to be the color of the sun with three black spots, black eyes, and purple legs."  Students can work on translating the story and color in the ladybugs.  You will be able to measure their comprehension based on their coloring.  Students can also check their work if you read the story as a class.  You can print one story per student, or have the students work together on one story in groups or pairs.

One thing I plan on using this story to teach is how to use colors as adjectives.  I am pretty sure my students will know the names of colors in Spanish, however I think they have yet to learn that color words can change gender and number depending on the noun they are describing.

I also used this story to slip in a few new NOUNS for my students to learn.  Each ladybug requests to be the color of something, instead of just stating the color.  So students will learn words like sun, grass, sky, clouds, night, and more.

Watch this video if you want to learn more about using colors to describe nouns.
And here is another one for even more practice with colors in Spanish!

Like I mentioned earlier, I did not color this story with my kiddos--with so many specific coloring directions I figured it would frustrate them.  (You know how preschoolers like to be creative and independent!)  However, I still plan on reading it to them like any other story.  With the colors already filled in, we can point to each item that the ladybug mentions and learn our colors that way.

How are you learning and practicing your colors in Spanish?!  Would love to hear about it in the comments below!

Feliz ladybug helping!

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