Today’s lesson is teaching body parts in Spanish! I have several fun and easy activities to teach your kids the basic body parts in Spanish. I have detailed instructions for a game, video ideas, a listening and reading activity, and detailed instructions for Total Physical Response (TPR) which is a great way to practice Spanish with actions.
The lessons build on each other, so if you haven’t completed the previous lessons check out my start page.
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How I Taught My Kids the Body Parts in Spanish
I should say how I taught Aidan the body parts in Spanish. Thanks to a busy work schedule this past week and Alex starting baseball, I was only able to do this lesson on the day Alex was gone again. I’m still trying to figure out how to schedule more than one lesson a week. My goal was five times a week, but I’m thinking three times will be more realistic with our schedule. Especially since I’m scrambling just to get one in.
Anyhoo, Aidan and I started the lesson with TPR. I totally forgot to review the numbers before we started. Oops. I had been reviewing them during the week, and he remembered them so it probably wasn’t necessary to do it again before jumping into the body parts lesson.
For TPR, I pointed to my body part and said it in Spanish several times. He seems to like to repeat me even though his pronunciation is terrible. I know he likes to mangle the pronunciation on purpose sometimes, but other times I wish he would stop trying to say the words and just listen. It’s. So. Bad. Hopefully my face doesn’t show it, but I’m cringing so hard inside.
After a few minutes of TPR, I said we were going to play Simón Dice (Simon Says). He just about had a meltdown and was quite passionate about how much he hates that game. I heard quite an earful about it before he gave me a chance to tell him we didn’t have to play it. Jeez. I’ve never seen someone hate Simon Says so much. I told him I would find or make a Kahoot to play instead after the listening and reading activity.
So we skipped to the drawing a monster activity. I read the sentences slowly to him repeating them a few times so he could process what I was saying. He really got into it when I told him he could make it look like whatever he wanted. He just had to include what I was saying. And I ended up changing a couple of things for him because he insisted on three noses instead of one and more hands. He also added necks which was fine with me if it kept him happy.
I cut out the sentences for him, and he read them and then glued them next to the body parts on his illustration. I’m going to have him read it and translate it to my husband as a quick review activity.
I looked for a Kahoot and remembered what I learned last time which was to look at all of the questions and answers before playing. Good thing too! I almost didn’t. I wanted a quiz that only had the basic body parts, and each one I looked at had errors. I ended up making one very quickly with just the body part in English for the question and four choices of body parts in Spanish for the answer. Aidan was not impressed with it and told me with a bit of sarcasm in his voice, “What great questions! They’re so interesting!” I told him he had to get a hundred percent, or we’d continue the lesson. That shut him up.
Aside from learning that Aidan hates Simon Says, the lesson went pretty much as planned. I’m going to keep saying body parts in Spanish to him during the week and have him either tell me the English translation or point to the body part.
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