Since we will be reading the novel Edi el elefante from Fluency Matters in fourth grade, I wanted to develop some lessons around animals. I have been saving some great resources already!
- I love Jennifer’s idea about doing a March Madness bracket with animals!
- Señor Fernie’s blog was what inspired me to use this book.
- Julie uses live webcams about animals which is also too cool!
A reader of El Mundo suggested this article for the publication- in Peru this summer, they had the largest parade of alpacas in the world! We have so many amazing recommendations that sometimes we don’t have space for all of them. This one fell just outside the cut- but I thought I could do something fun for my fourth grade! (However, if you have a group of kids who love animals- I would think you could use this for Spanish 1 or 2!)
I designed this unit to be similar to Mike Peto’s Maravillas; however, I changed the reading since it is for a younger class. I want to play around with the grade levels while I am still remembering everything from eight years ago!
I start with some quick thumbs up/thumbs down personalized questions and answers. Then, I describe what an alpaca is and have students do a brain break. After this, I describe the parade and we visit Peru via Google Maps. I also decided to look at the weather there and put a link that can direct us to the current weather.
During the early language discussion at edcampciva, I am thinking about having students add their “notes” of drawing and labels to notebooks. I gave them time to do that before watching the video clip and then will allow them time after if they want to add anything. At the end, we can finish up with a quick true/false formative assessment as they move to the side of the classroom for true or false.
I would love some early language teacher input on this lesson!